I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land upon which these photos were taken, that of the Anangu people. I would also like to pay my respects to those past and present.
I'm halfway through Kirstie Clements' autobiography The Vogue Factor which documents her time working 'from front desk to editor' at the Australian fashion bible, Vogue. One particular section caught my attention.
'No, this is really serious. We don't have the right shoe.' - Clements' discovered early on that 'if the shoe isn't right, then nothing is right.' So according to Vogue logic, this above shoot is a complete fail and against the rules of fashion. Not because I didn't have the right shoe, rather, I'm not wearing any at all.
But this is my justification: when shooting in a naturally blessed location, the simpler the styling so not to distract the surreal beauty of the place.
Uluru, although extrinsically stunning with its sunburnt body and acres of surrounding red sand plains, has an unparalleled cultural and spiritual significance. The monolith is considered sacred to Indigenous Australians as a place containing stories of creation and its associated knowledge of daily rituals, relationships, plants and animals.
This is something that I, an outsider, can only learn and appreciate, not truly understand like the Aboriginals. However, its spiritual power seemed to bounce off its walls - an energy that was both majestic and overwhelming. This was the vibe I wanted to capture in the fluidity of these pictures. A feeling of being grounded and so in harmony with the earth you can sense its communication.
So, that's my rebuttal. Bare feet and messy hair - achieved with no styling or products at all, just don't brush your hair when you take it out of a 6 hour bun. On top of that, I ditched a heap of man made accessories, replacing it with some sticks I found on the red soil.
Note: The above photos were not taken on prohibited land, in fact, they were shot on the side of the road. Therefore no flora or fauna were harmed or disturbed. The above photos are NOT for commercial use (that's right, I read up on the photography laws).