Five years ago, a friend invited us over to her apartment to take some pictures. She was in a particular space emotionally, setting out on something new and different, and was feeling particularly emboldened. A few weeks ago, she hit us up again. She’s in a different space both physically and emotionally, but once again finds herself setting out on a new and different adventure.
We named the original series “My Space,” not because of any relationship to the largely-defunct social media site but because of the inherent intimacy displayed in the photographs. We, as viewers, are not coming into a studio that is sterile and unfeeling. We are in her private space, her bedroom. There is emotion. There is something personal and intimate in the setting.
Shooting the second time around, we knew the pictures couldn’t be identical. Her room now doesn’t get as much light, the windows are higher, and the mood a little darker. While some of the poses are similar, none are identical. The only thing actually identical is the quilt covering the bed.
Our processing is a lot different this time around as well. With the room being darker and the light sources different, we emphasized the shadows more and then let the saturation stay at a natural level rather than muting it as we did the first time. The second set is a little sharper, has more contrast, and pulls a different emotion than does the first.
We don’t often have the opportunity to make this kind of comparison is such a direct way so to be able to do such now is rather special. We’ve included five from the original series paired with six from the most recent shoot. As always, click on any of the thumbnails below to view the full set.