A 366-Day Photo Project: Day 341 – Copycat: A Collaboration between Richards Guest and Cooper-Knight
The first collaboration of 2013!
Richard Guest – Self-Portrait, 2013
For the first collaboration of 2013 I wanted to do something a little different, so I suggested that Richard and I take shots in the style of photographers we admire. I decided on Cindy Sherman, because she makes work about as far from my usual style as I could get. Ordinarily, a street shot takes me a matter of seconds and a minute or two in processing. For this, I took 49 shots over 1.5 hours plus 30 minutes in processing (it was taken using my new tripod and the camera’s self-timer, and involved me focusing on the door because the camera refused to focus on my absence, setting the self-timer, panning back to the camera’s original position, then leaping over a bed to get myself in position before the self-timer went off). Initially I tried to recreate Cindy’s Untitled No. 122 (http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/11769-cindy-sherman?tab=ARTWORKS). All these attempts were failures, as I knew they would be – I think it’s probably impossible to convincingly co-opt someone else’s style. So I gave up on the copycatism and started playing with the composition. The shot began to take shape. It took about 40 shots to get it “right”, and more processing than I’ve ever done to get the colour, contrast and sharpness the way I wanted them. Ta da! Nothing like Cindy Sherman!
Richard Cooper-Knight – Still Life, 2013
When Richard G set the theme, I was stumped from the off… I like a lot of photographers, or at least a lot of styles of photography, but – like artwork – I know what I like when I see it, but couldn’t always tell you who it was by! There are a couple of photographers I love from the off, but then trying to get friends to pose for shots a la Ryan McGinley, Wolfgang Tillmans or Bruce Weber is a bit of a big ask, especially over the festive season! So, I took a step back – metaphorically and chronologically – and headed for the grand master Henri Cartier-Bresson. I like old photographs, their haziness, their sepia tones, and wanted to create an image to reflect that time, while still firmly fixed in the 21st Century. A handful of attempts and shots later, and here you have it, slippers and all!