Samsara and Nirvana
An earthly relationship between land and human
This was one of those shoots where everything just aligned and it worked perfectly. I wanted to create a strong contrasting dynamic between land and human. A moody and emotive series that connected with me. We were initially after some really nice portraits but as I kept shooting, the concept transgressed into more than just portraits. I could see there was a connection happening with the two main elements. That’s one of the things I love about photography, the shoot can morph into something completely different than the initial concept or idea. The white dress symbolic of the innocence and purity of humans against the contrasted strong, stoic darkness of the rocks and land. The ocean with it relentless beating upon us, knowing that mother nature doesn’t stop for anything. The colours came up exactly as I was after, the blue green calming colour that brings the two elements together. I think we need to treat the lands and oceans on which we live better. The relationship between us and this earth is not always great and I wanted to show that there are people out there that want to help.
Definitely living near the ocean has a big impact on me. It can be so calming and fresh but also so angry and violent. I love using water in my shots, it can be used in so many different ways in images and create dramatically different feelings.
I’m a fairly regular guy I think, I’ve always had a passion for arts and design and used to do a lot of painting and airbrushing. I studied photography back in high school, during the dark room era but I’m mostly self taught. I’m a firm believer in the best way to learn is to go out and shoot. Friends and family are very important to me, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and guidance of the amazing people in my life. I know what it’s like to lose someone very close to you and I think that’s where my drive for life and photography really comes from. Music also plays a big part in how I shoot and edit because of its ability to create such diverse emotions and atmospheres. Photography is a release for me, in both a way for me to express thoughts and feelings but also disconnect from the world we live in sometimes and just take in little things that pass us by everyday.
I started shooting landscapes mainly, long exposure images and then ventured into wedding photography as I love capturing emotion. I’ve recently stated shooting more portrait type work really focusing on moody emotive images, contrasting textures and female form. My wife and I have 2 kids, our boy is Fletcher who has just turned two and our little girl Eva is only 2 weeks old. Having kids has really made me appreciate the simple things in life, we get so caught up in stuff these days that really doesn’t have a huge affect on our lives.
I don’t know if I have just one style, I like to balance my more moody intimate portraits with the calming serene landscapes. I used to shoot what I liked but was also influenced by what I thought other people would like. I think I’ve changed how I shoot now. Its now more for me: what I like and what I want to express. If other people like it and connect with it then that’s amazing but if not, I’m not bothered by it. I’m going to keep shooting and expressing how I see things.
I tend to have an idea or develop something I’ve seen into my own concept, plan, think about location, what will suit the concept best and then work with models that have the same idea and feel as I do. I naturally let a shoot progress on it’s own, I don’t like to constrict an idea to set guidelines. I prefer to let the feelings and concept evolve.
— Christopher Robert
I like to balance my more moody intimate portraits with the calming serene landscapes.