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In the studio with Juliette to photograph her remarkable tattoo back piece by Carlos Torres.  Torres is known for his black and gray style, with this style the best fit was to photograph on black and white film using the large format 8 x 10 camera.

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8 x 10 original Polaroid film photographs. The film is integral, and the image is reversed. You can peel apart the film after processing to reverse the image. I prefer to leave the image in the original state, as the chemicals change over time.NICOLE_CALDWELL_POALROID_8X10_CARLOS_TORRES03

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Q. How did you come to this design and Choose Carlos Toress to execute?

A. I have known Carlos for over 15 years, and after working with him for over four years, I have learned that anything he creates is amazing. We had a few meetings to design the female and decide on the elements, knowing we wanted a darker theme.

Q. How long did the process take?

A. It took us about 1 year to complete the project, about 60 hours of work.

Q. When Can I get in to see him!?

A. This guy is busy!  I run his books and it still took me three years to get an appointment.

 

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More shots of the process

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Last Year was my first time at Ink N Iron, and I had the pleasure of photographing  the Most Talented Artists for the Sullen Art Collective ( which got me a top 10 spot in the Hasselblad Masters!)  This year was Self Assignment, 35 mm, xp2 film, 16-35 and the Fabulous 50mm.  I don’t shoot just for me very often, and was inspired by APA LA “Off The Clock”  competition, featuring photogs in their “off hours”.

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Above photos shot at Nicole Caldwell Studio

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Thank you to Tattoo Magazine , Sullen Art Collective and Bernadette Macias