Monday, 26 December 2011

Devotion

Devotion by GothicNarcissusInside the heart of every man
There is a lust, you understand,
And I’m just the same.
When all the love has gone away
And passion stares me in the face,
Could I walk away?

Here’s hoping
That you will be there.
Here’s hoping
You’ll help me to be brave.

Devotion, save me now,
I don’t want to stray from the hallow ground.
I’ll turn temptation down,
I’m asking you to take me to safety this time.

Forgive my thoughts when I’m asleep,
Forgive these words I’m yet to speak,
I feel so ashamed.
Right now you seem so far away,
So much confusion clouds my way
And I don’t know which path to take.

Here’s hoping
That you can hear me.
Here’s hoping
You’ll help me to resist.

Devotion, save me now,
I don’t want to stray from the hallow ground.
I’ll turn temptation down,
I’m asking you to take me to safety this time.

Devotion, devotion,
I’m a slave unto the mercy of your love.
For so long I’ve been so wrong,
I could never live without you.

[ Devotion – Hurts ]

The concept for Devotion has been floating around in my head for quite some months now, waiting for the right occasion to see the light. What I needed was to have both a male and a female model to pose with me, with the original plan including the use of the tripod and timer. This photo was the reason I decided to ask Alessio to pose in the first place, as going to Turin to see Briar Rose I knew I’d have a female model for sure. The original idea was having her posing with us, but when the photoshoot started taking a concrete shape and Giulia joined us, we decided that she would be posing and Briar Rose would take the photo instead.
Differently from what I usually do, in particular for the Hurts-inspired photos, I’m not going to write much about the concept: it’s a very personal interpretation of the song lyrics (sorry, Theo!), which is not about a simple, banal love triangle. I can tell you, though, that all and every detail in this photo is strictly connected to the concept, from the colour of the outfits to the poses, the place where we are sitting and what we’re looking at. I think you can get the concept by simply looking at the photo, I tried to make ut clear with it.

Once again, Briar Rose made an amazing work, shooting exactly what I wanted and directing us so that we’d fit my idea (of course, I had little to no control over the poses once I stepped in front of the lens), so a huge part of the merit is hers. Alessio and Giulia also deserve a special mention for doing everything despite the fat that I didn’t tell them much about the deeper meaning of my idea, I just told them where to sit and what to do. But well, our team turned out to work perfectly in the end.

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