I create photographs of constructed realities for performers, directors, designers and event organizers.
Instead of relying heavily on CGI, I build sets or set pieces for the models, actors or performers in my studio in Downtown New York.
Unless the client wants the impossible, at least in terms of budget, I avoid using CGI. The actors/models have nothing to relate to and it just becomes too cartoony for my tastes. Even for the zombies coming out of the manhole I built 12’ of street, carved a replica manhole cover, and put the actors in the waist deep hole. I would have loved to put them inside a real New York manhole but the permits and expense were prohibitive.
Locations take a lot of planning. I see them more like canvases onto which I’m going to place actors and light. Location shots are challenging in that in order to minimize the amount of schlepping I try to plan out everything I need, down to the last pony clamp in advance.
For me, pictures are stories that you want to know more about. I want them to haunt you like a dream.
I have the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented performers, costumers and performers, without which I’d only have pictures my cat. If I had a cat.
All images copyright Michael Blase. All rights reserved.
You can see samples of my work here. Some you may recognize from postcards, flyers, subway posters, juried exhibits, Time Out New York, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Village Voice, The Villager.
Places where Michael's work has appeared:
- The New York Times
- Time Out New York
- The Village Voice
- Manhattan Digest
- Lonely Planet