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That’s A Wrap : We’re All Going to Die

Phil KittComment
That’s A Wrap : We’re All Going to Die

Incomplete as of 1/4/19.

I recently had the pleasure of shooting another arts festival at the Esplanade Hotel in St. Kilda. While the last festival I shot went for several weeks and involved multiple shoots, this one - We’re All Going to Die - took place over three nights, and only involved me shooting the opening night.

The challenges I faced during the shoot were similar to the previous festival I shot, but with a few added pressures. Like the other festival, We’re All Going To Die was a series of mini shoots all wrapped into one. The night involved an opening Q&A with the festival’s progenitor, followed by three main performances, and a series of attractions in the atrium of the Espy with attendees could interact with between the main events.On previous nights I had multiple opportunities to shoot each of these events, whereas during this shoot I had 15-20 minutes per performance, with no opportunity for a do-over. Combined with a relatively comprehensive shot list for what was arguably the hardest shoot of the night, the pressure was definitely on.


Opening Q&A | Fuji X-T2 + XF23mm f1.4 |  1/250sec @ f1.4 | ISO5000.

Opening Q&A | Fuji X-T2 + XF23mm f1.4 | 1/250sec @ f1.4 | ISO5000.

The above shot features the opening of the festival, which was a Q&A with Stefan Hunt (pictured right). As with most events of this type, the main struggle was with moving around and getting in the position I need to be in to shoot. I’m currently essentially working with two prime lenses - a 56mm (85mm equivalent) and a 23mm (35mm equivalent) - which means I’m forced to move a lot closer to the subjects I'm shooting. I’m conscious that using prime lenses can only improve my skills as a photographer, but sometimes it is nice to have the option of hanging back with a 70-200 and shooting to my heart’s content.

Regardless, I overcame my hesitation to get in the way of patrons, and used the space at the front of the stage to shoot. It’s probably pretty obvious, but the main shot I wanted to get was a wide one of Stefan and the interviewer, with the “We’re All Going to Die” text clearly visible in the background. I think I achieved this. Also, while I included some colour versions of this shot in the final image set I delivered, I feel that the black and white vibe lends itself well to this type of event.

Life Drawing | Fuji X-T2 + XF56mm f1.2 |  1/250sec @ f1.6 | ISO5000.

Life Drawing | Fuji X-T2 + XF56mm f1.2 | 1/250sec @ f1.6 | ISO5000.

Next up was a life drawing class. This was easily the hardest shoot of the night, due in large part to the sensitive nature of the subject matter. I was doing my best to frame all nudity out of the shot, but with limited maneuverability in the room, it proved to be pretty difficult. I still got a few nice shots like this one of the model when everything was over, but it was definitely the weakest shoot.

Death Meditation - The Gershwin Room | Fuji X-T2 + XF10-24mm |  1.5sec @ f4 | ISO1600

Death Meditation - The Gershwin Room | Fuji X-T2 + XF10-24mm | 1.5sec @ f4 | ISO1600

The Death Meditation was the second main shoot of the night, and the second hardest, largely due to the fairly comprehensive shot list I was given for the event. they

Bedroom Moves | Fuji X-T2 + XF23mm F1.4 |  1/1250sec @ f1.8 | ISO2500.

Bedroom Moves | Fuji X-T2 + XF23mm F1.4 | 1/1250sec @ f1.8 | ISO2500.


Cover image : Espy Atrium | Fuji X-T2 + XF10-24mm | 1/100sec @ f4 | ISO 5000.