Darien Robertson Photography

Light and Shadow: A Fashion Editorial

In my last blog post, I mentioned I had some more work in store for you. I’m happy to share that my latest editorial has been published in Sheeba Magazine!
 

The series, titled Light and Shadow, was inspired by the way shadows add a sense of dimension to an image. I don’t shy away from using shadows in my work, but in this instance, I wanted to make it as stark as possible, which led me to shoot a number of the images in black and white. Another source of inspiration was the work of fashion and commercial photographer Lindsay Adler. After examining her black and white work, and watching one of her Creative Live classes in which she used hard light, I felt compelled to try it for myself. I compiled a mood board and then reached out to model and designer Anna-Lisa Guthrie, who I felt had the perfect look to pull off a shoot like this. I also contacted the super talented Dominique Mitchell to do make-up, and fellow photographer Jik-Reuben Pringle to be my lighting and digital technician. 

 The outfits provided by Anna-Lisa were an almost exact match with the idea I had in mind, and the shoot went swimmingly (as can be expected when working with a great team). I have to give a big thank you to Sheeba Magazine for publishing our work! In addition to this, one image in particular is also currently on display at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the 2018 Faculty Exhibition. The work is on display in the CAG[e] Gallery at the college, and runs from the 6th of March to the 20th of March, so feel free to go have a have a look!

You can view the tear sheets from the magazine and a few extra images below; a full gallery can be found here. Enjoy!


Fete Fashion with Anna

I recently got together with my friend and fellow creative Anna-Lisa Guthrie to create some work for her fashion line Aura by Annaixe. Anna is not just a model and photographer, but also a designer, and I was thrilled to work with her to create new content for her portfolio; the tops and the earrings were made by her. Her designs are meticulously detailed and gorgeous, and she modeled them well. While it was a subsection of a larger project that we were working on (which will be detailed in another blog post), I still approached it as I would any project.

I was incredibly happy to have makeup artist Dominique Mitchell working with me on this project, as her skill and style is impeccable and immediately identifiable. Also present was my colleague Jik-Reuben Pringle, who filled the role of lighting and digital technician. As I always try to do for studio shoots, I shot tethered with my base edits dialed in, so that we could have an idea of what the final product would be. All in all, we had an amazing time on the shoot, and I can’t wait to show the rest. In the meantime, enjoy these!


Castleton to Buff Bay

Who’s ready for a few new photos! As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I work in the Photography Department at the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts. In October we went on our departmental field trip with the students to Castleton Botanical Gardens, the Charlestown Maroon Village and Buff Bay.

I’ve always said I’m not a landscape photographer, and while that remains true, two things remain the same; I always pay attention to interesting compositions, and I watch the movements of light and shadow in the environment. While most of my day was spent tending to the students, I did manage to get a few shots that I’m thoroughly in love with, and I’m happy to share them with you! 


Editorial Photos for WestJet Magazine

First post for the new year! I’m proud to say I shot the cover for the January 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine

The fine folks from WestJet contacted me late last year about shooting some photos of Kingston for an article in their January issue called Where To Go in 2018. They discovered me because of an article I wrote that got featured on Format Magazine! I was happy to accept the job and jumped right into making arrangements to get the job done. I called up my colleague Jik-Reuben Pringle in order to get his assistance travelling around Kingston (it’s always good to have a friend with a car!) and making contact with key people around the city. We also had Kid Bazzle along for the ride for a few days to provide help with creative direction.

 Over the course of a week, I shot a series of photos at Culture Yard in Trench Town, followed by the Bob Marley Museum, Coronation Market, Life Yard and Fleet Street. After getting a number of great shots, I was asked to shoot images that would be used for the cover of the magazine and a double-page spread on the inside to present the story. Jumping at the chance, I told Jik that I needed him for one more aspect; to model! He’s someone with a great sense of style, so I knew he could find an interesting outfit. With some creative direction offered by the WestJet Magazine team, we ended up with some amazing shots for cover and inner spread. All in all, I had an amazing time travelling around Kingston to get these photos! You can view the full issue of the magazine here.


Portraits for Phillip Thomas

Sometimes, posts are short and to the point. This is one of them. 

 A few weeks ago I was contacted by Jamaican artist Phillip Thomas to shoot some portraits. I’ve never known him personally, but one thing was always evident; the man has style! With him being a well-known painter and mixed media artist I was thrilled to work with him, but just like this post, our time was incredibly short. He had two fairly simple looks with wonderfully made jackets. Using a 47” softbox as my key light and a bare flash as the rim, I was able to get a very interesting look and feel from the images, using the light to sculpt not just his features, but the clothes as well. At the end of a 15-minute shoot, we had 4 great photos!

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