This has been a very challenging project.
First, it’s conceptual. That is, we were to come up with an idea first, then make the photographs. This way of working is quite foreign to me. I tend to take my camera for a walk and see what images present themselves to me… a method that is very relaxing, meditative, almost spiritual.
The concept: we were to select a poem or song lyrics and interpret it photographically. I was surprised how quickly I settled on “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her” by Paul Simon. I could see all the photographs in my mind’s eye… sort of. And they all had challenge number two: people.
I don’t typically shoot people. I hate to be photographed, so I assume all people do… That makes it hard to create a shooting experience that is pleasant for me or for the subject.
And of course there is my perfectionism. Not being able to create what is in my mind’s eye because I don’t have the time, materials, but most importantly the skills… it’s very stressful.
Anyway. Here it is. I’m not completely happy with the collection and would continue working on them if I knew what else to do to get them closer to the image in my mind’s eye. As with theatrical productions, you’re never ready; you just run out of time.
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
by Paul Simon
What a dream I had,
pressed in organdy,
clothed in crinoline of smokey burgandy
softer than the rain.
I wandered empty streets
down past the shop displays
(I like the one with a single human better, but my instructor encouraged me to keep working the one with multiple… so I’m putting them both here. Can’t wait to hear from classmates which they like better.)
I heard cathedral bells
tripping down the alley way
as I walked on.
And when you ran to me
your cheeks flushed with the night.
We walked on frosted fields
of juniper and lamplight.
I held your hand.
And when I awoke
and felt you warm and near
I kissed your honey hair
with my grateful tears.
Oh I love you girl.
Oh I love you.
I am very grateful to Sheridan and Maggie for being my actors in this project. They were patient and so very helpful. Thank you!!
Things I was unable to achieve:
– pressed in organdy (may print on fabric to get this effect, or photograph some fabric and use as a translucent layer… tried with some fabric textures I found online, but wasn’t happy with the effect.)
– clothed in crinoline (If I could re-shoot, I would put Maggie in a smokey burgandy gown in a shop window for Sheridan to walk past. I also could see the edges of the dream photos with a crinoline as a partial frame… but have no idea how to do that…)
– In the shop display, it was suggested to me that i duplicate the striped window shade and put it over the Men’s Suit sign. I don’t know how to do that and make it look seamless.
Update: Ooh, ooh! I figured out the copy and transform thing: