San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As entertainment becomes more accessible and digestible, the stars of today become familiar to us, attainable in a way that celebrity has never been in the past.
The purpose of this project was to take today’s most familiar form of celebrity, the YouTube creator, and capture them in an analog way; shot on a 500cm Hasselblad on black and white film and lit with hot lights. The stars and starlets of glamorous Old Hollywood, who also lived in a new golden age of media, were immortalized in film; a process left behind by the digital age. I pay homage to the film lighting greatness of George Hurrell and celebrate the imaginative and enterprising spirit of the YouTube creator in this project all about contrast.
Special thanks to my lighting guru Mari Mendez who shares my love of light and whose experience as a DP and grip on film sets helped me immensely in creating these images. To my fabulously talented style team; Wendy Diaz (hair), Maribel Moreno (makeup), Sara Medd (wardrobe) and Elizabeth Kott (wardrobe). Thank you Elizabeth and Closet Rich for bringing vintage pieces for us to play with.