Cover Story: Detached Series Narrative

Photographer / Concept / Retouch: Shane Qureshi

Assistant & Stylist: Giselle Yeung

MUA: Gabi Garza

Model: Mary Nell Smith / Neal Hamil Agency

Model: Rachael Stanley / First Models & Talent Agency

Model: Victoria Tamez

Model: Cayden Yang / Revalusion Management

Model: Chandler Bowersox

Set Props: Merchant and Market Houston

Clothing: Pavement Houston


January 2023 Houston, Texas, USA. In a room 700 feet underground five women wage war against Planet Trappist discovered by NASA in 2017. Detached from the world above, they are known as Silent Regiment 5 (SR-5), descendants from female codebreakers of WWII. SR-5 have been underground for 3 years in bunker 5X7A deciphering alien communication. Original deployment was scheduled for 9 months. Not knowing when they will return to the surface, the only way to cope is to psychologically detach from reality. In this suspended state of detachment they are able to intercept and decipher alien communication.

 

Day 394. Gasping for air, oblivious to the cold, Nell sat up in bed. A disturbing dream overcame her and adrenaline shot through her body. Her arms were tingling. She was a young girl. Her hair was naturally brown painted with streaks of blonde. Her fingertips were callous from typing long hours. Her ears ached from the vice of a government issued headset. A robotic purpose enveloped her as she droned through the daily task of fighting a war she didn't start. Government psychologists tried to design accommodations and clothing to reflect fond memories of earth. Each girl received 5 garments which they rotated daily. Nell took solace in the memories of her clothes. Monday was her favorite. Monday was a chocolate suede skirt and soft vanilla silk blouse, a faint memory of life in the warm sun and tall grass. The other girls wore similar garments of size and texture, specifically chosen for their personality. Blue was stability, red was war, green was harmony, and white was peace. To maximize intelligent efficiency, the government perfectly designed blended colors and textures to remind each girl of life on earth – What they didn't anticipate was having to leave their female special agents in a suffocating stoic ocean of time.

 

 

About the Photographer and Series

 

Shane Qureshi was born in East Africa Kenya to an Catholic Irish mother and Muslim Pakistani father. He attributes his love and exploration of creativity to his parents. During his childhood, he accompanied his father on commercial photography shoots for Kenya Airways, Land Rover, Fiat, Dunlop, 555, Diners Club, and Coca-Cola. Watching professionals work, he realized at an early age an organized collaborative effort was required to produce creative award winning work. After graduating University with an Aeronautical Science Degree, he pursued a career in aviation attaining an Airline Transport License. After seven years, and the birth of his daughter, he left his Captain position unable to separate his daily love of seeing his daughter grow. He began to pursue his passion for commercial Photography on September 2014. His fondest memory of photography was his first class with Andre Hermann at Houston Community college. After his first year training as a photographer, Shane was producing award winning work reflected in PDNedu Volume 15 Issue 01 / Spring 2016 magazine.

Detached is a fashion photography series characteristic of Shane's photography direction and style. He loves to think of the future and what it may bring but is not naive in thinking it is always progressive. This can be seen in the color, style, and use of props. The set was custom built from a 2X4 into a foldable 8X8 wall, and portrays a traditional tone with a futuristic purpose. Use of a landline phone and typewriter personifies the ability to win or wage battle by traditional methods of thinking outside the box.

 

Shane currently resides in Houston, TX working with Rocketlight Lab as a professional photographer and concept artist. Contact him anytime info@rocketlightlab.com