I had planned to do a film photography series on my road trip throughout the west coast but once I was taking off I realized I had forgotten my film camera. So here I was, in route to California for a vacation of a lifetime and I'm inspired-less. I did in fact have my dslr so it wasn't the end of the world.
I came across this mask as I entered the San Diego Zoo. The thought of me wearing the mask throughout the park like a crazy person reminded me of Salvador Dali's surrealism and his paintings and visions. I immediately picked it up and put it on and said I will somehow make this into my new photo series.
I did some research on giraffes throughout my trip so I can get inspiration to name my series. I came across this site and there I read something that really spoke to me:
" Giraffes help us explain the expression "to sick ones neck out", when we take risks by going further than we ever imagined possible, we see and find worlds of possibility. The giraffes vulnerability when lowering its head to drink, is a reminder to us that if we lose sight of our greater vision and consciousness and sink into a mundane way of life, we risk losing our spiritual connection." -- don't be afraid to take risks and live outside the box but also don't lose sight of whats important to you, thats what I got out of it and I love that. Still though, no name came to me.
I loved that the burning giraffe was such a small element in his painting but yet dominated the entire piece. I wanted to create the same dramatic visual effect in my photos.
My visions were made possible through a collaborative effort with @joshuabgeyer