I have been wanting to share about my Thesis project from last semester for quite some time now. Thesis is a semester long project we had to do in the beginning of second year at NAIT. Basically, we had to pick a topic, and create 15 images based on that topic.
As soon as I heard about it when I was in first year, I immediately began trying to think of ideas for what I would do for mine, since it sounded like it was going to be a lot of work. By the end of first year, I still didn’t have a clue what to do. Over the summer I finally figured out that I want to be a wedding and portrait photographer, because that’s what I love to photograph. I wanted my thesis project to be something that would challenge me creatively, but still involve some form of portraiture. However I still didn’t have any ideas. Finally, I pretty much had an epiphany. I never thought this would actually happen. I was on my lunch break at work and I wasn’t feeling very well so I had my head resting on the table. For some reason I began to think about when I was in high school and one of my teachers dressed up as Gambit from the X-men. If you don’t know who that is, you should read this. He is pretty cool. Anyways, the costume he had was awesome, spot on. As soon as he walked into the room I was like “YES, that is a sweet costume!” A lot of my classmates didn’t know who he was, which was sort of depressing to me. I don’t read a ton of comic books, but I am a bit of a Marvel nerd.
Anyways, back to my epiphany. So I was thinking about the awesome Gambit costume, and that was when the light bulb went off. I sat up and was like “THAT’S IT! That is what I will do for my thesis!” I know, I know, it sounds really cheesy, but it was honestly a pretty epic moment for me. Just picture me, being all sad because I’m not feeling good, and then I get this brilliant idea, and I slowly lift my head up from the table, and in my mind I’m jumping up and down from excitement.
My original idea was to do 15 different Marvel heroes, but after awhile I realized it could be really stressful to find all the models and costumes and whatnot. SO I decided to focus on my favourite hero: Spider-Man. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone thinks he is the coolest, I get a lot of people hating on me for my love of Spidey. But he has been my favourite for as long as I can remember. (Back to when I would watch the cartoons with my younger brother.) AND, I think it is neat that Peter Parker is a photographer as well. I just find it to be a really cool story. So that was my plan, to tell his story.
For me, that involved some hard work, including some intense photoshopping, new things I had never done before, AND, handling a live tarantula. Which is something I have always wanted to do because I thought it would be terrifying. But I managed to face my fear, and I actually find tarantulas fascinating now.
Here are some of my favourite images!
This last image, as well as the second one up top, were the ones that required some photoshopping I had never done before, they are both composite images. My good friend Cody was the model for both of them, he operates heavy equipment. So to take the images of just him swinging from the rope and hanging upside down on it, we actually brought his bobcat into his shop, took the bucket off, lifted it up as high as it would go and tied the rope to it. Here is what our set up looked like. Needless to say, it was quite the adventure.
First we actually left the bucket on, but as he was swinging the edge started to cut the rope…so we had to change things up a bit.
Don’t mind my crappy iphone photos! And yes…we did actually hang the light upside down like that. Ha ha!
I never would have dreamed I could create a photograph of Spider-Man swinging from buildings if it weren’t for my wonderful boyfriend Luke. Thank you so much for your input and support throughout this, and believing that I could pull it off!
And thank you so much to my models Cody, Matt, Ciaran, and Rosie the tarantula. Last but not least, thanks to all my classmates, and my instructor Shaun Scade for all your help. I appreciate you all so much.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read, I hope you enjoyed it.