A Hollywood Scoop Light & Jo-AnnThursday, September 06, 2018
When my pioneer wife Rosemary told me that we were moving from Mexico City in 1975 to Canada (the US was out as I was an alien Argentine) I followed orders. She further informed me that I would have a hard time learning French so Montreal was out and that I would not be able to handle the Toronto snow. So we came to Vancouver.
It is my belief that if the French CBC had not hired me to take station ID slides for their TV station launch and I had not met Malcolm Parry I would still be washing cars for car rental agencies. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if we had originally settled in Toronto with the proximity of New York as a place for an enemy Argentine alien to seek photographic work.
One very good Vancouver photographer, Brent Daniels, did just that and moved to Toronto. But before he left he gave me this beautifully odd Hollywood scoop light which I still have.
In my years of having a big studio I did a lot of experimenting to keep me active when work might have been slow. I had a favourite subject Jo-Ann who would visit me for sessions, once a month on Thursdays.
She was very plástica, a word of choice for my friend Argentine artist Juan Manuel Sánchez who for 10 years was my mentor (without me knowing). By plástica he meant a combination of flexibility, muscle tone with a touch of voluptuousness. Jo-Ann talked little and most of my instructions were with a nod of my head and she would always seem to know what to do.
Since these sessions were not magazine assignments I did not have to produce on deadline a useable image for a demanding art director. Here I could afford to do as I pleased. But in all instances I liked (and still like) to choose a theme or one lighting setup. I suggested to Jo-Ann that we would use the scoop light and nothing more.
I have no idea what a magazine art director would have said of these pictures. But I do know that they led me to further experimentation with the idea of simple themes where the restrictive parameters made me more alert to look for that shot.