I chose this title for this image for a couple of reasons: Firstly, it is a gorgeous title, haunting and enigmatic, open-ended and oddly specific. Secondly, it was to be the theme and resulting series of a recent photo shoot that was a crash and burn failure on my part. I was going to do a series of eleven images, each with a theme of loneliness (loneliness of illness, loneliness of a bad marriage, etc) and using the umbrella as a metaphor throughout. Much planning went into the shoot, all to no avail - perhaps a bit too ambitious on a limited budget and all to be shot in one day.
In any event, I wanted to start the year off with a little out with the old, in with the new, and I have managed to get that umbrella and concept into this latest round of images featuring model Ed Barron despite the setback of the failed shoot. Perhaps not as grand as I would have liked, but I am still pleased to have the umbrellas flying just the same. As a device, or metaphorical construct, they say so much: protection, defense, solitude, comfort, desperation…and now I can let the failed shoot and its concept rest, as I have my Eleven after all.
Regarding this image, it was a bit of a monster edit after all, taking over 15 hours to complete, and requiring a lot of fine tuning to get it clean and neat. I think this image is very open-ended, open to interpretation and flexible. I can certainly tell you what each layer means to me, but I think I will leave that to the viewer this time. It was a long edit, but a great way to start the new year doing what I love to do. Thanks for viewing and reading.
Model: Ed Barron
A blog showing the layers of this image is available on my website, at: