It was in November when I first noticed that the sun had shifted sufficiently in the sky so that it shone directly into my bedroom through the blinds and onto my bed and floor. It took me three months to translate that initial wonder at the pattern cast by the binds into images - I knew I wanted to work with that pattern of light, it was a model I lacked
Fortunately, as is quickly becoming the norm, Megan was available to models on this
particular day, and though it was about -8° and windy outside, it
quickly became more than warm with the wood stove and the sun streaming
through the window. Starting out working at the window itself, I quickly
found what I knew I wanted; though it has been done before, and was by
no means original, I sincerely enjoyed working with the highly
directional light. For the first time in eighteen months, I brought out
my 8"x10" view camera and even made images with that.
working on and around the window for an hour or so, we moved to working
on the bed, which was quickly becoming bathed in light. Even with the
blinds up, there was incredibly rich modelling across Megan's body, and
for the next ninety minutes we worked in the slow moving patch of
light, occasionally filtering the light through the blinds or lace.
of the most enjoyable elements of this session was the number of camera
formats I used (four - 35mm, 120, 4"x5" and 8"x10"). Many times, I
found myself seeing an image in a very specific manner - previsualizing
the result as opposed to seeing the origin, so to speak. Being able to
simply pick up the camera that came closest to the previsualized image
was wonderfully freeing. The transparency of photography for me
continues to amaze me. In 1996 when I first glimpsed this possibility it
shocked me. Now it flows into being so quickly that I literally do not
notice until after, when I stop to reflect on how a session went.
The most dynamic element of the session was a piece of lace which Megan brought. She was interested in having some images made with its pattern falling across her body. The results were really surprising to me - the pattern spread across her skin in a fluid, graceful flow, becoming progressively diffused.
|6x7 cm transparency film|
|35mm infrared film|