Posts Tagged ‘model’

Had a nude photo shoot yesterday in Auckland’s midday sun yesterday…it was so good to find a shady spot to work in!




So here they are in all their glory, the chosen pieces for my final presentation. I am very happy with this grouping and how well they support each other.

The frames were chosen for their simplicity and size. With matte boards being a little oversize for the images the viewer is drawn in, inviting them to share this intimate moment with the subject. Along with a feeling of a little mystery,  each image allows the viewer to make up their own story for each one, based on their own past experiences.

Nudes have always moved me.

Move Me has been an interesting assignment. It has made think about what is important to me, what do I want my photography to say and then, what is the best way to portray it.

Then, of course, it needs to strike cords with others! Big questions!! Big challenges!!

So what was the best way to start?…at the beginning of course!

Firstly, what is important to me?  Well, since beginning my studies two years ago I have started looking at the world around me  from a different perspective, and questioning many things that before went unnoticed. I found out that I like taking photographs of people, and to start with that meant I was out on the street, taking photos of strangers, even following people to get multiple images of the some individuals in different moods and environments.

I find the human being such an interesting subject and the way it is viewed is often not to our mutual benefit. High on this list is the media’s portrayal of women, of what is beautiful, or should I say what is perceived to be beautiful and in tandem to this I am noticing changes within my own body, signs that the passage of time is catching up with me and I am not what I used to be.

Last year I did some lingerie fashion shoots, and of course, the model was young, long legged and gorgeous. My reaction to this was to go out and shoot an older woman, to find true depictions of a mature body…and to me, the resulting photos are just beautiful.

These images tie in with the next question of what do I want my works to say…….Very simply, true depictions of the world around us and the people within it honestly and openly.

I have been playing with colour, and observing the depth of feeling that can be achieved with the differing hues. My resulting images are in three different hues, and the models body language is quiet,  passive, almost giving an impression of aloneness…whether by choice or not is for the viewer to decide.

So I have made the big decision of which images to present for this assignment. The big reveal will be once they are framed and hung.

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??

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.