My process to create always includes layers of photography influenced by nature. In this case, a beautiful photo of the Roxborough Coast in Tobago was manipulated into a vibrant textile design and then constructed into a beautiful flowing shirtdress. The garment now being worn by a model is photographed at almost the exact location where the initial photograph used in the textile was taken in Roxborough.
This photo within a photo concept is present throughout most of my body of work and is a nod to the influence that our surroundings have on what we wear and my focus on the connection between fashion and tourism. This photo was taken on a rooftop overlooking the coast creating an interesting contrast of the scale of the photo in the textile and the overall photograph. The vastness of the landscape helps to make the model seem more isolated. The balcony effect with the ‘near invisible’ edge helps to communicate the uncertainty of the situation the model is in and fear of the unknown that lies ahead. A mirroring technique was used to connect two photos with the model in slightly different stances to create the impression that the she is observing herself from a distance as she navigates a perilous situation.
Although there is a greater story to be told, at a glance, this is simply a beautiful and unusual photo of model in a resort wear piece overlooking the beautiful Pirates Boatyard in Tobago.
The Spiritual Battle in Ephesians 6:10-20, is a struggle like nothing else you have faced previously in your life. At moments like that it can feel like storm clouds are surrounding you and you are being boxed in while standing at the very edge of life as you knew it where everything else before you seems overwhelming, loathsome and unknown; and not being sure what to do feels like a battle in and of itself. These feelings are communicated clearly in the imagery of this piece –the stormy sky, turbulent waters and the narrow ‘near invisible’ ledge that separates the model from what lies below.
In these trying and uncertain times when tough decisions must be made, one must look within and to the Lord for strength to rid yourself of the fear that holds you back from doing what must be done to take a stand against the devil’s schemes. And, in those moments it can feel as though you are powerlessly watching yourself struggle hence the mirrored image of the model representing that ‘out-of-body’ experience of despair.
But that is the exact moment that you must begin to pray for the fearlessness to unchain yourself and take that bold step into the unknown covered only by the mystery of the gospel, for it is more than enough amour.
Model: Mintoi Thorpe
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