The Meeting of Two Worlds
Over the last few years, I have gathered plenty of technical and creative skills which have enabled me to create this series of images. These pictures are a part of an ongoing collaboration project that portrays a “modern Arabia” under a new light. The intention is not to mold the styles into that of a specific Bedouin culture, but to fill the gap where the modern Arab world and previous Bedouin identities meet. The wardrobe was provided by M.A. Fashion in Sunset Mall and the stylist assisting us was Daniela Rose. (To see more of her fascinating work, you can visit stylebydanielarose.weebly.com) Our make-up artist was Elena Khmelenko.
Setting up the looks required a meticulous attention to detail; as all of the colors and tones had to complement each other either directly or indirectly. The women’s harsh gazes into the camera balanced out the warm colorful clothes they wore. I would admit that these pieces are best admired when looked at thoroughly, as we have designed every detail: the women’s accessories, the henna on their faces, the burqa, the traditional fan as a prop, and even the background behind them (which was intended to give the impression that they were in tents, although this shoot was held indoors.) The head piece in this series was actually fabricated from coins and inspired from old photographs of Bedouin weddings.
It is always a pleasure of mine to see creatives from different nationalities and walks of life collaborate with each other to experience the birth of new ideas. I will be shooting more of these images to complete this story as it unravels.
Some may see these images and this time laps video as a portrayal of the current Modern Arab Women’s identity; courageous, welcoming, assertive, calm, and sitting still where the modern Arab world and the Bedouin world meet.
What do these pictures mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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