February 26, 2002

J_ & Miranda Model Together (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

My work seems to come in waves, and where I might go months or even years between working on a particular style of imagery, I might then suddenly do nothing but that approach. My work with multiple models over the last six months has been a good case in point. While I always try to make images about relationships whenever the situation permits, there have been a great number of opportunities to make images of two models together, leading to a great blossoming of my work in this area
35mm negative
Both Miranda and J_ had worked with R_ last fall, and out of that session, this one was born; both models didn't have a chance to work with me then, but were more then willing to facilitate a session....unfortunately, it was several months before our schedules worked out again!
35mm negative
Like the session above with Miranda on her own, the day for these photos was perfect; we had most of the afternoon to work, and the light coming through the sheets over the windows was bright and soft. Both models were totally comfortable working together, and this made the images all the more successful.

With models who share a relationship, much of the images that come from a couple session are drawn from their spontaneous interaction, but with models who are not partners, the images tend to come much more from suggestions and conscious poses then spontaneity. With Miranda and J_ however, it was a marriage of the two, as both women have a comfort with each other, and with modeling, that helped them to relax and just enjoy the session.
8"x10" film
The overall tone for the photographs we made was set very much by the warm, delicate tonality of the colour film. I find myself wondering if the session would have been anywhere as successful if I had chosen black and white film, as opposed to colour. The entire thalamus series has been recorded in colour, initially because it was what I had in hand, but eventually, it became the film of choice, because of the delicacy of the skin-tones, and because it separated the images from my other indoor work.

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