• Rebecca Booth

Moving Forward

Updated: May 16, 2019

Attempting to work organically for so long has brought some aesthetically strong images. However, the theme is repeated and becoming boring.

A meeting with Yan Preston has helped me out of the rut I was stuck in with the project.

My images so far reflect the emotions of trauma, it is intuitive and produced organically (Yans' words). Meaning this type of work isn't produced on demand, the work tends to come to me at the time of shooting.

We focused on my love for colour, creating shape and the flexibility of materials like plastic. The intention now is to step forward with the aftermath of trauma and the fresh air, it is time to change the tone of the work I produce that will add to the overall message and process of traumatic experiences. Skys, blues, greens, yellows and breathable materials will all be good ways to express this.

Below is a contact sheet of the first attempt at creating breathable images with plastic material.

Nikon D800, 105mm Sigma Lens, F5.6, 1/125

Working intuitively but this time with a new colour palette and mentality, changed the outcome.

These images are the in-between. A 'cooling-off'. A 'breaking free'. Through post processing on Lightroom these two below images are the strongest in representation of 'overcoming' and 'breaking free'.

This image looks like a mountain. Something to climb. This is actually plastic wrapping used on flowers. The choice in lighting was made to add a touch of darkness and coming into the light. A representation of the situation.

What I like about this image is the strength and life the hair appears to have and the connotations of a stem growing from a plant pot. The hair appears to rip a hole through the plastic to grow out from. With plastics used in previous shoots this representation acts as an in-between from the suffocation to freedom.

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