Adventures In Assisting: Wind, Birds and Duct Tape

Another shoot with Bev Short, who currently has her “All Woman”  exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, if you are in Wellington you should go and see it, some of the shoots are on this blog. This one was for her new Tattoo project.

This is one of those shoots that should be pretty straight forward but end up being anything but…

Driving up to the location the weather started to look ominous and as soon as I pulled in it started to rain. I was there first so started scouting around for an indoor location just in case the rain didn’t stop but luckily by the time everyone else got there it had stopped enough to go on with the original location.

Bev and Matt Middleton (SFX make-up) had spent an afternoon constructing a set of angel wings that were going to be put on the model, Andre, using duct tape (see images 3 and 4). The initial setup went well apart from the strong wind that started blowing, luckily Andre’s cousin came along with him and ended up holding the 5 foot softbox from blowing away for a couple of hours.

With wings held on with a roll of duct tape Andre came out and stood on his mark only to have the wings pretty much destroyed by the wind which led to about an hour and another couple of rolls of tape being used to hold them in place.

Once this was sorted out the next element was a dove (we only got 3) which was to be captured just as it was taking off from Andres outstretched hands… The cool thing about the doves was that once they were released they were homing and just went back to their roost… Unfortunately they were a bit camera shy and didn’t take direction too well and 1 especially liked turning its head round nearly 360 degrees which was a bit unnerving.

So after all the doves had been released we were pretty much done… Hopefully with not too much damage to Andres back taking off the wings :)

You can see the final image on Bevs blog HERE

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, Nikon D90, 24 f2.8 Lens.

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2 responses

  1. That’s a lot of duct tape! Great post Simon, it is always interesting to see what happens behind the scenes, so many people don’t have any idea.

    07/05/2012 at 20:53

    • Cheers :) One day Im hoping we will have a food truck along on the shoot :)

      08/05/2012 at 20:01

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