This year, we had a fairly bizarre summer in the pacific northwest. It was unusually dry, long and warm – and then we slid rather abruptly from Summer into Autumn at some point in mid- to late- October. One day it’s hot and sunny; the next, the seat heaters are on.
This is a concept that I shot at the very end of the warm spell for a friend and designer, Chrissy Wai-Ching. The look mirrors the odd season – I had it in my head to shoot a warm, rich Fall scene, but everything still has a definite air of Summer about it; it would almost look like a Spring shoot if it weren’t for the straw-gold colors and the cheery little apple tree that was mysteriously still bearing fruit.
These are the types of looks that I often enjoy shooting strongly backlit, with everything suffused in a warm haze. To me, that kind of golden backlight feels like the glow that old, fond memories take on. In my mind, nostalgia is low-contrast and suffused with late afternoon light.
Photography: Thomas Park
Model: Lyssa Chartrand
Wardrobe by Wai-Ching