P.Ink Day October 24, 2015 06:53
I have traveled near and far, seen and done many amazing things, met many wonderful people, yet the opportunity to share the studio space with Stacie-Rae Weir and Nicole Fischer was unique and heart warming. I must thank both of these lovely women for not only asking me to join them to take photos of the tattoo process, but also allowing me in to the space during this very personal, painful, and emotional process.
As a photographer, my projects and contracts don't often see me spending time in a confined space like a photo studio. These spaces can be either a wonderful bonding moment between photographer and subject, or extremely awkward if the flow of the moment is not in sync. So to be asked to join and share the extremely small and intimate space of Stacie-Rae's tattoo room, was, well, intimate.
Normally as a photographer you often spend much of your time trying to blend into the background, as to not impact the over all event. We are there to help capture the moment, not be the moment. Trying to blend into the limited free space of a 10'x10' room with tables, chairs, tools, and two other people is just not going to happen. The only way to effectively and comfortably capture the activity of the room is to become part of the event. Thus you have to get to know the people you are sharing the space with and discuss what is going to happen; or at least what you are planning to do. This includes exit options for the subjects, what are they comfortable with, and ensuring that communication is maintained so if the others in the room have a change of heart or need some time alone, they can just say it with out feeling awkward.
Here is a small spotlight on the P.Ink Day events here in Calgary the Local CTV news crew put together about the event, Stacie-Rae Weir, and Nicole Fischer.