The chance to "create" is what attracts me the most to photography and art. My favorite artistic genre is Narrative imagery. Narrative imagery tells a story, and it is also Conceptual imagery, which is imagery created around a specific concept. These terms are thrown-around fairly loosely in the world of photography, and they are often used interchangeably.
I love creating narrative images based upon quotes, theories, philosophy, and theology. "Petroleum" is one such image, and is based on a quote by Kurt Vonnegut: "Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum." I aimed for a literal interpretation. Of all my shoots to date, this one involved the largest team and had the most moving parts. A model with whom I had previously worked recruited friends and coworkers to model. Another friend was the general manager of a night club, and he provided the venue. Two hair stylists/MUAs were involved, and a videographer documented the behind-the-scenes action.
I will admit that this large of a production was a bit intimidating for me, but it was also an adrenaline rush and I absolutely loved it. The final image speaks to the power of an amazing team, and I look forward to doing more large shoots!
A note on this image's composition. Four of the people in the final image were actually "borrowed" from other photos from the same shoot and composited into the final image, as was one of the rear strobe lights. I felt that doing so added to the narrative value of the image.
Huge thanks go to J Melange, the amazing model that was instrumental in pulling this team together, and to Filip, who is now the owner of the venue we used, Blue in the Vista...home the best tapas and cocktails in South Carolina!
Models: Theresa Griesman, Ashlee Leyda, J Melange, Filip Risteski, Vatrick Thompson, Hailey Watson
Kristoffer Cox Photography: Artisan Portraits and Conceptual Images