William Klein’s name wasn’t familiar to me, but his work certainly was. One of his fashion shoots dates back to 1968 and I remember the photo from that time. It takes a pretty impressive photo to make that kind of impact. In preparing to emulate Kelin’s work, I came across Eric Kim’s website. He lists 10 things Kelin has taught him.
1. Get up close and personal to your subject. Shoot with a wide-angle lens, 21 to 28mm. No telephoto lenses.
2. Keep a photographic diary to capture interesting moments during the day. Be aware of your mood during the shoot.
3. Go against the grain, use high contrast, blur, decomposition and use accidents.
4. Pursue ethnography. Explore other cultures and a sense of place.
5. Be purposeful with your shooting. Focus yourself and be intense. Don’t carry a camera around all the time. Plan your shooting time.
6. Have fun.
7. Don’t worry about the camera.
8. Don’t worry about technical settings.
9. Be opinionated.