Detached in Harmony, this artistic photo project by Brad Walls draws inspiration from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic as well as from a renowned 1940s fashion photographer.
Award-winning aerial photographer Brad Walls just released a new photo series titled ‘Detached in Harmony’. Inspired by the current pandemic and the style of a renowned fashion photographer from the 1940s, viewers are invited to experience the first-of-its-kind conceptual photo series from above.
“In creating ‘Detached, in Harmony’, Walls wanted to harness nuance and meticulous attention to detail to mirror the state of the world during the pandemic. Like many, the artist had experienced how distant and repetitive life had become, and placed a keen focus on this element in his work. Through his take on the topic, Walls presents these concepts using repetition, symmetry of figures, and negative space throughout the series – trademark compositing techniques that can be observed throughout Walls’ greater body of work.
Each frame within the series is carefully arranged, placing the model at even lengths and highlighting the shadow cast to highlight our solitude and the lurking darkness of the era. Walls’ choice to have the models posed mid-movement emphasizes the uniformity and surrealism of the series. As he explains, “The figures are purposefully static, to symbolize how we have been frozen in time over the past 18 months.”
Walls also draws inspiration from 40s fashion photographer Clifford Coffin’s ‘Models Sitting on Sand Dunes’. Walls himself is deeply inspired by coffins, who likewise like himself pushes the boundaries of traditional photography. The artist displays a melancholic sense of loneliness in his series, and balances these emotions with warmer hues, similarly found in Coffins’ work as Walls states “We all belong to something that separates us. It’s a sort of melancholic irony”.
‘Detached, in Harmony’ placed second in the 2021 Fine Art Photography Awards ‘Conceptual’ category, and placed silver in both the prestigious PX3 awards and Moscow Fine Art Awards of 2021. The artist currently plans to exhibit ‘Detached, in Harmony’ in a solo exhibition in 2022.”
All images © by Brad Walls. Check out other inspiring images in our popular Photography section.
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