Sometimes while shooting a specific look, you get that one shot that just says it all. This was only the second look that we did on day one, but the way Damien set things up and the way Riona chose a specific pose gave me a shot that stuck with me for the rest of the workshop.
There are some images that just beg to be converted to black and white, and the below shot was just screaming for the conversion.
It was done with natural window light streaming in from the right of the frame. The moment I saw this image, I knew it had to be black and white, because it told a story. A story of sadness or grief. Initially, I had the image a lot darker, with more brooding shadows, but I didn’t want it to be gloomy. But I did want a sorrowful emotion involved.
You’ll notice that this is actually the same room as the first look. We just changed our perspective and voila! An entirely different scene.
It wasn’t all sadness though. I’ve included two more images from this look that show just how well the light was playing with us.
It’s amazing how the carpet acted like a natural reflector and sent a little bit of light into her. In some instances it gave her a hard look, while in another it gave her a softer look.