This is the third in a new series of monthly self-portraits that I have been working on since the New Year (inspired primarily by my girlfriend’s declaration before the holidays about my natural tendency to avoid being in pictures outside of the realm of iPhones and candid pictures at bars). I am finally starting to get a little more comfortable with the idea of being in front of the camera. Even in my day-to-day life I have noticed that I have stopped going out of my way to avoid being in pictures.
I also have an exciting announcement to make – and it is appropriate to mention it because this is likely one of the last pictures I will take in my current studio. In fact, the space was in the early stages of being packed up and stripped bare while this was taken. After months of searching, Scott Gable and I have finally found an ideal property for an expanded studio space in Buffalo’s downtown Theatre District. We are leaving the old Larkin District behind and moving to the 700 Block of Main Street. We are aiming to have the new space open and fully functional by the beginning of April. The next few weeks will be hectic as we complete renovations, pack and transport gear and fixtures from the old studio, and stay on top of our assignments and projects, but we are excited for this change and to start working in our amazing new space – and I cannot wait to start sharing pictures as we get the studio finished. This is a really exciting time for us. Keep an eye out for more updates about the studio coming soon.
Last month I launched a new feature on the blog which unveiled the first new self-portrait I have taken in a long time. Despite a general disdain for being on the other side of the camera, I actually had a lot of fun with it and decided that I would turn it into a monthly project – creating a new self-portrait each month this year. Thus the newest addition to my blog – Selfies- was born. Welcome to the second installment.
This pink backdrop had been sitting in my studio for a few weeks for an upcoming series of shoots and I simply could not resist playing around with it a bit early for one of these portraits, so I broke out the fancy duds, one of my favorite ties, and my new glasses (I love Warby Parker). It is certainly a more formal departure from my usual hoodie/black wool cap/band tee combo that serves as my go-to studio outfit most days in the winter. This is more along the lines of what I rock when going to meetings and those occasions when I need to be a bit dressier. I am planning next month’s portrait already and I might even have a new portrait to share alongside it that a new friend recently made of me. I am really starting to look forward to this new project each month – stay tuned for more.
I have never liked having my picture taken. In most of my high school yearbooks you can search and search for me, but for the most part all you will find are footnotes reading “Picture Not Shown: Luke Copping”. I was the kid who was mysteriously sick on picture day (except for one very unfortunate and very 90’s looking school portrait of me with long hair, a bright purple dress shirt, and a very bad tie – I promise I’ll share it someday) But in the last few years I have become more comfortable with being on THAT side of the lens – mainly due to my girlfriend’s complaints that there are almost no photos of me other than the occasional Instagram or night out party shot, and her almost paparazzi like urge to snap photos of me when I am unaware. Over the holidays, as I was spending a lot of time in the studio doing yearly equipment inventory and maintenance, I decided to embrace her suggestion that I should take some time to work on some self portraits.
I had a lot of fun.
It was nice to slow down and work on something like this, given the rapid pace of the corporate and editorial projects I have been working on the last few months, it gave me a bit of open air to have a good time, experiment, fail, start over, and just play. I enjoyed the process so much that I have decided to try a little experiment; in addition to the new work, news, and other regular features that make an appearance on the blog I am going to feature a new monthly self portrait – the picture above is the first from this ongoing side project.