My cousin came to visit this weekend. She has been struggling to maintain her true self in the tumult of relationship. We talked about how often it is that when (some) women are single they own their authentic selves and radiate a confidence that attracts a mate. Then they get into the depths of the romance only to find they no longer know who they are – and that their partner is no longer attracted to them because the power they once exuded is hidden or lost.
We took a series of images with the intent to help her come home to self and reclaim the kick ass woman she is. I’m going to post four of the pictures, with her permission, and then a collage of the four that we think tells the story of her reinvention process. In the first one she is hiding herself in the safety of the bed; in the second (my favorite) she is willing to expose her underbelly just a bit; in the third she begins to move and stretch; and in the fourth she faces you straight on (my second favorite)…the beginning of ‘being back’.
On a technical level they are just a beginning. We had terrible lighting (and I don’t own or know anything about studio lighting), and awkward surroundings (in a cramped bedroom with objects everywhere to contend with) – but I think they work somehow. As is true with the portrait series I started, which I consider this an extension of, we didn’t do any special hair or make up and did very little post processing.
Thanks for looking.
Nikkor VR 18-105mm
shot in mono
levels adjusted in pse 5.0