A dress made out of hands
Probably one of my most extensive (if not excessive) projects ever attempted:
- 5 months of preparation and planning
- 3 shootings (2 of them for testing and experimentation with ideas and solutions to create a dress made out of hands.)
- 9-hour main shooting with a team of 7 very talented people (model, makeup, hair, assistant, 2 hand models and myself)
- 40 hours of Photoshop! Mostly compositing.
- and for the first time in the history of obsoquasi photo and film, a behind the scenes video! Shot and edited by Shermin T.
As with my previous works I am working on my body of works that explore the realm of stories and tales. It’s sometimes difficult to explain, what it actually is that I’m pushing for. Not because it’s complicated, but because the words storytelling have a different connotation in photography. People don’t expect for there to be an ACTUAL story, but more like a concept of a story. I’d like to go deeper, much deeper. I’d like to tell not just concepts of stories, but the stories themselves and if possible doing so with a single image.
So what’s the story with “Provincial Uprising”? Before you read on, I’d like to ask you to look at it for a while and try to read/see the story yourself. My dilemma is this: The photo SHOULD work on its own, without any explanation, don’t you agree? But on the other hand, viewers aren’t used to going further then the concept, they don’t expect for there to be an actual story behind (as explained above). So not only am I walking on new ground, the viewers are as well if they choose to go there.
Concept/Photography/Edit: John Flury (https://fb.com/obsoquasiphotoandfilm)
Model/Concept Partner: Daniela Brune
Make-up: Cynthia Fetz-Chaparro, https://five-c.ch/
Hair: Mirgesa Dauti
Assistant/BTS video: Shermin T, https://fb.com/sherminTphotography
Hand Models: Andrea V. Hubschmid, Erika Käslin
Shot with a Hasselblad H4D-31 @ obsoquasi photo & film studio, Zurich, Switzerland
© 2014 John Flury, obsoquasi.ch. All rights reserved. Contact me for reprinting/republishing rights. Much higher (original 48 MP) resolution available on request).