Rebirth of Adam


There comes a time in your life when you finally get it ... When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out "ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on." And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world from a new perspective.

.......... This is your awakening.
Written by Sonny Carroll

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Model: Isi Agu   Concept and Design: Isi Agu and Philbert Photography

This was a concept that both of us planned for a few months bouncing ideas, trying to figure out possible locations time and places. Finally, our respective busy schedules came in sync and we took the time to row across the lake to a secluded area of the island. As Isi dug his own grave (so to speak) I was preparing the lights, doing a walk around trying to envision how I wanted the final images to look.  After everything was ready, we painstaking covered the model to his neck in bug biting, phobia inducing dirt. We then proceeded to cover his head, leaving his nose  uncovered so he could breathe, when he was ready we covered him completely. The model slowly moved one hand, then his knee the rest of his limbs ... Slowly, as we tried the mimic the "Awaking statue" then we proceeded to do a few other things.  This is personally one of my best collaborations with a model looking forward to more as I grow.

The shoot lasted about 35 minutes about 3 hours of prep.