JAX & WADE. IMPROMPTU LOVERS SHOOT IN THE MIGHTY BLUE MOUNTAINS.
LOVERS SHOOT IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
LAST LIGHT PORTRAIT SHOOT WITH JAX & WADE
Sure, shooting sunset portraits of couples is epic and all, but what about all that glorious light in blue hour?
I’ve honestly been struggling a little bit lately, feeling creatively flat. I’ve been through enough of these periods to know what I need to do; switch off, and get inspired, usually by consuming a tonne of cinema. But this time around, it felt like nothing was inspiring me much. No film, music, or photography seemed to spike my inner artistic motivation.
I touched on this during my talk at Camp Common Folk last year. I think as artists, we’re prone to burning out, especially when we turn our art into a living. It feels like lately I’ve been starting to rely on the same old bag of tricks, instead of pushing myself creatively. Don’t get me wrong — the old bag of tricks is a bloody good bag, producing some of my favourite work of late. But this evening, I needed something else. Something that would push me out of my safe place. Something more human.
Turns out, this is exactly what I was craving. Human connection, and making art from that connection.
So I texted a couple of mates, and forty minutes later we were perched on a cliff in the Blue Mountains. There was no plan. No light. I was using a focal length and aperture I wasn’t used to. A new camera body. And I didn’t want to rely on the epic scenery of the escarpment below to do the work for me.
I wanted true emotion. Big fun. Huge mood. All soul.
And I think we got it.
Fujifilm X-E3 + Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
No presets used on the colour frames. Edited from RAW.
A mix of No Space for Deadweight + Knocked Out, In the Dust + ‘Rings & Grieves’ pack black & whites.