Words: Ellen Brown (She/Her), BA (Hons) Photography, @ellenb_photography

These portraits of Pedro and Ryan were taken from a recent project where I not only challenged myself to play with new equipment in different outdoor locations, but also asked my models to interact with the spaces and props in new ways. We worked together to think of effective ways to use each object, as well as finding more interesting and intriguing positions on and around the chair they were given. Throughout both shoots, we played with the balance of ambient and artificial lighting and the way in which the backdrop blended with the nature behind it. This project because more of an exploration of my practice as well as the limitations of my comfort zone as I worked in ways I had never thought of trying before. My models also had creative input which made it much more of a collaboration with a team of innovative individuals.

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