In my images I always like to evoke feelings in the viewer's mind as I like to create more than just an image. Luckily the 1x weekly theme was "Sand." This immediately motivated me to try and create a dramatic image — to create a sense of nostalgia when looking at an image of sand that had connotations of the flow of time, lost memories and past experiences. So to include sand in my image I started to think about sand and what it evoked in my mind. I thought of an hourglass, with sand representing time, and thus life itself and how quickly it goes by. I tried to portray this in my image by making my model dissolve into minuscule grains, creating a sense of wind delicately blowing onto her and making her diffuse into the surroundings. By doing so, I wanted to stimulate in the viewer a sense of fluidity as the sand leaves a trail across the sky at twilight. I wanted her eyes closed, as I believed I would achieve the intense mood I wanted to convey, hoping that the viewer would enter and see her inner world.
"I also selected a young female model since a young girl connotes fragility, the beginning of life and freedom. Sand, being very light and almost as fine as powder, can suggest the same idea."
I also selected a young female model since a young girl connotes fragility, the beginning of life and freedom. Sand, being very light and almost as fine as powder, can suggest the same idea. If I had instead used an older woman, my message would have implied dominance, independence or a lack of perceived innocence — the complete opposite of what I wanted to say with this image.I photographed the model against a white wall. It was important for me to be able to easily extract her from the background so I could later insert her into the twilight sky image. It was also important that her facial expression was as natural as possible. I didn't want the features on her face to be fake; instead, I wanted her to seem as settled and relaxed as possible.
"Therefore, the viewer would associate the orange color with joy, creating an invigorating feeling as well as a sense of warmth and regret, thus successfully achieving my concept of nostalgia."
I shot the photo of the sky at the end of August in my holiday town in Tuscany. The rich colors that I was able to capture were very important, but I still needed to later increase the saturation and contrast to enhance the already beautiful colors. My decision to use a sky at sunset was to imply the idea of the end, and it complemented the idea of my model disappearing. I made sure that the clouds were soft orange shades, which I would also represent in one of the shades of sand on my model's face. This was not only because I wanted to create a sense of unity within the picture and to enhance my model, but also because the color orange combines the passion of red and the happiness of yellow. Therefore, the viewer would associate the orange color with joy, creating an invigorating feeling as well as a sense of warmth and regret, thus successfully achieving my concept of nostalgia.