Reserved & Restless
Model - Margaux Fevbre-Richards
Reserved and Restless is a photographic series that aims to depict the two opposing emotional
states. The photos that I have chosen to display are those that I believe perfectly encapsulate the
feeling of being silent and the feeling of being outspoken. The concept behind this series stems
from a personal journey that I have gone through as I find my own place in this world. As of recent,
I have found myself contemplating my identity, and how I should carry myself as a creative person.
When I create, I often find myself in situations where I am faced with the choice of being reserved
or restless, and often go through this internal struggle to find a voice. It has always
been a power struggle between showing my emotions, beliefs, and thoughts through my art, or
to completely separate myself from my craft.
As I grow older I realize that being outspoken and restless is a quality that makes you
stand out in a sea full of artists who create just for the sake of creating. Being restless in my own
personal identity gives me a deeper reason to keep on crafting. I find myself being less reserved -
and instead of inhibiting my identity from showing through, I proudly display my culture and my
personal identity as a testament for creating meaningful art.
As for the technical side, lighting plays a major role in the way the photograph should read. The
first photograph displays this perfectly, with the ring of light entrapping the subject within their own comfort zone.
I wanted to convey this feeling of security but knowing that you’re
surrounded by uncertainty - a nod to the saying, ignorance is bliss. The veil of light from above makes it
as though the lighting is dominant in the composition and has power over the subject.
In the second photograph, I wanted to emphasize this feeling of overpowering the uncertainty. This is done so by having the shadow roll off her silhouette.
The light flows naturally though her shape, organically down her silhouette.
I wanted to convey more of the energetic and dynamic feeling
of being restless, hence the reason why the subject emulates a feeling of movement
as though she is flowing naturally, an organic curve in her body to depict an ebullient atmosphere.
RESTLESS AND RESERVED