I love watching movies. The excitement I feel when walking in to the cinema, smelling the sweet popcorn and the anticipation of exploring a new world, characters and stories is exhilarating. I get a lot of my inspiration from classic cinema and iconic or cult films.
My friend Sydney Clark, who is a designer and stylist that I’ve worked with on several different projects, creates really fantastic clothing. She prides her work “in fabric application and craftsmanship, the collection encapsulates unconventional fabrics and processes to create something totally unique, quirky and wearable.” This really resinated with me. I was looking through (stalking!) her Instagram, admiring her wonderful creations, and it reminded me of The Matrix films. The futuristic gothic look, with a lot of black clothing, long jackets and sleek shapes. I instantly messaged Sydney about working together to create a Matrix inspired shoot, to which she was very excited to do this.
We set a date, and got in touch with make-up artist Mariana Gonzalez and model Megan Rudling who were both equally eager to create such a cool look. We met at the UEA and Mariana transformed Megan into a bad ass heroine. Mariana’s make-up and Sydney’s clothing were perfectly matched with the industrial look of the location.
I wanted to capture the moments of motion and stillness which are frequent themes and sequences within The Matrix films. Megan focused on the concept of being a bad ass, and was excited about running around and kept asking whether she could jump off things. It was so much fun taking photographs of Megan as she really put her all into every shot. She had so much energy and passion throughout the shoot.
I used my prism for some of the photographs. I used it in homage to the green text and numbers that reflect the opening scene of The Matrix. The prism gave the photos a cinematic effect. I used it to add contrast with the lines of the buildings, shadows and light. When editing the photos, I used Lightroom to create the bluey-green tint that is so iconic to the movies. I wanted to do this in my own way rather than replicating it, as to not copy the aesthetic entirely and give it a Katie Jade twist! ;)
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