Thursday, September 11, 2014

Castles In the Sky...

I have chosen exhilaration over comfort many times. Free falling I close my eyes and enjoy the ride. Everyday I wish to create magic not certain I only trust intuition. Unapologetic, I own my reality with my head up high and my spirit free. 

There was once a country of honey
With roofs color vermilion
Where I was a queen, and he was the king
In a kingdom of love stories
My magical castle in the air...


Castle in the sky...

Model: Amelia J.
MUA: Emily W.
Location: Castle
Photography: Adriana I.











Friday, August 15, 2014

Belated Birthday...

I began writing this post on August 10th...

On my birthday I went out to take a few photos. We had a shoot scheduled at another location and some magical theme planned but the day before most of Savannah was flooded. Expecting more rain on my birthday I drove to the top floor of a parking garage.
There at a garage parking lot with a model and 20 yards of tulle we shot. This is the outcome...

City Of Angels
Model: Ashlee C
Photography and Dress: Adriana Iris








August 10th...
Today would be the birthday of an ordinary girl from an ordinary place in no special time. Today is the day where she believes she was born. On a tiny place where most cartographers forget to point out. So tiny you need a magnifying glass. Today is the day where a girl declares her existence. She goes around proudly poor documenting her surroundings as if the images fed her anything other than her soul. Her mouth sings in the winter many summertime songs and in the summer she sings wintertime songs just to be original. Today would be the birthday of an ordinary girl from an ordinary place in no special time.






Monday, July 28, 2014

A Tribe Called Women...

This blog post began on July the 20th of 2014. I was inspired by Brooke Shield's old movies Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon that would be my point of origin but the shoot fell flat. It was cloudy, rainy and I felt it had no dimension. Or maybe I had no dimension at the moment. At times I wonder if I am solar powered. My Pretty Baby was more like a scene of Rosemary's Baby and my Blue Lagoon was more like the Black Lagoon...
Unconciously... I deleted the files only keeping 3 images and I begged Amy to reshoot. 

I gave her the excuse that most give... It's not you... It's me.
She asked "Are you breaking up with me?!"
To which I quickly reply  "No, I just need a break".
And a break I took...

:::Enter Deedee:::
There are people that come into your life and without any explanation they enhace your life and reality bring happiness and laughter as if breathing life into you. There are beings that come into our lives and turn a dull day into nothing but beauty... That's Deedee. A tribal dance teacher and my make up artist for many of my shoots. A single mom finishing her Masters degree... she is perfect.

:::Thank You:::
Amy thank you for whispering the words primtive and Niema and for the many lessons.
Niema thank you for your vulnerability and spirit. I am honored.

I, now proudly present to you the production and creation of a small tribe of women...

The Tribe...
Models : Amy H., Niema R.
MUAH & Styling : Deedee C.
Photography: Adriana Iris
Location: Our Village aka Savvy, GA

















“It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman...
Phenomenally.”   
Maya Angelou






Tribe



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montparnasse...

I am sitting around in this cafe where for the price of a cappuccino and a scone I get to conduct a few business meetings. Artists' lack of space has always been an issue. I sit in this cafe which reminds me of the bohemian era of Montparnasse in France. 

There and for many years artists were so poor they would rent a table to create and conduct their work. The resemblance to bohemian Paris is evident. Then, many masterpieces were drawn unto napkin paper as well as poetry that would make a grown man weep. Art that was lost in exchange of tobacco or a bottle of wine. 

The artist movement is filled with such sacrifice and hunger. The artist is the innovator and dictator of trends. Artists are the manufacturer of visual beauty and new standards. Artists will create the new sounds and lyrics that will speak for a nation of repressed individuals. Music can guide towards freedom and for the ones already free it will turn you into a believer and maker of love. 

There is a Bohemian Montparnasse in each city. It is the artist the one that can't even afford him/herself. 

While the Bourgeoisie claims and steals ideas that are birthed in places such as small cafes, park benches even subway stations where most geniuses gather and meet with ideas fresher than your farm to table consumption... It is the artist that struggles to buy an apple. 

Or in this case... another scone.





We are gulping the summertime as if our life depends on it. 




Hope you are enjoying your summer days and nights.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Walk The Line...

There has been weddings, concerts, a haircut, dinners, parties and many cocktails...
There has been artists, dancers, singers and many poets...

It has been a while since I wrote and allow my thought process to be poured on these pages and I have missed it. These pages represent to me silence and stillness. I stay up all night but I can't seem to quiet my mind... I blame it on the moon and the stars. I have return to self and with a dance of my fingertips I let my spirit be free and open if only for a moment.

