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EDITOR IN CHIEF /DESIGNER Alfie Goodrich.
CONTRIBUTORS/PHOTOGRAPHERS Derek Makishima, Takahide Mitsui,
Celia Rae, Alfie Goodrich.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Very special thanks to
William Penrice, Seiko Kashiwagi, Elizabeth Addyman and the rest of
the team at Hasselblad Japan for their wonderful support and
professionalism... and their amazing cameras!
No words quantify how grateful we are to Nori Ogata and the team
at Studio Nori for the hair, make-up, kimono dressing and for all
their assistance before and during the shoot. Amazing work,
ladies!! Thanks to our two lovely models, Hana and Rina, for all
their hard work and patience.
Thanks to Katsu and Mariko at Profoto Japan, for lending us four
of the wonderful B1 and B2 battery-powered location lighting
Stekki is produced by Alfie Goodrich &
EditorialIntroduction by Derek Makishima, photographer and
Hasselblad Ambassador. The Gear We Used on the Workshop.Seeing The
Light: our first cut of the day.Keeping It Simple: using basic
backgrounds to good advantage.From The Post Office to the Church:
shooting inside and out two of Meijimuras superb buildings.First We
Hit The Bank, Then We Do Franks: ending the day with a session
inside Frank Lloyd-Wrights iconic 1920s Imperial Hotel.Before &
After: straight out of the camera shots compared to some of the
HASSELBLAD DISCOVERY WORKSHOP SPECIAL EDITIONMeijimura, Aichi,
JapanJUNE, 2015N 11
One of our models for the day, Rina-san, poses on the mezzanine
level of the lobby from Frank Lloyd-Wrights Imperial Hotel, which
was moved from Tokyo to Mei-jimura in 1967.
Alfie GoodrichPhotograph by Lisa Fujiwara
Going out on the road with a great crew is one of the joys of
location photography. Its a time when all the hard work,
location-scouting and preparation comes together in a flurry of
mutual, collaborative creation: if all goes to plan. But, even if
plans dont work out quite like you thought they would, a good crew
always has the ability to pull pretty much anything out of the bag
and make it shine. Such was the case for the recent Hasselblad
Discovery workshop at Japans premier heritage park, Meijimura,
Aichi-ken. Boasting a large number of original, period Japanese and
foreign buildings, and set in acres of gorgeous countryside,
Meijimura is a veritable playground for film-makers and
photographers.As you would expect from somewhere that is a favoured
location for period television dramas and films. Getting the chance
to stage a workshop there was, to say the least, an exciting
No period drama would be complete, of course, without costumes,
hair and makeup and our team for all three was headed-up by Nori
Ogata. Ogata-san is one of Japans pre-eminent kimono dressers. Her
team for the day did not disappoint, creating a wonderful fusion of
old and new styles across the clothing and models hairstyles and
makeup. The weather, for the most part, behaved itself and have us
bouts of intense sunshine [always fun to battle with on a
photoshoot but made superbly manageable by Profotos excellent
location lighting] as well as puffy clouds and moody skies. We
couldnt have wished for better weather if wed ordered it
especially. Our students for the day rose to the occasion and the
location, capturing some wonderful images which I hope you will
enjoy seeing as much as we all enjoyed making them.
Alfie Goodrich,Editor in Chief
Broadening horizonsthrough DISCOVERY.
The ancient, the mod-ern, the traditional and the outrageous,
the hyper-cute and quiet elegance they all co-exist simultaneously
and har-moniously here in Japan though like the bento box, they
co-exist sepa-rated, invisible borders set between. Inspiration,
creativity, these things dont have borders: the ancient, the
modern, the traditional and the outrageous they are atomic
particles bouncing around inside my head, my thoughts a laboratory
where I place these particles into my
neural network of atom smashers creating new elements of art and
design. Metaphor aside and in plain-speak English I merely wanted
to take down borders, merge seamlessly the elements of old and new,
a hair-style I saw in Harajuku, a kimono I admired at a friends
Kimono rental shop, the makeup of a fa-mous pop star, the white
faced Maiko of Kyoto, something elegant and something brash
some-thing new and some-thing old.
With an extraordinary team of makeup artists, hair stylists, and
kimono dressers, all friends of mine and people I have worked with
for years, we tied everything together through the use of color and
shape to either soften or render those borders non-existent. This
was to be a shoot to highlight the brilliance of working with
Hasselblad, and one of the most bril-liant things about shoot-ing
with a Hasselblad is the way they render colors through their 16
When I did this project I did so with some inspir-ing words I
heard Kuro-sawa say in an interview which went something like, If
you are going to shoot in color it must not be an element, it must
be a character.
Introduction byDerek Makishima
HC 35-90mm f/4.5-5.6HC 80mm f/2.8
HC 100mm f/2.2HC 300mm f/4.5
Profoto B1, B2
...some of the the cameras, lenses and lighting gear used on the
seeingthelightgetting the day underway: choosing a good location
& starting to mix ambient light & flash.
A beautiful patch of reflected light on the models neck draws
the attention of one our attendees. The white, red and black
palette here is
wonderfully set against the green of the bakcground.
Photo: Takahide Mitsui
Lit with one Profoto B1 on a pole high and right, shot into a
reflector umbrella. H5D-50c, HC35-90mm, 100ISO, f/6.8, 1/350th sec.
The photo at right shows a detail from the shot on this page.
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