For this project, I decided to create a new world using story as a creative (and motivating) force. In this case, I came up with a short story – really just an origin story leading to the character “Danika.” The name means “Morning Star” in Slavic. Morning Star being the representation of beauty via Venus.
The story was pretty basic:
The world has moved on. (Busted: huge fan of the Dark Tower novels and comics – the movie was flat). Violence and chaos have lead to breakdown and decay. Scared, the people have moved from large cities and big problems only to trade them for roving bands of Scavages (scavenging savages). Danika’s family has moved to a mountain region where other humans have found an abandoned hydroelectric plant leaving her to find the fabled Green Lands.
That’s where Danika (our model Tiffany on FB) lives. She’s grown now, but she still fights for her family. She is alone but not forgotten.
This is the world in which I wanted to build a series of model-based photos for my newest project. It’s a Wasteland project that has taken several iterations in the last couple years. It’s always been a Work in-Progress for me. Now, it’s a solid project that is near completion.
My last steps will be to combine all of the existing photos from this project, find enough to develop a solid story, then use my photo-manipulation and Photoshop skills to create a new world for Dani to live.
After I shoot the rest of the photos (only one person left to work with), phase one (photo capture) will be complete and the rest of the project will commence so I can populate this fictional world with more people and make a final, more coherent story.