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in and of earth | by brookeshaden
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in and of earth

This picture is directly inspired by Lindsay Adler and her beautiful series of photos she did with baby powder and dancers. This is the image that inspired my shoot, but I still hoped to take it in my own direction. I know that baby powder or flour shots aren't new, but it is what the artist wants to say with the technique that makes something new. Here is a blog post that I wrote about this pic and with lots of behind the scenes pictures :)


For me, the act of creating something out of nothing is why I started photography in the first place. It felt so wonderful, and inspirational, to get up in the early morning darkness to create this image. My goals were to create something "primal", to style her like a "warrior", to create an "empty" frame and to bring simplicity to this image, something that I feel I've been lacking in lately. Either way anyone feels about it, I felt such passion while creating this that I am happy, content, and excited. I love that sense of calm that a picture can bring.


I kept saying to the model here, Sonalii Castillo, that I wanted her to be like a rogue warrior of the earth being born again....the concept probably sounds silly, and I know it sounds funny, but hey, inspiration can come from odd places. I have a thing for warriors...and pirates...but that is for another day.


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Taken on November 26, 2011