It has been so long since my last post. This past month has been very busy for me. After the Christmas holidays, I had to go back to work as usual and also resume my academic obligations. I had to complete two projects for the university, one after the other. And of course as soon as the new year came we started our plays at the theatre, too. I don’t remember if I have mentioned this before, but I play in a local theater. This year I take part in two different plays, both based on Agatha Christie’s novels. Luckily we only play on Fridays, so it doesn’t take up too much of my time. So in between all these activities, I had little time for photography, which saddens me very much. I ‘d like to at least go out shooting on the weekends, but sometimes even they are filled with other things. I hope that as the days start getting warmer and longer, I will find more shooting opportunities.
Although I didn’t have time to actually shoot, I did a lot of productive thinking on future projects. I already have some ideas that I have been working on and last Saturday I set out along with my boyfriend to shoot one of them. I had hoped that I would have time for two shoots, but in the end I only had time for this one. I had even made a scetch for the image I wanted to make and it was very clear to me what I needed to do to make it work. So, we headed to a place I had visited before on my own, a small forest near the city. It’s a very beautiful place and it was so calm and quiet when we got there. As soon as we arrived I started looking for the right spot, quite in a hurry, because the sun was already slowly starting to set. I found a spot I liked and I started posing. I had not rehearsed the pose, so it took a while to get it right. Having a second opinion from my boyfriend was indeed very helpful. All the time I was shooting I could hear some mountain bikers in the near distance. I guess they must be very fond of this place, because I had also heard them the first time I was there. Luckily, they didn’t come our way, so I wasn’t disturbed. After a few shots I was happy with what I had and we headed back home.
I have been editing this picture on and off, throughout this last week. I really like the way it turned out. I even compared it to my initial schetch and they were very similar! I am really happy that I was able to create the image almost exactly as I had it in my head. I hesitated about the fog a bit, since it’s the first time I have created fog in a picture, but in the end I think it suits the mood very much and it completes what I am trying to portray. I have used two texture layers in this image, both offered by Brooke Shaden on her blog a little while ago. She uses textures a lot herself and from time to time she offers these free texture packs for anyone to use. I have started making my own texture collections too, but nothing of mine seemed to suit this particular image, so I thought why not trust Brooke, she is a huge inspiration for me anyway.
I don’t want to explain the image this time. I’d like each viewer to make their own meaning out of it. The only thing I will tell you is that this is the first image of a series that I have decided to make. I have not yet decided on a name for the series, but it’s main theme is going to be the relation we have with ourselves. I decided to make the series after realising that a couple of ideas that I have been working on, are linked together around this theme. After thinking more about it, I came up with even more ideas around this theme which I have started working on. The idea of making a series excites me beyond words. I feel that I know have a purpose, a direction that I am eager to follow and I can’t wait to shoot more and show you what I come up with.
Next Monday is a public holiday, so no work for three days! Yay! I have already started planning all the things I am going to shoot during those three days… So, hopefully you will hear from me again soon this time!