This image is a part of project 12.

Story of 10 – rest

“Why did you leave me?” I asked the Muse.

“You said I was useless. How was it going without me?”

I looked at her and almost wanted to explain. The Muse wasn’t around for so long that I had almost forgotten she could read my thoughts. “You know how it was. Don’t play stupid.”

“You still think it’s my fault?!”

No, it wasn’t her fault. It was my fault and mine alone. I knew it, she knew it.

“I hope it’s not too late,” I whispered totally defeated. I felt stupid. This was not the first time I got myself into trouble like this. There were other times when I worked till I almost collapsed and then it took weeks, months to get going again. I was scared that this time I might have overdone it. That it was all over.

“I’m here, ain’t I?

“You mean we are good?”

“I mean, I want to have a new set of brushes, going to actual expositions, reading actual books, and watching beautiful movies, and going for walks with the sunset, and playing with stickers, and…”

“I get it.”

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 10 – rest

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 10 – rest

The first sketch was just this. A figure lying in the flowers sleeping. But the idea of how to actually shoot it was totally different than how I shot it.

The idea was to have a figure among flowers resting calmly. White hair spread out but not messy. A white dress wrapped around the body and flowers.

Finding the location was actually quite problematic. It was either the wrong flowers or something else that was just not right. I even considered shooting it standing. But then on the way from work, a saw an entire field of these purple flowers. I went there to check it out before I decided to take all my gear out. The flowers seemed to be very dense from the distance, but once there among them… not that much.

As I had no better options and the time was pressing a bit, I decided to shoot there. And then surprise. My first composition totally sucked. I looked more dead than calmly sleeping. The only way to fix it was to… make a bit of mess and just curl up.

This image didn’t require a lot of editing. It was mostly the colors and general feel of the image. I also added some flowers in post.

This was the most liked image during the exposition. I guess it’s the calmest and positive image.

What do you think? Share your thoughts.