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Featuring touring art model Sarah.
This shoot was down at my favourite coastal Sydney location. I know the light here well and it’s varied from soft reflective through to strong backlight and low angled sunset lighting. Sarah had expressed a desire to concentrate on her portrait modelling and these images show her versatility and skill with expressive portraiture. We only shot from 3pm to 5pm and that included half an hour or more of walking so I’m amazed at how many great images there are. Always a sign of a great model…
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Minh Ly - December, 2018
Romi Muse - May 2016
Zoe Rayne - October 2016
The little secrets that are kept from even the closest one. And when the secret is discovered unintentionally by the other, it then becomes a secret they hold from the other. Secrets eventually disintegrate relationships.
This would be one of the simplest, most uncomplicated and impromptu shoots I’ve done. There were 4 rolls of TRI-X shot with Sass-kia during a one-one-one workshop for another photographer back in March. I’ve posted one of the rolls on Alt. Social previously but every one of those 4 rolls is quite amazing. This doesn’t happen very often. Thanks Sass-Kia.
This shoot with Meluxine was years ago now and was shot mainly for the ADORNED series that was exhibited at GalleyOne88 in Katoomba during August 2016. The large format portrait work followed up on initial shoot with early collaborator and dear friend Bianca Wolff. I had seen a few shots Meluxine had done with a tin plate enthusiast and given her long modelling career and vast experience I knew she'd be familiar with the large format workflow. I’d also worked with her before was confident she could hold a pose for the required length of time.
During the week GIAN Styling and I got hold of some jewellery which would fit the film portrait theme and it looked fantastic hanging off Meluxine's neck. She also had her own things from Mexico that she brought along and added to the mix. True to form Meluxine's look and gaze, not to mention hair, were perfect for these shots and I loved shooting with her again.
We shot in Vanity Fair Studios in Sydney, run by Christine Dengate, and with Christine and Gina's help, managed to arrange the lighting to be something similar to what I had worked out with Bianca last week.
After spending only an hour snapping off about 15 sheets of 4x5, we headed out into the courtyard outside the studio to shoot some fashion/nude stuff. Hope you enjoy all these free images.
4x5’s for ‘ADORNED’
XPRO - most people think that’s some kind of camera, actually it’s a chemical film development process - short for Cross Process. It means taking colour negative film and processing it in E6 chemicals or vice versa.
I’ve done this plenty of times before, but usually it was developing C41 in E6 chemicals. The feature image below was part of two rolls of E6 (slide) film that were processed in colour negative chemistry (Tetenal). Typically going from E6 to C41 its trickier.
I like colour, but only a selective palette. I’m not keen on ‘real’ colour. Much of my work is black and white, which immediately provides an abstracted view of the subject - obviously because there’s no colour. This abstraction can be used to great advantage as part of an artistic process or concept. So, how to abstract the subject in colour? And, how to do it ‘tastefully’? I know, it’s subjective, and a ‘matter of taste’ anyway.
The film I experimented with was Astia 100F (RAP100) and Velvia RVP50 (kindly donated by Brad Page who slipped me two boxes of it - 10 rolls, 100 shots).
The model was Poetic Minx. These were shot just the other day.
Two Pentax 67 bodies were used, one loaded with Astia, the other Velvia.
The renowned Pentax 67, 105mm F2.4 - one on each body.
Epson V800. I always scan straight onto the glass for most purposes - have never had problems with Newton rings. Although, the final scan for the featured image below was scanned as a single frame using an old Epson 4990 film holder.
Was calculated with a Sekonic spot meter, spotted off the skin - not the brightest patches but more mid tone values. Using the Astia 100, I set ISO to 200 to overexpose by one stop. Exposure was 1/125 second at F2.4 The Velvia, being a stop darker, required 1/60 second at F2.4.
A single fresnel 300W positioned behind an upright in the house so as to cast a shadow. Even studio light is generally boring to me. Light was set at about 45 degrees to the model and positioned about 3 - 4 metres away.
I opened the back of the camera in indoor ambient light just after the film was wound free of the spool (about three cranks to go). This produced the light leaks you see across the roll of film ( not so visible on the contact sheet due to black point being set).
Home made painter’s canvas.
I use a Jobo TBE2 tempering unit to to accurately get the 38 degrees C required for the C41 process. Chemicals are Tetenal. Development time was 4 minutes and then standard times for Blix, Wash and Stabiliser.
The first thing I always do with film scans is set the black point using the black eyedropper of the levels control in PS on the black film edge. This time I didn’t do that, preferring the higher key look. The contact sheet does have the black point set, and you can see the general effect on the palette from doing that. It tends to bring the colours ‘into line’.
Some dust spotting and voila.
An second erotic e-Zine, shot as a mix of MF film and digital, and featuring Nakita Fox will be in the shop soon. Remember, 15% discount to all Alt. Social subscibers. The images will also feature on Nakita’s own platform.
So named because Nakita said it was the easiest shoot she’d ever done and only required her to make a cup of tea, eat an apple, take a shower and have a nice lie down.
I shot this concept of ‘Waiting’ with Anoush back in February this year. The images depict different aspects of ‘waiting’. I should put them all together at some point. Think I wrote something about it too somewhere.
Waiting can include many emotions: hope, anticipation, trust, despair, comfort, anxiety…
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Just an update regarding the latest stories on ALT. SOCIAL:
Featuring one of my longest term collaborators and a person who ‘gets’ my work and view - Anne Duffy. I talk about my history of working with Anne, right back to even before we did anything together. The images were all shot on film and demonstrate some of my finest works in the area of outdoor film-based portraiture. Many of the images haven’t been seen before, anywhere. There is also a video ‘How Wild the Sea’, which was one of my earliest attempts at video.
BEHIND THE VEIL
Features Sarah (@marzipanned), whom I worked with last Friday. This shoot was something different for Sarah, as she wanted to develop her portrait-based modelling. I talk about that, and what a model has to ‘let go’ of to do it. I always have the utmost respect for any model who can do this. There are four images, which are a preview of what is to come as I still haven’t finished processing the film.
FEAR & LOATHING IN WOLLONGONG
This forthcoming PDF online e-Zine (which I’m working on now) features Bee, a model from Wollongong. This is an erotic set and not for those who aren’t OK with viewing explicit images of a woman. I shot it in what I feel to be an artistic way, and mostly on MF film. I’ve done many erotic shoots, erotic being defined for me as ‘sensual’, as opposed to ‘artistic nude’ or ‘figure nude’ where there needs to be no emphasis on sexual qualities or desire. Most so called ‘art nude’ is erotica as far as I can see. But, this shoot was different to those previous erotic shoots, in terms of the explicit nature of the photographs. The e-Zine will be for sale in my online store and is the third mag available there. I asked Bee to write something about the set too, I didn’t give her any clues on what to write and what she came up with complements the set perfectly.