November 23, 1999

Millennium Angel (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

4"x5" film
The strongest image from this session was unplanned, as Cheryl and I had gone into the studio to work on a project of her instigation.  One of the images we produced was of Cheryl as an angel, wrapped in white, with her moving her arms up and down over a 16 second exposure, to create an ethereal quality to the image. To ensure we had the right effect, we produced several 4x5 Polaroids, and when we had the exposure and motion right, we then made the images on film.
Digital original (sourced from a 4"X5" film image)
It was at this point that I asked her if she'd mind doing the same pose, but nude. I've used angel imagery in my digital work in the past, and thought the potential in the motion-blurred image was quite high. I asked Cheryl to move her entire body during the exposure, in addition to her arms, to further the feeling of otherworldlyness. The negatives was then scanned and digitally altered, to produce the final image. I used the photograph for a Millennium greeting card, commemorating the arrival of the year 2000.

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