Weather the Storm, Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait, #2

I created this portrait inspired by the saying "Weather the Storm". Thinking of the difficult days and times we all have, where we search for the light, hold on to hope and ultimately rise up on the other side stronger and more powerful than ever. 

Keep reading below, I've also shared how I created this portrait.

This is one of many visions I've had in my head for a long time and am finally starting to create them through this personal project Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait. The idea...I make a dress or outfit using one piece or a few pieces of fabric, no sewing, just wrapping, tying and pinning the fabrics and then create beautiful inspired portraits. 

For this photo shoot I used two pieces of bronze satin fabric. I pinned one piece around me and the other piece was just loose on the floor at my feet. I also took quite a few images flipping the fabric in the air so I could layer in movement and create a fuller "dress".  This is a self-portrait and combination of many different images. It took me about 7 hours to create this image from photo shoot to final edit. 

Here's the fabric and clips before, you can also see the gray background I used for the portrait...

The next image I took with my iPhone years ago (in 2012 to be exact) of an approaching storm in the Ballona Wetlands of Playa del Rey. I kept this image because I knew I'd want to use it someday for this project. I used this image to add the storm to the portrait...

It feels so great to finally be moving forward with this project. If you've been holding an idea in your head and heart I encourage you to start working on it. I am going to remember how wonderful this feels to see something through that's been in my heart for so long. Maybe this is the answer to fewer stormy days. Following our hearts more frequently. 

 

See Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait, #1 here...the first photo shoot