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Today I have been playing with colour, and looking at how it can change the feel of an image just by changing the colour levels and tonal range. To the image on the left I have applied green and gold, and I am intrigued as the image now looks more playful, and has a cooler but fresher, brighter feel, however by taking out the colour (photo on right) and lifting the blacks, it has deepened the feel of the photo altogether, much more mysterious and dramatic.

In the left image I do like the way the light frames her back and brings out her knees and arms, but the items on the table behind are distracting. I have removed some of these distractions on the right image…but also lost some of the highlights with the depth of black…

I’m still not sure which I prefer…..what do you think??


Amy Bloom: “All intimacy is rare — that’s what makes it precious. And it involves the revelation of one’s self and the loving gaze upon another’s true self (no makeup, no fancy car, no defensive charm, no seduction) — that’s what makes it so damn hard. Intimacy requires honesty and kindness in almost equal measure (a little more kindness, I think), trust and trustworthiness, forgiveness and the capacity to be forgiven . . . It’s more than worth it .”

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This image is from my latest shoot…she is there but you can’t see her….

Brave… as I am going to post the link to a photographers site that I do appear in as a model, but he is such an amazing photographer, whose experimentation, especially with the fine art nude, has inspired the direction of my own work.

I first meet Binh Trinh while taking part in his mass nude shoot in Auckland, and then decided I needed to experience the full involvement required of being a model, to fully understand how it feels to be on the other side of the lens.

And I need to share his images with you as I feel my own current project aligns with his, which is an honest portrayal of the human form, without the manipulation of the modern day tools we now have at our disposal. I too strive for images that are often tender and yet very evocative, and being honest without being overtly sexual or debasing to the model.

Her pose is strong as she looks down onto  me, but it is a welcoming gaze,

and through the blur I can just see her warm smile too.

The overall colour has a mellow feel,

and the shadows enhance her body shape by giving it form and definition.

I found this image amongst the work of last years Studio assignments.  It is another interesting blur effect, using the body as the focal point of the image.

My question was “If nobody is there to see you, are you really here?”  Echo’s of  “if a tree falls in the forest……” you know the rest 🙂

I wanted to portray a person’s feelings of struggling to be seen and I feel this one successfully showed that, with the subject disappearing off the page, and his organic form is in complete contrast to the lighting and hard lines of the concrete walls.

Sometimes when we look at things, it takes a while to work out what we are seeing, or even what we are thinking. This is definitely the case for me at the moment. Where am I going with the Move Me project?

All sorts of ideas have been bouncing about but I do keep coming back to the body…