As my independent study project for my photography group, The Cogswell Collective, I had to draw three factors (location, props, artist inspiration) in random and come up with a concept for a shoot. I drew a pretty okay hand- field, vintage, and Michel Gondry.
For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, Michel Gondry is the director of the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Yes, the real trippy and sad one starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey. I decided to use this (because it's iconic) to form my concept.
My goal was to recreate some iconic scenes from the movie into my own. My models were wearing vintage outfits in a field. Here's a few pics:
1. ELEPHANT LOVERS
This one is based on the elephant parade scene. There was this very purple tint I noticed (bottom pic) that I decided to include. Michel Gondry played with colors a lot- and many are indicators of mood.
2. SNOWED IN
I, uh, couldn't find a beach with snow so I stuck to my field prompt. This scene is primarily in blue:
3. ROCK BOTTOM
For this part, I did something along the lines of 'moody' and 'depressing'.
4. THE SOLEMN CRACKS
You might recognize this from the poster- I tried my best getting this from up high but kind of just miserably failed. So I did my best and even used the field to my advantage:
5. Happy thoughts...
The last one has a much vibrant, golden tone than the rest. I think the warmth stands out. I wanted to portray something more happy than the rest of the pics I took, so here it goes:
So why did I do all this hoopla? The Cogswell Collective was founded by myself and two of my good photographer friends in my college. We create pictures based on specific themes and plan group shoots to practice photography and teach it to anyone who wants in. This project was challenging because I had to come up with my own vision from three random concepts. The vintage part, for example, could have been straight up vintage, but I wanted it to be a modern vintage look that's very Tumblr-esque (basic, right?). You'll notice the classic suspenders and cap-shoulder lace dress. I chose this field (sorry, can't say where because I am sworn to secrecy) because of the range and open-ness it brings to the picture.
I also took more pics that didn't make the Eternal Sunshine cut, but I edited them anyway:
Honestly a lot of these pics came out because of the natural chemistry my models have. Thank you Bradley Jardine and Bree McMinn for enduring the itchy grass and dry heat!
Lesson: Don't wear shorts to a field.
Thank you everyone!