For the 5th photo in my Summer Focus project I was inspired by Rachel Baran's Distracted youth portrait. The colour green on a dark background taking over someone. It's kind of like nature taking back. Nature is often an important element in my work. If you've followed me for a while you'll know that but taking it into a more controlled environment is something I hadn't done before.
So let's get into the process of making this self portrait. Once you get to understand how I take my photos you can easily apply this to your own work to make photo manipulations a bit easier. The first part for me was sketching out the concept I had in my mind. Believe it or not the idea came to me on the toilet, so yes, I drew it on a piece of toilet paper. After that I transferred it onto my notepad to use as a reference throughout the shoot.
For props I went outside into the garden and cut three strands of ivy. That would be all I needed to get a bit of variation in there. I used an old black cheat to create the background and I just held the vines all over myself. A better way to see what I did is to check out the video down below, it's a time-lapse of me taking the self portrait.
The base image I started working on had the basic pose down and had enough ivy strands on me to use as a starting point. I also took some photos of me holding the ivy strands separately which made me able to edit others in to frame and fill the portrait. I also taped the ivy to my face so I spent some time removing that. In the third stage I edited the skin and did some dodging and burning which is basically highlighting and contouring in the make up world. The last stage is colour editing in which I kind of cooled down the tone of the image and brought some green into the off black background.
That's it! That wasn't that difficult was it? If you enjoyed this type of post, please let me know and I'll keep it in mind for next time.