The story behind these images was inspired by a song by The Tragically Hip titled Wheat Kings. There is a line in the chorus that says "wheat kings and pretty things", and I couldn't get it out of my head for over a year.
Like most Canadians, that band meant a great deal to me. They were just the soundtrack of my childhood. When Gord died a few weeks ago, I felt really strongly about posting these in his honor. I originally wanted to wait and reshoot in an actual wheat field next year, which I might still do but for now, I really do love these.
I finally had a burst of creative energy at the end of September to put the shoot together. I went out to Michaels to buy some felt and craft paper to make crowns for my boys. I already had their silk capes from their Tickle Truck (which is another native Canadian thing) and the next day we went out!
Unfortunately, I was about a week late for wheat fields. They were already cut and bailed so we had to improvise. We ended up stopping at a canola field instead. It wasn't ideal but we made it work.
It was just my boys, my tripod, the sun, and I. I simply used the Canon app on my phone as the remote. It was one of the last really warm nights of the year, and we had such a great time taking inspiration from the song.