The beautiful Lindsay Anne Dransfield modeled for me in the most magical place I could ever imagine, on #flickrisland (also known as Newcastle Island in British Columbia.)
We walked to this spot early in the morning on the last real foggy day on the island. The light that morning was beautifully diffused and fell through gaps in the trees almost poetically. The moss here was soft and climbed all over the collapsed trees, making this intersection of dead trunks overwhelmingly green with new life.
I feel so grateful for the chance to go to this meet up, it was a dream come true.
I created this image about a week ago during the#flickrisland meet up. This photograph sparked my creative kick during this meet up. I haven’t put myself into such an uncomfortable (and inspiring) situation since my Aquarius photo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sealegssnapshots/6773046438/) two years ago. After creating this, I felt completely renewed, like I could create anything. It’s so strange how I build so many walls around myself when it comes to creating, I always encourage myself to think and think, but sometimes it helps just to feel.
On first day on the island we went on a little hike to explore our new home. We discovered a bridge that stretched over a small pool where the evening tide was rushing in. Across the pool a few deer were grazing around in the grass and barely stirred upon spotting us. It was a magical little moment that resulted in a tugging feeling that I might end up shooting there.
The next day, around the same time, a few of us ventured over to watch a shoot and I noticed the tide was rushing in again. I considered shooting, I had my camera with me, but no towel or real plan for the photograph. When I mentioned it to Alex he said just do it, and he would help me shoot it. And so I did, I stripped down to my underwear in front of friends (this was a turning point for us from friends to bffs obviously) and waded into the grassy, freezing cold water. Upon hearing that I would be shooting, David sprinted back to the campsite to grab his camera, and a towel (which I was incredibly thankful for later.)
Alex photographed me, and a group of friends helped to critique my poses, positioning, and stayed on bug patrol (the marshy water resulted in thousands of flies resting in the grass around me, and also on me.) By the end I was shivering, and full of adrenaline. But most of all, I was inspired. I couldn’t have created this photo alone, it was a collaborative effort. It shows so much how much I love working with other creatives. Thanks guys.
(by David Uzochukwu)
I am so thankful that I got to meet David at the flickr island meet up in British Columbia, what a talented artist (at just fifteen years old!) and a hilarious new friend.