All through December, while I was planning for Katarina and Lymari's visit in the last week of 2004, I was also trying to work out the details for a possible trip to Halifax during the New Year's weekend. At the beginning of December, Miranda asked about the possibilities of working over the holidays with her and a friend who would be visiting from Montreal. At the same time, Veronica had let me know she would be in Halifax until the New Year and would like to work with me. In the end, at 4pm on December 31st, all the family and camera equipment (one could consider the cameras family members practically) piled into a car and headed towards Halifax.
The plans for New Year's Day were a mirror of the January 1, 2003
session with Elisabeth, L_ and Krista, though this time there were
two photo session planned with four models. The first was with Miranda,
her friend Gilda and Ingrid modeling together in a minimalist setting,
lying on a bed below a single window. The session was initially planned
around working with just two models, Miranda and Gilda but Ingrid was
also available and it quickly evolved into a three-model session. After
the experience working with three models in 2003, I was quite keen to
have a second opportunity to work with such a dynamic situation.
was kind enough to let us work at her place, so we set up in the
largely empty guest room and quickly began working with the available
light. The space was near ideal with bare white walls, and a single
window directly above the bed where I'd placed the models. This provided
a beautiful angular light over the models and more than enough room to
work in the room with the cameras (many of the indoor spaces I have
worked in previously have had wonderful light, but cramped quarters,
limiting angles I can photograph from).
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Much of the work
revolved around ideas of repetition, playing off the repeating lines,
shape and forms of the three models. Using longer lenses (equal to an
85mm lens on a 35mm camera) I compressed the space between the three
models and made a large number of abstract bodyscapes. This approach was
the least demanding on the models; for the most part, this required
them to lay still and only occasionally change their body positions.
There were a number of reasons to work this way; first, it is the
easiest way to photograph three models in such a limited space (any
other way of posing quickly taxes the space on a bed); second, as it was
Gilda's first time working with me, I didn't want to put too much
emphasis on elaborate posings - the simpler and easier the session was,
Thought the majority of the images were body
abstracts, over the session, I did make a number of images focusing on
portraiture but, as Gilda was new to modeling, I was not certain how
comfortable she would be with her face in the images so I focused on
more anonymous images for much of the session to make the most of the
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Sadly, technical issues pulled this session to a halt before I was really finished exploring all the possibilities that presented themselves (the portable storage device I use to store digital files when I travel refused to download any files) but, regardless, the images we made in the ninety minutes we worked were very rewarding, especially the portraits, of which all three models heartily approved.