At about the same time as I moved to New Brunswick, Victoria relocated to upper Canada to begin her Masters Degree. Needless to say, we haven't worked together a lot since. So when I heard that Victoria was back in Nova Scotia for part of the summer, my hopes were raised that we could work out a time to meet up and make some new images.
As it turned out Victoria had the same idea, so after a couple of
hours spent catching up and hanging out, we made plans to meet up the
next evening and take advantage of whatever light there was left in the
day. As I have mentioned before, the fact I only visit Nova Scotia once a
month inevitably leads to a full schedule during those visits, often
with photo sessions timed back to back (in this case, three sessions in
By the time I'd dropped Bobbi and Kylie off, and
picked up Victoria, it was well into the evening, so we headed to the
high rocks at York Redoubt, knowing that the last light of the day would
still be visible here, long after other locations were shrouded in
shadow. I hoped that given this location, we would be able to work until
the sunset, or even longer.
|Digital original, 2 frame stitch|
As it happened however, a serious
misjudgment was made on my part; when we left the car, to walk into the
rocks, I decided to leave the bug-repellent in the car, assuming that
there wouldn't be any insects on the high rocks. I was wrong, and very
quickly, after starting to work, the bugs arrived, initially a
distraction, then increasingly an impediment to Victoria modeling.
the end, we had to retreat from the space altogether; without the
drug-repellent Victoria was in danger of being carried away altogether,
and rather then lose a model to the wildlife, I decided that it would be
better to call the session to a close, and get away while we could.
For such a short session, I still achieved much of what I hoped to accomplish - after working together for six years, I was focused upon making images that can add to the body of work we have already created - a good portrait, and one or two successful landscape-nudes was what I sought to create, and even in a session that lasted less then an hour, these were created, and the body of work Victoria and I began in 1998 continues to evolve.
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