This image is a part of project 12.

Story of 2 – surrounded

Slowly an image starts to appear. At first very blurry and washed out of all the color. The more I focus the sharper, vivid and real it becomes. I see myself surrounded by people. They start calling to me. At first, each at a time and then they shout one through another.

“Let’s go to the cinema!”

“It would be so much fun to go shopping together.”

“I would like you to come to my party. It’s important that you come.”

“We haven’t seen each other for ages! Why don’t we go and do something really cool together,” says yet another voice.

“You haven’t visited. I miss you and the kids.”

I’m turning and turning and I can’t even see all of them. All of my friends and family. Their friendly faces wanting nothing more than a bit of my attention. Just a bit of my time. Holding out their hands. Trying to pull me towards themselves. Wanting nothing more than a bit of me.

The healing

Project 12 is not only images. It’s also a short story. This short story is not ready yet but it will be published as a book when the time is right. If you don’t want to miss that… drop me your email.

Buy 2 – surrounded

If you like this image, you can, of course, order it. It’s available in the following options:

Limited edition: 25 copies, 40×60 cm print on Ilford smooth pearl paper on dibond with acrylic glass and hanging frame. This edition is ready to hang on your wall.

Unlimited edition: small B5 prints on glossy paper (Ilford Crystal gloss) with a window mat.

Take a look here for the impressions of both editions.

BTS of 2 – surrounded

Once again this image had come to me. I don’t know how or why. It just did.

It had come, the moment I stopped seeing other people. I stopped planning things a few months ahead of events. I was spending most of my free time alone. Just in my head. I was taking long walks in nature, or just reading a fiction book in the bathtub for hours. After getting away I have realized what was bothering me and then this just popped into my head.

I share a lot of my process on Instagram. If you are interested, just follow me there.

The shooting was easy. The moment I had the image in my head and sketched, I also knew how I’m going to shoot it. I put my flash on a stand above my head. I rapped it in my flash bender to have a nice tight ray of light and very harsh shadows. This was not to be smooth. I wanted danger and fear to emanate from the image.

The background and floor I covered with black sheets. Just to make the editing easier.

After taking the shots of the figure in the middle I took some more shots of hands and the wigg with my focus fixed on the main figure.

Editing went slower than expected. I was still a total newbie to Photoshop and proper ways of selections. I have ended up selecting every hand manually with a pen tool.

I have shown this image to several people. They either don’t like it, because of the very negative scene or they shout out that this is exactly how they feel! I guess mission accomplished.

Share your thoughts? What do think about this image?