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Over the Edge: With An Old Friend

clock March 15, 2011 19:54 by author Amber

I love a good atmospheric story. I think I've even said that here at least once or twice. "Underside Walk", by Hilary Koepenick, in this month's issue of the Edge of Propinquity is a perfect example of that. For some reason, my use most uncoorperative with me on this piece and every idea I came up with just didn't inspire me. A coin across the knuckles? Meh. A bird mask? Getting better. The gaping maw of a storm drain? Now we're getting some where. The first door of story? Oh. The idea has merit.

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The first door in the story is Alvise's bedroom window.

The shot was taken outside of my home in Kirkland. A pair of 500 watt halogen work lights provided the back light in the window to contrast the shadowy exterior and a single hot shoe flash dial down to 1/32 power provided the shadows on the wall for me. It's almost as if the shadow is grabbing the window and holding the door open, beckoning Alvise to come out for a walk.



Over the Edge: Hare's Legacy

clock March 15, 2011 19:39 by author Amber

"Burke and Hare, my lads and ladies. They were men well ahead of their time in the late 1820s - the original Igors, grave robbers who sold corpses to the gallant Dr. Knox for his anatomical research and classroom discussions. But when business got better, Burke and Hare turned into entrepreneurs extraordinaire." Idolwood: Craft

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This image, "Hare's Legacy", holds the distinction of being the first image I've created for an Idolwood story in the Edge of Propinquity that incorporates both a doll and a person. It's also one of the few photos where a child of mine isn't a mangled corpse some where in frame. Originally intended as an inbetween photo and used as the basis for several other images that tie into the story I included it in my list of three favorite shots that I sent to the author. I really like the way this doll looks and can't wait to take it and the others to Norwescon this April.



Tribal Markings Sessions at Cues and Tattoos

clock March 11, 2011 06:32 by author Amber

On Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th, I'll be at the Seattle Center House in room D for Cues and Tattoos with sessions available for belly dancers who would like to contribute to the project.

Tribal Markings is a photo project and book, show casing belly dancers and their backgrounds while exploring the relationship the dancers have with their tattoos. I want to meet with at 50 or more belly dancers from across the country and from all walks of life and dance styles, to find the commonalities of experience and the unique perspectives each provides. The end result is a book filled with the wild beauty and touching stories from the women and men of the dance.

If you are going to be at Cues and Tattoos and you have tattoos, I would love to talk to you about your tattoos and your experience with belly dance. Sessions take about 50 minutes from the interview through the end of the photo session. For your time, you'll receive a copy of all of the finished photos from your shoot in either an electronic archive (ZIP file) or on a PhotoDisc.

Signing up is simple. Please send an e-mail to info (at) stopped-motion.com with your name, your three preferred times. To make sure your e-mail doesn't get lost, please use the subject line: Tribal Markings at Cues and Tattoos.

The scheduled time slots for Saturday are:

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm

The scheduled time slots for Sunday are:

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm


Tribal Markings at the Night Kitchen

clock March 9, 2011 06:15 by author Amber

Tribal Markings, Copyright 2011, Stopped Motion PhotographyI received a query from the owner of the Night Kitchen, here in Seattle, about showing some of my work in her lovely restaurant again. Maybe I could bring some prints of belly dancers. How could I say no to this?

12 photos from Tribal Markings are currently hanging in the main restaurant of the Night Kitchen featuring every belly dancer I've shot so far and a couple of photos that haven't been displayed before, not even online. If you're in the Seattle area and you haven't stopped by the Night Kitchen yet, I highly recommend you do so.

The Night Kitchen is located at 216 Stewart St in downtown Seattle and is open from 6pm to 9am, Tuesday night through Monday morning.



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