I have been planning this photoshoot for a few months now.
I had the image in my head for a while and really wanted to make it happen.
I scouted the location, measured things, decided on lens and distances, contacted a talented costume designer, checked lighting at different times of day- In short,
I had a plan, and the plan was damn good.
The days arrived, up at 05:30 in the morning, meet the awesome actors and everyone else involved.
Take a meter of the lighting, distance composition- everything is in place, not a soul around except one guy reading on a far away bench.
Daphna the actress steps out to the ledge as planned, everything is working like clockwork.
Man on bench puts down book. walks over and says: “what the hell are you doing? whatever that is, you can’t do that.”
He is the guy from city hall in charge of making sure no one takes photos at that very specific location. He was actually really nice about, explaining that we need a permit to
shoot there, and without it his hands are tied. ironically, the whole plays is filled with closed circuit cameras so he did need to do his job well.
At this point I realized all my planning is down the drain- all the planning and effort seemed to be down the drain.
But I realized this stuff happens all the time, and as photographers, we just need to be able to adapt to changing situations and this was one of them.
I quickly walked around looking for an alternate location, one that has not been researched for months that would fulfill all the needs of the shoot.
(foreground figure, background figure, a place to hide, non changing light conditions, good composition, placing for lighting and so on)
I found it not far from there and we got going.
At first I was disappointed, the sheer amount of time I put into planning this thing versus the swiftness in which it was stopped caught me off guard.
There seemed to be too may factors to take into account, and I didn’t think I could pull it off so quickly and under the pressure of all the people that came out to do this thing
with me at 0600 in the morning. But I remembered importance of being jelly, to go with what you have got, and making art is better than not making art, and pulled it all
The result is awesome, and I love it.
and the whole experience really opened up my eyes.
(See what I did there?)
The Rest of the series here
Photographer: Ronen Goldman
Costume+styling: Rona Plotek
Lighting: Dvir Greenvald
Starring: Daphna and oded.