Idea, Research, Production, Execution & Editing
I realized as I saw this that my project had come from idea to shooting pretty fas
t. Now I'm going to take a step backwards to make up for the work I skipped the first time around.
I've visited my models again and asked them more about where their names came from etc. Apparently in Iceland this is not a common nor popular name but it's very feminine and the women I've met are total Valkyries.
I'll be leaving for Riga in a short time so I'm trying to prepare myself as well as I can. But
in hindsight, I guess George & Vanessa were right; This is
a short time to work on a project like this.
I've met 3 Valdís' already. I've been corresponding with the forth but I will not meet her until this May. She is actually a transgender individual who chose Valdis as her female name. I find that so beautiful and very much in tune with the
project. I look forward to meeting her and ask her more about this decision of her's.
I just got a black and white photograph of Valdís Bæringsdóttir back from development. She's such a beautiful 14 years old girl. Plays
I also have this idea of shooting everyone in the style of the 60's mugshot scene.
When looking at the old photographs I can see that many of the models are siting on a chair. That makes their posture look different in the pictures. And their profiles are always facing the right.
I have an old Polaroid 100EE that takes black and white instant film. I really want to do these photographs that way. But I'm still learning how to use the film and camera correctly (light exposure is difficult on these if you don't have a flash). So It's an expensive learning process.
Here are photographs from my meeting with Valdís Jóna today
I know they aren't perfect but I'm getting better. I love the feeling they give and this old time sense that is similar to the old prison photos.
meeting Valdís Helga tomorrow with her sister Hjördís. I like the connection in their names (the -dís part, witch means goddess in Icelandic). They also look a lot alike and are such beautiful Icelandic girls, both blonds.