The project: A photo session based on the song 'Suzanne' by Leonard Cohen.
Leonard Cohen's poetry is full of imagery and it is very easy to picture scenes in your mind when you hear him sing or read his lyrics. I have wanted to do a photo session based on one of his songs for a while, so began the 'Suzanne' Project.
I wanted to focus on the parts of the song that dwelt on Suzanne, (there is a verse that diverts in the song). I own a Leonard Cohen poetry book, so I had the words, but I wanted to find out more about who Suzanne was. I had read a little bit in the book "I'm your Man", but this link was the most helpful:
After reading about Suzanne, I knew I would be looking for a model based on a certain personality. Someone who had that slight naughty twinkle in her eye, someone that a person would be drawn too.
Someone who is "Half crazy, but that's why you want to be there". When I did a call out, there was a certain profile pic that caught my eye. A lady who had this contagious smile, and a happy twinkle, and lo and behold, had a husband who even slightly resembled Leonard Cohen.
Therefore Sarah, became my Suzanne. Originally I was going to have Suzanne playing to the camera, but when she said her husband would join in I was really happy to redo these storyboards to include him. These are the storyboards based on the lines I wanted to photograph. (They are my scribbles and ideas as they come, I'm sorry they are not tidy).
They did so well. I am editing the photos now, so soon I will have part 2 the photos. Here is a couple of the fun couple after the shoot was finished..... yes he is wearing the tea cosy.......
'Suzanne' part 2 will be up soon.