By far one of the best music videos I've had the pleasure of working on. Director Emily Esperanza absolutely killed it.
My street photography has gotten its first ever feature in the online publication of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography! Check it out here: www.cclapcenter.com
I shoot on both film and digital, although I typically lean towards film when I can afford it. I’ve shot on various cameras, including a Yashica Electro 35 (which was my first rangefinder), a Minox 35 GT (one of the smallest full frame 35mm cameras ever made), and, most recently, a Fed 5c (a Soviet-made Leica copy).
As for digital, I shoot on Micro 4/3. I prefer this format to full frame and APS-C both because of its size and the lenses this system has at its disposal. I use a Panasonic GX7 with a Leica 15/1.7 and Olympus 25/1.8.
Part of why I love film is the mentality it embodies; because of its limitations, one is forced to slow down and think. Obviously, speed is of utmost importance in street photography, so this was a hurdle I had to initially overcome. I also feel far bolder when shooting on film, as people are more often than not intrigued by my severely outdated camera and don’t mind having their picture taken with one. Many of the things I learned shooting on film, such as zone focusing, have carried over into my digital practice and have made that work even more efficient as a result.
I typically shoot with either a 50mm on my film camera and a 28mm equivalent on my digital camera. I enjoy the 50mm focal length for general photography as it’s the one I find the most natural to compose with. The 28mm, on the other hand, requires me to get very close to my subjects in order to capture the moment, something I find frightening yet exhilarating. I typically shoot from the hip when using digital, walking past my subjects and attempting to be as discreet as possible. I also ride a bicycle while I shoot, which I admit is rather foolish, dangerous even, but it allows me to cover more ground and draw less attention to myself when I’m snapping from the bike lanes.
My work as a street photographer initially began as an attempt to expand my art practice as well as a form of personal therapy, and has since evolved into a passion, one that has helped alleviate my anxiety as well as enrich my work as a filmmaker and storyteller.
Follow me on Instagram (@gregstephenreigh) to see more of my work. Updated every weekday.
After what can only be described as three of the most interesting weeks of my life, the Mexican half of the narrative portion of "EL CULTO DE LA MUERTE" has wrapped, and you can now view a short teaser of what we created during that time.
I'm proud to say that I did some of my best work ever on this film, which is my first as cinematographer, a credit I share with the talented Maj Jeanne (http://www.majjeanne.com/1358333).
Some very passionate individuals need your help.
Only a few months ago I was asked to shoot a small scene for a little film that my friend Emily Esperanza was working on. Since that shoot, I was drafted on as one of the two cinematographers for the incredibly ambitious film project known as El Culto De La Muerte (The Cult of the Dead). Under Emily's direction, I was given the freedom to experiment beyond my wildest dreams (in all seriousness). The images I created for El Culto are by far the most interesting I've ever crafted.
Using a combination of vintage lenses (some of which are broken, or considered optically inferior to many of today's modern lenses), with various vintage, obsolete, screw-on filters, combined with a good helping of Dogme-inspired frenetic camerawork, I was given the freedom to craft unique images with an filmic, baked-in look that allowed my digital cinematography to take on a life of its own. No other filmmaker I've worked with has given me this level of freedom nor the inspiration to take risks with what would be normally considered imperfect and risky methods to tell stories through images.
Emily's creative vision, one that relies heavily on experimentation and improvisation, is a breath of fresh air, to say the least. Using a combination of digital video, analogue vhs, 35mm, and Super 8mm film, along a mix of documentary and narrative segments, EL CULTO DE LA MUERTE is a pastiche that spits in the face of the idea that everything has been done before.
The documentary portion, exploring Mexican culture's connection with death, has already been shot. The narrative portion that takes place in Chicago is currently in production. But there's one last piece of the puzzle. In order to finish the film, we need to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, to the complete the remainder of the narrative portion. I wish it would be as simple as hopping on a plane one weekend and shooting some footage. It's not. We need to raise some money to pay for transportation, materials, crew, and everything in between needed to finish shooting this unique adventure.
You can visit the film's Kickstarter page here:
If funded, not only do I get a trip to Oaxaca (seriously, get me out of the city), but American independent cinema gains an eclectic, unique, and daring vision from an incredibly passionate and driven artist. We need your help. Every cent counts.
I'm excited to be showing a film of mine as a part of the Wretched Nobles screening, Sunday, May 4th.
I'll be screening alongside fellow Chicago artists Emily Esperanza, and Kimo Knowles & Miya De Baker.
The event is Sunday, May 4th, 7pm, at 2454 W Moffat.
From the event page:
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/755524797820850/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
I'm rather ecstatic to announce that my latest essay film, Kulturpark, has been selected to screen at the 2014 Chicago Underground Film Festival this April.
The process of submitting work to film festivals is never easy. It's expensive, time-consuming, and often ends in disappointment; I was told all throughout my time at art school that if you're lucky, you'll get into one out of every fifty festivals you apply for. That's a lot of money, time, and sweat just to hear that you didn't make the cut.
I submitted Kulturpark to CUFF on a whim. I didn't apply to any others because I was low on cash and needed to eat that week. I paid the fee, sent the film their way, and went on with my life. One midnight, months later, I was about to fall asleep when I received an email with the title of my film in the header. I braced myself to hear "Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately..."
The very first word was "Congratulations". Needless to say I didn't sleep a wink that night.
I'll be posting more about the film in the next couple of days. Stay tuned.
Chicago Underground Film Festival: www.cuff.org
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/398208686989854/
Catch my essay film, Sleeping Pod One, playing on loop at the Above Market Gallery, one night only, on February 1st! The film, along with other works by Chicago artists, will be part of a show called "One Night Stand".