Inner World 2  by piotr kowalik
piotr kowalik's picture

Inner World 2

June 27, 2017

Just recently i felt an urge to do something which i always wanted to do : “monochromatic” but saturated and “aggressive” .Still somewhat delicate but all shot in red .I wanted to try something what i did not try before , something which would allow me to create a dreamlike set but still feel real and material . I knew i will need to use Photoshop to achieve this but still it needed to be real despite being not from the world as we know it . I like the idea of world being made of strong shapes , with lots of smooth light and shadow elements. Initially i started by defining what elements i wanted to have and how many images will be in the series . Once this was done and i decided to have triangles , oval curves and a rectangle / square .I knew that each image will introduce a new shape which will dominate and create the environment . The set was created as a scaled version of what i imagined out of thin mdf , first sheets were painted and then cut to smaller sizes and shapes .I spent some time experimenting and trying to create a few connected but different looks. I also used 1:1 corner and 2 walls of our studio painted with same red as the rest of shapes and set elements . Almost all lighting was done with #bowens . I used a mixture of daylight and modeling light of my #bowens 750 pro armed with gridded snoot to create most of the set lighting effects .This provided a warm and hard directional light which work well with all the shapes , enhancing the 3d feel and introducing changes to colors . I also needed more flexible , small sources to fill in some shadows and to add extra light effects in some places . And here comes a surprise - i would probably never thought i will use it but... as the set was shot at high F ( 16 or more ) with semi dark studio and i only needed small light source to get some additional lighting effects , i decided to use a small iphone light to “light paint “ some elements . Noty only it did exactly what i needed but it was fun and quick do it ! Final stage was to shoot the model on the 1:1 set in the studio . We used 2x #bowens 750 pro with 2x #bowens reflectors and 2 medium white umbrellas .First light source was placed above the model's head and was repeating samish angle and effect which the scaled set received from the snoot . Second light was closer to the floor level and was used mostly as a fill just to ensure that more detials is being resolved and that when all is being merged in post there will be enough details to work with .
Linear form of the time and space in this series was something which i wanted to implement but was not able to see till the post production . From the beginning i knew that first image will be a stand alone piece , second image will show a new shape but will leave a passage back to see the first image and when we look at the third one we will be able to see all of them .

24mm · f/18.0 · 6s · ISO 100
Log in or register to post comments


Damian Piórko's picture

twórcze prace ziomal!

Andrea Dottesi's picture

Really nice shot! Strange and perfectly executed!

ashley list's picture

The thumbnail looks good the bigger file better by a long way.

Gabrielle Colton's picture