It’s a tad ironic how some of the most minimal shoots could be the most laborious for photographers to work on. The notion of ‘less is more’ is apparent in this photo. Why dilute this bottle of Malbec with the “perfect” model or car when the wine can stand alone?
This simple wine bottle required two separate shots, maneuvering lighting, and then composited in post production, to get the best result.
The lighting on the bottle almost melts off the ink colored exterior. It wasn’t an easy task. We like to think that there is a bit of symbolism here:
We often have to work the hardest on the smaller tasks before we can take on the big missions. Whether it be taking a shot of a red wine bottle or figuring out the best conditions to grow the grapes, one should never neglect the small tasks. Tom and I believe the term “don’t sweat the small stuff” is becoming obsolete.
Once or twice a year, Tom does a collaborative shoot with fashion designer and now Asheville, NC resident, Rachel Weisberg and Miami native actor/model/singer, Carolina Pozo.
Rachel combines the elements of fashion with concerns in production sustainability, emphasizing on local scale practices. The collaboration makes perfect sense: a photographer with minimalist aesthetic and a designer with a minimal footprint. My eyes are drawn to the brass horseshoe. Carolina’s vertebras and back muscles elevate the horseshoe while it gingerly dangles from a thin, gold chain. The ocean blue dress then blends in with a blank wall, Carolina’s umber hair and vivacious tan juxtaposing.
Tom never considered these shoots to be work and I can see why. Tom, Rachel, and Carolina created a beautiful and useful image while in an atmosphere of the ideal work environment.
Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.