This past Monday Emma Oldin Lazaroff and Ellinea Siambalis joined me for a photoshoot at Stenhamra quarry west of Stockholm. I stepped on the bus at Danderyd, and Emma and Ellinea were joining in Solna. The Solna bus stop had moved, which they discovered a bit late, leading to a sprint worthy of olympians carrying all their bags, but they made it and we continued the journey to Stenhamra on the bus together.
The weather was fantastic, and after a small detour we arrived at Stenhamra quarry. This place has some amazing rock formations, and we were excited to get started. Emma and Ellinea had brought along lots of different outfits, Emma had a yellow dress that she had bought in New York on her trip last week, which she was really keen on using.
There is a pattern and a rhythm to the rocks, almost like a dance. Even though they might appear still to our eyes, on a geological timescale they are moving and changing, “La danse des rochers”.
The rocks add another layer to the photos, giving Emma and Ellinea some context to work with. We were looking for patterns and lines that we could incorporate into our compositions. Both Emma and Ellinea enjoy photographing, so they have a great visual eye for shapes and ideas for composition and we were having fun finding different angles and poses for each location.
The rocks had started in shade, giving us soft shadows, but as the sun slowly made its way across the sky the first rocks started getting hit by the sunlight. By sitting on the tip of the rock Ellinea got lit by the light, while the background was still in shadows. I moved to the edge of the sunlight to get a bit of haze in the corner of the photo to add some more atmosphere to the pictures.
Many thanks to Emma and Ellinea for a fun photoshoot!
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