There is rhyme and reason for everything, including the title. Now, as far as planning goes I had 36 hours notice to scrounge together a useful shoot (considering I'm doing this on a school night) and the only request was a graffiti wall. I generally get to meet a client prior to a shoot or at least have background knowledge about their use and intent for my work. It was cold and it was already a long day (my students drove me halfway up the wall and traffic pushed me all the way to the top. Nonetheless, I couldn't let angst and stress deteriorate my artistic ambition.
I picked up Kila from work and we clicked (no pun intended...maybe actually) instantly. I knew we were going to have a good shoot, but not for the reasons you may think. Her mind was similar to mine and her outlook on life was very optimistic and carefree. She proposed that I do my work and she trusts I will capture what she wants...I love it! I had free range to try things I have wanted to try, especially after some girl once told me my shit was a little to fluffy and nice. Yes it is fluffy and nice because family portraits or engagement shoots aren't supposed to look sinister and dark. Summer and I get to push the limits once in a while but I had someone today who allowed me to be the sculpture, hold the brush, click the shutter and push them over the edge (which I think she didn't really have one).
"I'm going to challenge you." That's what I was told days before the shoot and I definitely was challenged.
How can I make art and sexuality blend but not make a Maxim magazine shoot or a playboy or something like that? I wanted dark and edgy, I wanted sexy and daunting, I wanted contrast, black and white, weapons, and sex. I wanted to do as I see fit, even though I was not fitted to shoot anything in particular. Just had the graffiti wall and a subject.
Well, after I got the lights the way I thought I wanted them and asked to test my light she hoped on set and started going (so the first dozen shots looked dismal). Told her to take a smoke break, and corrected as she was there, knew where I wanted her to stand and from there on we had fun! I especially loved when we got to the point were we left the wall and used the floor space with the lights behind us. Pondering a series from this...what do you think? Would you want to see more, more props, sets, and subjects...or have you seen too much skin!?