Ethan Pines recently completed this series that took portraits to a windy place.
Ethan elaborates about the shoot:
“The shoot began, as so many things do, with a leaf blower. It was here to clear our roof and gutters, but the thing was just so powerful. It was crying out for something more, something greater.
So many shoots aim for the heroic, the beautiful, the perfect. But of course there’s another side to humanity that deserves to be seen: the unplanned, the unguarded, the unkempt, the surprised and annoyed, those moments when our primping and public personality are completely swept away.
The leaf blower turned out to be the sweeper. As soon as we fired it up on the first subject, we knew we had something. He shrieked and laughed. We laughed along with him and cranked it to full. Because they knew what was coming and were in on the joke, the subjects found a lot of joy in being made to look a bit ridiculous. Over two days of shooting, we blew items at their heads that matched their personalities — a way of honoring them while also being slightly abusive. Most photo shoots hold the subject in utmost reverence; looking back on it, I think subverting that reverence is what ultimately made the shoot refreshing for not only me and my crew but the subjects themselves.”