Photography couldn’t exist without glass. Lenses are reliant on it for their optics and mirrors use it too. We all love our LCD displays on our digital cameras, but when we are actually photographing glass many of us turn to jelly. I have written before about shooting through it, but a job that I shot this month involved shooting a big glass jar.
When I was sent to photograph this school laboratory assistant I was given a pretty free reign to do what I wanted.
The Picture Editor had told me that we already had some “straight” pictures of her on file so I could be as creative as I liked. That’s sometimes a bit of a poisoned chalice, but I’m always up for a bit of a challenge so I decided to try to do something a bit different.
When I arrived at the school, I met the lady I was photographing and was taken to her small preparation room next to the main laboratories. It’s always at this point that I start looking for clues about what to include in the photograph and the room was full of glassware. Test tubes, beakers and conical flasks were everywhere so I decided that glass was needed in the images. (more…)