To end Ghent’s 200th Birthday, there was a big event at Art Omi. A local photographer Richard Beaven Took on a project to photograph 200 portraits of people who have lived in Ghent from a week to 100+ years. At first he thought he would do 150-175 but he ended up taking 275 portraits which is about 5% of Ghent. The town of Ghent and Art Omi and other people helped make this show happen. All the portraits were shot on medium format film, he went knocking on doors as well as people telling others to be part of the project . I am one on the portraits in the show, it was very odd being in front of the camera as a “formal” portrait and not just a candid portrait like i am used to.
Timothy H o’Sullivan
There is not a lot of information about him and there is no 100% proof of some of the facts about this photographer.
Born is 1840 Died 1882
he was a photographer during the civil war and documented it. He also did landscapes as well and native american work as well.
He was the photographer for the Department of Treasury in 1880.
O'Sullivan's history and personal life remains a mystery for many historians as there is little information to work from. For example, he was either born in Ireland and came to New York City two years later with his parents or his parents traveled to New York before he was born. There is no way of finding out which of the two stories is true.
This idea has been in my head for many years. The idea came from seeing famous movie scene in the location they were shot as well as war photos in the same location today. So the project that was in my head was to take historical/old photos of near by towns that I could find online or that people have shared and go to the location and try my best to take the photo as it was taken back then. ( i wrote the whole project out but thats the over all idea of it.)
These are 2 examples of what the inspiration came from and if you click the photos above they will take you to there site where you can see more examples.
A new photography friend of mine ( Dan ) Gave me the push to actually do it finally. So I packed everything I thought we may need and we only used a hand full of things. We used my ipad with photos on it to help frame the shot and to see how close we could get. some of the photos we recreated had to be a panoramic as well as HDR ( over, under, exact exposure).
From doing the first round as you could call it of photos it helped us understand a few things such as working as a team, framing the photo as well as other things. It was also interesting to see how much buildings and the areas have changed over time.
The creative/artistic part of the project is the layering part (part 2&3) where the real part of the project takes place. the side by side is more of a reference so you can see the full photos.
The below is group one part one
The old/historical photos for this project were from many sources
Born is 1886 Died in 1998
The middle photo is one of his most famous and iconic photographs
one of the most innovative and influential American photographers and one of the masters of 20th century photography.
He photographed many things such as landscapes, still life, portraits and much more.
He knew he wanted to be a photographer at a young and got his first camera which was a simple box camera at the age of 16.
He learned photography and assisted his father in his studio. ( sounds a little like me)
I was asked to photograph a party for the 2018 Chatham Film Fest Kick off party. A long time ago in middle school, I volunteered to help set up the film fest and got to see a few films. Now I got to be apart of the team and document the party. The party was also an event for Brian Cox as well as Stephen Lang. I had a lot of fun at the event since I got to do candid photos "( which is something I am known for). When ever they wanted to do posed photos they would find me and say “zach can you take out photo” which I am ok with. The food as also very good, I had like 20 grill cheeses ( they were mini triangles) as well as a few mini burgers.