Wildflower

By Julien James

Wildflower is an off-the-cuff story about finding inner utopia. It's an exploration of our inner landscape and a journey of finding simplicity. I wanted to use this opportunity to tell a story through multiple mediums that challenge the ethos of current society while inwardly asking ourselves the existential question – is this (life) as good as it gets? I incorporated a myriad of juxtapositions of color with black and white and sounds with expressions to find new meanings and create a nuanced story layered with meaning, exploring interconnected themes like spirituality, freedom, fear, and connecting to the earth. Furthermore, Wildflowers explores the essence of being present – being present with yourself and nature, being present in moments of introspection and joy, and being present in stillness and movement. 


Credits:

Photographer, Writer, & Director: Julien James | @sirjulienjames
Creative Producer: Artur Lebedyev | @theissueof.art
Producer: Nico Lue Young 
Talent: Dazaun Soleyn | @dazaun_s
Director of Photography: Sergey Nikitenko |  @kocmos
Video Editor: Juan Garcia-Quintero | @garciaxquintero
Colorist: Dmitry Litvinov | @litvinovdimaa
Music Composition: Matthew Thompson | @Mattvista
Music Coordinator: Foster White | @fkwhite

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Julien James

Photographer / Director

Julien James is an LA-based photographer + director. Julien says his work is about exploring the essence of what it means to be human and these overarching themes that bind us all together. He is best known for for working with real people to capture genuine moments of introspection, joy, and identity to tell stories that feel real and true in a cinematic way. His visual language is defined by luxurious black & white tones and the use of rich velvety colors. As a storyteller, Julien draws inspiration from the nuances and gray areas of everyday life to create images and tell compelling stories that draw viewers in.

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