I remember the first time I saw Jane Campion’s Portrait of a Lady. It’s the first memory I have of realizing that there was more to a movie than a mere plot, and that there was more context in the fragments of a scene than the whole. Campion has a fascinating knack for detail and the posturing of a scene to create an emotion within the viewer. The way the character’s fingers caress a teacup or the way the light bathes their dress in just the right places so as to say something about the woman herself. Nothing is accidental. There is such drama in these moments; so perfectly put together the way a chef uses a tiny pair of tweezers to delicately place saffron strands onto a plate. Despite my fascination with these moments, I don’t get to create them that often. Being primarily a family/child photography and focusing mostly on lifestyle, I’m so wrapped up in the spontaneity and chaos that comes from chasing around kids that there isn’t much drama, at least not the kind we want to look at, going on. So the other night, with the kids spending time with grandma, I took my wife out for a photoshoot that was far outside my comfort zone but one I’ve been dying to create. The storm rolling in didn’t hurt my vision one bit; in fact I think it aided in it. I tried to compose this portfolio in a way that told a fluid story, and so I hope that as you look at these ten photos you see a scene yourself; the backstory there in the details. It could be an entirely different scene for everyone, which is what I love so much about the art of a photo story.
This is a new look for me, but it’s one I’m anxious to explore further.