As the sunrise gives birth to a glorious day and subtle winds flitter through palm trees, William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” A lovely couple embraces on a rocky outcrop. It is clear this is no ordinary tale; it is Ruslana and Ralph’s love story.
There is no one else around; they are alone. Together, they begin to explore their island. As they walk along the beach, sea birds soar overhead and cry out in a way that seems to celebrate the lovers below. They are lost in their love for one another until sunset descends, ending another serene day on the island. While the last rays of daylight shimmer through palm trees, the couple walks together, hand in hand, towards the dying embers of twilight.
While filming Ruslana and Ralph in Aruba, we had the pleasure to work with a fellow director of photography, Alexander Chernov. Our team wanted the film to capture the essence of this couple’s powerful love. As they share tender kisses and adoring gazes, it’s clear how devoted they are to each other.
Using natural light, we were able to accentuate the beauty of this couple against the breathtaking backdrop of blue skies and rolling surf. We wanted to make it look as if Ruslana and Ralph were alone on their very own private island. Watching them onscreen frolicking together on the sandy beaches of Aruba, it does indeed seem as if they were the only people left in the world.