“Woe amongst the thorns” [1/10]
So as I hinted two days ago, I am super honoured to be taking part in a new group project created by @liisahole. For those who aren’t aware, my photography journey began on @flickr back in 2009. It’s where I discovered self portraiture and fine art photography. There was such a strong community back then, a community of teenagers who all shared a passion for photography. We want to reignite that passion and dive into something challenging and new. Every 2 weeks, each of us (@liisahole @havardhole @savannahdaras @laurazalenga @janastormanns @cbenetel @brittjuravich @sopheggert @spiderthan) will challenge another to re-create an older self portrait dated back 2013 or earlier. It’s a way for us to see how far we’ve come as artists and how we’d interpret the concept today 😊
So, I had my good friend @brittjuravich who I have known since those early Flickr days and have been luckily enough to meet since then pick my first photo. I was so, so happy to see “mourning her Romeo” pop up because it’s one photo of mine that I still think about and look at regularly. The original concept was to create a world in which Juliet chose not to take her own life after Romeo.
The original piece is so important to me because it marked a moment in time where I had a bit of an epiphany (which I go on to explain in a super long description on Flickr hah). It was the moment when I decided I was going to create. I was going to be an artist that created worlds and concepts... an artist that told a story. I was so proud of how it turned out and still to this day, love the photograph. So, I didn’t stray too far away from what was originally created but just added in some differences. I was so close to posting the sunset sky which so many of you recommended - don’t worry I agreed... right up until yesterday when I took time to really look at the clouds and realised that was the way to go as after all, I am referencing a great tragedy.
If you want to join our challenge and have an old self portrait of yours you’d want to recreate with a new perspective, please do! Make sure to use our hashtag #StillFlickring so we can check it out :) xx 💙💗