The Thunder is a series of films that I've made for a number of different reasons. Some professional, some personal.
As a portrait portrait photographer - which I was mainly known as a few years ago - it was very clear to me that video and filmmaking was going to become a big part of being a photographer. So, I wanted to explore how I could translate what I was doing in portraiture into film. And I I felt the way forward was using an individual and a monologue, then delivering unusual/engaging/surprising/interesting images of that individual detached from the monologue, but somehow still being a portrayal of who they were.
I chose to do it with women because of the soundtrack that you hear in the films. It's excerpts from "The Thunder, Perfect Mind". I think of it as a poem, but it's a monologue about The Divine Female. It was found amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls in the middle of the 20th century in Egypt. And it's just a magnificent thing; this first person piece about womanhood, about The Female, and the female's place in the world.
With verse three, I just used footage of the model herself, and wanted to see how I could take one person, and just through slight changes in her behaviour and through who she was being - create a fuller, more rounded portrait.
In the other films, I've used a mixture of things - third party commercial footage, or even things that I've shot myself. There's a plane that travels across one of the outfits in verse two - and I'm pretty sure I just shot that in my garden on my iPhone. So, those have been the techniques - overlaying and underlaying, and just filming the person and exploring differences in their silhouettes or their expressions.
So, that's The Thunder Series.