Chris Becker Lights Up
If you watch the premiere of the new television series Extant on July 9, you just might see the work of photographer Chris Becker gracing the background of a scene. This is because Chris’ images were commissioned by CBS films for use in the new drama from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Chris used his networking skills and a little bit of luck to land this fantastic gig.
Chris had previously worked with a set designer in Los Angeles who saw his work at an art gallery. The set designer phoned his contacts at CBS to tell them that he had found the perfect backdrop for shots in Extant.
Chris credits his unique style and process with his success thus far. He always seems to find striking locales begging to be lit and photographed:
“I love going out in nature and exploring,” comments Chris. “I definitely gravitate towards surreal, eerie, almost alien settings.”
Shooting almost exclusively at twilight, Chris uses an arsenal of batteries, modified spotlights, and of course bug spray to get his signature shots. Leaving his shutter open, Chris literally walks around his subject with a handheld spotlight during the exposure. This approach allows him to accent whatever aspect of the subject he prefers.
Of course, this guerilla process is not without its pitfalls: “Sometimes I’ve had encounters with the police due to my extremely bright lights,” admitted the photog, “But it’s nothing that a quick explanation couldn’t resolve.
To see more of Chris Becker’s work, tune in to Extant on July 9, and visit his FoundFolios portfolio.