Ronen Goldman specializes in surreal conceptual photography. His dream-inspired, “Surrealistic Pillow Project” employs abstract concepts that convey meaningful, funny, and magical stories that are open to the viewer’s interpretation. While figuring out how to capture the concept of each image takes months to plan, the photos have to be shot in one session so that they can be captured from the same viewpoint with the same lighting to ensure they are optically correct. Let’s take a look inside Ronen’s camera bag to see what equipment he uses to pull off these dream-like images.
I like working with both digital and analog, so whatever I can do in medium format film, I go for it. For everything else, I love my digital setup.
Canon 5D Mark III
DSLR camera with 22-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and wide range ISO setting of 100 – 25600
I’ve been using the Godox AD360II paired with an Elinchrom Rotalux, for very soft and dependable light with enough power to handle outside situations.
Think Tank Airport Takeoff. I’ve had it for many years now, probably my favorite piece of equipment. I have lots of Think Tank stuff (backpacks, slings), and it’s all built to last and wisely thought out. Helps me get to and from location shooting with ease.
“The Surrealist Pillow Project” has been a work in progress for about 10 years and Ronen has no intention of stopping any time soon! To see more from the series, as well as his cinemagraphs and commercial photography, visit his website or Instagram. And, be sure to check out our interview with Ronen.
Jen is the Editor-in-Chief of PHLEARN Magazine, where she helps shape inspiring stories and handy tips for aspiring and seasoned photographers. She has worked as a photography writer for many years, contributing to numerous industry-leading publications. Proudly Canadian, sometimes globetrotter, self-taught photographer, Jen is temporarily settled in Spain.