A Self-portrait on the set of “True Grit”
Best of Both Worlds
Just when I thought Jeff Bridges couldn’t get any cooler, I come across a media release for ICP (International Center of Photography). On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Mr. Bridges was Honored for his work in photography at the 2013 Infinity Awards Dinner.
What?!?! How did I not know?
As one of my favorite actors, I was floored by the images in his book “Pictures”. Since 1984, he has been creating a collection of wide photographs using his Widelux camera. The Widelux is a fully mechanical swing-lens panoramic film camera. The resulting images are an intimate and sometimes playful look into the world of motion pictures. Mr. Bridges stated in an interview with the New York Times that he prefers the quirky camera for its ability to “see” like the actual human eye and ability to play with long exposures.
“The Widelux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn’t accurate, and there’s no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality. I like that. It’s something I aspire to in all my work — a lack of preciousness that makes things more human and honest, a willingness to receive what’s there in the moment and to let go of the result. Getting out of the way seems to be one of the main tasks for me as an artist.” ~ Jeff Bridges, from “Pictures” 2003
The wide angle and long exposure time also allows many of his acting friends to create diptychs of funny faces within a single exposure. Photographing on set in between takes, Mr. Bridges is able to capture moments in a book that he then gives to the cast and crew of the film he is working on at the time.
“To this day, looking at a proof sheet for the first time is like opening a Christmas present I’ve given to myself. What a great surprise – to see what the camera saw; what worked and what didn’t; to feel the moment of the picture all over again.”
Mr. Bridges hopes to publish a newer book and intends to continue photographing the sets of his movies.
Yes – please!!! I cannot wait to see what abides.
Jeff Bridges Going Wide
Matt Damon: “Tragoedia/Comoedia,” on the set of “True Grit.”
The stuntman Gilbert Combs in “Fearless”, 1993
John Turturro as “Jesus” in the “Big Lebowski”, 1998
Michelle Pfeiffer and crew on the set of “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, 1989
A fake New York City skyline on the set of “The Fisher King”, 1991
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules