CONCRETE JUNGLE: CHRISTINE RA
I'd like to proudly proclaim and share with the world my first ever shoot. Infinite thanks to Christine who was a brilliant model for my incredibly beginner self.
When my desired dress did not come in Christine's size, my frantic search for a piece of similar aesthetic started. I wanted sleek, angular, minimal. Admittedly, this dress does not fit all of the criteria, but it was the closest thing I found. The bonus was that it fit her perfectly!
I am a fan of metallics, and this dress was not short of it. A light gold colour with a sheen that makes it not just any other white dress. In hindsight, I should have made my edits gold and black to fit the theme of the dress, but my pink-loving self naturally gravitated towards, what? Pink.
My spontaneity (read: lack of planning) led us to the streets around Union Square where brown and bricks lined the walls- ah, exactly the aesthetic I am not looking for. We landed upon a grey wall/metal gate where I decided to settle. When your back drop does not work in your favour, you improvise. For example, the second photo in this post is in black and white. Why? Because the "fire" sign on Christine's left is red. Does red fit the aesthetic? Absolutely not. Solution? Black and white.
Despite shooting in three locations within 20m of each other, the lighting was drastically different. I tried my very best to make the lighting look as similar as possible in the photos from the three locations. This is what I said to Brian, who said to me, "Why?", in which I replied, "So that it fits the theme". I like themes. It makes me feel organised and in control of my life. So does symmetry. Quote Brian, "Just embrace the variety" (probably not his exact words, my memory fails me at this time (read: all the time)). And so, perhaps next time I will "embrace the variety".