Petra and the Dead sea

After a night in Wadi Rum, we had the day to experience the wonders of Petra and drive by the Dead sea before catching an evening flight.

It’s hard to convey the overload of brightness during the midday hours in July, something we dearly miss now at the end of winter. This is also the reason I decided to present a monochrome series.

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A night in the desert

It’s been over 7 months now since I spent a night in the desert in Jordan.

At the end of a week’s reportage, accompanying musician friends who were bringing music to the refugees in Jordan, this was a very spontaneous escapade.

We had been traveling daily out of Amman, under UNHCR escort, to various refugee camps and host communities, meeting incredible people, refugees and carers.

But we weren’t going to leave Jordan without also seeing some of its famous sites, and on our way to Petra, we raced with the sun to arrive in time for the sunset in Wadi Rum.

Nothing had prepared us for such a contrast, the beauty and silence of that night under the stars after the daily proximity to such human drama, by the Syrian border.

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After the black tails, I was curious to see how this red dress would play with my new backdrop’s tones…

What do you think?

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Mister Misfits

For a long time I have admired the amazing canvas backdrops used for portraiture, they bring so much warmth and depth…

Of course I toyed with the idea of painting my own backdrops, but there was always a good reason to delay it. The supplies, the technique, the room, the time…!

In the end all I needed was a good partner in crime for this project, my sister, an artist at heart who specializes in painting restoration. She immediately ran with the idea, and before I knew it we were in her workshop with linen canvas, paint and brushes.

A couple of days fun et voilà! I was ready to test in the studio. My favorite model brought tails for the first part of the session, another novelty!

A few details of the making of at the end…

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