It always fascinates me the variety of images possible with a single model. I've worked with Victoria dozens of times, and yet every time we work together, we still manage to create engaging and successful images. While each session builds on the larger body of work, I am often surprised at how much fresh imagery we manage to come up with, even after working together for so long. The question of the success of the photos doesn't rest simply with the model, the setting or me - all three combine in a creative alchemy to build on an already sizable body of work.
On this particular afternoon, I took advantage of the soft light in the
forest surrounding York Redoubt to make a number of images below the
tree canopy. Working on a tripod frees me from any concern about the
length of exposures, and knowing Victoria as well as I did, I had no
hesitation making images with second-long exposures. The long exposure
times were necessitated by a combination of the lower light levels on
the forest floor, and my using relatively small apertures (lens
openings) to insure a sharp focus throughout the images.
this session, I split colour and black & white between two cameras,
loading the 6x9 rangefinder with Fuji Astia, a wonderful transparency
(slide) film specially designed for people images. The moderate contrast
and colour saturation of the colour film produced a number of
wonderfully detailed images of Victoria, the best of which begins this
entry - I find the huge rock outcrop somewhat reminiscent of an
With my 4"x5", the session ran the full range of my lenses. Within the woods, we came across a wonderfully twisted fallen tree that Victoria managed to further twist herself around. Initially I was at a loss as to how to translate the pose into a successful image, but once I put the 75mm wide angle lens on the 4"x5", and moved in closer, the composition came together with the up thrust of the branch and arm leading into the rest of the image. In a similar manner, at the end of the session, while working on rocks above the trees, I changed to my 12" long lens to make the portrait of Victoria against the sky, using the narrow depth of field and compression of space to set her body against the evening sky and distant trees, without distracting from the light across her torso. On the whole, for a short session lasting less than two hours, the results were both strong and varied. Moving swiftly from space to space, making only a few images in each setting seems to yield better results than staying in a single space until all possibilities are truly exhausted.
|6x9 cm film|