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Collab with the duo That Gum U Like

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

In the previous post, I mentioned how inspired I was when I knew my friends were working on a music project with a lot of Twin Peaks references. Their first EP is called “The Black Lodge” and after listening to it, I immediately came up with an idea for a photoshoot. I asked them if they would be interested in a collaboration and they answered "yes!".

I was about to travel to Brazil and was working on my portfolio, so it would be a great opportunity to work on a project where I would have creative freedom.

Andressa and Fabio were responsible for the styling, inspired by 90s rock icons like Courtney Love and Rivers Cuomo/Graham Coxon. Andressa gave her delicate touch to the kinderwhore look with a flower crown and light make up.

As for the concept, I wanted to work with the duality of dream and reality. That’s why the photos were made in two parts: the first one was shot with natural light to represent when they are awake, and for the second one, I shot with artificial light sources representing the world of unconsciousness.

The Twin Peaks series is like a puzzle game. Everything that happens there is kind of surreal and out of order, so my intention was to represent it using a prism filter and a mirror. The entrance to the black lodge is situated in the woods and the photo below shows that moment when they are about to step into that obscure world.

I decided to use the TV and a strobe as light sources to show the dreaming state of mind. Their songs are a bit melancholic, then I thought the blue color would bring this mood to the images. I don’t usually work with artificial light, but I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone for this project and take the chance to be more creative and conceptual. In post-production, I also added more saturation then I use to do in my photos.

I admire David Lynch's artistic freedom and he probably has lots of fun doing his surrealistic works. Working on this project was super fun for me and I am immensely proud of it. My friends were also happy with the outcome and they have used the images as promo photos. You can listen to their songs on Spotify, You Tube and Bandcamp.

If you're interested in photos to promote your creative work, drop me a line and let's talk about it. I would be so glad if we could work together. Maybe I'm the perfect fit for you and there's only one way to find out, right? ;-)


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