This is a concept I thought of a while ago and although it is rather simple, I hadn’t managed to shoot it until now. I wasn’t sure at first about the location I wanted to use, so I kept my eyes open for something that would fit. Last week when I was visiting my family back in my hometown, I was determined to find time for shooting and so I did. My first attempt was unsuccessful for various reasons, but I got luckier the second time around. I found this stone wall outside a little church very close to my house and I thought it suited my purpose. So I took the shots I needed and even had time to shoot for a couple more pictures in the same area. I can say that I was quite satisfied with myself that day.
The dress I am wearing belongs to my mother, she used to wear it when she was about my age and I have always loved it, especially the color. Ever since I started in conceptual photography I had this dress in mind but I couldn’t find anywhere, so it made me really happy to finally find it and wear it in one of my pictures. I actually altered it a little in photoshop, making it longer than it really is. I hope I get to use it again in some other photoshoot, although its design could be somewaht restricting.
I also had to extend the stone wall too, because its original height seemed too short. It makes me feel really good that I get to learn something new with each picture, after all that is the whole point of experimenting.
With all these alterations that I had to make, I ended up expanding the frame so much that the final image is about 7000pixels wide. The original file got so big that at some point Photoshop was not able to save it and I had to split it into two different files. That was new as well!
All in all, I am quite satisfied with the end result and it is very near to how I had first pictured it. The only thing I am still uncertain of, are the colors. I have this feeling that maybe something is not quite right there, but I decided to publish it as it is. I’d love to hear your opinions about it!
Oh and I should also mention that this is the second image in the series that I decided to make, revolving around how we perceive ourselves. I still haven’t found a title that I like though. I am thinking about “reflections”, but I am afraid it might be too cliché … Let’s make that a working title then! Any suggestions for a title are welcome!