Go beyond your tangled thoughts and find the splendour of paradise…..Rumi
Following on from the The Dance post I did a few days ago, this is another of the photos taken on the same day with the same model, Deb. As I mentioned in that particular post, Deb owns a wool & craft shop called Here for a Yarn and along with dancing, knitting & crochet is a favourite pastime. It made sense, therefore, to do a photo with her wrapped up in wool. She was a great sport doing this as the temperature was already rising rapidly, even though it was early in the morning.
I love to search through opportunity (thrift) shops for bargains that can be used in photography and I usually find what I’m looking for. This time it was a large spool of a bouclé style wool which wasn’t the colour I wanted but I knew I could change that in Photoshop. I really didn’t look forward to walking around and around a tree in the heat, to wrap her in the wool so with the help of friends, I used 2 brooms as supports and wound the wool around them, back and forth until I had a good layer of wool to wrap around her.
The purple dress she had on was just a sarong that she had and I found the lilies in a cheap shop and since they were mauve, I bought them. I had everything I needed. We headed out to the outskirts of town and found a nice clearing and started work. As I was aware of the temperature rising so rapidly, we worked quickly. She stood against the tree and we pulled the wool either side of her and around the back of the tree where my assistant for the day, Cheryl, held them and hid.
I know a lot of people think that photography is expensive and yes, the camera, lenses, equipment is definitely not cheap but the actual props to make a photo come to life needn’t be ridiculously priced. The spool of wool cost $10 (and as you can see I still have most of it left untouched), the sarong was straight out of Deb’s wardrobe, and the artificial lilies cost $10.00. The setting is just typical Australian bush, so for the princely sum of $20.00 AU, and a little bit of work, Tangled took shape. I hope you like it as much as I do. Once again, I think it captures the essence of my subject and that, to me, is the most important element of my photography.