Spotlight: Bill Rodgers’ 3 Stripe Quarantine Project

Spotlight: Bill Rodgers’ 3 Stripe Quarantine Project

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Bill Rogers, NJspots Patron, started an extremely cool project in his home in the wake of New Jersey’s stay-at-home order due to COVID-19.

Read more about his 3 Stripe Quarantine project below and how you can check it out!

I had only planned on taking the first photo but I had a lot of fun taking it and I thought it would be a creative way to document this experience that's when I decided to set the goal for 1 photo per day until the quarantine is over. It has also helped me stay creative & keep track of what day it is during this time.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Bill Rogers and I live in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. If I had to give the project a name I would call it “3 Stripe Quarantine.”

Did your project start from an idea you had in quarantine?

Yes, it was actually inspired by that push up challenge going around. I kept getting recommended but did not want to do any pushups. I finally broke down and decided to do one but I was planning on doing it in all different track suits cutting between different shots.

Once I realized how many extra pushups that would take I came up with the cloning photo idea, way less push ups involved.

Check out the entire project on Instagram!

How did your project get started? Where did the idea come from?

After I decided I was too lazy to participate in the push up challenge, I figured out how many suits I would switch between and which colors to pick. My green track suit is my favorite one so I decided on that for the middle. Then, the remaining four somewhat mirror each other for composition — so I decided on the Red, Black, White & Navy.

I had only planned on taking the first photo, but I had a lot of fun taking it and I thought it would be a creative way to document this experience.

That’s when I decided to set the goal for one photo per day until the quarantine is over. It has also helped me stay creative and keep track of what day it is during this time.

HOW DO YOU DO CREATE THE IMAGE? Photoshop?? Magic???

The whole process is overall easier than you would think from a technical aspect. You need a tripod to set up your camera. After I have my shot/scene set up, I take photos of each suit in it.

After that, I do the majority of my color editing in Lightroom Classic, then sending to Photoshop to edit the images together into one.

Depending on how intricate the shot is, I have been able to complete some of them in a fairly short amount of time.

I would say the hardest part is coming up with different ideas and trying to keep it entertaining.

Need a tripod or any other equipment to keep yourself entertained? Check out our ultimate gear guide.

How does it fit in with your other projects?

It doesn’t really fit in with any of my other projects.! These are actually some of the first photos I have posted of myself. I usually prefer to behind the camera when shooting.

This will help me moving forward come up with more creative shots and trying to envision when the final end result can be.

Will you continue after quarantine? What is the future of the project?

I plan on trying to do 1 a day during the quarantine so we will see when and how it ends. I am sure I will continue to have fun with this concept in the future, but it may not be every day.

One thing that will happen in the future with this project is printing into a photo book that I can look back on a bunch of years from now.

“Spotlight” is an ongoing segment featuring our Patrons and their quarantine projects. Contact editor Abbey Dufoe for more information.

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