Leaving Room for the Unexpected

Things come together in unexpected ways. Last summer I was irresistibly drawn to some bubble gum pink curtains I saw at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They became a joke at the studio, because they were always in the way when we were looking for something else. I’m sure Natalia and Oscar never thought I’d take them out of the package.  Then my friend, Lyn, gave me a bag of colored bottles that she’d used in some still life photos. They hung around as well.

Enter Monika, a tall willowy blonde who looks like the beautiful heroine in a fairy tale. If not for this shoot, when? Before Monika arrived at the studio, we hung the curtains and set out a little forest of bottles. The shoot was arranged in a bit of a rush, so I hadn’t had a chance to talk to Monika about wardrobe. I was winging this one, hoping that she’d wear something colorful.

I wanted to give Monika space to play in the environment, so the light had to be broad enough, but we also needed some focused light to make the glass sparkle.

At first Monika moved the bottles delicately as though she was playing some magical board game. It was quite lovely, and I was happy with a number of the shots.


Okay, now that we were safe, I could ask Monika to be impulsive and do anything that occurred to her. She began to stack the bottles improbably high. We were all laughing. She looked up at me, and suddenly they spilled and toppled in every direction.

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And then we got out the broom!


About Carol Dragon

Carol Dragon is a New York City photographer who focuses on portraiture. Her dramatic approach to capturing the essence of her subjects is done in a style reminiscent of master painters and yet is very much her own. Carol is one of the featured photographers in the recently released 100 New York Photographers by Cynthia Dantzig. She has a BFA and a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her client list includes CBS, Scholastic Publishing, AOL Time Warner and Anson Mills. She is available for commissioned work worldwide.
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