Born with wings, but rarely given the chance to fly, they represent deep, often unsatisfied longing, for that which cannot be --for paths not taken; for unrealized dreams; for unrequited love.
I've recently had the opportunity to play with my theme of chickens in a new medium: Concept Photography.
I've been working with Todd (my husband) on his photography projects for many years, as a set dresser, designer, and manager, as a body painter and costumer. I enjoy this work; it provides opportunities to stretch my creative muscles, and think outside the bounds of my usual mediums, the canvas or mixed media.
This was to be my first photo shoot as director. I pitched my concept to Todd, and to model Alala Archer; we all agreed on a test of the concept, to get our minds working.
I collected my supplies and grew the necessary properties for my concept:
The day of the test shoot arrived. The "test" however, produced such lovely results --too lovely not to publish. We decided to properly edit this set, and release it:
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
Photographer: Todd Powers
Model and MUA: Alala Archer
Concept, Direction, and Properties: Jen Raven
With this shoot, I was hoping to do more than continue my theme of broken dreams (represented through chicken imagery); I was also exploring the unexpected opportunities which often arise out of thwarted plans, if one is present enough to be able to see them. As the saying goes; every cloud has a silver lining. In this way, my 'One' series is also a bridge to my 'Dine-In, Take-Out' series: