This is a revisit of a photo I captured a number of years ago when I was still shooting with poorer quality glass and a smaller camera body. While the camera setup did not result in the highest quality photos, it did have lend an interesting softer, almost illustrated quality to images. As you can see here in Cancer Man, the hands and hat, while in focus, feel somewhat liquid, like an oil painting.
This photo, while heavily edited, is not a composite – at least not in a traditional sense. We shot this in an old, burned out and abandoned mill along the Jones Falls in Baltimore. The barrel, smoke, dust and various other industrial elements were captured in camera. The high key, spot lighting is coming from a strobe placed behind a shattered window hidden behind the wall on the left side of the frame. The model’s face, the smoke replacing it and the red wash, were really the only elements added in post.