Lando Griffin, a.k.a ‘The Suited Racer’, is an ‘anonymous’ US-based artist, photographer, social commentator and Instagram influencer.
I can only speak for myself. Made. Nothing I have is a gift. I’ve had to work hard to be better every step of the way. I do believe this is true across the spectrum. The best con is making people believe things are effortless when they are anything but.
I wasn’t really looking for (or see it as) a “public image”. All those things were intertwined with who I am, I simply covered my face up. We can all agree that it can be kind of ridiculous. We can all agree it isn’t that ridiculous with what’s really out there. The influencer part is a by-product of the work.
When I realized I could create a broad story for the audience from a single moment captured correctly. My biggest passion is story telling.
What I’m doing only works if it is believable. The story and imagery can feel supernatural, but it is not. Nothing about it is. It is important to always look for natural sources in those moments that bounce light in specific beautiful ways. Little pockets of light in the setting that can bring the image to life.
I can see why you could make that observation. The truth though, is that it is very spontaneous and free flowing. As close to point and click as you can get. Sometimes, depending on the weather, I’ll coordinate a predetermined route for moving shots. But the actual shooting is very much point and click.
I want everything to look real and possible. But, I want to communicate it with as much a cinematic style as I can. This is where Loupedeck changed the entire game for me. It helped me achieve a breakthrough and get closer to that vision.
The overarching story of this project will end in a scripted show on a streaming platform. This is what I’m working on right now. The world of “The Suited Racer” is dark, socially dystopian, and it juxtaposes with how much I don’t take myself seriously. Color is such a big part of storytelling, it communicates so much.
The world of “The Suited Racer” is dark, socially dystopian, and it juxtaposes with how much I don’t take myself seriously. Color is such a big part of storytelling, it communicates so much.
I was speaking about this just recently with some photographer friends of mine. One of them is one of the best product photographers out there. His technical knowledge is SO VAST, and for a product that works so well. For what I do, I believe it is 90% emotional, 10% technical. Technicality can get in the way of creating a moment that will spark emotion in the spectator.
Absolutely. Conveying emotion without any facial features is something I’ve learned. The body positioning with a slight tilt or dip of the head becomes the only way to communicate.
They’ve progressed. I truly compete only with the man I was yesterday. I want to beat that guy every day. When he wins, we both lose.
In Lightroom, you start at the top of the tools and work your way down. Some say this is the “proper” or intended way for it to be used. The Loupedeck console turned my post-production work from a serial endeavor, to a parallel endeavor. I don’t know if there is a better way to describe it. I could imagine what tweaking luminance on a certain color channel while tweaking contrast may look like without having to “go back” up. You’d have to own a Loupedeck to truly understand what I mean.
The Loupedeck console turned my post-production work from a serial endeavor, to a parallel endeavor.
Yes. I created this world. I’m passionate about it. I can identity what works best. The arrows and rating buttons have made the selection process so much more efficient and enjoyable… the part of the process that was the slowest and most gruelling. From selection, to coloring, to exporting, there is no separation from Loupedeck in my process. I’m a HUGE fan.
It was a constant … “I just have to push that?! I just have to turn that?!” More than anything, it cut my work time in half.
Most photographers aren’t in a mask as the subject of their own photography as they direct almost every shot in their shoot. Post has always been the most exciting part of the process for me. Loupedeck has created a real flow, a real process.
Without a shadow of a doubt, 100%, I could not have arrived to where I am in photographic style without the power that Loupedeck has brought to my toolbox.
Can’t wait to see how Loupedeck continues to evolve. I believe every purchase of Lightroom should come with a Loupedeck console.
Post has always been the most exciting part of the process for me. Loupedeck has created a real flow, a real process.