I often go into a photo shoot with a couple ideas that are flexible and lose. A location that I have seen on google, but have no idea what’s going to happen with the light. A friend to model, but not giving them any direction as to what to wear. I am very happy to work spontaneously and let the day itself shape the final outcome. This makes it all the more difficult when I get an image in my head that I want to create, I don’t want to compromise on my imagination, don’t want to let it down.
A girl standing in almost black, lit up by flash, in front of the ocean, the light grabbing the water, but not quite enough to properly see the background. Stark, dark, eery. This is what I visualised, on Friday morning and knew I wanted to photocopy the image out of my mind.
Shooting without a streetlight and only a flash, is surprisingly difficult, particularly if you have terrible eyesight. To say the very least, I really didn’t have any clue if Suzanne was in focus half the time. But with help from Suzy and Dave I am very happy with the outcome, it has to be probably one of the closest matches to my imagination I have ever had.