SARISSLE & DAN VAN WINKLE

I am still so in awe with all of the shots being sent back to me. It was the end of summer and Dan sent me an IM asking me if I would be down to do a go on a group shoot. Of course I said yes. It was something I hadn't tried yet while modeling. I met Dan about a year ago on Model Mayhem and we linked up to shoot. We drove up the coast, and went to these breathtaking locations along the way. That is one thing that should be known about Dan, he always finds the most mesmerizing spots to shoot and reflect. --Well, I usually reflect in my head while posing. He also knows good spots to eat out at after climbing up whatever we find in nature for hours (laughing). It's always an adventure, I always feel inspired, and the energy is constantly positive.

 

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The trip consisted of me, Dan, his girlfriend Sonya, CK, and Ash. CK and Ash drove up from Southern California. Dan, Sonya and I came down from the Bay to meet them halfway. We drove down, checked into a room the night before and then woke up the next morning around 5:30am so we could catch the sunrise at the location. We shot until the light became irritating to deal with and then headed out for breakfast. We did this again the second day and then headed home after breakfast. Breakfast was amazing both days. (laughing)

It's funny because I remembered being nervous about meeting new people (considering it would be my first time meeting Sonya, Ash, and CK), waking up on time and still being able to bring my A-game while not being a poor sport about the weather (laughing). The first night I was so wired that I didn't doze off until about an hour before it was time to wake up again. Both days ended up being fantastic. It all felt so easygoing. Everyone was so nice. I loved the easy flow of conversation throughout the trip. It felt more like a personal experience rather than a gig I picked up just because I needed to. There was dinner and laughter and even time for me to go swimming and hang out in the jacuzzi --which never happens!

 

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It was a sand dune location Dan knew about prior to putting together the shoot. I don't really know what I was expecting but as we pulled up and it got lighter outside, all I could see were mountains of sand that went on for miles. It was so quiet. I felt so at ease and so positive for some reason. If you walked up the highest one, you could see the ocean going one way and the city lights from the other.

I will say that I was completely smothered in sand (laughing). I was finding sand in the strangest places for about a week! It was totally worth it, though!

 

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For me, being nude in nature is one of the best feelings. I think it is a little different if I am in an industrial area, sometimes it feels a bit more risky but most of the time I'm just going with it and having a good time. Got to make memories! (laughing)

 

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I love the one where I am lying back on my forearms and the ripples of sand are all around me (second photo below). There is just something about how small I am compared to all the sand around me. I was telling Dan, CK, and Ash how nice it is to see something so beautiful stay in such good shape. It was beyond beautiful out there. The ripples of sand in the photo are one of my favourite aspects of the photo. I feel like it brings the photo to life for me and I can look at that it and picture how the ripples felt on my skin while we were shooting. I felt so peaceful and mindful out there just listening and observing while creating with everyone. 

 

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If you're struggling with your art or even something else you're working on, try to switch it up. Take a break, try to work on being kinder to yourself and learn to think about things in a new light. It's something that I am trying to practice while creating "art" and finishing school.

 




















Sarissle // sarissle // junnnktank.com/viktormatthews-sarissle

Dan Van Winkle // impression-of-light.com

 

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