… under the hot sun, even taking a breath seemed an effort. With his mind focused on his personal revenge, the silent man faced the heat and kept moving… The terrain was uneven and put him to test many times. Skilled with bow and proficient in close combat, he could only hope to survive the journey first, in order to fulfill the promise he made to himself…
This is a fiction inspired by BORIS VALLEJO, MAD MAX MOVIES (1,2,3, FURY ROAD). Special thanks to István DEMETER providing props and expertise with the bow!
Concept, Edit and Photography: myself, Zsigmond BÁTHORI
Model: Zsolt PETRE
PS: … this by far is an imperfect story. Nevertheless, I wanted to do it. A small team effort was involved and shooting under a hot sun it is not an easy task, anyhow… especially when shade are scarce and the white calcareous rocks reflects the light and heat as well. I chose to shoot this project only with the sun as my main and only light, no other light or light modifier was used. The editing of photos was done in Lightroom 5.7.
… The wet pavement was pitch black and invited me for a walk in that late hour of the night. The air was fresh and I saw no reason t0 inhale and exhale calmly as I strolled downtown in this city. After carefully measuring my steps visually on the sidewalk and listening to the peculiar sound of the shoes made hitting the ground in my lazy walk, I was forced to raise my head due to a bizarre voice coming behind my shoulders… But nobody was behind me… “This is strange”, I said to myself while I scouted the dark street adorned with lots of colorful window showcasing well-known and less-known brands, as well as designer’s collection on various faceless mannequins of uncertain gender… These silent dummies wearing proudly elegant garments were gazing upon my unshaved face as I walked by the shop windows and were spitting from their inanimate heads words, sentences, occasionally even comprehensible phrases… I felt uneasy to shoot them. Yet… I know that to some of you, they might speak just as loud and clear as to me, these silent witnesses of the city life, who change their outfit or even outlook by the season, hear and see us humans walking by… and remain still, almost painfully lifeless before our daily thoughts… They just never age, never need to see a doctor or never fall in love. Next time, please do stare into their frozen faces…who knows, you might feel something uplifting… you might even feel lucky… to be alive. But we both know, dear reader… being alive and LIVE are two different stories… Indeed.
… slowly it passed a year since I published anything on this blog. I am not going to waste time in finding nicely wrapped excuses… get directly into the subject. One of my former student asked last year to take some photos about him. even gave me some hints what he would like… and I ended up getting pretty familiar with the TV series called MAD MEN. Last week we met again and while we sipped our coffee in a new fancy coffee shop recently opened in my town I started to picture in my mind the shooting… The end results can be seen here:
Spring… another opportunity to feel alive, to start dreaming and to look into ourselves… for no reason. This posting is one of my interesting childhood memories relived. Where a holiday is not only an excuse to celebrate but a reason to re-examine the roots, the traditions, the habits… I will not reason why, not explain myself, just let you enjoy your Easter Holiday!
” … Torhild’s day started with a routine… a routine that was precise for the last three years… She was the warrior in charge of guarding the lake and the passage between the hills that connected her homeland with the outer world… The calm sky was peaceful. The frozen lake was a beauty itself to Torhild’s unique blue eye…She was constantly scouting the horizon, while her mind linger time to time on past things… on warm thoughts and strong embraces of a loved one. Nothing seemed to ruin her day… and yet, all signs indicated the invasion of the north’s barbarian horde… Torhild’s calm was broken.. she quickly set up the smoking signals for the nearby watchers in order to call for battle the warriors of the land… ”
This shooting was planned a long time ago, precisely from last year, after the autumn shooting with my model TIMEA. We was waiting for the snow in order to make a winter shooting together, but the winter had other plans… The script has changed a several times, but finally, I found a nice scene, the model agreed to take part in my new idea… and on a Saturday cold winter afternoon we headed to the frozen lake… and above you can see the results…
Photograper / Editor: Zsigmond BATHORI ( myself)
Model / MUA / Styling : Timea BARABASI
Light Assistant: Claudiu BAIAS
Model’s Assistans: Gyongyi NAGY, Tunde BALAZS
Fire Master / Making of : Gyozo HAMOS
Prop Supplier: Lehel VALICS
PS: I know, the fake lightning is pretty obvious, I know… but for the sake of the fantasy I had some fun :). It seemed pretty difficult to control the colored smoke grenades smoke directions… in that waste open land the wind was changing its direction pretty random… nevertheless,it was a great team experience!
stay tuned, I am back in business 🙂
well… like it or not, the new year is not gonna be much different from the old one… unless you make it different! Plans, promises and desires, we got them all a handful. But we need to put effort and work behind them to make them happen… I started this year with an easy shooting, where I was mostly light assistant, driver and it felt good. My goal was to help out Bella, a fellow photographer who organized the shooting, yet capture one shot, that I gradually built up in my mind due some inspiring things over the weeks…
I wish everyone a better year, but hey… don’t just dream!!! Work, create, get inspired and have fun!
WORKING TITLE: URAMI BUSHI
In case you expect to see some nice photos about beautiful models, you came to the wrong place this time. Today I had the chance to document one tradition, that still exist in Transylvania, after my country adhered to EU and accepted its regulations… First I witnessed as a child this tradition and later on my life, moments like this recurred. My intention today was to document the skill and craftsmanship of a well respected butcher near my town, a skill about to be lost in a few years, I think. The story is short… the butcher, together with a priest relative bought a 130 kg pig and this morning the were about to sacrifice it for consumption. The whole process is very efficiently executed, the needed manpower and resources managed well. I myself just pushed the button.. like I always do.
Finally… I got to this point where I can upload the results of this accommodation shooting… Timea is fun, laughs a lot and time by her side passes quickly… I barely realized how fast I shot two rolls of KODAK BW400CN at J`ai Bistro pub at that October day, when autumn was in full splendor… With many faces and expressions, I hope I shall have more shooting with her, near soon! Because I already started to meditate on my winter project …
Here are the analog shots…
Here are the digital shots…
Life comes upon you unexpected. It takes for a while to realize you have a mind, a body, and somewhere in between them, a soul… Living the days by minutes or seconds, can leave you empty or shallow… but living your days with love can leave you filled with joy and happiness… but just as easily, it can leave you with pain and sorrow… No matter what you do in life, mostly you take chances… you gamble the present moment for a future gift… although you feed your body and feed your mind, your hiding soul starve and famish for love and affection… and seldom you can dare to love not caring for the consequences that may lead to pain… one way or another, you have to admit it! Love hurts! 愛は痛み! … and yet… taking no chance may prove the biggest risk of all!
Model: Andreea Paltineanu
MUA: Andreea Dumitrescu
Text/Photo/Editing: Zsigmond Báthori ( me 🙂 )
PS: I do know that the previous teaser announced an accommodation shooting with TIMEA … a bit more patience please, soon it will follow… PROMISE!