Michelle Ou is in an international traveller (http://michellezilingou.blogspot.com) and amateur photographer, currently living in Australia but with ambitions to move to Hong Kong. For her, a trip to Santorini has been a long-time dream and she was adamant that she have photos taken to remember her time there. A photographer is often awkward when they come out from behind the lens to stand in front of it, but that was not so with Michelle. She was graceful, elegant and beautiful in every shot.
Overlooking the World
Michelle was not just interested in the tourist snapshot of Santorini, she wanted to stand way above the ocean and look out to the world from a unique vantage point. The day began shooting at a light house before speeding off to the beaches where Michelle glowed against the sand and cliffs in a bright red dress. Michelle wanted to see beauty where other people may have missed it and so she explored a fishing port and an abandoned building as other possible shooting locations. While all of the locations selected were stunning there is something truly radiant about Michelle sitting high atop the white stone buildings, staring across the sea, perhaps thinking of home. With her back to the horizon she creates a strong, commanding form, as of one immune to the changes of the tide. Michelle simply stays standing.
A Student and a Friend
Aside from being independent and beautiful, Michelle was also able to let her hair down and have fun. She toyed around with her own camera, capturing the world she saw through her own lens. There is nothing like travelling to inspire the photographer deep in all of us and in Santorini, Michelle found her inspiration. She fooled around with props such as old wooden chairs and a discarded fishing net for her modelling. When she was at play she let her vibrancy shine through and be captured by the camera. She was immediately younger and full of a wonderful attitude towards life. Michelle’s warmth was not just visible from behind the lens; it was visible to those around her. Stumbling across some strange cats Michelle beamed as they seemed to pose behind her, entirely calm. Michelle’s calming nature also enabled her to be friend a sleepy orange cat; she is shown patting and sitting very close to.
Infectious, Radiant, Memories
Michelle’s passion and ambition is infectious and her beauty is radiant. Her trip to Santorini was everything she could have hoped for and she left with wonderful memories and photographs to keep them alive.