My regular visits back to Nova Scotia to teach photography workshops have become something of a focus of my figure work this year; most of the models I am currently working with reside in Nova Scotia, so it only makes sense to spend the days on either side of the workshops photographing. Since most of my models are also friends, there is an undeniably social element to working this way but I do try to get in as much figure work as I can.
Both Bobbi and Miranda were available on the day of my arrival in
Halifax, so we arranged to meet up. I had hoped for an overcast day, but
with no clouds in the sky, I decided to work at York Redoubt, making
use of one of the searchlight emplacements. These small buildings have a
number of very engaging architectural elements and have proven to be
good locations in the past, but I was a little unsure how the location
would work with the two models.
The space was
perfect to work in; the bright sunlight outside provided more then
enough illumination to work by but the inside light was beautifully soft
and provided rich description of the space and models without any
jarring contrast. While most of the session was spent working inside,
several striking images were made in the outer portions; one with two
models in the back of the building and a second of Bobbi on the concrete
front of the emplacement.
With the image of the two models, we had to wait until the sun moved out of the composition; Bobbi was already perched atop of the ladder; the addition of Miranda’s form to the lower left of the image gave it balance. The final image of the session was actually difficult to make, given the loose rocks and dirt that Bobbi had to pose on. Both time and film had run out, so the session came to a natural close.