BÄNG magazine is a publication headed by Hasselblad Master (QEP) and award winning photographer Günther Egger, combining fantastic photography with in-depth artist interviews. So when they approached me to photography Dr. Matt Lodder for one of their features, I was more than happy to oblige.
Having first met Dr. Lodder when he was still studying, it has been great to see him go from body-art aficionado to well-respected academic. Currently Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex. He teaches European, American and Japanese art, architecture, visual culture and theory from the late 19th century to the present, including modern and contemporary art, digital and "new media", and the intersections between art & politics. It is always a pleasure to catch up and photograph Matt, capturing his enthusiasm and general warm nature.
The brief from Günther was to shoot on black background, in black and white to really draw attention to the person and not just his tattoos. Dr. Lodder has a stylish wardrobe, so it was a hard choice to select which outfits to wear for the feature. We opted for a plain white t-shirt and his 'trademark' thick rimmed glasses, to create a strong contrast in the final images.
Unlike the very technical lighting in my action-freezing concept shoot from the last post , the lighting here was very simple ; A single large, soft light infront of the model, and a diffused backlight to separate Matt's sleek 50's styled hair from the background. The often overlooked advantage of simple lighting is that it really allows the subject freedom to move around and express themselves, which I feel really came through in this session.
To find out where to get the print or online edition of this interview and magazine please visit baengmagazine.at
To contact Dr. Lodder, the fastest way is via his twitter account.