Kate and I had our second shoot the other day which consisted of some portraits, some fashion, some nudes and also images for our project about the feminine penis. See the projects page for a description of that project.
As a photographer I can do no more than set up a ‘situation’. How each photographer goes about setting up ‘situations’ is more important than absolutely everything else. Not talking technical rubbish, rather an environment for the model to *freely* express themselves within.
The expressive movement and charged facial expressions that @poetic.minx dragged from that ‘situation’ and context did blow me away.
Thank you to Bianca Wolff for this custom vintage wedding dress.
Aurora Srrengle and Zoi
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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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25 high resolution images of one of the most experienced art models in the business. This post showcases many of Anne’s abilities. The 25 images are spread across 2 main categories:
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’
This shoot with Francesca Grisenti happened about a month ago in Sydney. It’s taken some to edit as we shot a lot of images across a few different concepts. I’m very proud of this set - and much thanks goes to Fran for ‘acting out’ the aesthetic that we both connect with.
I’ve written a good amount of text about the shoot, including technical info, on the project page which can be seen HERE.
Full fashion editorial coming. And no, there’s no nudity in it.
A lot of my fashion and portrait work has been inspired by two principle people - Kesler Tran (his earlier BW work - 2012-2015) and Peter Lindbergh. .
Shots like this of Sylph have aspects about them that I always observed in Tran’s work. So I dissected his images, the light, the model attitude, the locations, the conditions, the angles, and even his workflow. For me to not acknowledge that, is ridiculous. I’ve used his work for inspiration. It has driven aspects of my approach as starting points, from where I’ve then taken it in different directions.
I’ve acknowledged Tran and also Lindbergh numerous times and am not afraid to do so. This is important, yet I see so much work now that is presented as solely the work of the artist. Even with mood-boards, add credits to your references! That’s a note to self as well. .
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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.
This is my place. It feels like my place. My rules, of which there are none, my way of presenting myself to you. I say presenting ‘myself’ to you because my art, my photographs are me. Which is what all art should be. If it isn’t, then it’s not art.
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