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the power play

I taught a collaborative workshop in the desert with Lindsay Adler on Sunday, and the day after we went out shooting together. She had rented this huge dress, so we both wanted to use it for personal work rather than solely in a workshop. We set out to find poppy fields, but found that there were only a disappointing few along the side of the road. Instead we back-tracked to this field we had seen earlier with an eerie display of poles and wires and decided to shoot. She did her thing for the first hour, and then once the sun went down the model was mine and we could play :)


I was struck immediately by how thin the fabric was and how the light would go through it. The warm glow of the sunset brightened up the dress, and so I wanted to play on that interaction...


The sky being mimicked in her dress, mirrored in the image....her pose mimicking the surrounding wires and poles, crossing each other and looking incredibly industrial out in a beautiful field during sunset. I kept the rather silhouetted form that the model took on here instead of shooting multiple exposures (or rather, I did shoot multiple exposures but didn't use them) - I was ready for a bit of a change and this did that for me. Letting her skin go that dark made her look even more like the metal in the distance.


A play on this picture I did a while back and my love for flowing dresses :)


Model: Sonalii Castillo


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Taken on April 16, 2012