Alexandra and Liam had come through Moncton on their way west in the middle of the winter
and we made plans to work together again when they were on the return
leg of their trip. I had hoped that would give us the chance to work
together outdoors (all the sessions we have done together to date have
been indoors, either with natural light or studio flash),
but the schedule of their trip had them staying overnight and being
back home in Nova Scotia by the middle of the next afternoon. With this plan in mind, we decided on a studio session on the first night and working with the morning light the next day.
After the early successes with my wading pool nudes,
I still had some technical issues to overcome. The biggest change was
using black plastic to line the wading pool, hoping to conceal the
texture of the plastic bottom. It turned out to be the perfect solution,
removing almost all sense of the pool below the water.
|Digital infrared original, 10 frame stitch|
By this session, my third time working with the pool, I had
worked out many of the other issues, so the session was much more
straightforward than the previous two. Very quickly, I settled on the
fact that it would only be Alexandra posing in the pool; Liam was simply
too tall to fit. For
the first hour or so, the images focused on the single figure emerging
from the pool, but once we had worked through all the possibilities that
presented, I proposed exploring the possibilities that would arise from
adding Liam's arms to the image.
|Digital infrared original, 25 frame stitch|
It took a little arranging to get him into a position where it
was comfortable enough for him to have his hands within the pool; after a
bit of experimentation, we found something that worked. As I had
imagined, just as working with a couple
in a studio suddenly changes how easy it is to find successful images,
after working with Alexandra for over an hour, and feeling utterly at a
loss for new images, the addition of Liam's hands suddenly fostered the
creation of a number of completely new compositions.
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