"Very Bad Things"
By Jeremy Fraga
31 May 2009
"Very Bad Things" are situations I've experienced or heard that struck me emotionally. My storytelling style is inspired by movies, especially the lighting that makes a certain scene "POP". "Very Bad Things" are a way to get these moments I dwell upon out of my head and apply the lighting I've learned from Hollywood. From my friend's deeply emotional story of his parents spliting up, to the humorous stories of my girlfriend showering in an all male apartment. In some of these photos I have a female play the role of me, which symbolizes my mother's overdramatic attitude which got passed onto me.
The movies I have watched led me to see composition and lighting. Everything is purposeful from the placement of certain objects to the gesture of a model. In some of these photos I do not show the face because it relies more on the situation. When in post production I pre-visualize the finished product, If it is supposed to be a dirty image I will add grain and over sharpen. If the image is humorous I will punch the colors of the photo to add a joyful mood. High contrast is key in my photos to show the dark emotion of a certain situation.
I have developed a dark view on the world but I am empathetic to people's troubled times. It goes to show you that no one is perfect and life at times is very exciting but around the corner there is bound to be a situation to stop you in your track. Through this series I've learned not to bottle up my emotions and to get it out in the means of a photograph. By doing this I have overcome depressive states and I now have a better understanding of who I am.