While the majority of our prints are shot on film - this is the first look book to be shot on 35 mm. The SALT WATER IN THE WOUND campaign from this past Winter was meant to be photographed on film as well but we had some technical issues when the ocean took hold of my analog camera - luckily we kept the digital camera in tact to capture those memorable photographs of Dajana in Tulum (December 2014).
This Spring I decided to shoot the new pieces one on one with a friend on a quiet beach in my hometown area on Georgian Bay, Ontario Canada. Veronica hasn't done any modelling outside of working with me and it's been my preference to work with amateurs from the beginning as I feel the result is much more honest, raw and effortless. I took inspiration this time around from a combination of old Coppertone adverts and smut films of the 70's era. The new looks bring a range of burnt oranges, black, white and turquoise to the already existing array of colors offered on our designs. xx
It's that time of the year for me - to settle in and go through hundreds of photos while I take a break from the road (all to just to end up posting a handful of course). I find it's much easier to appreciate memories when you only hold on to one, or two photos as a representation that chapter or place. It not only leaves a lot to the imagination as to how we want to remember an experience - but also doesn't leave me stressing about the times (90% of the time) I left the camera at home when I just really wanted to be in that moment.
Some shots from the first campaign ever orchestrated for the @dontblowit project, released in August of 2012. A very special and memorable shoot as those talented individuals involved came together on a whim to help shape the first visual representations of how Don't Blow The Illusion would be perceived.
Paradise is a feeling. It's a creative spark, imagination; it's lack of the things we so desire. I've felt it on the back roads of my hometown, walking home from school with the smell of fall in the air -wishing I were anywhere but there.
Paradise is nostalgia, it's memory, it's a particular perception. It's something that's gone everywhere with us from the beginning - yet the more we seek it - the harder it is to recover.
Even the magic of paradise fades...if it lacks the simplicity of the in-between moments that got us there. The ones that go most unnoticed.
Not until we have what we've been chasing can we pin point paradise. It is the simplicity of desiring something -anything, and the appreciation of the mundane, where I am finding paradise again.
One of my fave bikini shops as far as shopping for myself online and stockist of DBTI just put up our Resort collection and I'm loving the detailed shots they captured of our fully reversible 'GONE FOR GOOD' top x 'BLISSED OUT' bottom mixed and matched up. Shop this collection on ISHINE here.
After not shooting in a very long time - we capped 2014 with a super chill shoot with model and friend Dajana Radovanovic in my current residence, Tulum, for our Resort Swim collection.
"Freedom isn’t just some ‘if only' notion that everybody is fantasizing about; for some of us it’s the pursuit of a lifetime. It’s survival, it’s constant change, it’s being more than okay with being alone…and above all it’s sacrifice. We sacrifice the familiar for the unknown. Comfort for the experience, be it good or bad. 'Salt water in the wound' is the relief and rush that comes with the cutting of ties; leaving everything behind for an uncertain future. It hurts too good."
If you were redirected here, from www.robin-waters.com . It is because my previous blog has been hacked and compromised.
I see this as an opportune moment to start fresh - I felt my old blog had become stale and I was finding myself uninspired to keep it updated. Here on DBTI, you will find as personal posts as ever, meshed with posts about the line, music, and as always, photography.
Below you will see back-dated posts as I move my previous blog posts over to dontblowtheillusion.com.