Justin and Waffles Kickstarter Project

Having started the book and creating videos online for the Everythingwaffles.com website, I have started a Kickstarter to help the project. I am seeking to raise $1,500 to complete all aspects of the project. More information about the project can be found at my Kickstarter page.

The funding for the project runs until March 6 however the project itself will take further months to complete. As the books are printed and sold, part of the funding will go to the original animal rescue center where I got waffles and also the Humane Society.

 

 

 

You can find the full link here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects

The original book link:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore

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Justin and Waffles: Portraits From the Web

Finally my self-published book of portraits with Waffles has been published and printed. This book is comprised of 15 portraits with Waffles over the past year reflected internet images circulating the web. You can check out the preview below and if you are interested in a copy please let me know.

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/2280469/f32e6b7bda00de8090d15488004d0905255bb873?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget

 

Copy this link until infinity and help me publish project across the very source from where this project came from.

As a reminder, Everythingwaffles.com is a website now. It is experiencing some issues right now but it is a great place to see some of the videos that have been made.

 

A Request For Your Family Albums

As I continue to work with family as a part of my recent work, I have stumbled across a new series of images that I would like to pursue. Unlike the first part of this project where I recreated past family photos, I want to look at the places where we put photos. After handling so many of my own family images, I discovered that the shoe boxes and albums they were kept in were just as interesting as the images themselves.

I look at these containers as a geologist might see a core sample of rocks. As the old boxes fall part and new ones are added, we can see the layers of history unique to each family. This personal archive exists in all families that collect their own images. Whether it is in an album or a tin can, these containers become an intimate item within the family.

Now to the part where you come in, I would like to ask for these containers from your family so that I may document them. I do not expect to have the family photos in these when given to me, but the boxes and albums themselves. As I understand these are precious in some cases just like the photos, all care will be taken to ensure their safety. Whether I pick them up personally or you wish them to be shipped to me, I will cover all expenses in this processes. These images of the albums will be for my professional practice and they will part of my larger body of work dealing with family.

If you are interested in allowing me to documenting these boxes and albums, contact me through email at info@justinschwab.com or find me on twitter at justin_schwab.

 

 

 

Justin and Waffles Book

After working on the self-portraits with Waffles over the past year and half, I finally decided to bring all of the images to book. This book is more than just what I have shown and holds many images that have not been seen. With all of the costumes and source images, I believe this represents a survey of portraiture through the past few decades. The main purpose of including Waffles in this body of work is to insert a trending topic(cats) into portraits that followed trends during the time they were taken.

July 2010

From the original photo above, my goal in this series of images is to portray myself in a similar setting as the original. This body of work stands as a survey of styles and photographic trends that circulate through the internet and a re-contextualized from their location online.

Along with this book, I have started a website to continue this series of images with not only photos, but videos as well. I approach these in a similar way to find trends of videos found on YouTube and elsewhere and match that style while using my cat Waffles to alter that meaning.

Currently this book edition has a limited quantity so please contact me if you may be interested.

To keep up with this body of work, visit everythingwaffles.com or justinschwab.com

Not a Performance

I have been meaning to put up some videos of the boring parts of setting up for a portrait with Waffles. Now that my space is a little bigger I can just set the camera and record away.

Honestly I edited out everything but the boring part of the video just for your entertainment. Honestly, would you expect anything different?

What more could you ask for than a video of a man ironing fabric? Perhaps a new photo with Waffles?

Perhaps.

Everything Waffles

In celebration of the “Everything Waffles” page being released, here is an old video of her hanging out on my shoulders.

 

Again you can check out all of the Waffles portraits now on the link above. Just click on “Everything Waffes” and you will find more great images.

A Year in Review

Looking back at what has become a fun body of work.

From all of these photos I have enjoyed the level of work that went into the original photographs. Although we may snicker at their over the top qualities, they were not as easy to create when I first worked on each one.

Most of these remakes come from silly jokes between friends and people I have been told I look like(Edward Cullen). Now however I am looking toward recreating these images in a higher finished quality or lack of quality. My ambitions have led me to new projects and ideas to digested the clutter of the internet and produce remakes of some of the finer points.

With graduate school in Portland, Oranje 2011 in Indianapolis, and some new equipment at my disposal I think we can all look forward to more work of this kind.

What can you expect in the coming year? Well lets look in the short term and you should expect something in 1/12 of that time.
Be sure to check out Oranje 2011 this year and you might see me around then! And seriously keep an eye on my main website for some updates.

Alienbees and the New Studio

While I begin to pack up and prepare to move out to a new studio space, I am looking into some new studio lights. As you can imagine that the photo floods and umbrellas that I have been using for 3 years have reached the point of little use. Strangely I have become used to photographing myself with my cat Waffles that I need some lights that can be used with ease and stronger wattage.

I have come across a new company called Alienbees, which has a strange approach to their marketing. They are utterly obsessed with aliens and bees to the point that their user manuals have alien bees on them. Sounds like a MST3K movie plot.

This might be close enough.

These lights are so strange that I simply must have them. A pair would work great including a new greenscreen background. Waffles and I might use it to visit some exotic locations.

That being said I found a great photo the other day that I had forgotten about, a great display of American patriotism.

I would have done this photo myself had I liked torn jeans and an American flag. I guess a sword as well and some long hair.

Where will my new studio be? That information is on its way soon.

DIY Studio

Warning: You are about to read all the spoilers on how to get a great portrait with your pet.

Waffles, 2010 8.5"x 11" Archival inkjet print

When I began taking self-portraits with my cat Waffles in July 2010, I knew no ordinary lighting studio would be able to handle such a task. I set out to put together and build my own lighting studio complete with lights and seamless paper. I was lucky already to have a gray seamless roll to get me started. While I had no floor space dedicated to taking portraits, I used the open ceiling of my basement to support the paper backdrop. By using 6 nails, 8 zip ties, and a broom handle, I was able to support the paper about 7 feet above the floor.

Notice the scrap 2x4 used to hold the handle.

Now that I had a paper background, the lighting used to handle the task was a set of Smith-Victor Flood Lamps with white umbrellas. Not an ideal choice, but the light is contained in a small area.  For camera support, I have used a Manfrotto/Calumet tripod hybrid. The legs and head can be raised high enough for me to easily walk away from the camera to stand just a few feet away with Waffles.

Nearby furniture can be useful as well.

A lighting studio can easily cost thousands of dollars and months to establish a good working space. I believe at the end of this project (which was less than 24 hours), the project resulted in no money being spent. This is of course since I have no patience waiting for orders and just walked into my garage and grabbed what was closest to me.

Finally, you can see the results of a DIY lighting studio clearly in the quality* and production value of my portrait with Waffles.


Waffles and Edward, 2011 8.5"x 11" Archival inkjet print

*You are also going to need Photoshop for last part of this project. Sadly I cannot provide an accurate description on how to create your own Photoshop with zip ties and a broom handle.