About my latest conceptual photos... 

1. Not all have been published for I will somehow be showing many images that have yet to be seen at my imaginary gallery show that one day will happen.

2. I know I am supposed to allow you to think and find a meaning to whatever I create but...The series of images that will follow are nothing but a whispered scream. The following images to me represent femininity, satire and strength. I was inspired by Kay and for the things she never got to say and because deep within I know she had a great sense of humor. I was inspired by so many survivors and women across the world. I was inspired by the many women that settle because they feel they are not enough. 

3. The following images are a whispered protest for the many times...
I walked next to a pig instead of loving myself.

Walk The Line...

Model: Wendy P.  
MUA & Dress: Deedee C.
Pig:  Amos
Photography: Adriana Iris








“Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.”







Thanks Wendy P. and of course Amos which by the way... 
He is way sweeter than most pigs I've come across...





Stay Sweet...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Paint The Sky...

Not certain where or from whom but I heard a saying " Paint the sky and make it yours".  I make reference to the marshmallow clouds and how they inspire and allow me to daydream faster than I can go off to sleep. I have no control of my life but I do have so much control over my work and the things that inspire and challenge me. I allow silence to take over and from there ideas crawl out of it. From that silence images take over. From the silence I stare at the stars and the clouds... 


Via


This cotton candy head of mine at times thinks some folks hung the moon and I just paint the sky and stars around it. Without any sugar left on my tongue these are my latest conceptual photos...


Paint The Sky...
Model: Amy H
Photography and Styling: Adriana Iris
Location: Savannah GA.











Thanks Amy H. for being such a great sport...
Happy Monday to everyone.




Thursday, June 5, 2014

I Guess Not...

My photography continues to take me on rides challenging my visions and concepts. I experiment with light and textures and it is all becoming second nature. When my journey began with digital photography almost four summers ago, the blog was the means of documenting my process and growth. At times the blog became my confessional. The place and space where I would open up and admit to way too much. My goal was and always has been to be vulnerable. Each time I press that publish button I am vulnerable. I am naked, exposing myself and my ideas as well the abilities and disadvantages that I posses.  Each time I hit publish I have butterflies in my stomach. 

With that being said I now would like to show you a few images of my latest fashion photo shoot. Inspired by the old Guess Jeans fashion campaigns and by the summer season  here are my latest photos...


Guess Not...
Models: Ashlee C. & Sergi S.
Photography: Adriana Iris
Location: Farm



























Thanks to Sergi and Ashlee I had a blast...








Sunday, June 1, 2014

Savannah, GA...

What else could I possibly say about Savannah?! I am in love with her.  Her nights are endless and her days are intoxicating. Summer arrived with all of its glory. The muggy nights make you leave the house wearing chiffon, silks and ribbons in your hair. Tiny dresses and skirts with sandals all which make me  flutter around as if I am lost in some fairyland.  



This city is enchanting the perfect backdrop. The perfect stage for the many stories I wish to tell through images...




We picnic in the park and we bring flowers and candles and quilts and make it home and we set up and welcome those that stop by because that is the southern thing to do...





I am going to enjoy June and everything it has to offer.  For as long as I have a moment I will not hurry or hush the marshmallow clouds that linger above me. When the flowers have wilted I will pin them to my wall since everything is so fleeting...











I did the month of May like the bees do and June will be no different... 






Happy first day of June and  a very Happy Summer season to each of you.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

About Inspiration...

So, I am filled with such inspiration that I am never worried about the future. Because I know inspiration doesn't find you. You must go and beg for it. Inspiration is way too precious and complex for it to give itself out.  It doesn't willingly come and shows its face at you unless you go and seek for it. Inspiration isn't a submissive force but a tempestuous energy one that is untamed and carefree. 

Art can be so messy and dirty while its pouring out of you. A real demon that drags you along through the back-alleys of your mind. It is not something you can stop even if you want to because in doing so you might drive yourself insane. You throw yourself away to be an artist and many times you attempt to blend and fit in and unsuccessfully you must retreat to that safe place which helps in the creation.

I met another young designer named Elyssa she will be graduating from the Savannah College of Arts and Design as a fashion designer. Her inspiration were the gardens at the palace of Versailles. I tried hard to recreate images at a location that were reminiscing of Europe and of course France. The following images represent her Senior project and collection. I hope you enjoy the images as well as the fashion. 


Versailles
Designer: Elyssa Michelle
Photography: Adriana Iris
Location: Versailles.















Thanks Elyssa and all the models that took part of this session on a hot summer afternoon...