In my style of fine art film photography, I always seek the concept alongside beauty, to be able to tell a visual story. When Sahara approached me for a portrait session, because of her style and also the meaning of her name, I became inspired to draw references from the story of the Garden of Eden. Her name means “Desert” in Arabic and it summons the beauty and vastness of desert and her skin tones represent those warm and golden hues on sand dunes. There is an inherent contrast between a garden and a desert. To me, she was the example of a desert rose: elegant and resilient; glowing amidst the Garden of Eden, visiting it for a while before continuing on her journey.
For location I chose Stanley Park’s Rosarium, which is a classic beauty: one of the prettiest of all gardens in Vancouver.
I shot these images with film as well as digital but as usual, I ended up using only my film shots. I tried Kodak, Portra400 for this session, particularly for its warm tones, which turns out great on darker skin tones. I’d love to go back there once again and shoot some more, soon!
Rose Garden,Stanley Park, Vancouver
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ROSE GARDEN, STANLEY PARK, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
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