In my practice, experience with modeling nude is not a prerequisite for producing strong images of the nude. Erica had come across a poster of my work in an art store in Orono, and had asked the store owner how to go about modelling for me. We set up our first session during a 30 second conversation, and met the next day to go to work.
Initially I was reticent about working with a new model without spending
some time talking about my process, and what they were seeking from the work, but I didn't have another model available for the
afternoon, and felt there was little to lose. Within half an hour of
working though, I knew my hesitance was misplaced. Erica was an
intuitive model, on par with Aeyla from last summer, finding poses
quickly, and working within spaces until the flowed around her.
the two hours we worked, Erica and I moved through three areas along
the Stillwater River, exploring the water's edge and the visual potential
found there. The three images displayed here are all backed with water -
horizon less images which draw on the luminosity and texture of the
river to fill in the "sky".
The speed with Erica found images made the afternoon an incredible success - the final image to the right was drawn from my simple request "what about that rock there?" - before I even had the tripod in place, Erica was lying back, perfectly positioned against the brilliance of the evening light.
|35mm transparency film
|6x12 cm film