Last updated Sunday, October 27, 2013
|Some times, when I work with amateur or traveling models
(like Veronica & Cameron,
respectively), I only get one sitting to work with them. But when
I work with professional models, like Barbara and Karina, I get the privilege
of working with them multiple times. I prefer the multiple-sitting
experiences, because I can work on improving the images made during the
previous sitting. Barbara, one of my favorites, came over the second
week in October for our fourth sitting together.
One immediate advantage of working with someone multiple times is
that you feel more comfortable experimenting. I'm happy to say
that our first roll was an experiment for us -- we made several
exposures outside in my neighborhood. I'm also happy to say that
that first roll wasn't successful -- the concept was good, Barbara was
lovely (as usual), but I had set up my camera a bit too far away.
I don't know exactly when it happened, but somewhere as I got older, I
was too afraid of failure to attempt ideas outside my comfort
level. That's a bad habit for an artist. Barbara gave me
confidence to try -- I'm sure we'll try again, and hopefully do better the next time.
Stool: After our outdoor exposures, we returned inside to
work in my studio. Barbara liked this, because it was warm in the
studio, and I had some specific ideas I wanted to try. The first
one resulted from my thinking that I always stayed a constant distance
from my models. I wanted to get a bit closer.
So, I gave Barbara the challenge of perching on top of a
stool, a departure from the more comfortable posing box. Balancing
on top of the stool (I insisted that her legs didn't dangle) was a bit
of a distraction. It's a bit devilish of me, but I like to keep
models occupied when I photograph them.
Here are some more pictures from the stool:
Staying Close On The Posing Box:
I wanted some more horizontal poses, so we moved to the posing
box. I like the some of Barbara's figure is in shadow, against a
mid-toned background. That creates a nice curved line that defines
her wonderful figure.
This last picture (above) is exactly what I was looking
for -- a subtle shadow defining her figure. I especially like how
that shadow defines her back.
wish I could describe what happens in a modeling session, especially a
nude one. Someday, I'll write a three-act play, with each act
being a different modeling session.
Sometimes, a model
remains distant & unaffected by the experience. Usually, such
sessions are disappointing to me -- I like to see a connection between
the model & photographer in the resulting pictures. When that
happens, the model usually isn't invited back.
But on special
occasions, I get to interact with a real person. I think it takes
a lot of courage to pose nude. During the session, I'm always
respectful, and I do everything I can to make the model
After a few sessions with Barbara, I think we've become
very comfortable with each other. Sure, Barbara has a world class
face & figure, but her real strength as a model is her ability to be
open & generous & connected with the photographer. Our
relationship, and the images we've created together, is not sexual or
romantic or glamorous, but there is a special & unique kind of
intimacy after a few sittings and several conversations. And I love
when that happens -- that human-to-human connection is why I photograph
"Nude" = "Naked" =
"Vulnerable". This day's conversation was a little intense
& personal. This resulted in some intense images.
Above is the one I'll share on this web page.
Here's a couple of high light pictures, our next set-up.
I've been wanting to make photos like this for a little while. The
concept is simple -- Barbara lies on a blanket on the floor, there's the
big soft box on one side, and a bulb with small reflector on the other
side, and I stand on a step stool & photograph her from above.
Barbara has it all -- a world class figure, fine skin
(which I think are shown well in these pictures), and on top of all that,
she moves real well.
The Final Set-Up:
I liked this lighting from ground level, too. So, I left the lights
alone, crawled on the floor, and made these final exposures.
There are a couple of Barbara on
the updated String Thing page.
(Remember -- feedback is always appreciated)