Awww, blueberry summer nights… I was so in love with this outfit created by Darina that I wanted to come up with something special for it. A boat seemed like a cool idea but it turned out to be far more challenging than I had expected.
The main problem was that it seemed impossible to keep the boats still. The model and I were sitting in different boats (that’s obvious) and we each had our own assistant with us. When I was shooting the model, Arya, her sister, Soelma, would lie down at the bottom of the boat so she’s not seen in the pictures. My assistant was Kita who also took and edited the backstage video.
The moment I found a good spot and the girls stopped rowing I had to shoot real quick because the boats would either move closer or further apart. I think you need to have the most still water possible to make this really work. We spent much more time trying to arrange our boats in comfortable positions than we were actually shooting :) Both our assistants were rowing for the first time and it was so much fun! I think we all did a fantastic job!
The opium pipe is actually a real antiquity, it was brought from China by my parents. I just thing it adds a little something to the photographs and I like it that way.
I’m inviting you to take a look at the results of our joint efforts, I hope you like the pictures. You can watch behind the scenes video at the end of this post.
The air thickens. It becomes quiet and gloomy. Water pierced by fish becomes black.
The backstage video (also includes the night shots from this series):