World of One: Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions

Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives
24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5


This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It is my way of illustrating the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground.

Grounded Ambitions has been marinating in my brain pan for the last 2 years. I had originally imagined it very differently, with one figure sitting on the ground and the other figures jumping wildly in the air. But in my mind’s eye, I foresaw compositional problems with that arrangement. When it came to improving upon and executing the concept I had imagined, I had a difficult time making certain creative choices, such as where I wanted the viewer’s eye to focus on, the placement of the figures, or choosing the proper background. Instead of blindly jumping in and trying everything, I decided instead to refocus and revise the composition in my mind until I was absolutely sure I was ready. As a result, this is, thus far, the most economical image in the World of One series.

While normally I need to shoot around 190 frames in order to finish a World of One image. In this case, I was astonished to find that I was able to get away with a meager 76 frames. Surprised with my efficiency upon compiling the shots, I wondered why I had spent so much time stressing about this picture to begin with. Though perhaps, I was only able to pull this image from so few frames simply because I had stressed so much about it. Funny how that works out sometimes.

A big, big thank you to my beautiful girlfriend Yen the Lo for assisting me on this shoot! Check out some behind the scenes pics below!!!

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Trying to find my frame.
Headstand Blooper 2
Headstand Blooper
Test Shot 2
Test shot 1

Behind the scenes shots courtesy of Yen Lo.

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