Emotions, powerful in their own nature.
Emotions, allowing us to communicate and connect.
Emotions, giving color to the otherwise dull.
Emotions. We are all gifted with them.
Powerful in their own way.
Able to adapt, change and erupt.
Do we control them or allow them to control us?
Emotions is the third concept I photographed at the 2018 Promoting Passion Convention (PPC) -here are the first and second concepts. My level of excitement for this image is beyond words not only because we used smoke grenades but because the model standing with me is one of my favorite artists – Jonathan Chapé. I am going to try to contain my emotions (no pun intended) while writing this because I got to stand in this image with someone who I really love and admire. While at PPC, I asked Jonathan if he would be willing to pose with me for a concept and he gladly agreed.
I didn’t have anything previously sketched out but I had a model and now I needed to think of what to do with my model. Seeing that most of my work features a single person (usually me), I wanted to add variety to my portfolio by including a male and female figure. I also had two smoke grenades left that needed to be used as I couldn’t travel with them… Mmmm. Bing! Idea! What if I use the smoke to come out of their heads depicting an explosion from within?
Yes, that is exactly what I wanted to do!
I wanted to showcase the power of emotions – especially the emotions we feel when we connect with other human beings. Human touch is a powerful thing and can ignite any plethora of feelings and emotions. I wanted the colors to embody a duality of emotions such as people can often feel. Both colors powerful, none overtaking the other yet blending with each other all the while depicting the subtlety of each emotion having a different range of power based on any number of factors.
Thank you Jonathan for not only being a huge inspiration but for being my friend. I always love seeing what you are up to and I love even more that I have a work of art with you in it.
Emotions (as well as most of my work) is available as a limited edition print in three sizes. Each piece is printed on Hahnemule Bamboo Paper (certified archival for over 100 years with proper care) and inspected in person at my lab by me. Framing and shipping options available. E-mail me at adbrucephotos (at) gmail (dot) com to purchase your limited edition work of art.
Do we control our own emotions or allow them to control us?
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