My first exhibition in New Brunswick, a show of water abstracts and nudes called "Aquis" was held in June in a small cafe in Moncton, where I live. At the opening, Genevieve, who has modeled for me previously, brought friends, Kayla and Tom, who expressed interest in modeling. So not four days later, the four of us set out for a day of photography.
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This not only marked an opportunity to work with figure models in New
Brunswick, but also to try out my newly received infrared sensitive
Nikon D70. While I had tested this camera extensively over the previous
week or so, I hadn't had the chance to make any nude images with the
camera; I was quite looking forward to the opportunity.
with first time models, I prefer to head to a space in which I've
already worked so the only new variable is the model. In this case, we
headed for the best space I know of in New Brunswick - Cape Enrage. When
I'd first worked there with models in 2004, I was totally amazed at the
rich variety of possibilities and knew immediately it would become a
frequently utilized location.
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The afternoon during which we
had the opportunity to work coordinated well with the tide; we'd arrived
with the full 10 metre height of the tide receded but with less than
ideal light - the sky was big and blue and the sun beat down upon us,
giving a harsh, contrasty light to the shoreline. I dealt with this in
two ways - either working with the models under the sun and always
keeping the compositions focusing on the lines of the body created by
the sun, or by working in the shallow sea caves the ocean had carved out
of the cliff-face, where the light was soft and even.
happened before, I found the embarrassment of riches represented by
having three models available to work with somewhat distracting. Over
the session I purposely rotated through the three models, working with
the first, then adding a second for a set of images, then working with
the second exclusively, then adding a third. The process seemed the only
logical way to be fair to all involved, but at the same time, injected
artificiality into the session that seemed to interrupt the natural flow
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This is not to suggest for a moment that I'd rather have had fewer models along for the session, or that things should have gone differently but more that, in addition to the elements that usually go into an image (light, setting, lens, model), there was an additional consideration of. which model or models to use. With models that I know better, I'd have an idea of who to work with for each particular setting but, for this session, I was focusing more on making the best images of each of the three models, as opposed to making the best image for each setting, which would be a very different process.