Currently Untitled Series…
So, all of the work for the Final Major Project has as I expected become the continuation and expansion of Lights In The Darkness. I remember many months ago first thinking of ideas outside of the In The Darkness shots. In fact, it was September 27th, eight days after The Artificial Moon, a shot that I later retracted from the series due to not actually being shot in darkness. Below (in italics) is what I wrote back then. I have no idea why I never posted it.
I’ve just come across a series entitled A Little Light by Stephen Beadles. This is exactly what I’ve been trying to find the past few days, because in honesty, I’ve been trying to find more inspiration as well as already knowing what I’m looking for. His work has given me a few ideas as well as making me wanting to go through with something I thought of yesterday.
Whilst I’ve been doing Lights in the Darkness for a while now, I want to eventually draw a line and finish the series. Already with the last image, The Artificial Moon, I strayed away from my original concept as it wasn’t shot in the dark at all.
So, it’d like to eventually finish it off (or possibly put it on hiatus) and start a new project.For this I’d want to take the key concept from In the Darkness, which is low-key shots which are like quite particularly, with a specific focus and nothing else visible in the shot, and then apply it in a new way. I’d like to move away from the focus being more-or-less the lights themselves, but more what they can illuminate. Beadles shot, Lumos, is an example of this. The focus of the shot itself is the model, but the way it is lit gives it an overall context and allows it to fit into a set. I’d want to focus on things far bigger than before and to try and think outside of the box that I’m starting to feel I’ve confined myself within.
Another of his images, B&E struck as at first I thought the model was holding a flare, when is, in fact, an aerosol can. I’d quite like to try a shot involving a distress flare though if I could. I feel it’d be quite different and would allow for the image to incorporate a far larger scale.
I just want to take the concept and make it bigger.
So, Stephen Beadles, Gregory Crewdson and many other various images I’ve seen have come to influence my last few shots as well as those that will come. Tomorrow I will be shooting the photograph that I first thought of last year. Well, it will be a version of it. Regardless, I feel this is undoubtedly what I’ve wanted to work towards or at least produce for a while.