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Using 1 Set to Create 5 Unique Shoots - Jada And David Parrish

Using 1 Set to Create 5 Unique Shoots

Blog by Jada Parrish | Article | 07/11/22


Ok, it's true. There are just some sets we love more than others. I admit it. We loved the submarine set. When we build a set, we typically only do 1 shoot on it...we did five shoots on the submarine set. Yes, FIVE.

We built the submarine set to take to Nashville and do four shoots at Paul C. Buff's studio. That wasn't enough for us though. We brought the submarine set back to Richmond, set it up in our backyard, flooded it with water, and did another shoot on it.

So guys, here is the same set FIVE different ways.

 

The Submarine

This shoot is what we specifically designed this set for. We cut a circle in a fake wall to shoot through to make it look like one of the port holes of the submarine. The storyline of the shoot was that Abby was the captain of the submarine. The voyage started out according to plan, but along the way things started to go very wrong.

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All The Bad Feelings 

This shade of yellowy green feels kind of blahhhh to me. We decided to embrace that for this shoot. During this shoot, our model, Lacy, played the character of all of those blah bad feelings. We used posing and facial expressions to physically create a character that represented ALL THE BAD FEELINGS - depression, anxiety, defeat, etc. 

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The Optical Spot 

We used gobos and an optical spot to add drama to the set and create a totally new storyline. In this series, we document the slow process of someone losing their mind while in isolation. We use different gobos to represent the breakdown of the character's mind.

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The Elevator

The set in this shoot represented an elevator that was out of control. We explored feelings of entrapment and being out of control of your circumstances. It was a wild ride!

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The Flood 

We turned our backyard into a photo studio and flooded the set with water. In this series the character is trying to patch holes where the submarine has sprung a leak, but ultimately she has to go down with the ship. We built the set inside of a baby pool and filled  it with water.

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Jada + David Parrish are mixed media artists whose work explores the connection between painting, sculpture, motion, and photography.