Take me to Church

This morning Hao Feng and Alys Williams joined me at Robinson College for a photo shoot. We met at the Evolution dance show, where they performed a beautiful narrative called Real Human Beings. Over the next few weeks we chatted a bit, and today we finally managed to coordinate a photo shoot.

It was fairly chilly outside, so I packed my flashes, in case we would photograph indoors. We started out photographing outdoors, but soon moved into the chapel which provided us with a large warm space that had plenty to offer. The flashes came in handy. It was a great way to spend the morning, and we managed to make some beautiful images. I have reordered them here, so that they (almost) tell a story. I leave it to you to fill in the blanks.

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At the back of the chapel there is a walk with windows. I like the lines leading in to Alys, also note the reflection of her face in the window.
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Art imitating art.
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Using one of the flashes we created some shadow fun. Hao and Alys were great at making monsters. We also started making a composite photo with the shadow monsters attacking them, but then we got distracted by the spinning idea.
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Alys had the idea of doing a foetal shot. We were experimenting with different locations, and I liked this top view the best.
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A bit of hadouken photography.
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Alys hanging on the cross.
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The spinning photo sequence, we did this many many times. This one got a bit bolder editing, because I felt we had so many similar. In the end it became our favourite from that sequence.
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Hao the hero. Backlit magic.

There will be more shoots with Hao and Alys, this was just too good not to do again. They are both amazingly talented!

– Johannes

 

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