Love and Self-Destruction

When I began the project my boyfriend and me had been going through what one may call a “rough patch” so was more than able to show the downsides of being in a relationship. However, this was hard to capture without having to re create an argument or a particular moment. From this I started playing around with the idea of creating a fictional storyline about our relationship. I became deeply in awe of Rihannas’ music video “We Found Love” directed by Melina Matsoukas (Rude Boy, S&M), which depicts Rihanna and her lover in different love and hate situations.

To begin with the two are shown as completely enamored with each other, in utter bliss engaging in fun activities such as going out, skating, eating in fast food restaurants, kissing, laughing and embracing. Suddenly, their romance becomes threatened as various images of drugs and dilated pupils flash amidst the two young lovers prepare to have intercourse. Then they hit a high again, as we see them dancing outdoors with a live DJ. We then see them happily shopping together, then stealing and gambling. The scene is interrupted again as we see the couple arguing, from here the video progressively shows the couple experiencing mounting difficulties in their relationship: physical abuse, mental abuse, shouting, drug taking, alcohol ect. It ends as the couple have hit rock bottom. Rihanna finds her lover collapsed on the floor in their bedsit and leaves. The video ends with Rihanna curled up crying. I love the way the video is shot and the way in which their story flows. To me it’s shows Heaven (them happy, in love, invincible), Purgatory (cracks begin to show, their love becomes tainted by drugs and abuse), Hell (the couple are volatile, wired and broken) and then a Rebirth (theirs hope for the girl who has decided to leave and change her circumstances).  I thought this could be a possible journey I could take my photography on. However, I still wanted it to be an honest portrayal of my relationship.

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