Blue Mountains Tribal Art

Mixing makeup. Black charcoal from fireplace, green clay from the House Of Bianca and ochre from local sandstone.

Mixing makeup. Black charcoal from fireplace, green clay from the House Of Bianca and ochre from local sandstone.

Two weeks after the first test shoot Bianca had mentioned something about ochre and goop. Ochre and goop! So the second shoot would delve more into a tribal primitive beauty direction.

We live pretty much in the bush so finding some nice coloured sandstone to make ochre with wasn't too hard. I went out the morning of the shoot, down to Lennox Bridge at Blaxland and grabbed some samples of sand and rock from the escarpment beside the road. Bianca brought with her some green clay and we also got some charcoal out of the fireplace and mashed that up (surprisingly difficult).

After much grinding with the mortar and pestle we had three colours, green, ochre brown and black/charcoal. Bianca disappeared into the bathroom to apply the goop and came out looking awesome!

The poses for shots like this are paramount. The slightest change in posture or expression creates an entirely different result but Bianca was even better this time than last at the posing. I shot around 13 sheets of film, mostly black and white (Tri-X) but some colour also (Portra 400) and then a roll of 120 in the Pentax 67 (Portra 400). Processed the film that afternoon and am over the moon with the results. 

I think I'm scratching the surface of something...