Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is the latest young adult novel that truly inspired me, well one scene in particular.
This is a dystopian / romance / survival story set in the future where most people live in pods, protecting them from the outside, savage world. Aria, the young protagonist, gets thrown out of her pod and left to fend for herself in the wild "outside." Along the way, she meets a native outsider, Perry, who agrees to help me find her way back home.
That is the plot in its most simplistic, basic terms.
There is a scene in this book, in chapter 18, that really stood out among the rest to me. No it wasn't the action scenes, or the vast descriptions of lightning storms, it was the simple scene where Perry teaches Aria how to tell if berries are poisonous.
It is a calm, sensual and sexy scene - and as a outdoorswoman/hiker myself, I really appreciated how Veronica Rossi turned a basic survival skill into something HOT. So, kudos to Miss Rossi!
Since this scene stuck with me, I thought I would do a photo inspired by it. Since there are three things Perry tells Aria to do with a berry to tell if it's poisonous, I felt it would make a perfect 3-part photo, which I'm calling a triptych (thanks AP art history!).
The hardest part about achieving this piece was the middle photo, the touch part. The lens I use is a closeup lens, and I was struggling with using the tripod, remote and getting far enough away so the camera could auto focus. This one is probably my least favorite of the three, but overall I'm actually really quite proud of this mostly because of the lighting. Most of my photos have such rich, deep contrasts and while these do as well, they also have a certain lightness I think works well.
If I could redo these photos, I would. I would take them in an actual forest to get the color scheme that I feel would fit the book better, but unfortunately, I live in New York City, so I had to just make do with what I had and decide to instead do closeups, and focus on the sensuality of the moment rather than the accuracy of location.
I hope you enjoy these fauxtos and if you've read the book, would love to hear what you think! (And if you haven't.....)