In a world where everyone is overworked, there’s no escaping the feeling of exhaustion.
From the moment the camera became accessible to the public society became obsessed with looking perfect. Not that we hadn’t been prior to that moment. Egyptians were using makeup as early as 3100 BCE. Photographs, however, the ability to create an immediate image that could be taken with you or published in magazines, made the desire to look the best possible stronger than ever. Don’t believe me? look at your Instagram feed and notice how many people use filters that completely eliminate wrinkles and blemishes.
Anyone who is that obsessed may feel a bit uncomfortable with this set of pictures because we took an attractive young model, Alexis Lochard, and did our best to capture that feeling she and everyone else experiences almost every day: exhaustion. Not only did we not cover it up, but Kat also enhanced it a bit with makeup to be sure it wasn’t lost in lighting. The results are astonishing.
What I love about this set is the progression. We start outdoors in waning light and move indoors, the final set being lit only by the setting sun making its final appearance through a window. With each successive set, the shadows grow deeper as Alexis’ hair grows just a touch more sloppy and her makeup the tiniest bit smudged. One can easily identify with the girl in the first few pictures but by the time we get to the end, the emotion is fully empathetic. We’ve all been there. We know that feeling.
My HUGE thanks to Alexis for being willing to show this more vulnerable side of life and to Kat for coming in on a Sunday to do a fantastic job on hair and makeup.
Again, click any of the thumbnails below to view the pictures full-screen on your device. Enjoy.