The Rapidly Closing Window

I recently saw this great little short film below by Malcolm Venville on Nowness and thought it was genius in how it perfectly illustrated the all too frequent process of dwindling access when it comes to shooting celebrities. It starts with high concept plans and grand promises and slowly it gets whittled away by circumstance, miscommunication, politics, scheduling and luck so that in the end you are fighting for what is actually possible to achieve within the basic properties of physics: time, space, and gravity. It’s all about what you do in the moment of opportunity you finally end up getting, no matter what you went through to get there and how short it may be. Kudos to Malcolm for taking a fairly absurd situation and turning it around into a fun little film. I guess he still did get to go to St. Moritz too and that’s not so bad. On the flip side, I actually photographed Malcolm in 2010 at the Toronto Film Festival when he was there promoting Henry’s Crime which he directed. I remember him being very nice and he gave me all the time I needed to take his picture.


2010 Toronto International Film Festival

3 Responses to “The Rapidly Closing Window”

  1. Danielle Moir Kaplan

    I love this post as it speaks directly to some thoughts I was having yesterday. As I was tediously working away on some images I shot at an event with a celebrity over the weekend, I found myself pondering over the future of my career and really asking myself where the passion lies in my work. My thoughts traveled through space and time like a ping pong ball in a tile bathroom and I kept coming back to this analogy that my style of work as a photographer is more of one that captures a moment and not creating a moment. That is not to say I cannot or do not create moments setting up shots or arriving to a job with thoughts and desires about how I want to shoot it but my passion since the first time I ever held a camera has always been more in the vein of the reportage style. The beauty of that split second where impulse takes over and you snap the shutter because of something your eye has registered that your brain has not even had a chance to become conscious of. Somehow I had this notion that the portrait photographer had a vastly different way of working, more of the upper hand if you will, with a scheduled sitting. When in truth, we are all working for that split second, where instinct takes over and there is nothing else but you and your subject and this post was a wonderful glimpse into how we (photographers) are all connected in that same way.

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