10 August 2014

Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2014

Homage to The Chauffeur
Anyone who really knows me knows that every day is Duran Duran Appreciation Day to me. However, this year I'm doing something extra special in honour of my favourite band of all time...

In less than a week, I will be graduating from an intensive one-year Professional Photography program at Inter-Dec College. My final project -- for my Photoshop class -- is a series of three photos, paying homage to the women of Duran Duran videos of the Rio era. Last week, I shot The Chauffeur. Yesterday, I shot Hungry Like The Wolf and today, I'm shooting Rio.

Obviously, being a struggling artist/poor student, I couldn't afford to fly to London, Sri Lanka and Antigua. So, The Chauffeur was shot in the parking garage at my school in Montreal, Quebec and Hungry Like The Wolf on Mount Royal, also in Montreal. Today, I'm heading to Archambault Lake in St.Donat, Quebec where my uncle has a small sailboat that will substitute for the Eilean. I couldn't think of a better way to spend DDAD 2014!

I'd like to thank the talented models, makeup artists and hairstylists who helped make this dream become a reality. I have spent several weeks organising my teams, scouting locations and finding the right wardrobe and props to pull these shoots off. Of course, I've also been working on projects for all my other classes as well as building my portfolio and mounting an exhibit with my classmates that will take place on August 15th, 2014.

My only hope is that Duran Duran know just how much they are appreciated by an up and coming photographer in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For over thirty years, they have inspired me and in all honesty, it was because of them that I found the courage to end a 15 year teaching career and follow my passions by embarking an a whole new career path. So, thank you Duran Duran.

Once I have completed the series, I will be posting the final shots to my Facebook page and to my website, Beautiful Colours Photography.


Michel Cloutier said...

Hi Deena, What a great project you've done. Would be interesting to see how many people saw your post on Duran Duran's Twitter ? All the best ! :)

Deena said...

Thank you very much, Michel!