As the progress of the pregnancy documentary with Carol moves forward, some of the rewards of our hard work to date are beginning to show. Our initial concept of following a number of poses through the entire pregnancy, from the 12th week until full term is now in its fourth month and already showing the potential that will be revealed in the final form.
Rather than showing the most recent images from the series we are
creating, I am presenting some images from other parts of the project,
when Carol and I are simply making images together. Now that our routine
for the serial images is established, we are more than happy to
photograph more spontaneously if we have the time.
Part of the
wonder of a pregnancy, visually speaking, is how it changes the body and
creates a naturally evolving subject to work with. This makes an indoor
setting the ideal location, as it focuses attention of the subject as
opposed to the surroundings and helps keep the distractions in the image
to a minimum. For our series-based images, Carol and I worked with
natural light; between making those images, we simply kicked back and
relaxed, exploring the other possibilities as they presented themselves.
I took cues from the lighting, and Carol’s natural movements to create a
variety of images, ranging from full body nudes to details of her
breasts, belly and even her back.
Though the expressed focus for
the hour or so in which we worked together was Carol’s pregnancy, that
didn’t change the reality that, for me, it was also a session with an
experienced, relaxed model who was happy to indulge of my love for
photography. The ever changing lines of Carol’s body were fascinating to
focus on and with the directional window light providing a rich
modelling light; the possibilities well outstripped the time we had to
As with the previous session, I worked exclusively with the DSLR, taking advantage of the camera’s fluid response to change and its delicate tonality in the soft, diffused light that flowed across Carol.
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