Dark Passenger... A journey that started back in the early fall of 2013. I had recently finished wrapping up my first editorial "Se-7en | En7y's Redemption" and made an announcement that I was ready to do more. So this young phenomenal talent by the name of Chris Diaz reaches out to me inquiring about my thoughts and visions. Over the course of a couple conversations and a trip to Heine Brothers coffee we come up with a game plan. We discussed looks, ideas and formed a team consisting of some the areas best talents. Our team would go on to include Raina Trimble, Isidro Valencia, Genna Yussman and my now partner in photographic crime Joey Goldsmith, together we created three unique looks. The initial look was for a conceptual portrait series that I'm in the process of building, This look "Dark Passenger" and then wrapping up with "Contraste". But enough about the intro to this journey, let's get into the climax of it.
So through the course of conversations with Chris and I we decided we wanted to do something dark, grungy and edgy... and this is what we created that night. Now the idea of the title "Dark Passenger" was inspired by the hit ShowtIme Series Dexter. With him, Dexter, his Dark Passenger was the entity that drove him to do what we all know he does... it is dark yet none the less he does it well. While initially heading into post I seen these beautiful RAW images but I didn't know what to really do with them. How do I make them strike my audience, how do I make that "Dark" energy come through? How do I do what I do best and take it further? I was contemplating the thought of failure, and even worse disappointing my team. Ugh!!! I could not allow that to happen, I had too much riding on what I've been Focused on. So after some traveling with this "Dark Passenger" I decided to do something I've not yet done before, compositing with textures. This is a technique used in photoshop where you composite layers to the background then achieve the look you vision by adjusting the blending modes and masking wanted or unwanted areas of the texture. I've seen this technique done several times, and I've been told by several of my peers that I need to start learning it, so what better time than now right? RIGHT! I spent a few hours really digging into the grit of this technique and you know what my initial thought after finishing was? It was "Really? That's all there is to it?" I was scared for nothing! So after deciding which textures to use I went to my digital dark room to create "Dark Passenger". After presenting it to my team my fear of failing them 180'd into acceptance and praise, it was big sigh of relief. Then even furthermore it went on to land a 5 page spread and the back cover in the February 2014 Issue of Imperial Magazine.
I've been told many times that if I don't set myself up to fail then I am not going to learn anything... I think this is a perfect example of that thought process. This has been a valuable experience that not only forged friendships, I believe it earned me a few more stripes among my peers but I'll let you be the judge. I am now very proud to present this series to you! Focused.
Photography | Gary J. Barragan
Model | Chris Diaz of Heyman Talent
Hair, Head & Makeup Piece | Raina Trimble
Makeup | Isidro Valencia
Styling & Wardrobe | Genna Yussman
Assistance | Joey Goldsmith
A sample of the RAW image SOOC (Straight out of camera).
The first texture I used, found by a mere Google search.
This is the second texture I used, a Hi Res cell phone pic of a frozen coal pile dusted with snow.
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