The Music to Life Series

August 31, 2015 Prisoner – Conceptual Photography by Jimmy Bui Posted In: Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd

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Music to Life Song of the Week: Prisoner by The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey

The Weeknd is a new artist that I discovered that is definitely growing on me. The first song that I heard from him, which has had extensive radio play, is his hit Can’t Feel My Face. Prisoner is a track off his record “Beauty Behind the Madness” and it features Lana Del Rey. The song is about being wrapped up in one’s own addiction. Whatever the addiction may be, there’s always an inherent loneliness, and I wanted to portray that in this music inspired photo.

Sad girl sitting alone by big window

How I Shot It – Conceptual Photography

This is a composite image where three subject were photographed separately: the girl, the window sill, and the telephone. One of the most important things to pay attention to when creating a composite is to make sure the lighting is consistent with all the subjects. The window sill was shot with natural light, and I used that image as a reference point when shooting Valerie, the model, and the telephone. I used a strobe light with a soft box to light Valerie and the telephone, and after shooting, I layered all the images together using photoshop.

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Prisoner by The Weeknd

Valerie Bernabe

Canon 5D Mark III

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

1/400 sec; f/2.5; iso 100


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Jimmy Bui

I am a wedding and conceptual portrait photographer based in Southern California. When I'm not shooting weddings, or planning my next weekly photo for my Music to Life series, you may find me at Disneyland or the zoo spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter.
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