A Photographic Vision: The Apocalypse Survival Tribe

Just when you thought you knew all the amazing photographic visions & portrait ideas, a photographer by the name of Rob Woodcox, along with his inspirational team, digs deeper and comes up with more greatness. This incredible apocalyptic session is filled with splashes of color, convincing composition and a ton of soul.  Luckily he tells all about it below. If you like what you see and read please PinTweetLike and most importantly enjoy!

A Photographic Vision: The Apocalypse Survival Tribe

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During The Apocalypse Survival Tribe shoot, I relied heavily upon other artists around me.  I often like to include other artists in my shoots because not only does it heighten the quality of the images I produce, but it gives more people the opportunity to express themselves through their own art forms (hair, makeup, styling, etc.) and ultimately it makes the process way more fun!

For this shoot in particular, coming up with the concept was more a group effort.  My fashion stylist friends Meryl Waldo and Benjamin Strange both approached me with the idea of doing a collaborative post-apocalyptic fashion shoot.  We had worked together before and I loved the idea, so I immediately began brainstorming locations, specific photo ideas, props, and more, while they began pulling together all sorts of clothing for models to wear.   We wanted to portray what a tribal group of survivors might look like after an apocalyptic event, using left behind scraps as weapons and clothing. We contacted models, makeup artists, hair stylists, and assistants that were all like-minded in creating unique and different art, and in an exciting six hour evening, The Apocalypse Survival Tribe was born!

With the tougher look I wanted to convey in Apocalypse, I chose to use strobes to really light up the models and give them nice highlights and rim lights.  Through multiple lighting setups I was able to convey a very edgy feeling.  The large scene incorporating all 9 models was shot right at sunset to incorporate the warm tones of the sun, mixed with the strobe light to fill in shadows.  With the light just how I wanted, plenty of pixels to work with from my 5D mk II, and knowing my photoshop, I was able to really bring out the tones and compositions I was looking for.

Whenever I create images, the elements that are most important to me are story, setting, and overall aesthetic quality.  It is essential that once created, the viewer can be drawn into a deeper level that makes them ponder, inspired by the unique environments created in the image, and led to think twice about how the image was made possible.  Before shooting Apocalypse, I spent a day scouting locations that looked ruined and fitting for my ideas.  I spent countless hours arranging the schedules of people involved, and writing out the different concepts I would want to capture the day of the shoot.  Some of my ideas were inspired by the locations I found, and some by the objects we gathered.  By having all of the right details in order, creating final images that aligned with my initial ideas was made much more achievable.  Concepts for my shoots are often inspired by locations, but others come from dreams and spontaneous thoughts.  Whenever I get my ideas, I am sure to write them down in a journal.

Whatever you do, do it with excellence and the results will turn out better than you imagined in the first place.  I am happy when I accurately create an image that I have pictured in my mind, but I am even happier when I create something even better!  Take heart in knowing that although creating eloquent and thought-out art is a lot of hard work, it is always incredibly worth it in the end!

Please take a look at more of Rob’s art on his website and fanpage:



Check out the stylings of Meryl Waldo and Benjamin Strange here:




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