Divergent, the young adult dystopian thriller written by Veronica Roth was the inspiration for this photo, the second in my young adult series.
Whew! This one was fun to photograph. A big, big thanks to my friend and actress Julia Bray for bravely taking on the role of Beatrice (Tris) Prior.
I had a zillion ideas for a Divergent photo. Originally, I wanted a shot of Tris jumping out of a moving train, but since that'd be really hard to pull off with zero access to any abandoned trains, I had to move on to the next idea. The next idea was going to be a shot of that scene with Tris at the top of the building about to zip line to the ground…again, difficult to pull off with limited resources.
So finally, I decided to not do a literal scene from the book, but to instead just do a shot of Tris doing something I imagine her doing with the member of Dauntless, and one of those things (at least in my head) is a lot of rooftop hopping and running and being awesome.
So to the roof we headed. I chose this roof because there are no modern buildings in site (except for the skyline in the background), but there's no fancy, modern glass apartment building or anything. This roof scene was older, which sorta fit well with the whole dystopian thing.
Divergent is a really action-packed novel, it reads like a Bruce WIllis movie, so I wanted to honor that action with an action-oriented photo. While this photo could have been shot way more intensely (at night, with more people, ect ect) I think for now I'm very happy with the way it came out. I'd love to be able to do a reshoot with fancy equipment, cooler locations, the works, but until that day comes when I have butt loads of cash to put towards this project, I'm pleased with the way it turned out and I hope you are too.
So what book is next on my list? Was thinking Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause - maybe that scene with Viv wakes up with blood on her hands. Or maybe a photo taken at The Strand bookstore for the book Dash and Lily's Book of Dares! Who knows, but by all means, please lend me your suggestions in the comments and stay tuned for more photos in the series!
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