Earth, Wind, Fire, Water

With your powers combined…..!!!

I can’t be the only one who thinks of Captain Planet when you start naming off the elements, can I?  Every time.  🙂  I’m only missing heart, but that’s besides the point.

I had such a nice break in this crazy schedule a few days ago.  I cut my hours at my second job — let’s just be real, I was going crazy.  Although with my previous job I was used to long work weeks followed by evening and online classes, the workload here is something else.  Getting up at 6:00 to drive for about an hour, then being on campus for about 12-14 hours a day in a combination of work and school, only to be followed by “days off” which consist of me working at my, what I’ll call, primary job.  There was zero time for me, and what was the only actually stressor was that there was no time for my school work.  I noticed that I was giving classes such as sculpture and art history precedence over my photography classes.  Those are the reasons that I’m here!  Something had to be changed to remedy this, and with that, I am now able to be a free and normal person on Wednesday afternoons.  It was glorious — I parked in the no parking zone in font of work, ran in there, talked it out, and I was on my way home, sun shining and wind blowing in my hair and all.

Though the point of that is not to be “free”, per sey, rather, to have some daylight so I can focus more on my photography work, and not feel like I have to cram everything in at night/inside (I hate the dark inside part) or all on Sundays, rain or shine.  So I picked up a coffee, enjoyed the end of my ride, picked up my camera and got to work.  Luckily for me, my friend and now model because of projects was working from home, so she was also free, and able to help me not only with the school projects I had, but with this 52 week challenge!  It’s very exciting.  As I’m sure you’ve notice, and I’ve mentioned, I’ve been doing a lot of twofers in regards to this challenge by combining these themes with the work that I’m doing for class.  There have been some successful images, I’m not salty about it, but I also have all these other ideas scrambling around in my head that I just haven’t had the chance to create.

Remember what seems like a million weeks ago when there was a Natural Elements theme?  I do!  I began thinking that I would do a somewhat similar interpretation to what I showed you previously, which is basically my normal flower/nature pictures.  Then I started thinking of how tired I’ve become of seeing those — not that I don’t like them, but it was becoming a little redundant.  So I started hashing out ideas about how I could handle these differently.  After some searches, I realized that “natural elements” was talking about the more simplified, earth elements, and not nature itself.  So the idea of doing the elements as a still life set up came to mind.  I still like the idea, but it posed some challenges, like how to display wind on a typical black-background still life set up, and I couldn’t work it out.  Back to the drawing board.  Then this idea came to me –why not use someone and have them embody the elements?  Enter unwilling-model-friend/friend-who-secretly-loves-helping-in-these projects.  Off to her house I went, on the literal first free second I have had in weeks!

She’s a great sport, really.  I’ve had a lot of weird ideas that I’ve incorporated her in, and though a little off put at first, she started striking poses, and getting ideas — it’s great.  So with a crazy minimal backdrop and some home-made lighting, we got to work, putting the “elements” all over her face.  I’m happy with the way they turned out, though she was opposed to the water one most of all, and I would have liked to have seen even more droplets that what appears in the images.  I would have to say the wind is my favorite though — loving it!  Enjoy!

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