Salvador Waffles

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I present to you my interpretation of the Salvador Dali photograph with kittens. This of course is limited to my master skills of post-production and manipulation, however I encourage you to enjoy it nevertheless.

You can find within this portrait however a bonus that has never been seen before. My cat Maple, makes her appearance for the first time in the project. Those of you who do not know, Maple was originally in the portrait as Edward Cullen. However she has a limited tolerance for being held so throwing her was an easier task.

For anyone with concerns out there, no cats were harmed in the making of this image and all were given cat treats and affection for their participation.

Again I want to remind you that this is the last portrait for the Everything Waffles Portrait project for a few months. I will be concentrating on the Modine Files and another upcoming video series called Lower Brow.

A massive fan of the Everything Waffles project? You do not have to fear as portraits are always in the works. Just stay in touch with the site and you might find surprises in the future.

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Explosive Experiments

Video

Here is a taste of what is on this week and coming up the following months. Everything Waffles is becoming more and will soon emerge out of a new cocoon.

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.