My creative side is usually fueled by a plethora of images, ideas, feelings, or movie scenes that I draw from constantly. Last week I was really thinking about the movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” It’s one of my favorite stories. I’ve also been playing with ideas of post apocalyptic issues. In this political climate thinking about the future of our planet becomes a realer sci-fiction horror story. So I imagined my own Wizard of Oz, but one where the Emerald City was created solely of plastic bags. I thought to myself, how would the munchkin people dress? I instantly thought of my own version of “trash fashion.” Now I agree most people wouldn’t have a clear understanding that was my intention for this image. But I do think with more time. I’ll be able to push the idea possibly through a series. Whether it’s creating full sets with more visual clues or more thought out ideas in general.
We needed to submit a conceptual idea but always through a commercial lens. So I was trying to think in an editorial sense with an indie fashion vibe. I also really wanted to practice photographing people. I think I have a tendency to avoid shooting them. But if I think about it, some of my favorite images from past series are ones involving them. Go figure.
Also in my work you’re usually going to see some form of flora or fauna. It a subtle easter egg that I was purposely use to make the viewer instantly make connections to nature. We’re not just outside of it nor solely among it. But we’re of it.