I have no problem with nepostism especially when it comes to my dad helping out with this project while he was in town. The idea has been lingering in my head ever since the studio was renovated in 2012. Repetition is something I see everyday and in this case it was the repetition of left over construction supplies that captured my attention. My orginal concept was to create a series of high contrast b+w images but as I was shooting I decided to change gears and add some color to help communicate my vision. The color added character and enhanced the visible dimension of the stragtegically placed, haphazard repetitions. Thanks dad for all the help!
I’m not always sure of my inspiration for projects, but for this shoot, I knew I wanted to be a part of something big and culturally relevant; I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself. I wanted to create images of the beloved characters in the Star Wars movie series but in a way that was unique, giving the viewer a different perspective. While in retouching, Jamie (my digital genius and Star Wars fanatic), likened these images to Hans Solo being frozen in Carbonite. While not frozen in Carbonite, these collectables are encapsulated and sealed beneath a sheet of latex. As I’ve shared these images over the past few weeks with colleagues and friends the reactions have all been the same; people are blown away and they’re excited. Most importantly, these images make them happy. In the end, what I did was bring a smile to people’s faces. I guess that’s really why I shoot things – to tell stories that don’t make you think too much, they just make you feel.