Photo challenge at a colorful arcade with Colin
For the last 18 months, I have been photographing portraits non-stop! Working with different people, and sometimes editing the images differently; I try to explore the potential of many possibilities in my photography work. Although not intentionally trying to create a style, my editing preference did somehow funnel down and create a look of its own. I started to notice that when I looked through my Instagram feed. There's a standard on how I handled each color, and I rarely strayed from that. As a creative person, I don't want to get stuck in a routine. Growth tends to slow down when I keep repeating similar things.
Other than wanting to redefine the creative direction of my work, my travel schedule had kept me busy as well. I found taking breaks, and doing other stuff helped me reset the way I think. Having a clear mind, I will be able to make a better decision and find room to grow.
Going through my photography work, I found my work lacked vibrant colors. Not saying this is a bad thing, many successful photographers' work is in muted tones, and they are gorgeous! Personally, I do love colors, so I don't see why I can't do more of that.
All those thoughts led to this mini shoot that I did at the local arcade. After researching arcade photoshoots, ideas came into mind. While I was taking time off, I watched more movies and paid attention to the cinematography. Movies that came to mind were In The Mood for Love and 2046 by the director Wong Kar-wai. These movies were constructed in vibrant colors, they were dreamy, sophisticated, have a vintage look, and also futuristic. What impressed me was the mood those movies conveyed through the use of colors.
The shoot wasn't a direct paraphrase of these movies. I did the shoot based on the model, the environment we were in, and the moments we created during the shoot. We went to the arcade early while it wasn't busy. It was one of the fastest shoots I did, but I love what we got and how these images turned out. As a model, Colin was very accommodating and professional. He took direction well and was able to blend into the scene, and at the same time, stood out with his captivating gaze.
The editing was much more straightforward for this particular shoot. Instead of heavily manipulated the colors, I chose to let the colors shine. Other than retouching, most colors you see in this set of images are close to what I captured. I think sometimes it's helpful to break away from what I got used to and take on challenges. Now, I am ready for more projects, and also looking forward to my trip to New York in October!