Portraits of Emi with Colored Light | Baseline / by Lauren Wessel

I love natural light photography— but sometimes, to think outside the creative box I use unusual setups or materials for portrait photography. To give these portraits a creepy, dark edge, I used several of Home Depot’s selection of basic colored light bulbs screwed into my softbox lights or as overhead bulbs in an unfinished basement. Emi was kind enough to model for my experiment, and together we created these spooky, Blade Runner-esque portraits.

A blood black nothingness began to spin.
Began to spin.
Let’s move on to system. System.
Feel that in your body. The system.
What does it feel like to be part of the system. System.
Is there anything in your body that wants to resist the system? System.
— Blade Runner: 2049
A blood black nothingness.
A system of cells.
Within cells interlinked.
Within one stem.
And dreadfully distinct.
Against the dark.
A tall white fountain played.
— Blade Runner: 2049