After Victoria's departure, I began to work with Trav and Miranda, again keeping the session indoors because of the heavy fog outdoors. Rather then work in the same spaces in which I'd just finished photographing Victoria in, I decided to work in the bathroom, first with the shower, and then with the bath - both of these spaces were well lit, and full of potential.
|35mm transparency film|
We began working in the shower, both because it is a space I enjoy
working with couples in, and because I wished to carry out an
experiment; infrared film shower nudes. I was not sure if there'd be
enough infrared radiation coming though the fog to light the shower
stall, but figured it'd be worth the risk, given how strong the results
could be. The trial proved a success, and while I'd made images of Trav
and Miranda in the shower in colour as well, it was the monochrome
softness of the infrared which really came through in the end.
When the models shifted to working in the bathtub, both the black and
white and colour images proved successful. I began exploring the
possibilities of the setting with the 35mm camera, using the speed and
spontaneity possible to frame up images. Most of the photos I made in
colour were tightly framed, using a portrait lens up close to focus on
the details. My favourite of these has an interesting play of lines,
with the complexity of Trav's hands folding across Miranda's belly
interrupting the lines of her pelvis.
While I was working with
the 35mm, I kept in mind the 8"x10" camera, and when I saw an image that
would suit the larger negative better, I shifted gears, and set up the
Toyo. In the end, I only made two images with the view camera, but the
second, shown below, is one of my best-seen couple images of the last
years. The obvious intimacy and comfort of the image, drawn from the
simple inclusion of the half-hidden hands, and the extra knees does it
all. By using a careful forward tilt on the lens, I was able to extend
the focal plane across Miranda's torso, so the majority of the image is
in sharp focus. The small water-droplets that sit between the breasts
and across Miranda's arm just finish the delight in the image creates
For all the fun the models had with this session, the results have a still tenderness which is particularly pleasing. As the weekend had been planned around Victoria alone, the chance to work with a couple, and produce such rich images, was more then welcome.
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