Photographed on Sunday, January 17th, 2011 at ENK Tradeshow in Chelsea, New York City. After noticing the abundance of talented designers from all over the world, I had no choice but to document my surroundings. In efforts to make the most of the event and my talent, I came up with an idea. I wanted to capture a few up and coming designers from various places in the world in a raw, lifeless manor. Similar to what subjects did in the earliest of photos of the late 1800’s, mainly because of the extremely slow shutter speeds of cameras at the time, I saw it fit as to how a subject can be so bland in an image but yet have an interesting calling in life. It was something that made me think of how an individual can spawn creativity from a silhouette of a person.
Photograph of the 16th
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln taken in the 1800's
In all the photos, though the expressions aren’t identical, the effect can be relayed as a whole. Working with the subjects proved to be a task as most people are instinct to smile in front of a camera. Expressing myself to them for the least possible emotion to obtain such blandness was the ‘secret’ ingredient in this experiment. From inception to reality, the thoughts rushed thru my head with little time from preparation and error. Finding a solution is what made it worth the effort and achieving it was the satisfaction.
ENK is a tradeshow for new and established clothing and accessory brands to display their following season of goods and apparel for potential buyers interest.