Last autumn i finally got the opportunity to experiment within an old greenhouse which is in our garden. The windows are dirty and some broken. I wanted to use these defects to create some mystery. We used some spot lights to make hard shadows and reflections. It was after darkness and the temperature had dropped to about 5C so time was limited, however I am happy with the results and hope to do more shoots in the greenhouse before its renovated. Model Lauren braved the cold and brought life to the images.
"after five years that fucking prick finally bought me flowers"
(this is the story I see in the outcome of this shot, the expression of frustration & boredom . There were a lot of happy photos so I don't believe that was the actual feeling at the time from the model, but this one got that edge, which makes it feel much deeper to me)
How do you get your mysterious imagination to shine in your image ?
When planning and during photo shoots ( as well as in a post processing environment ) I am constantly looking at ways to give the image some mystery. I particularly like motion blurs and unfocused subjects. During a shoot I did with model Paloma in a quiet remarkable place, a frozen water dam in Finland a few years ago, it was difficult to choose whether my focus should be on the model or the amazing ice walls which have formed. I feel I may of missed an opportunity to maximise the potential for a story and mystery on this occasion. This platform is full of wonderful artists whom create amazing photos with meaning, I wonder what your thoughts are to get that mysterious image and the viewer’s attention ?