Who is Vassilis & What is “The Remote Posing Project”Posted: February 23, 2012 | |
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I have met some really interesting people utilizing various social media sites. Vassilis, aka “Vasvas” has some of the most intense portraits I have ever seen. The interesting part is that he does his portraits remotely. Read on to learn about his process and how he creates these intriguing images of people all around the world, many which he has never met in person.
Vasvas, your work is incredible. Can you tell us about your latest project and how did you get started with this project?
Thank you very much! My project is called “Remote Posing Project”. I post in instagram and Flickr hi contrast and highly detailed portraits. My portraits are extreme close ups of people’s faces in order to get the required detail. After posting some of my photos on instagram, a guy with nickname @Nixxin (Ben Boyd from Mississauga, Ontario) sent me a portrait of him to edit.
The post was very successful and I thought that as my shooting process is very simple (put your iPhone close to your nose and shoot!), I could sent some simple instructions and people from all over the world will send me their photos for editing. The Remote Posing Project (the name sucks!) was born! So far I’ve made the portraits of 19 people from USA to Australia!
Can you explain your artistic process? Which artists if any are you influenced by?
The summary of my process is that I convert a color photo to a HDR black and white photograph. I use only my iPhone 4 for shooting and editing my portraits. The process was discovered by chance one day I was fooling around with some applications… The result was impressive and I perfected the process. My process enhances extremely the details of the skin making some people think I shoot with an expensive DSL camera.. But it’s just an iPhone 4 or 4s and good lighting conditions! The comment I usually receive is that although I make people look ugly I capture their soul in my photos. Some others say that I make people look like coal miners, which I think, is true! Also women avoid sending me their faces!!! In my opinion I make some very interesting detailed portraits and that is all…. I don’t have have any influences, I never thought that I will be shooting portraits…. But I’m sure there are some great photographers who made this style of photography before me….
So far beside the people participating in the project, I had the pleasure to cooperate with some great instagrammers like Evren Dede (@evrendede) from Greece with who I made my most popular photo and Serhan Keser (@serhankeser) from Turkey who donated a great face to my collection!
How many photos do you have utilizing this process?
About 90 photos. Out of them, 19 belong to the Remote Posing Project, 5 were “stolen” from the internets (portraits of Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, George “the Destroyer” Papandreou, Josh Homme and Chris Cornell) and the rest I’ve shot them myself. I usually post 1-2 photos every week. As you understand I’m out of models !!!!
Have you ever considered publishing a coffee table book of your work?
That’s a very good idea. I’ve already checked online services like Keepsy to make an album but never thought of publishing a coffee table book on commercial basis. I am an amateur iPhone photographer (an “iphonographer” as some people say) an I don’t think that there are many people who will buy my photos. But definitely I would like to see some day my photos printed.
What other projects have you completed? Same scale as this one or smaller/larger?
I’m trying to make a painting of one of my photos. The canvas is 1.2 x 1.2 meters and the whole process is painstaking and time consuming. I will make a presentation in instagram when it is finished…
I used to shoot and develop b&w photos with my SLR about 20 years ago… Also I play bass guitar and I try to learn some drums. I also am a kick boxer but this is a martial art…
What are some of your most memorable shots?
How can my readers see more of your work or contact you online?
If they have instagram they can find me by my username @vasvas. They can also find my photos in high resolution in my Flickr account at www.flickr.com/photos/vasvas. And if they want to participate in my project they can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will receive some simple instructions. Thank you very very much Frank!
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Frank Cunha III
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