William Carr – The Early Years

William Carr – The Early Years

William Carr Gallery

No, the guy above isn’t an extra from the musical HAIR – it’s yours truly, back when I believed that true vision could change the world.

I still do.

As a regular feature on this blog, I’ve decided to present some of my earlier works of when I was starting out as a photographer. Thought it might prove to be an interesting visual timeline of my evolving techniques and style.

For the first image in this series, I’ll shine a light on The Portal, an image created, literally, very early on in my career.

THE PORTAL

The Portal belongs to the kind of image that I like to call ‘table top photography’. Early on, I would use everyday household items to create images that would help to learn key photographic principles such as lighting, depth of field, composition, etc. – and The Portal is a perfect example.

For this shot, I used a piece of white dryer vent hose, about 4 inches in diameter. Suspending it using wire coat hangers, I directed a red light bulb and a blue light bulb on the outside of the hose. In the background, I created a space field with a black art board with tiny pin holes for stars and pencil-colored velum paper for the planets.

I then took the shot in two exposures; the first was with the tube with the colored lights, the second was with the colored lights turned off but with a white light directed toward the camera thereby illuminating the tiny pin holes which simulated the stars and planets. The camera lens, incidentally, was just inside the tube demonstrating depth of field.

There you have it. Space, that infinite final frontier, recreated on a table top!

Thanks for taking the journey back with me. Check back often: I’ll dip down memory lane again soon.


Original music by William Carr

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