I must admit that while staging a lot of photographs on my international travels, some of these seemed to work out pretty well while others not-so-much. At the time I thought that is hotel set-up was pretty cool. This room had a weird layout that it was a very deep room; lots of space between the bed and the window, desks, table and chairs. So it was like a little studio in which I could move the props around. A weird Hollywood set located in Rome, but what I had to work with at the time.
Which is another random element for this series; working with what you are dealt with. When I had to fly into Zurich a number of times for another of my client projects, I became familiar enough with the hotel that I could start requesting specific rooms that had a viewpoint that I enjoyed photographing from. A nice luxury, but that is the exception, not the norm…
In retrospect for this photograph above, I don’t like the chair on the right in relationship to the empty glass-top table. There are elements of the “missing-person” that I was attempting to create, but now it just seems a bit too forced. Then there is the overlapping chair on the left that appears too close to the glass-top table and over-laps the model; just too bunched together. Maybe that creates some underlying tension; I am just not sure.
So for the moment, this photograph is in my back-up alternative pile for my Instant Nomad book-dummy. It would be nice to fly back to Rome and photograph a do-over!
Featured photograph; Instant Nomad #5130 copyright Douglas Stockdale