One of the problems we’re facing is that this project is as an endeavor that spans years. While I love nothing more than the idea of doing what I love each day, it poses a problem that we often see in films, where the kids grow faster in real life than their characters do in the movies. We’re definitely seeing this in Cadence, where a woman from teens to 20s, or 20s to 30s can be more easily camouflaged in terms of time passage, Cadence’s height, her figure, her facial bone structure has been dramatically changing as she leaves behind childhood. When voicing these concerns Remy reminded me that a lot of how we dress is indicative of our age so by making sure to dress her in younger costuming we could nudge the idea of her still being small.
A lot of my inspiration comes from different artistic avenues… I was first a painter, and so painting will always be my first true love. In the late 1800’s the younger children would still be lavishly dressed, but where the women had floor length gowns that covered even their shoes the girls would be at mid calf, incidentally called Tea Length now.
In particular Friedrich August Von Kaulbach’s Portrait of a Young Girl in a Pink Dress for me embodied what I wanted Cadence to exude in this piece… I wanted her, the set, Remy all to have a sort of other worldly, painting like, dream quality to the image. It plays to the innocence of childhood stifled beneath frills and proper conduct, and in the case of our character: Great Purpose.
Creating these images have reacquainted me with who I am and what I most loved in being an artist, that sort of eloquent grace I somehow felt lacked in my photography… I joke often that photography is painting with instant gratification, so of course leave it to me to create a project where each image requires months of prep before the shutter fire, just as my paintings would be months from first brush stroke to finished commission.