Maureen thank you so much for creating this class. I was a sculptor and painter 15+ years ago, but I had to leave the arts due to chronic pain in my hands. With this series I came to terms with my lost love of art and wanted to tell a story using my hands and face. I am a very private and shy person but I wanted my portrait to show all my imperfections: My crooked nose, pores, scars, droopy eye etc. In the end it's all me. I love the results and I feel much more confident now.
For my process: I used 2 soft boxes which was a bit intimidating but incredibly easy to setup, it literally took me about 10 minutes to setup. I bought metallic make up and chocolate syrup online. For some shots I used my feet and the remote control. It was a bit of a mess but I kind of knew that going in. So what I did is: I shot everything clean first, then applied the metallic paint then poured the chocolate.
Thank you for your class. I look forward to your feedback.
EDIT 1: I added my pre-photo creative process following Maureen's steps:
Inspiration: 1. Read poems about pain
2. Listened to music:
twenty one pilots: Heathens (dark green blueish/gold orange saturated/black) Dramatic light beams.
Kiara - Gold (black / gold / super blurry / bokeh / flares) Dark leather / spikes / black lace / gold ring
Gessaffelstien - Pursuit ( Gold and black, dark suit, tie)
3. Researched imagery
4. Write ideas.
1. Introspection: Deep hard feelings, strong, painful, powerful. Strength.
3. Main idea: Beauty in pain. Caption: Chasm of power. Vision: Dark, high contrast binary perception of strength. Relentless. Animal, wild, unrestrained.
A) I enjoyed feeling music strongly. B) The feelings where about adrenaline, and fast heart beat. intensity.
C) Contrast and decisiveness. I like grit, dirty, mess, broken