$URREALISM ON THE $TREET CORNER
LUCRATIVE INSTANT MONEY FOR PHOTOGS
You have a camera, PhotoShop software or something similar? A Laptop a printer? Imagine doing this on streetcorners or at the Big Park or the Harbor where folks stroll on Saturdays, Sundays when the Tourists are crowding in hoards. A family portrait They’re all posed stiffly on the harbor front, the skyline of the city behind them. With odd props, strange things.
I SAW AN INCREDIBLE PHOTO ONLINE, a family, posed like AVEDON MODELS each with a black umbrella. The baby had a small one, the teen a slightly larger, and so on. They held them different ways. Up/ sideways, whatever. A gallery had the photo for sale, asking 3k, and I didn’t RIGHT CLICK, and save it, then post it at my own website. I left it at the gallery. When you do not save it to cache the photo’s owner takes it offline, well, I lost it. I am currently trying to get that Houston gallery owner to send me copy! . But imagine the wharf at BROOKLYN your tourists and you are shooting toward NEW YORK SKYLINE, family posed against that ICONIC CITY SCAPE, it was a black and white or sepia photo, very moody, they all had umbrellas in odd AVEDON POSTURES. HECKUVA SIGHT. I’m a tourist in NYC you offer that to me, I WOULD BUY IT!
JOE BLOW FROM IDAHO and HIS WIFE, vacationing IN NYC
Say you shoot the whole family with your own, prop umbrellas or the mermaid tail or photo shop it in later. Simple photo, you get your fifty bucks and you email the print to them, or print it out and mail it. Your business card has your address, WEBSITE. So they know they're not going to get robbed. You have a digital camera, you make it clear that they can have the digitals, then later, if they want, you'll make prints, even frame them. That's like a mail order deal as, by then, they've gone back to IDAHO or IOWA. With a snap shot of MOM posted against the NEW YORK HARBOR only she’s got this fabulous MERMAID TAIL that you photo shopped in.
So Just a pose and an email of graphic is like 10$ print outs go up to 50$ A few hundred for the mermaid tail. That kind of money is something they'd have to think about. Always have examples of final prints on a placard near you. Clients from the weeks before. or friends if you're just starting up. Price for each print goes down. Christmas cards, business cards, Show them examples of your desktop publishing skills.
RESEARCH RICHARD AVEDONs work AT GOOGLE
He seems to shoot in surrealism as people float
HE USES ICONIC SCENERY, the PALAIS DE JUSTICE en PARIS
or NEW YORK. As you make your money shooting tourists, you want ICONIC CITYSPACES
TRY ALL THREE: BLACK UMBRELLA, ICONIC CITY SCAPES, PEOPLE FLOATING and YOU DEFINITELY GET SURREALISM!!! ADD WET STREETS, which AVEDON does a lot, capturing the scent of rain, the sound of tires hissing. GOOGLE THE GUY. GOOGLE DOVIMA a fave model. SHRIMPTON another one, as she wraps around a huge pit viper or python. Great, grainy B&W and ODD PROPS = SURREALISM. THE BEATLES WERE SHOT WITH WARHOL COLOR WORK. SEE:
RICHARD AVEDON DOES THE BEATLES, GOOGLE THOSE PHOTOS ONLINE,
ALL FOUR GUYS!
PORTRAIT IDEAS:. Now, say that your new Client, actress GLORIA SWANSON from SUNSET BLVD is your client, maybe she wants that surreal photo face on a PILLOW, A POSTER. You may want to use a PRO PRINTING SHOP for some personalized Greeting cards, Stationery or Xmas Cards. Or party invitations, something they want. But the thing about PORTRAITURE is, nobody else can do it but you! Or PRINT on a square of COTTON, make them a pillow. Let them stuff it, mail the cover only
TWO LOVERS want their PHOTO?
I am not certain he didn't use THE SAME person
twice for that shot. He could have put a moustache
on a girl, photoshopped in HERSELF as a man.
So it looks like two people But if you really have
two people, Shoot in the studio, Girl in pajama
top, (I'd use bold stripes), GUY in pajama bottom.
GREAT idea a CLASSIC PHOTO PORTRAIT like
a BILLY WILDER MOVIE. WITTY !
You can 'Photoshop' in the details that people tell you they love. In my case, I love the color blue, I love clouds, stars, moons, comets, astrology. Cats. I asked a tekkie chum to make me a logo. One day I'll pay them to assemble a banner for me utilizing a combination of things -- cats/ gardens/ fishermen, stargazers with my name in nice letters. Seek out your chums who need such CUSTOM WORK. PEOPLE APPRECIATE these and CAN USE IN THEIR BUSINESS as a LOGO.
SIGNATURE, throw in liberal COLORS, add SKY, CLOUDS and YOUR MODEL or CLIENT
ADD THE CAT! Where's the CAT ? Well PHOTOSHOP THEIR PET into it
Right O! Give me a second, here. There! Cat! No, that's not surreal enough. Here.
SCARY! My face but half cat? I'll take it for my mother inlaw!
For ten bucks, but no dozen prints of this one, thank you!
Just ONE, TO MY DARLING MOTHER IN LAW, LOVE ANITA!
If you have a real glamour girl, do those features up right!
Give her something she cannot get from her pals' kodak.
SOME MAN has a wildness about
him? Give him the DALI FACE. Set
his portrait under a FIRESTORM
of oil paint. Dali was the last great Surrealist.
Fifty BUCKS A PHOTOGRAPH SEEMS ABOUT RIGHT!
YEP cuz YA PRINT IT OUT IN COLOR! That's gotta
cost the photographer something!
But I can also do it in black and white
MEOW. I agree!
Jean Cocteau, one of the first great surrealists!
And you can do all this with just a digital camera?
YEP & MORE! Take a MAGRITTE outline, PUT subject's face in it.
Take the MAGRITTE PAINTING
or LEONARDO DA VINCI's MONA LISA Add client! No, not the PIDGEON!
WHY NOT? It's PHOTO SHOP STUPID!
But don't cover client's face. Find a MAGRITTE with the face open. As people PAY for themselves
being inserted in to something INTERESTING. Kind of like in CHINATOWN when you used to
stand in front of THE TARZAN PAINTING and stick your face out and your big BROTHER was the
MAKE USE OF PROPS!
THE RIBBON DANCE
For black and white film, use a thinner, white ribbon on a stick, give subject two, and just shoot away while they twirl. Effective in stills or in video. A lot of movement, even if still photos. Google "ribbon dance" in quotes. You may find Messerer dancing at the Bolshoi with his thinner, white ribbon. Seven feet of sheeting on a stick! But it is really exciting in use like the stitchery above pictured. Or the tinfoil below.
As you put your client to dancing, or surround her/him with strange people with masks on, you will attract a crowd. Everyone will want a portrait and be putting their money in your face. Get a pal with a gun to walk you home as by 5 pm you'll have a grand on you!'
UMBRELLAS, those BLACK CLASSIC ONES for SURREALISM in B&W.
moving, if you do video assemblage
Their eye is on the tip.
You're going to add music to it, maybe. VIDEO should be available as a choice. Syncopated music.
TWO LOVERS? Get a big frame
YOU CAN DO A STUNNING PROFILE PORTRAIT USING REAL FILM
then DEVELOP THE OVEREXPOSED NEGATIVE, Solarize it PRINT SEPIA.
For more ideas, study the master surrealists, Jean Cocteau, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali. Richard Avedon sometimes. GOOGLE the word dada or surreal or surrealism in the images area and you will be ENDLESSLY INSPIRED!
“No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not some day be antiquated." Ellen Glasgow
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