THE DRY LAKE BED EL MIRAGE, LOCATED IN THE MOJAVE DESERT OF CALIFORNIA, ABOUT NINE MILES (14KM) NORTHWEST OF THE TOWN OF ADELANTO, HAS BEEN – AND STILL IS – AN INSPIRATIONAL LOCATION FOR MANY FILMMAKER AND SINGER, PAINTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER. LOS ANGELES BASED RONALD N. TAN IS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS. THE MYSTERIOUS SURROUNDINGS OF EL MIRAGE WITH ITS SPOOKY GUSTS HAAS AN INVINCIBLE ATTRACTION ON THE CHINESE/BURMESE PHOTOGRAPHER.
For Ronald’s first desert shoot he approached Hollywood Hess designer Austin, who was thrilled by the idea to have his edgy and rough ‘distorted couture’ photographed against the great desolate backdrop of the dry lake bed. For Ronald N.Tan it was also a great opportunity to ensemble a cast of models he dreamed of working with for a long time already, and so it happened that Ronald moved his material to the lonely isolation of the Mojave Desert to join models Peter-Thomas, Cidney Thi, Hally Wiens, Brinti Hall and Ryan Diesel, designer Austin and the 19-years old hair styling wizard Francisco Pinto for what would be his very first desert shooting.
As said before, once captured by the rough beauty of El Mirage, it is difficult to stay away. So it comes as no surprise that Ronald N.Tan returned to the 10 by 16km Playa for more shootings. Desert project number 3 was a cooperation with fashion couturier Sabre Mochachino and jewelry designer Antoaneta Ivanova, owner and creator of Etoile Jewelry. The main character in Ronald’s project was Jade Kira, a model he wanted to work with for some time, supported by male models Mike Dayem, Octavio Sanchez, Mike Slat and Derek Hingeveld and make-up and hair stylist Manny Paez. The basic theme behind the shoot was combining chic and sexy designs with mystical jewelry into weaving an interesting image tapestry, a perfect assignment for Ronald N.Tan with his great eye for sober layouts and color usage.
Looking at these photos, both from Ronald’s desert shootings as other work, it is hard to believe this talented 26 years old man is only practicing the art of photography since last year. He has in no time developed an captivating style that has become his artistic signature and already he is recognized on international base. Read more about Ronald N.Tan here on Beautiful [Please Welcome Ronald N.Tan – May 21] in the article that introduced his talent to the world, or visit his site or My Space profile to see more work of this talented artist. –B-
From top to bottom: Photo 1 & 2: Hollywood Hess | Photo 3 to 7: Sabre Mochachino NY|LA & Etoile | Photo 8 - 11: solo projects.
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