I left the comfort zone to create an untitled project, willing to continue the book of journey, with this sophisticated Russian model. The whole day was in anticipation for this shoot. When, I arrived at the location (at her apartment) the interior resembled of that from a movie scene. It was not messy, but there was a feel of disarray, with a sense that "I did not belong here" a lyrical note from the song Creep, by Radiohead.

I can step into the room and able to take mental snap shots of my surroundings, it is what I am trained to do, as part of my profession, then be able to create a scenario based on that collection. The whole environment took me back in time, and I was able to vividly place myself during one of my short stay in Thailand. The glare of the light, the tonality of the colors, and the chaos within, but in the midst of it, there was beauty in the midst of a beautiful disarray.

When you were here before
Couldn't look you in the eye
You're just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You think you are special

I don't care if it hurts
I wanna have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I'm not around
You think you are special
I wish I was special

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You think you are special
I wish I was special

But I'm a creep
I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here
I don't belong here

2014 was about enhancing the book of Journey, through color styling via color grading. The book of "Journey" was created using only minimal lighting most of which as created by ambient light, aided by CTO gels. The video below, was aided by two lamps. Lamp on right with gel, and overhead natural light from the lampshade.


Retouching in beauty is very close to me, working close by pixel level is therapeutic, I have had a shift of interest, influenced by other retouchers, and that is, leaving small imperfections to keep the aesthetic complementing the skin textures.  Blurring out the skin is...... ummmmmmm..... Would be a lazy approach.  I have been following  Melidsa Rodwell and she is a quite insightful photographer that will answer you openly. I like the blog that she wrote that took by heart, when I first started exploring retouching years ago.  GOOD AND BAD RETOUCH