Recently we have had some frustrating experiences piling up – from random people offended by our shoots happening in their public territory to feeling too crunched on time to capture our visual vision to stressful interpersonal vacation situations (sometimes a vacation becomes a whole lot of not stepping on other people’s toes). The urge for a creative reset was clearly brewing. Cue the ghostbusters theme song…who ya gonna call? Our creativity of course…and the backdrop of a supremely gorgeous ocean setting doesn’t hurt either!
We took last Friday off from all other work and technology to purely focus on shooting. The Californian landscape was blooming under the sun, and we headed to our favorite year round Pacific Ocean setting by the Cliff House in San Francisco – the perfect place to calm the stormy artistic soul! When in flow, the creator and the universe become one, outside distractions recede from consciousness and one’s mind is fully open and attuned to the act of creating. There is very little self-awareness or critical self-judgement; just intrinsic joy for the task.
Inspired by Renoir’s impressionist painting “Figures on the Beach”, we re-imagined ourselves as a modern day representation of this painting – two French girls residing by the sea, who dwell within the ocean spirit, at home with the rocks, with themselves, with the swell and the surge of the surf, and take all the ups and downs in stride. Painted on the Cote d’Azur in southern France, this sun-filled painting shows two female figures at the beach. The women appear carefree and neither at work nor in the presence of men. Painted later in Renoir’s career, a period at which point the artist expressed skepticism of industrialism and machines, this quiet seascape pays homage to the resplendent beauty of what is ordinary and simple.
Like Renoir’s inspiration of embracing the simple moments lost in nature, losing ourselves by the sea in this shoot reconnected us to joy, let our worries melt away, reduced stress and increased the quality of our output.
Similar Trina Turk skirt and T Alexander Wang Top on Francesca
Similar red crop top by Top Shop and skirt by MSGM for Farfetch on Valentina