My First Session with Ingrid (Pennant Point, Nova Scotia)
6x12 cm film
A dismal and dreary Canada Day was vastly improved by a new-found friend phoning and asking me if I was interested in going and making
some photos. Miles had earlier offered to introduce me to some
friends of his who might be interested in modeling nude. Late in the
afternoon we rather optimistically headed for the coast. A couple of
factors made this course of action questionable; we were hoping that the
foggy and drizzly afternoon would change miraculously into a hot and
sunny evening (yeah...right), and I was crossing my fingers in regards
to the model for the session because this was my first session with
Ingrid ; she had seen my work, but we hadn't met so I did not know what
When we arrived at Pennant Point, we discovered a
major surf running, slamming against the rocks and throwing spray up 20
feet or more. We slowly worked our way down the shore until we came upon
a large rock shelf that projected out into the Atlantic. From this
vantage point, we tried several ways to capture the power of the waves.
The first image is the most successful of the images - the others
with the surf in them were almost all white!
The last set of images were made in a "bone forest" - the site of a forest fire years before. By this time, Ingrid and I had found a rhythm - as the camera was already set up, capturing the image was simply a matter of exclaiming "That's it!" and tripping the cable-release. The already elfin features of Ingrid are emphasized by the pose and setting. Even though this image was made at sundown, the light was still decent and very even due to the prevailing fog, yielding a good negative.