Heaven for the Climate | Hell for the Company
with Jamie Sterling
Heaven and Hell, or Heaven or Hell? Good vs Evil, which one do you prefer? My photo shoot with Jamie Sterling, is an unintentional story between Heaven and Hell.
Figuratively speaking, if you can’t find sunlight, you make it. Literally speaking, I did make it. I came to this abandoned bunker expecting scorching heat with barn doors and god rays through the window, but instead we get drifting fog and cold weather.
How do you turn a bad situation into a good situation? Luckily, I have a pocket full of sunshine to create this effect. I use a Flashpoint eVOLV 200 mini strobe as my back light with warm gel to give my set this warm glowing light coming in the window, like draping warm sunset.
This post apocalyptic battlefield with it’s cold war stench now feels like a paradise of details in warm sunset. This is my way of turning nothing into something.
From here, I’ll try and make Hell a little more pleasant to visit. By using the same orange back light technique, I can dramatically change an uninviting scene into a welcoming scene. Adding salt to a simple dish can sometimes dramatically change the whole dish.
The People and not the Place
It was only until now that I understand, that it wasn’t the place, it was the people. This place we live in offers such beauty, but it is often the people that decides its ugliness. It is also the people that makes this place incredible.
Mark Twain once said, “You go to Heaven for the climate, but you go to hell for the company.”
Heavenly climate is comfortable, neither extreme hot or cold. The safe Womb of Life. Yet, we are born into the cold reality. We can seek to return to the womb or we can explore the earth.
Good company, are those who don’t remain in the comfort zone but live life in the extremes, facing fears, and stretching the boundaries. They have the most exciting stories and call forth the wild in all of us.
Maybe, let us consider,
that the best life is a combination of both comfort and pain.
It is worth pointing out that you may find it more comfortable going to heaven, but at the least in hell you’re more likely to find souls who don’t simply gravitate towards what’s comfortable but the uncomfortable truth.
I’m not going to commit myself, because I do have friends in both places. The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
If you look closely at the photo, the writing on the wall says ,”Welcome to Hell.” Here I am surrounded by amazing people, beautiful women, and the luck of seeing both the sunrise every morning and sunset before every night in perfect California climate. It feels like Heaven to me.
Heaven and Hell, or Heaven or Hell? Whatever you choose, just make the best of it.