I have to wonder at the symbolism presented by the tree and apple scene in the Wizard of Oz. Perhaps it is a suggestion that as strange as things in the land of Oz might seem, they can always get weirder. Personally, I’ve always been attracted to the apple, I appreciate its tactile qualities as well as its deeply rooted symbolism in our subconscious. Universally, It is strongly tied to beginnings, and to change. In this event, I like to believe that it is also connected to the folly of youth. The apple, as tasted by Eve, bears the wisdom of age, but conversely the loss of innocence. Our childlike Dorothy clumsily reaches out for the apples; struggling to satiate that youthful curiosity.
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.
Some photographers are able to get exactly what they want in camera. Honestly most of my images are about 90 percent where I want them to be off the card, but, I almost always give my images a little 10 percent boost. I thought I’d show you how things go down: I’m not doing anything that hasn’t been done before here, but I often wonder how magic tricks are performed so, maybe by showing you how its created you’ll be inspired to try it yourself!
I found Noelle through model mayhem where I fell in love with her stunning brown eyes. As I typically do when I’m browsing models, I look for someone who inspires an image or a feeling for me. When I saw Noelle, I imagined her as this french girl from the 60s leisurely reading and smoking in a casual cool beatnik kind of fashion.
I like the vintage look, and she did her homework with makeup, as she doubles as a cosmetologist, and hairdresser. The poses, especially this one where she delicately touches her neck, and this one where she is reminiscent of 60s Italian cinema royalty,
and finally the smoking image are my favorites! But I love them all, and hopefully she and I will share more collaborations in the future!
I was thinking about all the little things that lead you through the day. We are half awake, and half in trance when we go about our day. We have all of these trigger symbols to let our subconscious know when and where to go. What if we didn’t have arrows or clocks? Would the world turn to chaos, or would we have to rely on our waking self a little bit more?