REQUIEM OF WATER: Behind the scenes of shoot at Etobicoke Olympium, Dec.2014
I’m so happy to have collaborated with CIBC Team Next diver Max Bouchard and again with dancer Emily Law for another shoot for the Requiem of Water project. My friend Tina was able to come as well to get things started off. It was an honour to work with all three and a special treat to have CIBC fly Max in from Montreal specifically for the shoot.
I’ve become accustomed to only shooting underwater with natural light due to the high costs of renting or buying lights. With a tiny budget, I squeezed in an underwater light from William F. White who were great with helping me keep within my budget. Originally, I envisioned a soft broad light source, but ended up working with a single hard light with no fill. The hard light created more drama to the synchronized shapes Max and Emily created. The depth we were working in was around 12-16 feet which also helped exaggerate negative space in the environment. I chose the Etobicoke Olympium pool because of its range of depth and for their involvement as a training site for the aquatics disciplines during the TORONTO 2015 Games. Most of the project has been shot in natural environments such as, Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island and the cenotes in Tulum Mexico to promote the necessity of our bodies of water. So, I was hesitant to shoot in a pool, but it did allow a more controlled setting and it still conveyed the message of this body of work.
Thanks to all involved with this shoot: Tina, Lucy, Gary B., Holly, Gary, Scott, Mel and Jenn
Check out some images from the shoot: