Sometimes, a good back story can help a photo-shoot immensely, adding emotion and sensibility to images in a way that makes the viewer stop and wonder about its subjects. This is something that photographer Scott Lowden did late last year for a personal project, where, except for exercising his ability to shoot high quality photography while keeping the production value as low as possible (in this case limiting himself to only two reflectors), he used a made-up back-story to help come up with shots and video-editing. The result, as can be seen in his video, stills and supporting video files compliment each other, telling the story of two people coming together, despite their very different personalities.
If you’re interested in learning the complete back-story, Scott tells it best himself:
“She’s a writer, he’s a daydreamer…
They were introduced at an art opening, after which they spent the entire evening talking and walking. They’re an about-to-be couple, but they haven’t realized it yet. He’s distracted by work and life and travels, and not giving her the attention she wants. She feels distracted by him, and heads out-of-town to concentrate on a nearly finished project. She has a favorite place, a retreat, where she can concentrate. It’s a hard to get to place, and more importantly, hard to get out of. The kind of place you can only get to by hitching a ride on a friend’s boat.
He woke up on a gloomy morning and she wasn’t around. He realized not having her in his life created a void, something left undone. And it’s not like him to plan, to feel a hole. He’s daydreaming about their time together, and the future…traveling with her, waking up with her, fighting with her. She’s not answering his texts, a few days pass. He knows kind-of where she is, but not exactly, so he goes in search. The drive, the boat, the walk, the retreat.
That’s where our story begins, he grabs his 50s Sea Maid boat and heads out to make his intentions known, and convince her to spend some time with him. He’s a bit melancholy as he’s making his way to her, with a flicker of happiness when he’s with her. It’s like that perfect early evening when the gloom clears and the sun peeks though the cloud cover as they head off on his boat…”
Scott Lowden. Photography and Director
Ryan Dickie. DP/Operator
Aurelie Jezequel. Producer
Elodie. Ozanne. Wardrobe Stylist
Pascale Poma. H/M
James Slater. 1st Assistant
Pedro Marti. PA
Kyle Bliss. male talent with Wilhelmina
Svieta. female talent with Marilyn Model Management
Captain Pat. boat captain with sailnewyork.com
Ed Jimenez. Lighting and Grip, Playground Industries
Amy Rosenburg. Editor
Zach Wolfe. Color Grading
Music. A&E (Maps Remix) by Goldfrapp
Shot in Patchogue, NY