Friday, March 22, 2013

#THESISIT: Plaything

Plaything is what it is: the story of a plaything. It's about a doll (portrayed here by Janelle) who was set aside by her owner as an effect of adolescence. It's also about childhood memories and how some of them may be forgotten while growing up. All the shots in this shoot have a toy or some doll in the picture for a continuity in theme. I also used a lot of backlighting to sort of give a nostalgic sort of feel so as to go with the concept.

Janelle's another one of those subjects whose face makes it easy to consume hundreds of shots in one sitting. This shoot is one of my favorites from my thesis, right up there with Alex's shoot. I miiiiight've circulated the concept around her look, because really, Janelle's doll-like features were perfect for such a story.

This shoot has a special place in my heart for two reasons: one, because I have a doll from childhood that I always went to bed with. While the habit of going to bed with her has long gone, I still keep her around. (I remember watching Toy Story 2 as a kid and tearing up during Jessie's montage.) I'm easily a nostalgic person and I obsessively latch on to things that have sentimental value to me. (That being said, I have hoarder tendencies.) This might be the reason why I remember so many, albeit some of them very irrelevant, life moments but I'm horrible with information retainment when it comes to school.

The second reason why this shoot is special to me is because it was my last shoot with Haru-chuu, my 400D. Haru-chuu was my partner-in-photography-crime for a good five years (I actually got my new camera about a month shy of Haru-chuu's 5th birthday) and I learned so much with her in those 5 years. In those five years I documented so many school events, life happenings, and even got published for the first time. But because I exhausted her so much, she began to falter (I screwed up an assignment as an intern last year because of camera fluctuations.) That still didn't stop me though; I made do with what I had. On one hand I needed an upgrade, but on another I was like, "Hey, my camera's still not dead so s'all good." I will always love Haru-chuu. (THIS WHOLE PARAGRAPH IS A TESTAMENT TO MY BEING A NOSTALGIC SAP WHO PUTS SO MUCH SENTIMENTAL VALUE IN THINGS HAHAHA)

Anyway, here are some outtakes that I didn't include in the thesis. This isn't even all of the outtakes, but the others that will never be posted were way too similar to some shots so it's not like you're missing out on anything.

You'd think I would've had this up sooner, considering all I have to do with these photos is resize them for my blog. BUT NOOOO, THE GAP BETWEEN THIS POST AND THE PREVIOUS ONE IS STILL TWO WEEKS. I have no excuse. I've just been lazy, and a lot of my time has been spent reacquainting myself with video games. KH1 in particular, as I never got past Traverse Town as a kid because... I was scared. BELIEVE IT. (I made it past Hollow Bastion now though, orange you proud?)

Thanks again Janelle for modeling! We don't frequently shoot together, but when we do it is always a joy. Thanks also to Stephy for making time to assist, even if it was just brief. LABYU GAIZ

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