Dalene, you were amazing! Last weekend, I did the first shoot in what I hope will be a series on the subject of Exile. The model was given no direction except the text below and the amazing music ‘In Exile’ by Australian vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Dark and sombre stuff! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgHTf2qtX3o)
(Noun) the state of being barred from one’s native country, typically for political or punitive reasons. Synonyms: banishment, expulsion, expatriation, deportation
(Verb) expel and bar (someone) from their native country, typically for political or punitive reasons. Synonyms: expel, banish, expatriate, deport, drive out, throw out, outlaw
Essentially, this shoot is about separation. Some people who are in exile live lives of luxury—think Napoleon—while others have horrific lives in refugee camps on the Horn of Africa or worse. However, they all have something in common and that is their forced separation from their homes, loved ones, treasures and special places. They are often unable to even contact loved ones for fear of being found or of causing harm to their people.
I love the range of emotions that Dalene brought to the shoot – from deep sadness to absolute joy. I am so excited to see how this progresses!