The Dreamer's Dance
I’ve long been fascinated by sleep and the other worlds we create there in our minds. Since childhood, it’s been an every-night occurrence for me to have vivid dreamscapes, and when collaborating with Ariel Clarke (talented contemporary dancer and lovely creative friend) for this project, I wanted to channel three specific types of dreams in each look.
I - Lucid: the awareness of being in the dream and often the ability to control it.
II - Nightmare: these aren’t always full of goblins and murder; they can be as subtle as a sense of unease.
III - Reverie: the part where you’re starting to wake, and maybe bits of it you wish were true, so you lay there with your eyes closed and try to hold on to the dream.
From here, I’ll allow you to interpret and enjoy…
play the darn-good-song & try to enjoy on a desktop (this is my recommendation lol… but Ariel will blow your mind with her ethereal magic, no matter what you choose)
“She captured a feeling
Sky with no ceiling
The sunset inside a frame…
I'll always remember the flame
Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we make
She told me
"A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that's why they need us"
So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays
And here's to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that break
Here's to the mess we make”
BONUS: BEFORE & AFTER
A NOTE ABOUT KEEPING THE SKY (GOOD GRAVY, PLEASE KEEP THE SKY)
Here are three scenes from the shoot. The edited shots are paired with screen grabs of the raw files (straight out of camera). You can clearly see the mood I was going for with that overcast/stormy sky, and I’m always looking for fabrics that catch wind and light (like that first shot). Since I can’t always control the coloring on site like I can in studio, I have to rely on split toning in post.
Speaking of sky… for some reason, a large bit of the photo community has decided the sky is unimportant (or less important) and it’s frequently blown out until entirely white. My preference is to always retain information in the sky, even if it’s minimal. Granted, sometimes you must compromise for the sake of exposing for the subject, but bring a small flash along with you to help! In that third landscape shot, the sun was behind Ariel; in order to be able to retain that gorgeousness in the sky and still be able to make out her details (but I didn’t want to set up the full softbox in this scene), I had my assistant hold a flash off camera, to the far left of the shot, so that Ariel had just enough light hitting her!
Last thing I want to leave you with: just create what you care about. I would love to see this age of “influencers” pass, and an age of genuine artists rise. You have originality and creativity to offer. So, can we all care less about what’s popular and care more about what moves us to dream?