‘Rescued by Love’ was a concept pre-wedding shoot that I thought of after hearing Kyra and Melvin’s life story. I really wanted to create a sequence of images that represented their journey. A few months before the shoot the main visual started to form in my mind. I quickly put pen to paper. The problem was that it was going to be difficult to create.
I knew I wanted to see Melvin carrying Kyra in the rain as if he had rescued her from some danger. The main problem was the rain. I couldn’t guarantee rain for the day of the shoot. If I were outside in the rain then my equipment would ruined. Solution....I needed a rain machine. Renting one became a very expensive option. So I started to scan the internet for ways to create one. I am no DIY king, so I had to man up. The rain machine cost me about £200 in total.
I wanted the scene to be dark and dramatic, so I had to shoot either at night or in a studio. Shooting outdoors at night would be tough as I needed running water and oddly a guarantee of no rain so as not to damage my gear. The option I needed was a studio with very high ceilings, a rig and would be flexible enough to allow running water! I found East End Studios 3 days before the shoot.
A key consideration was lighting. I thought I would go back to my video roots and use continuous light. It meant that I could see light as we built the scene, but more importantly my team of helpers could see too. Most of my team would have little experience but they could see the effects of the light as I called out, “left a bit!” The light would also help me with focusing too. Modeling lights on strobes just wouldn’t be powerful enough in such a large space.
These photos were shot using my trusty 5DmkII with the 70-200L 2.8 IS (MkI). The image from above with Melvin screaming out to the heavens was shot with the 24-70L
A special thanks to VIVIDA team members Marta and Toby and the successful applicants who got the opportunity to come and assist. Also shouts outs to Shireen MUA for the makeup and to eastendstudios.co.uk/
It’s been almost a year since I started my journey into time-lapse photography. This project has been an ongoing process for about 6 months. There was a lot of trial and error involved, and I spent many sleepless nights in many different unexpected places. Creating this film has taught me about patience, and what it really takes to achieve the shot that you dream about in your head. I realized through the process that the gear isn't as important as the passion you put within your work.
This short video is called EXISTENCE. The video is a statement not only about time and progression, but also a statement about the world we have created for ourselves. The basis of the video contrasts the two extremes of life itself: the urban metropolis, and the beauty outside the city. I love to stargaze. Watching the milky-way float across the sky is one of the most therapeutic experiences I have ever felt. If you haven’t experienced it, then I strongly recommend taking the time to do so.
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