Steven Spicer – Photographer

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Steven Spicer

About

Applicant - 3 year photography BA Sep 2021

Services

Steven Spicer

Clients

- Arte Artifacts

- Synthy

- D Magazine

- Vito Coffee

- Tune Speaker

- Alpha Source

- Kitu

- Hansen Fashion

- Marcus Berg

About Me

The man behind the lens

I've always been fascinated by the power of perspective and visual storytelling, and how a one image can evoke so much in such different ways to each individual.

Photography is one of my many passions, I'm also a big music lover and could get lost in music theory, playing my guitar, or music production. I love great food, and getting outside to explore new and interesting places. Most of all, I like learning new things, challenging myself, and meeting interesting people.

Street photography

Portraits

Streetwear

Through Boards

Saul Leiter - 1957

Saul Leiter

I admire Saul's work because of his innovative approach to using elements within his environment to create unique and abstract visuals. His background in painting shows with the 'painterly' feel he achieves in images – something I would like to learn to emulate better in my own work.

 

On a subtextual level, a lot of his images strike an interesting contrast between parallel emotional states like intimacy and interpersonal disconnection. In the image on the left for example, the pattern and the frosted glass obstructs the details of the girl's face - particularly her eyes (the window to the soul), but her proximity to the glass, eye contact and hand placement suggest something more intimate. I interpret it as the glass is indicative of the paradigms we interact with each-other through that often separate us.

Soames Bantry, Nova

Saul Leiter - 1960

Roger Deakins

While his career is most notably as a cinematographer, Roger Deakins inspires me as a photographer due to both the style and purpose of his images. He has a strong sense of how to tell a story with images, and has a high-contrast, striking, and aesthetically pleasing style that resonates with my own tastes. Roger's approach to lighting has inspired me to learn more about the role of light and atmosphere in the visual arts, and how they can shape a story. It's also inspired me to learn more about how cinema can inspire photography and vice-versa.

Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve // Roger Deakins - 2017

Influences

& Research

Britta 00976

Nirav Patel

Nirav Patel

Nirav's use of practical effects is something that I find introduces a really interesting dimension in his work. He uses atmosphere, volumetrics, and optical effects thoughtfully, rather than as a novelty, and they almost always bring something more to the character and the meaning behind his images.

He also seems to pick and work with subjects in a way that introduces a playful or psychological element to their character within the piece, as if you're there with them while they're engaging in behaviour you wouldn't see in a typical interaction. The context is often abstract, but in a thought-provoking way. I believe there's some element of "the unobserved mind" playing out in many of his images.

Britta 01207

Nirav Patel

Meghan 01864

Nirav Patel

Red Eye Sandstorm

3D artwork rendered in Blender (2020)

The Boys of Junior Red

Book cover composited in Adobe Photoshop (2019)

Journey to Shangri-La

Digital matte painting composited in Adobe Photoshop (2020)

Work in

other mediums

Moodboard & References

I like to create mood boards in preparation for a shoot to get an idea of the look and feel of the images before I start production. Most of these projects didn't get created, but you can get an idea of how I find inspiration/reference material from the boards on my Pinterest.

My Process

As most of my portfolio is street photography, my creative process is usually fairly spontaneous with not a great deal of specific idea formulation or pre-production. However, this is something I'm looking to build on. My street photography process does involve some aspect of 'learning the environment' and figuring out what I like and how to create it, but I wouldn't say there's much forward planning involved.

Sketching Concepts

Sometimes I will sit down and sketch out a particular visual I have in mind. The above is a sketch where I was experimenting with the concept of dynamic symmetry.

Palette selection

Colour is an important part of photography for me, so I like to pre-plan colour palettes where I can. I use tools like Adobe Color for this.

Once I've decided on a style, I'll start to think about locations, models, props, etc.

Post Production

Post production is probably my strongest area which means I'm usually able to correct mistakes that I made in the planning or production stages.

 

I dislike leaning too heavily on a 'fix it in post' workflow however, and would like to improve my planning and execution so I can learn to get it right in camera more often.