This image is a part of project 12.
The self-doubt hound was still present, sleeping here and there with one eye opened and it seemed that I couldn’t just publish this one thing. And then I knew this needs to be bigger and I just might be too hasty to publish what I had right then. A few days later I had a dream and I wrote the second part in just one evening. Well, the draft of it. Ideas for photos were pouring into my head and I was making a lot of sketches to preserve them. I absolutely loved the experience of playing with the Muse but I had to admit the truth to myself. It was all possible because I actually allowed myself to meet my Muse, trust her and play with her. I had a few weeks of great sunny skies behind me.
“Yes, Muse!” I called out very excited about what we had accomplished so far. “Now we are getting somewhere! We could… I could become an actual artist.”
“First of all, you don’t become an artist. You are one, you just don’t always know it. And second, I told you I had a good idea. You should listen to me more often.”
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.
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.
This image has literally popped into my head while I was driving. I had to stop and quickly sketch it. Even though the sketch is very coarse I knew exactly what it had to become and what sort of feeling it needed to evoke.
In my working versions, this image was called “up”. Then I started to explain to people what it actually was about and a particular word kept coming up: trust. Take a leap of faith.
As other photoshoots were quite well prepared, this one was an organizational disaster on my part. I made an appointment to shoot at a location with this particular type of ladder. Upon the arrival, it turned out that I didn’t pack part of my lightstand and I won’t be able to properly mount the flesh. Then, it turned out that I have no plastic tape with me to put purple gel on the flash. But all this was soon trumped by the fact that I had no living batteries in my flash and therefore… I had to shoot just with ambient and fix the light in the post.
The postprocessing was a bit tricky but I figured out some new tricks in Photoshop and just moved on. In the end, I have ended up editing and then correcting some parts of it. I guess I wanted to do it too quickly.
Do you like this image? What’s on your ming when you see it?
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