From Dark to Light
------Carolyn W,29 year old Photographer from New York, United States
In the age of staying at home, I’ve had to get creative with my images……but luckily, pretending to be in an apocalyptic world doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination anymore. My cyberpunk tendencies, Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack and all, are definitely being fed. You may have seen me dress like a robot a couple of weeks ago, and I’m still feelin’ it! Since I’ve had the time to try out some experimental shooting and editing, things have gotten a lot weirder here at home ;) I ordered some light filters, started playing with new apps, and have been enjoying a sense of photographic and stylistic freedom I usually don’t get to try.
This was all spurned by discovering BazaarDodo, a site where artists and accessories come together under some of my favorite futuristic themes! There’s Cyberpunk and Vaporwave styles galore, many with an edgy anime twist. While I am a clothes horse and tend to gravitate towards artistically-created clothing, they are actually most known for their phone cases. Of course, I was delighted to find some new pieces for my wardrobe that are created by artists, furthering my 2020 resolution to ditch fast fashion.
1. Chromatic Aberration
When I came across this shirt, I was surprised! And, admittedly, very interested. In the photography world, the term “chromatic aberration” comes with negative connotations. To get nerdy, this is the term for color that often appears in digital photography under conditions with extreme contrasts, especially when the subject is backlit. Shoot dark architectural features or tree branches against a bright sky, and you will sometimes see a stripe of purple, blue, or green where that subject meets the sky. Most photographers choose to edit this out - even if viewers might not necessarily notice it, a well-edited image is the sign of something polished.
Yet in this light, the reference strikes me as perfect. With a cyberpunk style of editing, that feature is often enhanced and exaggerated, not brushed away. Color is not unwanted here! To let this bright print stand out, I wanted the white shirt - and yes, I chose the men’s version so I could have something more relaxed as well as longer sleeved for winter. It’s a great, comfortable cut with leggings. Here, I wear it with one of my galaxy catsuits, which compliments the colors perfectly!
I had a blast shooting and editing these photos. While this style is nothing new to me, I don’t usually get a chance to indulge in a photoshoot like this!
Catsuit Underneath: Black Milk Clothing
Jacket: Femme Luxe, embellished by me
2. Dark Times
This shirt reminded me of Geiger instantly, so obviously, I was into it. It has a much darker vibe to it than the previous tee, yet retains a similar cyberpunk aesthetic. Since this top undoubtably goes with most of my wardrobe, I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this often!
In an ideal time and place, I’d be wearing this off to some of my favorite abandoned sites (that are still standing, anyways). But since urban exploring is kind of off the table currently, I decided to do so from my computer chair at home! Composites are not my strong suit, but I wanted it to look roughly like I had a great day hitting the sites. Several of these backdrops are ones I have shot, most of them being buildings that no longer remain standing, have been renovated, or are simply changed forever. The act of creating these took me back to some of my favorite urbex memories.
I paired this badass top with matching leggings from Demobaza, and because it wasn’t very warm when I photographed, a jacket, hat, and some matching accessories. Until the world can see this great outfit outside, I was happy to have it on my body for the day, even if at home. I actually photographed most of these in my garage, as you can see from the non-composite shots, in attempt to match the lighting to some of my old photos and stock.
Jacket: Lookbook Store
Boots: Harley Davidson, thrifted
Scarf: Museo Soumaya giftshop
Goggles: Etsy, old
Earrings: Street vendor in Mostar, Bosnia