It is late November and we are in Prague in a rented hotel suite with its own terrace. We are shooting Dominika in the bedroom, but the terrace looks as such an attractive location to shoot – if only it was a summer! Naturally, we had to ask Dominika if she would want to suffer posing nude outside for the sake of great art and advancement of the human kind.
She thinks it’s a great idea and after checking the temperature outside she agrees. Now, there is some ever green plant on the terrace that makes it look like it is was warmer, but it was 5C. I still don’t know how she managed to stay there, when I had to have my winter jacket on, but even now, knowing it, you won’t see any signs of her freezing. My only clue is that the spectators at the windows across the street might have given her some warmth and energy to continue.
This set is about the freedom that law defying feeling of love gives you. Freedom to express yourself emotionally and artistically, and to be open to new experiences. Dominika is up above the city and its crowds, above the local regulations and and traditions, above the stereotypes of gender and ethnicity. She is just having fun with no judgments attached to it. But she is not above the laws of physics and biology – she is still human, and she can’t walk on air. But it doesn’t matter, when one falls in love, it feels like the laws of physics and biology are suspended for a brief moment of time, so we can fly and move effortless through time and space. Such moments are of great emotional significance and we remember them dearly. With this set, we’ve documented it for eternity.
“The reason 95% of songs and poetry and stories…is about love is because when it happens, or when it leaves you, your world stops and everything else fades into insignificance” – Cherry Healey, author “Letters to my funny”
Inevitably the older we get the less of such moments we experience. We gradually lose memory of this law defying feeling. And without it life becomes predictable and boring and we start feeling old and tired. That is until we fall in love yet another time.
See complete Dominika’s set I’m Walking On Air.