|Digital original, 4 frame stitch|
My very first session with Ingrid took place at Pennant Point, back in
1998. This day was almost a mirror of that session, with the weather
gray and foggy.
We began the session working on the large rocks
at the end of a small headland that juts out after the second beach. I'd
worked here in 2000 with two models but given that that was a bright
and sunny day, we only spent a little time on the rock because it is so
close to the walking path and had a much higher chance of having hikers
or dog walkers coming across us while we worked. On this day, because of
the fog and mist, we could work with far more security so we spent a
good hour working with the rock.
Unlike many sessions by the ocean, the sea was subdued, with slow,
rolling waves washing over the bedrock. After working for a time on the
large erratic bolder that marks the end of the beach, I asked Ingrid
what she thought of trying some images working with the gentle surf of
the ocean. She tested the water temperature, and declared she was up for
a few water images. Just behind the large erratic, there was a natural
vein in the granite bedrock, a shallow depression which cumulated in a
sharp break in the stone. The waves curled around the end of the rock,
and swept up the depression - it was the perfect place for Ingrid to
pose - no chance of her being picked up by the water and carried off but
with enough turbulence to give the white highlights and frothy chaos
that I am so enamored with. We worked with the space using both the
8"x10" view camera and the digital, but, in the end, the best
composition was with the view camera - Ingrid's body literally melds
with the sea, blending into the chaos that surrounds her.
the water nudes, we moved back onto land (truth be told, the afternoon
was so foggy that Ingrid never really dried off after the water images).
The rest of the session was quite successful, with us moving from my
traditional "nude-in-landscape" images, to my nude portraits and near
I seldom mix so many different approaches into a single session, but I think the fact I did on this day is as much a comment on my comfort working with Ingrid, as it was my growing comfort with different approaches used during the same session.
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