I made my deadline! I made my deadline! Thanks to all of those who were encouraging me, it really means a lot to me.
The big project this year was pretty hard. It’s very hot here in Texas right now, but I so needed something to get my creativity going. I have to admit, while I’m not 100% sure it’s my best work, I had a load of fun doing it. Dressing up like The Stig was both challenging and very fun. I’ve thought all along that The Stig would make a great character for a photo project. It’s really interesting to do something with a character so out-of-place like The Stig. Once you get him outside of a car, he’s really an oddity, and that will always make for some interesting images, don’t you think?
The great thing about doing conceptual/staged photography is that, once somebody “buys into” the concept, once somebody gets emotionally attached to a character, a scene, a place or a piece of it, it’s almost hard to mess it up. Sure there might be little things off, here and there, and not everything always technically “perfect,” but, once you get that buy-in, once you create that bond, it moves into the realm of “emotional impact.” People respond to it, not because it’s technically perfect, not because every little “odd and end” is in place, no, because they “get” the concept. That’s what they respond to, right?
That’s how I think this project will be received. Either you love The Stig and you’ll laugh when you read my project, or you just don’t get him. If you love him, there’s almost nothing I could do to him to make you stop and, if you don’t get it, there’s almost nothing I can say or do to help explain it. Conceptual photography is often like this. I think that’s what makes it interesting for me.
That and, well, it’s a little bit like acting, which I cannot do, but I’m so willing to, you know, at least try for the sake of the project. I mean, who doesn’t like to play with props, right?
Until next time…