Rara is of Indonesian decent and currently resides in Tokyo, Japan where she balances her time as a model and textile designer. She visited Seoul over the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) vacation to attend a wedding and also wanted to make a bit of time to work with a photographer. This is where yours truly comes in.
I`ve been wanting to explore this dark concept for a while now. I`d like to explain in detail about my fascination with dark and moody portraits, but I`d rather think about it some more and dedicate a blog post to that exclusively. For now, all I can say is that it seems to be psychological in origin. Something to do with boundaries. It`s as if I compartmentalize subjects to better make sense of them and (or) possibly to let my audience draw their own conclusions. If you (the viewer) are able to go “somewhere” or feel something whilst viewing something I`ve created, then I think I may have succeeded as a creator. I believe it was Woody Allen who wrote: “The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” I think a topic such as that needs to be explained concisely, else it just becomes a confusing ramble. Next time.
On to the weather now, thankfully, the weather in Seoul worked in our favour. Lots of cloud cover acted as a huge diffuser, which meant the light was soft and dull. This made my job easier because I planned on using my own lighting. One light to be exact.
Once lighting was setup and I prepped Rara enough, we were good to go. But nothing is that simple – mosquitoes made sure of that. They were brutal! Lots of trees, humidity and exposed legs seemed to have given them carte blanche. I`m still scratching my legs even while I`m writing this post. Rara handled business well in front of the lens, while I clicked on the shutter and simultaneously kept swatting the little pests on my legs.
Be that as it may, it was a well spent afternoon making images together with this lovely young lady. Hope you enjoy them.
See you soon