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The Struggle Is Within Us.

An image about the 2 sides of a person. Dark and light, right and wrong - inevitably linked together but often in conflict.Never perfectly equally balanced but ...
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An image about the 2 sides of a person. Dark and light, right and wrong - inevitably linked together but often in conflict.Never perfectly equally balanced but inextricably, as one.

Image was born out of a photographic curiosity to do a shoot in a rapeseed field and to photograph the same location, once in sunlight and once in the night. Turned out to be quite a complicated process which took 7 hours and involved building a scaffolding for Hannah to lay on top of. With this particular field, there was only a 10 day window when the flowers were in full bloom. My fingers were crossed everyday for clear blue skies that week as the so-called summer had been rain, rain, rain virtually everyday until 2 days before the shoot. By then, everyone was committed and we had to go ahead regardless.

This was pretty much the first time when a shot was planned from scratch with concept drawings shared with the team, scouting of location at different times of the day, getting permission by bribing the farmer with chocolates and biscuits, and then finding a group of people to help me with the shot. Lighting had to be setup outdoors and it was a long shoot from 4.30 pm till 10:45pm. Logistically, it was messy trying to secure the permission of the farmer to use the field as well as getting the scaffolding to fit in the car. Shooting late into the night, packing up in the dark, hoping nothing was left behind and then having to rush to the nearest train station for everyone to catch the last train was among the challenges faced.

Ultimately, the final image has changed quite a lot from the original concept which had hands rising out of the ground with chains linking the 2 worlds and a much more panoramic viewpoint... didn't quite work even though all the photography had been done. Most of the component images I shot ended up in the bin... after numerous versions, it was the fourth version which I finally settled on.

MODEL: Hannah Ridgeway
MUA: Aga Pro Makeup
ASSISTANCE: Adrian Farr & Nunzio Prenna
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kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman October 08, 2014
Clever and creative idea. k
cheng-han
cheng-han October 19, 2014
Thank you.
ejdelamora
 
ejdelamora October 08, 2014
good edited...good luck.
cheng-han
cheng-han October 19, 2014
Thanks very much for the comment.
thierryvouillamoz
 
thierryvouillamoz October 17, 2014
Welcome to ViewBug.
Nice picture.
cheng-han
cheng-han October 19, 2014
Thanks very much
ruthannferrell
 
ruthannferrell June 19, 2015
This is incredible one of the best photos I have seen in such a long time wow just wow!
Iconoscope
 
Iconoscope July 12, 2015
A difficult construction to say the least! The lighting is superb and the interface between the two images is flawless!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet March 14, 2016
beautiful, cool concept
ScenebytheRoad
 
ScenebytheRoad March 29, 2017
Not generally a fan of heavy edit but I love this and the concept. Very Zen
alfredohernandez
 
alfredohernandez May 19, 2017
Nice concept, nicely edited, it has a real dreamy surreal vibe, nice work!
Mike-n-Mindy
 
Mike-n-Mindy March 25, 2018
Timeless. Beautiful.
sallymegapasaribu
 
sallymegapasaribu September 12, 2018
Really...realy awesome!
Ecross
 
Ecross September 12, 2018
Beautiful
Smurf747
 
Smurf747 September 13, 2018
Very nice picture well done .🙂