Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shine & Rise: DirtRoad by studioAtruong

As the day grows bright
We are turning pages
And we write new chapters of our life
Some are strong and long
Others weak with sorrows
Keep the focus on the rising sun
Ace of Base

There are tons of quotes and sayings about how each new day and each new morning can be a new beginning. A new chance for opportunity or change. Problem is, when life is pounding you with problems and pain, the words often ring hollow. It is difficult to see the light when you're surrounded by darkness. Usually though, it is when the darkness subsides just a little, not fully, but enough to see slivers of light in the distance that the words really take on meaning.

Even more than the words, it is one's senses that bring on hope. When you first wake in the morning, that split second when you have forgotten, before the darkness has had time to take hold again. The birds sound of the birds outside your window, the sun threw streaming stubbornly through the blinds, sliding in and over your skin. The sound of cars and kids and life going by on the other side of your bedroom walls. Most of all, it is the visual, those first sights when you pull open your curtains for the first time that morning.

It is that feeling of a new beginning I love so much in this series of images of Warren Russell (DirtRoad) by Alain from studioAtruong. You could certainly write your own scenario about what happened the night before, but it is really rather irrelevant as Warren prepares to begin his day. The problems and pain have not disappeared, they are still there. But, for a brief moment, as you glance out of the window, you have a moment of brief reprieve.

I loved this set of images from the second I saw them. First, because Alain and Warren are two of my favorite artists to feature on the blog. I came upon both of their work last year. I first introduced FH readers to Warren with To The Woodshed last August. Alain's imagery made it's first appearance on FH last December with Overalls, the first of a three part series featuring his work with Joey. I have continued to feature their work whenever I have been given the opportunity.

'Warren is such a natural model - completely relaxed in front of the camera.'

It didn't hurt that this series also included windows, which along with doorways, staircases and long abandoned and forgotten buildings are some of my favorite places for a shoot. Windows are not just a favorite place to place a model by, they also provide so many themes which I love to explore. If you search 'windows' on the blog you will see dozens and dozens of stories. Whenever I see a window within an great image, I always want to know what is being seen, and what is being hidden. Who is looking out, and who is looking in.

The answers of course are never black and white. Often we look out of windows and see nothing but what is on our own minds. I really have no idea what Warren was seeing as looked out of the windows. I did however... get a feeling, that he knew full well there were others looking back in. I have a strong sense, that Warren was not just enjoying the view, but providing, with pleasure, a beautiful morning view for all of those gazing back in.

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