I was recently interviewed by the good people at VoyageLa Magazine, and I wanted to post the article. Thanks for taking a look! I learned a lot about myself from the article! http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-sherman-oaks-photographer-alexander-slanger/
I recently posted an image online which prompted some disbelief among the viewers. The image is of a child's face impression on her mother's pregnant belly. Some were confused/disgusted and thought that somehow I had superimposed the face of the soon-to-be on the mother's belly. The explanation is much more simple than that. So, when the skin is pressed, it turns white for a moment. My first search on the internet states that, "When you press on the skin, you force the blood
For this week's blog installment, we have a rather simple (though underused) method of portraiture. We used "mixed lighting" for the desired effect. What I mean by mixed lighting is that we (I) employed both strobe and continuous lighting. That is to say, one light flashed, while the others were a constant source of lighting. What is the result? Well, it is that rather strange outline of my head on both sides. During the 2-second exposure, I shook my head side-to-side, and th
What does a Los Angeles photographer do when it's 99 degrees outside? Shoot a senior portrait, of course! A friend's daughter needed some portraits for her yearbook, so we made a day of it....a very hot, sunny day of it. Jenna and I first shot some quick portraits ( in the same vein as Peter Hurley), in my garage studio. The set-up involved 3 strip banks, all positioned around the camera lens. This creates a poppy, shadowless portrait, with a trademark catchlight in the eyes.
I was recently hired to photograph a family portrait for some close friends. For the sake of this article, I will refer to the parents as "Dave" and "Erica".......since those are their names. They were looking for a photograph to hang in the living room (and perhaps, also as a holiday card), and wanted something unique. Acknowledging their son's energy, independece and enthusiasm, "Dave" and "Erica" asked me to capture their "son's" attributes in a sui generis manner. The con
A few months ago, I was contacted to participate in a unique photography project. Backbones, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting survivors of spinal cord injuries, was organizing a traveling exhibit, portraying the stories of a handful of heroic survivors. The stories would be told by both photographs and written words. I, along with 20 other photographers across the country, embarked on photographing our respective survivors. My subject for the project was Ellen S
Around 1995, my friend Benny finally persuaded me to go with him to a swing dancing club in Hollywood. Convinced it would resemble an old folks' home, I fought the idea for a quite a while. We finally went, and ended up patronizing that club at least twice a week...for more than 4 years. That club was The Derby. While there were a few house bands who played some danceable music, there was one band that stood out. They called themselves Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The band members a