The wind was strong, the temperature unforgiving. Everything else was just perfect. The location…the clothes.. the stylist…the lighting. Everything lined up nicely. But I’ll never look at this image and not be reminded of how incredibly cold I was.
Thrust into sleeps grip, they are left nearly cherub like in their harsh surroundings….
I’ve always been enthralled with the human condition. The daily grind is something that most of our population is not only accustomed to, but has adapted to as a species.It speaks to me on many levels when I see people whom in a situation where, technically they should be on their guard, surrounded by so many potential invasions,…have their guards dropped oftentimes involuntarily, to make way for the powerfully seductive lull of sleep.
It is in this state that I see my fellow human beings in such a state of tranquility, and innocence, that is so very often gone from view in waking hours.Thrust into sleeps grip, they are left nearly cherub like in their harsh surroundings….at ease, as peaceful as a newborn. It is just another way, one of the many available to you when you stop to look for them… another way to see how we are all so very much the same, and how we can manage to maintain our childhood innocence, regardless of intending to or not.
While this project was started last winter, I recently returned a few times to gather more moments. I may or may not continue this…depending on whether or not the mood strikes. I’ve been asked to leave each time I’ve gone to shoot for this…and each time, after expressing what I’m doing…security (and in this last instance the head of security…who had been watching me on camera for 15 min) laughed with me and graciously invited me to carry on with what I was doing. I hope you enjoy the images.Leave a comment and let me know what you think…I’d love to hear from you! Also you can subscribe for free via Email or RSS feed. Check the column to the right to do so. ~ j.j.
You can see the rest of this image series in my portfolios here: http://jasonjosephstudio.com/commuters-asleep/#.USkY-aX-N8E
Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree,….Are you singing along with me yet?!? With Thanksgiving barely under our loosened belts and Black Friday a Ghost of Black Friday Past…. It is time to carry on with the next official phase of the holiday season here at my house! Time to erect the Christmas Tree! While I’ve always been a fan of natural trees, and our family used them for the majority of the holidays… we have had one… or two faux trees. This particular Christmas tree was not one of ours though. I found it in a restaurant. It was twirling round, mocking me and the last glass of wine I probably could have done without. After a brief discussion with the owner of the establishment, it was settled.. I was to make an image of this tree like no other! I cant remember exactly how I set the shot up, I propped the camera up on something, and after a few frames…finally had just the right shot!
They were all rather interesting but this one just sorta screamed…”Look at me! I’m a Christmas Tree!”
The patrons who were there watching all agreed.. the other images could all go.. THIS tree was flirting with us in this shot and it probably wasn’t going to get any better than this! “If Frosty The Snowman had been a Christmas tree … this would be it!”, someone chimed! Yes… yes I agreed! Its been my online tree now for I think going on 5 years, and its just one of those images that I’ve grown rather sentimental about. I may put up a real tree in the house.. but this… this will be my digital homes tree for some time to come! I hope you enjoy it! And may you and yours have an excellent holiday season, a Merry Christmas…and a Happy New Year!