January 2015 Update: Sockumentary is now internationally known. Earlier this month, the BBC London called and interviewed me on the air for a segment called Collector’s Corner. They were curious about my sock collection.
The interview aired on January 18th, 2015. Gaby Roslin, the host of Collector’s Corner, was an absolute joy to chat with. I’ve posted an audio clip of the interview for you to enjoy.
I am a crazy sock collector. Plaid, argyle, striped, polka-dotted, skulls, and random patterns – I love them all.
I had the idea to take pictures of my sock collection a few months ago. I wasn’t sure how the final image was going to turn out even though I had a few different visions in my head. The only thing holding me back was my lack of a foot mannequin. However, thanks to my friend Sarah, who gladly bought me the plastic foot form to support this project, my crazy sock collection collage has come to life.
So, without further hesitation, I present to you – Sockumentary.
I purchased some of these, and others were gifts from friends and family members. I want to highlight a few of my favorite pairs. I love them all, do not get me wrong, but a few definitely stand out from the rest. In no particular order …
Albert Einstein socks
My work friends, Pilar and Andy, saw these Albert Einstein socks on one of their weekend getaways, and knowing that I love crazy socks, they decided they had to buy them for me. Thanks, Pilar and Andy!
Batman socks with a cape
It’s tough to see the cape from this angle, but these Batman socks have a cape that hang down almost to the heel. My Mom bought these for me because she knows I love Batman and crazy socks.
Orange stripe socks from Happy Socks
I love these orange striped socks simply because they are so bright. I bought these at Nordstrom Rack, and they are Happy Socks brand. I have a few pairs of Happy Socks and each pair fits so well. I highly recommend them!
Pirate robot socks
Come on, who doesn’t love pirates, and who doesn’t like robots? When you put the two together, you get an amazing pair of socks.
Behind the scenes of the photoshoot
Here is a “behind the scenes” shot of the setup. I created a white, seamless background with a piece of posterboard taped to a tall box and used light pencil markings to outline the foot’s position. The main light was a Canon 580 EXII positioned camera left and aimed at the toe of the foot. I used the Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens at f/8 on my 5D Mark III.
Thanks to my wife who lets me turn our kitchen table into a photo studio (and who also puts up with these crazy ideas of mine), and thanks again to Sarah for the foot form. You helped make Sockumentary possible!
So, what’s your favorite pair of crazy socks? Are you a sock collector? I’d love to know in the comments below!