The works of Caravaggio and some other renaissance paintings that depict innocence and mystery at the same time inspired the series. I was drawn of the idea of dramatic light towards my subject to show some sense of enigma. I wanted to explore that kind of seemingly hidden mystery buried deep down the façade of pure innocence.
Daphne, a 12 year old fresh face who is one of the youngest girls that I have ever photographed have this ethereal and innocent face with so much character that seems to speak volumes of stories, I like that about her.
The use of fruits and vegetables symbolizes a coming of age tale; something blossoms, something is fruitful, something gives life. This is a story about innocence and rebellion. It tells us that there is more to the innocent face of the subject. For this series I used one light source and a 22” beauty dish positioned in a 45 degree angle from the subject pointing downwards. As I proceed with the shoot, I told my model the brief narrative of the story that we are trying to do. As for processing, I tried to keep and highlight the subject’s freckles to stay true to her persona. It also adds up to the subtle type of mystery that I am going for with this series.
Story will always be king for me. The fashion editorial story should have a heart. For me, the core of every fashion story I do are always guided by a myriad of several elements- characters, plot, character motivation, colors, location, angles, composition, clothes, harmony, hair, make-up, styling and all the other tiny details involved during the production process.
This series is very close to my heart because of its simplicity. I love shooting crazier and edgier editorials that convey layers and layers of meanings but I found this one powerful in its own way and I find it very beautiful. [Official Website]
I am an image-maker and also a problem-solver all rolled into one. The art of creating images through Photography, Creative Direction and Films is my passion. Stories and narratives rule my craft. My years of experiences taught me to effectively tell my clients’ stories through my art.
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