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Production!!!

Evan Baden

"It's All About Me. I Mean You. I Mean Me."

"It's All About Me. I Mean You. I Mean Me."

Wow! This has been a particularly busy time for me. Since the start of the semester, I have done nothing but move from one shoot to another. It is exhausting but also extremely refreshing and unbelievably satisfying.

If you don’t know my working process, it can be summed up as highly constructed imagery based around recreating images. Because of the way I work, it usually takes me a great deal of time to make an image. I am not the type of person that goes out into the world and finds images to capture. I am more of a gatherer than a hunter.

Before the transformation

Before the transformation

For me, my time is consumed by searching for images to make, figuring out how I want to make them, finding models (which has further been complicated by my using models under 18 years old), finding locations to shoot, actually shooting, then Photoshop and printing. Each image I make takes approximately 25-35 hours worth of work, and that’s only if I find my models and locations in a timely fashion.

Balloons almost didn't fit in the car

Balloons almost didn't fit in the car

Looking at the above paragraph, it should come as no surprise that my average image making comes in at around 10-12 images a year. That’s what has been so incredible about the last 7 weeks.

Shooting

Shooting

The past 7 weeks have been the most productive time I have ever experienced. During that time, I have shot 8 images. For me, that is almost a years worth of work. And while its not all ready to go on a wall, the film is all there and waiting. Last year, I had a hard time figuring out where I wanted to go with my imagery and waffled for most of the year, but now that I am focused in on a concept and a method of image making, I am rolling and producing like never before. Much of that is due to the fact I don’t have to work a full-time job while I’m in grad school.  This is what I came back to school for. Now, it’s just a matter of maintaining this pace!

Production!!!

Wow! This has been a particularly busy time for me. Since the start of the semester, I have done nothing but move from one shoot to another. It is exhausting …

Photography MFA Evan Baden, evan.baden@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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