"An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language." -Martin Buber
We’d like to share some insights and details about an awesome project we have recently been working on. I wanted a few shots highlighting the animality that lies in every human, and the humanity in every animal.
And I was not thinking of the pretty lady sitting on a sofa with her Yorshire gently sitting on her legs ! Wilderness is what came up to my mind. Ophelie further inspired me ! She has these wild looks, hasn't she? Looking at her, wolves came to my mind ! Here we go, I had the perfect scenery in my mind. Now let’s work and bring the idea to life. We were ready to meet wolves wherever they were, after a bit of research, we found out that a group of Czechoslovakian wolves were living in a mountain chain 300 kms from our studio.
We made an appointment ! And a few days later , the 10 members crew of professionnals were on their way to meet them. Given it all consisted in an outdoor shooting, we ensured most preparation was done beforehand, including Ophelie’s Make-up and Hairstyling.
No need to say that we were as worried as excited and overwhelmed with a weird emotion when we met up with the wolves, our very special models of the day. I was immediately struck by their eyes, so lively, so much story and history emanating from them. I have decided to blacken Ophelie’s eyes, to enhance the focus on the wolves’s eyes. Hence merging their looks. « eyes fusion » is how this serie is entitled.
Now you know why. The idea was to give a feel of synergie and duplication of the woman in the wolf and of the wolf in the woman.. You see what I mean ? Wait the shoots will make it obvious. In terms of lighting, I opted for a mix of natural light and flash. I used an Elinchrom Flash and a profoto umbrella plugged on a dedicated battery. In order to soften the full sun areas I used a diffusor and a reflector.
We have shooted for the whole day, we were amazed by the playful temparement of the wolves and the ease with which they played the game. For you to have a better feel of how we worked it all out, we have put together a behind the scenes video.
We invite you to watch it, the wolves/men collaboration on the project is awesome.
Now all of the above said, here is the result of this very special day. The photographs will shortly be published in an American magazin. We will keep you posted !
Special thanks to Virginie & Laurent, she strongly contributed in making of this photo shooting not only a success but an exceptionnal experience. We benefited from her very special relationship with Elwenn, Grall, Cyrianne ( the wolves) it enabled us to efficiently communicate and collaborate with them.
Virginie, all the team wish you a prompt recovery. Our thoughts are with you.
Make Up Artist & Hairstyler: Amanda Make Up/Coiff'
Wolves: Chiens loups tchécoslovaques en lorraine
Assistants: Sam, Cyril , Yvette...