This are getting creative and wheels have been put in motion! I have some friends I’m working with that I have decided to call “The Team”. The Team consists of Tyra Weitman an aspiring fashion designer and brilliant stylist who I’ve worked with on several projects over the last few months and Carolyn Secord a remarkably talented makeup artist who has helped one several projects to date.
The first creative we’re doing is actually Carolyn’s idea. A while back she made a prosthetic mask modeled after cubist paintings. Since then she and Tyra have cooked up a garmant to match, we’ve planned hair and found a model and next week we’re shooting this very dark, textured and shadowy work of art. The only thing still up in the air is the location of the shoot. We’re pushing for the back room of the Red Gate but there may be a conflict due to a movie screening that day…
The second shoot is actually an idea I’ve been tossing round for a little while now. A while back I modeled for a friend of mine, Chris Snell (no web site), who made a cast of my upper body to make a sulpture:
While I was holding very still a beautiful girl was having her legs cast in wax and inspiration struck. I saw the exact image I wanted burning in my mind and I knew that at some point I had to make it happen. I called up the team, proposed the idea and they were stoked! The emails I got when I proposed the idea came back like this:
“fucked up…. i think i have some ideas!! i think you will like them.”
“ I’m in I have a shit storm of half finished/finished and don’t like/discarded and salvaged canvases, busts, art shit for filling a room.”
“ I’m thinking dark, creepy, heartbreaking and beautiful. Like a Lovecraft story. An old house, a young abandoned occupant, left to live alone in a drafty forgotten house.”
I brought Chris in on the project as well as he has worked extensively with the wax and other sculpting tools. This image should be remarkably creepy. Haunting and beautiful. I can’t wait to see it. We’re shooting on April 13th.
The final project is a continuation and evolution of the Paper Dress Project.
The shoot has evolved considerably since this photo and even the last time I mentioned the project. The original idea came from a scene in “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but the plot portion of the image was dropped in favor of a more aesthetically based image. (The above photo is one of three from the series) The idea changed in to an entire paper world based around Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Each image was to be taken from a different story in which the fragility of dreams becomes especially apparent (One of the images I am still going to shoot one day, but not for this project). The shoot now has developed a cohesive plot that flows through the entire series of images (Five images in total), examining the transitions of life, the sculpting of the mind and the fragility of man kind. Much of which will be presented directly through the changes to each dress of the series but assisted by the locations of the shoot. I’m very excited about the project and I can’t wait to see the finished results down the road. This project is a lot to bite off but I have confidence that we’ll make all the elements fit together to create something beautiful. We’re aiming for a june/july shoot date (Those dresses are a lot of work).
Stay tuned for updates!
(These projects don’t mean I’m not taking other projects. If you have a shoot you’d like to do please don’t hesitate to contact me!)