Icebound by Julia Comita & TwistedLamb: a photographic exhibition of frozen ethereal beauty

Posted on December 15, 2015

Back in September we were contacted by NYC based photographer Julia Comita and Mary Lee of TwistedLamb. The two artists were preparing an exhibit for a new series that was being kept under tight wraps. Needless to say we were intrigued. We began discussing different options for displaying the work and after some discussion they focused on our plexiblock option. When we received the initial image files to go to print it became clear why they chose to incorporate plexiblocks: the new series, entitled Iceboundis set in an ethereal frozen world and the thick plexiglass had a fitting ice-like appearance to it.

We attended the NYC opening for Icebound last week and had the opportunity to ask Julia some questions about the collaborative series.

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Mating Game by Julia Comita & TwistedLamb

FotoFoam

The concept in Icebound is really unique and has an almost Beauty and the Beast type element to it. Can you talk about how you came up with the idea for this shoot and any significance to the central characters in it?

JC

The storyline is classic. The central characters are lovers who go on a journey together from meeting and being pursued (The Hunt, Mating Game) to falling in love and being together (Ride or Die, Love Will Destroy Fear). This is our way of telling that story, through our eyes.

FotoFoam

Last night at the opening we spoke briefly about the choice of location. Where was the shoot and how did you decide on that location?

JC

The shoot was upstate New York at Masten Lake. We chose that location because Mary has a home there and we knew we could ride safely on the ice.

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You Don’t Know Me by Julia Comita  & TwistedLamb

FotoFoam

The motorcycle used for the shoot is clearly amazing. From the matte black design to the metal spikes on the tires. What was the inspiration behind the bike?

JC

The bike belongs to the rider we photographed, Leonardo Durant, who typically does street racing with it. The matte black was done custom for the shoot, in order to give the bike a sleek, sexy look and the screws on the tires are necessary for traction.

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A packed house at the opening for Icebound with motorcycle from series on display

FotoFoam

The black & white contrast against the snow is beautiful. You’ve also used vibrant colors for some of the helmet-centric shots. Can you discuss how you approached the color design for this series?

JC

We decided to shoot everything monochromatic with pops of red throughout. Red is a very passionate color and can allude to many emotions. The mix of colors in the helmet shots was something we didn’t necessarily plan in advance, but stumbled on the right bouquet and loved how it played off of the jewels.

FotoFoam

There is a really great fashion element to this series. This ranges from slick gear in images like The Hunt to the long black gowns in Holding Court. How would you describe the look you’ve created overall?

JC

The fashion is considered based on the storyline, which is the courtship. The gown to represent the feminine and the motorcycle gear because we are shooting sports.

FotoFoam

Anonymity is a consistent theme in the series. Can you talk about your decision to keep the characters anonymous? Was this an outcome of having the great masks or were the masks a result of your decision to employ anonymity?

JC

The masks are a decision to employ anonymity. In all the series we have shot together we make the conscious decision to cover the faces. This originally started with the idea that we aren’t shooting humans, but we are capturing the supernatural. Our characters are like aliens. Anonymity also leads the viewer to create their own storyline, and since the series is surreal and fantastical, we invite the viewer to use their imagination.

FotoFoam

It was an honor for FotoFoam to be a part of this exhibit. Can you talk about your choice to use the plexiblock as a medium for certain images in the project?

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King of Pentagrams by Julia Comita & TwistedLamb

JC

We originally started with the notion of doing some pieces in resin. After some testing, we didn’t think the outcome was right for this project and knew, from visiting the popup shop, that FotoFoam does (well!) the plexibock. It was a bit experimental for us to work with it, but we love how the images feel like they are frozen in a block of ice. The response has been so great, I am sure we will do more with this medium in the future!

FotoFoam

What did you learn from working on this project?

JC

The project is not just the series, but the concepting, the shoot, the post-production, and the show production. From a pre-production / shoot perspective, we learned a lot about shooting sports and working in an extreme environment. From a post-production perspective, we learned how to produce a gallery show, which is a first for us. The show was such a huge success that we are already planning another.

FotoFoam

We can’t wait to see it!

Icebound prints are available in limited editions at juliacomita.com. For more information about printing & framing with FotoFoam you can visit us at fotofoamco.com or call us any time at 1-844-FOTOFOAM (1-844-368-6362).