Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Gathering Of The Clouds

The Gathering Of The Clouds by GothicNarcissusSearched the whole world,
Found I can’t compare.
Searched the whole world,
Found I can’t compare.

But we’re here because we’re here,
We’re here because we’re here
And there’s nothing to fear,
No, there’s nothing to fear.
But we’re here because we’re here,
We’re here because we’re here
And there’s nothing to fear,
Yeah, there’s nothing to fear.

Time is not what it would seem,
The life we live is like a dream.
Release belief, let it wash over me,
Let love reveal what I feel, what I feel,
What I feel, what I feel.

All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be, is happening to me.
All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be is happening to me.
All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be, is happening to me.
All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be is happening to me.

Searched the whole world,
Found I can’t compare.
Searched the whole world,
Found I can’t compare.

Fight for what you believe in, dare to live your dream,
In this life don’t be afraid of yourself, don’t be afraid.
Fight for what you believe in, dare to live your dream,
In this life don’t be afraid of yourself, don’t be afraid.
Fight for what you believe in, dare to live your dream,
In this life don’t be afraid of yourself, don’t be afraid.
Fight for what you believe in, dare to live your dream,
In this life don’t be afraid of yourself, don’t be afraid.

Time is not what it would seem,
The life we live is like a dream.
Release belief, let it wash over me,
Let love reveal what I feel, what I feel,
What I feel, what I feel.

All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be, is happening to me.
All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be is happening to me.
All that I’ve seen, all that I feel
All I could be, is happening to me.
All that I’ve seen, all that I feel.

[ The Gathering Of The Clouds – Anathema ]

You know, when it comes to Weather Systems it’s really hard for me to pick a favourite song. I mean, except for Untouchable, Part 1, which is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. Nevertheless, I think The Gathering Of The Clouds might qualify as my favourite right after the two Untouchable. I always, always shiver while it builds towards its climax I literally can’t listen to it without feeling the need to catch my breath after its abrupt, superb string ending. And of course, I just see myself in the lyrics. I’ve rarely heard a song that has such a strong effect on my emotions and of course it was one of the first ideas I had for the project.
What you can see above perfectly corresponds to what I saw in my mind while listening to it: a breathtaking view of Capo Caccia (near Alghero, Italy) with heavy clouds above the rocks and the sea and me standing in front of it. An impressive 200 meters limestone cliff that drops into the sea, it’s one of my favorite places on Earth, it gives me the same exact feelings of that song: the noble, splendid and terrifying that merge into the sublime (check Kant to see what I mean). I knew all along that could be the one and only place where I could shoot this photo. The problem was just to get a cloudy day in Alghero while I was there on holiday (apparently they become frequent only whenever I’m not there), which means I brought all the clothes I needed for this photo back and forth at least three times before I could finally go there and shoot the photo (I had a very clear idea of the styling for this photo too). Well, at least I got a full-frame camera in the meantime, which improved the overall quality of the work.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I was standing just on the edge of the cliff, in front of Foradada Isle, with strong wind all around me. I was very cautious so I would not say I was in danger, but I love this song and photo so muci I wanted to do things properly, including taking some risks. I have to say the outcome totally justifies it and the wait, it’s extremely rewarding when you can get an image from your head to the camera exactly like you wanted.
About my modelling work here, I was afraid I’d end up looking like an emotionless porcelain doll like I often do, but I basically playing the song in my mind while posing, which gave me the right mood and expression. I really can’t put in words how much this work means to me, soI just hope you can get it from the photo itself.

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