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In today’s blog post I’m going to be chatting about my newest series DREAMSCAPES and the inspiration that went into each photo. Inspiration, to me, is an idea or creation that sparks the mind into creating any type of art whether it be music, paintings, photographs, fashion, the list just goes on. A couple of things that I draw inspiration from include movies, music, fashion, and nature.
The inspiration behind my newest series: DREAMSCAPES was really the idea that the human body is… a wonderland (LUL, sorry John Mayer, I JUST had to). I thought I would have my own twist to exploring the body by incorporating different parts of the body with different types of landscapes.
I started off the series with “Fantasy”, inspired by Alina Baraz’s song of the same name. The photo idea was the first peak of inspiration I had for this series: I had envisioned a forest sort of theme, to go with the idea of pure woods, with a creek and trees— so pretty much Yosemite National Park. With my hand posed specifically to look like a helping hand, I wanted to exude how nature always extends its “hand” to us by supplying us with beauty and necessities.
For this next image, I decided to go into the cityscape aspect of my series with “Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes. The song to me, especially the dance remix by Zedd, makes me think of the Japanese nightlife full of neon wonder and entertainment. I decided to add in some car light streaks for tears to symbolize how cities can be overpopulated, but people can still be lonely. On a lighter note, I canNOT wait until the day I visit Japan: it’s always been a dream to mine, so I’m glad I was able to at least visit it in a series.
For “Pyramids” (with the musical inspiration being the song with same title by Frank Ocean), I decided to go into little bit of a different direction: the feeling as well as the look of the desert. I’ve always seen the desert, especially sand dunes, as a huge visual inspiration to play with. As for my inspiration for pairing up the desert with my back is simply this: it’s a part of the body that’s open, vast, and dry. HAHA! No, but I just saw the vastness of how the back is and it truly reminded me of sand dunes and pyramids, and how it can be a vulnerable area of the body.
For the latest and last post of the series, at least for the moment as I may add onto it, is “Floating”, inspired by the song by Alina Baraz and Khalid. After exploring my body a bit more through photography, I’ve come to terms with accepting every inch of it and I am comfortable with it. When creating “Floating”, my main mindset while editing it was “divine”: the divine and powerful feet from the heavens are stepping onto the sea, causing a small sea storm. I felt that creating this photo with a painterly-like effect would really give it the justice that it deserves.
It’s just honestly been a blast coming back into creating art more full-time now. I’ve been conceptualizing more, so just wait and see for these exciting photos that I have lined up to create.
I would love to see any series that you’ve perhaps worked on/or are currently working on! Tag me on your posts because I would love to see them. (Instagram: @chris.rivera, Facebook: Christopher J. Photography)
That’s all I really have for my inspiration on my DREAMSCAPES series, so until my next blog post! :)