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Sailors and Sirens at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA 1-4-14. Full Set
This or the Apocalypse. This is not an official photo. It was myself having my camera at the right time.
Stunning image of model and leukemia patient Heather Byrd, shot by Jonathan Thorpe:
Heather Byrd and I are friends on Facebook, basically through the photo community with her being a model. We hadn’t really spoken until a couple weeks ago. I reached out to her to do a beauty shoot after I saw she was going through chemo treatments from leukemia. I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to showcase such beauty through a troubling time. She agreed to the shoot, and we set up a date for a few weeks out. Over that time, I kept thinking about the shoot. If you know anything about me or my style of photography, its that I like to tell a story. While I do like beauty work, and can appreciate how much goes into it, for me, it just doesn’t inspire me as much as making a visually thought provoking image. I’m also known for doing things that are more on the comedic side of photography, so tackling such a serious topic was difficult for me.
I reached out to my team and told them I didn’t wanna do the standard beauty shot, that there was more to this story. We all brainstormed ideas, and with the help of my creative director Andi, we came up with our own version of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”
The painting shows Venus being born from the sea, and there are a few different interpretations of it, but one fact commonly found in each one is that Venus was the epitome of beauty and intelligence. It would be a perfect concept, but would need a modern and thought provoking twist. Instead of the beauty of the forest and water behind her, it would be replaced with the coldness and drab colors of an old hospital room and bed. Instead of a woman draping Venus in beautiful cloth, a nurse would be covering her with a hospital gown. Instead of the two wrapped in love to her side, two doctors would be there, one with oxygen mask, the other with syringes and a chart. And finally, instead of her being presented on a shell where she is born, she would be standing on a pile of her own clothes, and wig. It was perfect. - Jonathan Thorpe
I follow Jonathan on Twitter and IG. I have always found his work to be pretty amazing. Everything he does blows me away. Nothing can be said about this image beyond “powerful”.
Latest lyric video for Empire before all out of Nashville.