I’ve been wanting to do something creepy for Halloween, and came up with this composite. I’m very fascinated by the idea of the spirit and out of body experiences also known as astral projection. On the one hand, I have difficulty believing in such things as angels and demons, yet the fear of possession and the loss of a soul seems very real to me. How can I have a fear of something that I don’t necessarily believe in?
I’ve been wanting to do some religious icon based imagery. In this case, we created the headpiece and decided on a traditional palate of gold, red, white, blue and black, though, as you can see from the edits I also played around with green. I like how in this series the model/character is not merely a representation of any single goddess or saint, but rather she seems to be a modern amalgamation of characters, religions and cultures. On the right, you’ll notice two alternative edits. The lower one is based in some traditional imagery, the rose – so often depicted with Mary lending its symbolism.
Chasing Rainbows: I’ve been wanting to explore the OZ theme for sometime, so it was to my great fortune that my new friend Ashley showed up with a Dorothy costume in hand! The Oz series is, to me, the quintessential American Fairy tale. Oz represents escapism, while Kansas is the epitome of mundane, and the very tumultuous experience, represented by the twister, is the necessary catalyst for change in order to escape the cycle of habit and familiarity. In this image, I wanted the colors and light to feel like that eerie light before a tornado: an uncomfortable and even sickening yellowish-green. At the same time, we have our heroine frantically running across the claustrophobic, grassy landscape, which is speckled by solid objects of civilization (the power lines). However, in this scene, she is not running from the twister, but rather towards the rainbow which seems to almost disappear very faintly in the distance. Perhaps it is like chasing dreams that seem to fade, and the urgency we feel to run towards that adventure, hoping to leave all that we know behind.
In continuation with my alphabet challenge (in which I attempt to create an image by selecting a random word from the dictionary in alphabetical order) I am picking back up with the letter B. I randomly selected ‘Buzz’ for my wor – which worked out well because I had been wanting to use some photos I’d taken of some bee carcasses that I’d found outside of my house. I wanted to make the image look like the cover of a magazine as Buzz seeming like some kind of catch word for a fashion editorial. Hence, a sort of model like pose as well. But then there is angst in my face (hello wrinkled brow), the sort of anxiety one might feel from a bee buzzing around or landing upon her body. Furthermore, I’ve attempted a palette that mirrors that of the bumble bee. Not my favorite work, but not bad for a little project to keep me Bizzzzy.
Justin performs his magic at bachelorette parties and other events, so we wanted to produce some images to appeal to that market. I wanted to create images that were revealing without the images coming across as obvious or vulgar.( I guess I could go off on a soapbox about a general lack of artistry in modeling portfolios, though usually its with female models being crudely photographed in submissive and diminutive positions.) I think he displays a lot of vulnerability as an actor and model, while at the same time bringing an intensity that is very engaging with the camera. I think the viewer is affected by this with intrigue- rather than dismissal as shallow or blatant objectification.