Archetypes can be a great tool for photo shoots

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

Working with archetypes, gave the photos you can see here, this intriguing quality.

I met  Tony Brown, when we were rehearsing for our four women show ‘How Desperate Can It Get’ in the Art’s Club in St.Ives. He marched into our rehearsal and asked, whether he could take some pictures.

Lucky for us, because Tony is a great photographer.

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s why I asked him to do a photoshoot with me, marking the beginning of our friendship. Throughout the years we have worked on quite a few creative projects together, including numerous photoshoots as well as films. Which I will talk about more in a later blog post.

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

The pictures you can see here were taken in summer 2011 and it was our first big shoot Tony and I did together. I needed new pictures for my actor’s website at the time.

In fact, it’s about time to do another shoot soon. But I still have to find someone to work with here in Galway.  In my opinion, it’s vital to find a person, who you feel at ease with and more importantly you need to like their style.

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

I still remember how this shoot felt like pure magic. Me and the camera lens were flirting with each other, playing hide and seek.

It was so much fun!

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

Especially in 2011, my first year in Cornwall,  I felt an immense freedom for experimenting and trying out new things.

For this particular photoshoot, I decided on different locations, as well as outfits. I wanted to hone in on the three archetypes I had been given, when I did a  film acting training in 2008 in Los Angeles.

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots

 

Archetypes are universal, mythical characters, like the hero or warrior for example. Usually everyone can relate to them. C.G. Jung wrote a lot about the subject.

Pamela Jaye Smith, one of our instructors said:

‘If, as an actor you’re able to get a role, fitting one of your personal archetypes, your chances of success are much more likely. You’ll hit the mark effortlessly.’

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

I also really loved her book ‘Inner Drives, How to Create and Write Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation’. It’s great for actors as well as writers. You can order it on her website, if you’re interested.

My very own archetypes, fitting my personality, became the backbone for the clothes I chose, the locations, etc. They gave me something to play with.

I know, you’re probably very curious to find out what they are. But I’ll keep you guessing and keep them to myself. Some things need to be kept secret and mysterious.

Archetypes can be great tools for photoshoots
@Tony Brown

Part of me is thinking it would be really interesting to revisit those archetypes in my next photoshoot and see how I would interpret them this time round. See the difference. Yes, I’d like that.

Now, I only have to find the right photographer, who’ll come and play with me.

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