Given how many sessions Kylie and I have done indoors, it would be fair to expect us to begin to run out of ideas and poses - and so I thought. As winter comes to a close and the days grow lighter and warmer, the itch to move outdoors and resume my work with the nude in landscape grows, but it will still be a month or two before that is possible, so I have to content myself with what can be done indoors.
For this session, rather than recreate the same space that Kylie had
already worked in before (both the previous day, and in January), we
decided to work with just the window, and a chair. Initially, I had
reservation about this, as I shy away from using props in my images,
preferring to just work with the figure alone, but short of returning to
the sheet-covered futon, or working with standing poses (which we had
worked with extensively the previous two sessions), it seemed the best
As it turned out, the chair was a fabulous focal point
for the session; Kylie responded well to it and, over the session the
chair gradually spun in a full circle, with her working with every side
of it and the two of us exploring the possibilities. My initial
hesitation about using the chair proved groundless, as the session was
firmly focused on Kylie's body and face as the subject; though present
in almost every image, the chair simply becomes part of the background
setting,a nd isn't distracting or jarring in any of the compositions.
Probably the most pleasing element of the session was how spontaneously Kylie found poses - usually it can take a bit of experimentation before a session really takes off and hits its stride but this session, pretty much from the first image Kylie and I were making engaging images that took advantage of both the beautiful light and the strong poses. After the previous evening's session, where I was changing the lighting often, and focusing as much on that as the pose and composition, it seemed refreshingly simple to concentrate on the composition along - the lighting was as near to perfect as it can get, and the poses seemed to unfold in front of me, only occasionally requiring a suggestion to change them into striking photographs.