03 November 2014

onefourfour: FEAR

Our onefourfour theme for September was FEAR!  This is my final piece.

I had the idea of using the water like a cocoon, capturing it just before it hit, creating a feeling of anxiety.  The visual in my head was a dark photograph, exposing for the highlights.  And when I finally got to go shoot it?  It was the sunniest day you ever did see!

I had a friend throw creek water on me, and another pressing the shutter.  It probably would've looked better if I was facing the camera but to be honest I couldn't keep a straight face I was laughing so much!  It was so fun, I love doing things like this for photos.  But it was the sound of the water leaving the bucket WHOOSH, bracing myself for the moment of impact EEEK, then the unavoidable THWACK as the water hit my face that cracked me up.  Oh and it was chilly too (UNDERSTATEMENT).

Post kids I have my photos completely planned in my head, then when I go and shoot it usually comes together pretty well or it takes a happy turn.  This wasn't one of these times.  I was so disappointed (another understatement) when I downloaded these files as it didn't reflect what I had seen in my head.  And to be honest it had been a while since I had a big old FAIL (haven't been shooting enough obviously).  I was trying to edit it into what I wanted it to be but then I had wise Jason Lau's voice pop into my head saying 'you can't turn a photograph into something it's not'.  Or thereabouts.  Anyhoo, good advice.  And so this is what my photograph became.

Here's a couple of outtakes;

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