After the grand luck of Dom and Liduina contacting me for a wedding haikyo shoot a few months back, I figured I couldn`t bank on the same thing happening again. If I wanted to shoot models in haikyo more, I`d have to get out there and find them myself. So I put out a casting call, not sure if anyone would reply. Well, several did, which was great. The first I organized a shoot with was Sara, at the Keishin Hospital.
Sara came along with a couple of her friends, which I was glad to see. There`s bound to be some trust issues when entering a haikyo- you`re basically entering a (sort of) lawless area that is off the grid. Bringing some friends along definitely helps to alleviate those issues- letting all of us relax and focus on the shoot/exploring.
Two of Sara`s friends joined us; Jason and Yuko. We all met up on the train and had a chat about our various jobs (3 of us were/had been ALT`s), and about haikyo in general.
Once at the hospital we got busy, with Sara changing into a striking golden gown, while Jason and Yuko contributed far more than I`d expected by respectively scouting good shooting areas and helping me with the off-camera flash. Jason even got in for a few of the more relaxed/fun shots, which made for a neat change of pace.
A few things to note-
– There were two other groups in the hospital at the same time as us, one shooting a short horror film scene, the other a gang of mid-teens just laughing and running around. There was a pretty good vibe, actually.
– Around the same time that I went for this shoot, the fate of the Keishin Hospital was being decided at auction. Apparently the local council has wanted to get hold of the structure for years and demolish it, after receiving many complaints from local residents. Apparently a kid was beaten up there last year. Anyway, they had not been able to buy out the place for a long time because it was being used as collateral for other loans. That business finally went bankrupt though, and the council snapped up Keishin in a fire-sale. I hear they`ll turn the land into a park. Source- Japan Headlines Examiner
Sara in the lobby.
Cricket with an old surgical light.
Sara, with Jason. What`s the story behind this shot, I wonder. Note- the light was very heavy: good job Sara!
Jason shows us rage.
3rd floor. I had a helluva time lighting this. It`s not perfect, but pretty close to what I wanted. Sara showed a heap of patience while I tinkered with settings.
Up on the roof.
Love this pose. Sara has a very distinctive slash of white hair at her temple, a birth-mark.
Love the contrast, shot with 50mm 1.4 to blur the ruined corridor behind her.
Of course I took a heck of a lot more shots. Some of them I may put up in bits and pieces.
Thanks again to Sara for being such a great and patient model, and to Jason and Yuko for helping out so much. I`m really pleased with the shots we managed to get. Cheers!
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