My intention for this photoshoot was to e-enact and reimagine René Magritte's "The Lovers II" painting. From the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew I wanted to bring it to life through my own creative lens. There was something about the painting that spoke to me on a deep level, and I was eager to explore and reimagine its essence through photography.
The Lovers II (1928), is an oil on canvas depicting two individuals locked in an embrace. The figures are kissing one another through veils. The elements that make up this painting are the room and the lovers. Unlike the erotic and romantic scene of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, Magritte presented two figures with their faces covered by a white cloth, locked in an ambiguous setting.
The context of the scene can be subject to various interpretations. Is there a lack of genuine communication between the individuals? Is their kiss a reflection of unrequited love? Perhaps love is blind, and the heart perceives what the eyes cannot. Does the shroud-like fabric symbolize emotional detachment or physical separation? The possibilities are open to exploration and analysis.
I feel immensely grateful to have collaborated with Kristian and Amie, and for their role in bringing this photoshoot to life. It was particularly rewarding given that they arrived on set without any prior knowledge of the shoot's concept. Their willingness to participate and enthusiasm throughout the project made the experience even more fulfilling.