A day that changed the world...remembered with haunting images of Ground Zero
by Joel Meyerowitz.
One of the best skills I have learned as a photographer (and perhaps as a person) is not to plan too far ahead, or count on such plans coming to fruition. I seldom anticipate where a session will take place, and even when I do, I am usually willing to let go of such plans as necessary, without a second thought. So, on this particular day with both Krista and L_ were available and able to model in the early evening, plans were prepared, only to be swiftly swept aside.
The original intent was to pick up the two models, and head out to York
Redoubt to catch the best of the evening light, but with the last-minute
cancellation of our drive, we had to replan the session. After some
debate, we opted to return to my house to work with the two models in
the dying light on the bed below my deck doors.
I wasn't sure
how the session would unfold, given that Krista and L_ were friends,
not partners. I didn't want to assume they'd be comfortable modeling
together, but I was hoping that the work would take this approach, as
the interplay between bodies is so dynamic and rich. The only other time
I'd worked with two models together who were friends as opposed to
lovers was with Victoria and Ingrid, back in 1998. That session yielded
some very strong images, but I didn't want to assume the same would
happen this time.
As it turned out, I didn't even have to ask if
the two models would be comfortable working together. The light was
already low and fading fast when we arrived at my house; I set up my
camera as swiftly as I could and asked the models if they could disrobe
and get comfortable on the bed. When I turned around from the camera,
they'd arranged themselves spontaneously with Krista's head on L_'s
hip. All that remained to be done was arrange Krista's hair, metre the
light, and make the image. Everything else flowed from there, and
forty-five minutes later, after 12 8"x10" negatives (all exposed for
between one and eight seconds in length) and a roll of colour exposures
the light-level dropped too low and we called an end to the session.
The session was wonderful on several levels; first, I learned that exposures in the range of eight seconds are not unreasonable with the 8"x10" camera, and second, the interplay between the two friends produced some rich images, both as straight-forward images of bodies, and as photos of two friends, comfortable and relaxed. All in all, a rewarding, if short, session.
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