The fantasy is a big part of how I shoot. This is why I like photographic narratives. A series of images which tell a story rather than using words to describe a scenario. Of course I like words too, I write on this blog enough to make that pretty obvious.
When you use images to tell the story you are also including the viewer in on what the story may be. You allow them to use their imagination and draw their own conclusions as to what is actually happening. Hugh Hefner once said the best thing about a striptease is the tease. The unknown is often times more intriguing than the known.
A photography teacher, who is a friend of mine, also said every image should have mystery, ambiguity and contradiction. I like this approach, although I don’t always do it with my work, but looking at the work I do see it in little ways in a lot of my images. I definitely have an ambiguous approach, I really like to follow the shoot on the path it takes on its own.
I was shooting last week and had an amazing concept for an editorial, and right in the middle of it we (the model and I) shot this amazing little set of images that have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the series. Totally different vibe, look and feel to these images. The editorial should be out soon, and I was considering submitting these images to a magazine as well, but I really want to keep them for myself. Or to share with all of you here on my site.
The shots for the editorial have been submitted and will most likely run very soon. But I had to share this shoot I had in the in-between moments with Olivia. I love soft, pretty light. We were just shooting a bold set right before this series and a very bod set right after this series. But I had an idea, we ran with it and this is what happened. It was the right place at the right time.
The house was a mess, wardrobe was all over the sofa and floor, my dogs were running around and this whole set was shot in my living room. The wardrobe was just a pair of thigh high socks, with holes in them nonetheless.
Olivia spotted my old Yashica camera and we listened to side one of Carol King’s Tapestry and this set was over. It was as simple as that.
No planning, very little direction. Olivia knew what type of mood I wanted and she did her thing. These are the images which happened from just having a simple idea, not following a specific theme and working with someone who is up to make the switch from bold to soft at the drop of a hat.
This was an amazing shoot. I can’t wait to share the editorial when it comes out, but for now this will be my own “American Glam” editorial on this site, which is where I truly feel it belongs!