I'm working on a new concept called 20 expressions. The idea is to explore different human emotions within a single space with a single subject and then to repeat this many times over with different subjects in order to get a broader look into what different people do to display the perceived "normal" physical reaction to a real human emotion. One of the most interesting, and also most difficult, aspects of this project so far is to realize all of the different subtitles and intricacies of how the face and the body can move and contort in order to express certain feelings and then applying that knowledge to directing a person on exactly what to do. It can be very challenging trying to draw out emotions that aren't actually present, but fortunately I've worked with some pretty talented people so far, like actor/model David Namminga (featured above), and working with talented people like that always makes things run smoother and definitely makes my job easier.
This is a work in progress and the above collection of photos is from a test shoot, but I'm about ready to take this to the next level. So, if you're in or near the Santa Barbara or San Diego area and you're interested in participating in this project please let me know. You can contact me through my website.
**UPDATE**: The project has officially begun and the results have been pretty fantastic. You can few a few of the images so far on the "People" portfolio section of my website... More to come!