To prepare for the undertaking of this assignment I had to ensure that the props I needed had been obtained and the people I was using were available.
As I chosen to use a prop, in this instance, a white handkerchief, I set about sourcing one through family or friends. To my surprise I couldn’t find anyone who owned a white handkerchief. My father who sadly passed three years ago always had a white handkerchief in his pocket. It’s odd the things you miss about a person! I then tried purchasing white handkerchiefs from the shops in town but it proved fruitless. Eventually I succumbed to the mass domination of Amazon Prime and the next day, I had my prop ready and waiting.
In the mean time I scheduled a visit from a male family member who would act as my model for some of the photographs in the series.
The one thing I couldn’t plan for was the weather! Three of my planned images needed a good downpour of rain as a backdrop and an important part of setting the mood. Looking at the weather forecast, not only were we forecast no rain for the coming week, we were to experience a heat wave for the weekend.
I decided to stick to the date I had arranged for my model to be available in the hope that the weather forecast was wrong.
Unfortunately, it was absolutely spot on.
As my shoot location was close to my house I was able to extend the water hose out to the road and spray it as far as I could reach, giving the effect of rain. Also, as I live in a valley I knew that as long as I carried out the rain photographs in the morning, there would be lots of dull shadows stretched elongated across the road and pavement with muted ambient light.
My model was instructed to be wearing a suit which was required for three of the photographs. He was also wearing a wedding ring that he had never taken off in the ten years he’d been married so I had to direct the hand shots to keep this out of sight given the narrative.
With everything in place I spent most of the day at different times (in the interest of appropriate lighting) shooting the set.