November 16, 1999

Kim's First Session (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

This session was my first opportunity to work with a model in over a month, but built very strongly on the session with Victoria six weeks earlier.
35mm infrared film
Kim's had no experience modelling nude, but was enthusiastic and once we began, quickly grew very comfortable with the process. Unlike many first-time models, she actively worked towards generating poses, and took a great interest in the process in regards to lighting and angle of view, all of which paid off in the images.
35mm infrared film
As a counterpoint to Kim's attitude to the work, almost everything else that could go wrong in the studio did; the sync cable between the cameras and the flash-system was erratic, my light meter didn't seem to be working correctly, and film was miswinding and misloading all over the place. I attribute these problems more to my not working in the studio over the previous six weeks than to any bad karma following me around. This was proven to me by the quality of the work from the session. In spite of the glitches and mistakes, there are a good number of strong infra-red images, and a very successful 4"x5" nude.
4"x5" film
Often, my work tends to evolve off of earlier work. This session was no exception.. In my previous session in the studio with Victoria I had concentrated on images with strong graphic qualities, using the body to create lines and spaces within the image. With Kim, I  continued to work with the body as a graphic element. While we had started the session with some simple standing portraits ( I often do this with new models, as simply standing nude and being photographed tends to be difficult, and if a model can carry that off, the rest of the session is much easier by comparison), it quickly evolved in to a progression of images revolving around the lines of the body against black.

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