I’m creating a series called; “The Fall”. The book focuses on the party, the party after the party, and the fall. I want to focus on the range of emotions that someone goes through when they go out to party with the wrong intentions. After an emotional trauma, like a break-up, we tend to look for something to numb the pain, like alcohol, drugs, or sex. I don’t want this book to take any kind of stance on the use of substances, and I don’t plan on showing any of these substances, however I want this rise and fall to really stick with the viewer, I want the emotions of heartbreak to stand out, and I want the viewer to empathize.
Like everyone, I’ve experienced my fair share of heartbreak and I dealt with it in my own way. I want to portray what I…what all of us go through when we feel that kind of fall. I think that’s what makes this project compelling and memorable, because we’ve all been through it, or we all will at some point, so we can all relate to it.
Apart from my personal experience, my inspiration comes from singer/songwriter, The Weeknd. He has three mixtapes; House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence (later combined into an album titled; Trilogy). His music traces a woozy, debauched journey that join the current conversation in hallucinatory r&b and indie rock. It paints a dark, sexy, and lush tone that both entices and frightens listeners of this lifestyle we often fantasize about. I want to reimagine The Weeknd’s music in my photography.
For my shoot at Elfin Forest I looked at Brooke Shaden and Greg Gorman for inspiration. They both have very unique and different styles, however these styles both have attributes that I want to include into my own work. Brooke Shaden works to create new worlds within her photographic frame, and her focus is conceptual photography that often explores darkness with a beautiful twist. Her images tell stories, however the meanings behind them is entirely up the viewer.
Greg Gorman uses his signature black and white style which includes an exquisite tonal range that invite his viewers to look closer, to share a moment of intimacy, and deeply feel humanity. I love his masterful use of black and white and contrast in his images.
I want to combine both techniques into my upcoming series, I think I’ll end up shooting and editing my images in this way for the rest of the semester.