So… Why “The Impossible Dream?”
We believe all of us have dreams! At the core of life we all want to have true love and live an authentic life. And yet we also all have challenges or what seem to be impossible obstacles. How do we keep our lives fresh, moving and breathing with life? Are we happy? As photographers in a competitive market place we are constantly seeking something “different” to keep our eyes open. It’s all too easy to become stagnant as habits kill our creative spirit. If we are to truly grow we must place ourselves in the unknown, surround ourselves with talent, and above all welcome critique. With this personal project our intention was to communicate the beauty of imagination and power of choice within our relationship to life… and give space to the realm of possibility…
“Are we dreaming our life, or living our dream?”
This “test shoot” was a creative collaboration of talented individuals working together to explore “the impossible dream.” We came together thinking to push the edges of our imaginations, learn, grow, and do something different… something more than one person could do by themselves. With great enthusiasm myself, Tree, and our friend RJ Kern who we spent time shooting with in New Orleans with David Beckstead gathered some of the best talent together we know in Portland. First on our list was Sonia Kasparian with Urchin Redesign (an exceptionally talented couture dress designer) who is always doing something different and jaw dropping! Together with an amazing team of talent we produced something different. Everyone brought their “A” game and no money was exchanged. The aim of this product was three fold:
1. a fine-art gallery of images worthy of publication
2. an educational behind-the-scenes video that highlights the value of all the contributors.
3. lots of fun with friends, both old and new
ABOUT THE IMAGES
We love the symbolic narrative of allegories. The visual messages they say are powerful. We shot a handful of images that have multiple symbols that demand us to look further and make connections to messages. We are aiming to ask questions more than answers.
The image of the this woman captures a still and peaceful space for her imagination to breath. We poured subtle fog into the room to give a feeling of dreaming, put a gargoyle at her feet to protect her, and an owl to her left representing the freedom of a winged soul from the physical world into the realm of sacred knowledge.
The image of a man standing diagonal to a woman illustrates how his love “could” defy the challenging gravities of life and help the “dream” of a relationship endure against all impossible odds.
Here we wanted to simply capture the musical surrender between two lovers.
We are often standing at “the doorway” of opportunity with “choice” facing a frontier in a massive entrance. Here we have two lovers at the entrance and others in the distant shadows of the mind. Perhaps they are temptations or voices of fear that stop us from walking through the entrance. Are we on guard with a sword and antlers? Do we have a boar headed ego stopping us just when we arrive to pass through the entrance? Yet does our other self want to walk beyond. Notice the duplicate image of the man to the right.
Here a woman stands in the shadows of a mans dream. Perhaps he’s challenged by the enigma (puzzle) of life’s temptations and distractions. Yet can he keep his focus… even in the shadows as he stands at the doorway choosing love/life? Notice the painting of the woman on the wall, just around the corner.
Here we captured a commencement illustrating how all of us have dreams. Notice the vast wilderness in the back window. Also, notice how we put the other dreams from this shoot as paintings on the wall to reflect how all of us dream yet we live in a separate reality.
B E H I N D T H E S C E N E S
Enjoy RJ Kern’s perspective from this experience. See his blog post here.
A huge thanks to all the talent involved in this “test shoot.”
Photography, Lighting, Technicals: JOS & TREE – JOS studios // JOSstudios.com | RJ Kern // Kern-Photo kern-photo.com
Cameras: PhaseOne medium format digital camera – Several Canon Cameras: 5D M3, M4
Estate/Venue: Julie Olson – email@example.com – available for events
Cinematography / Editing: Skot Coatsworth // vimeo.com/skotcoatsworth
Dress Design/Headpieces Jewelry Accessories: Sonia Kasparian – Urchin Redesign // urchinredesign.com
Mens Suites: Michael Allen – Michael Allens Clothier
Styling /Photo Assistance/Team Management: Tree Marie – Love and Sass // loveandsass.com
Hair & Makeup: Nicole Wagner – Powder, Inc // nicolewagnermakeup.com
Graphic Artist / Post-production: Matt Steaffens – Mathieu Ryan Photographers // mathieuryan.com
Boom Operator: Marie Baker | Music: “Recuerdo Infantil” by Bosques de mi Mente and “Red-Eye” by Helios
Boom Operator: Giovani Knox // vimeo.com/giovaniknox
Model Couples: Emily Mantel & Martin Wilson | Leonie North & Karim Alaeddine
Models: Alexandria Scott | Danyel Scott | Scotty Wilson