June 29, 2006

Brianna in an Abandoned Building

As the day progressed, the weather declined and by mid afternoon, as we were looking for our second location for the day, the drizzle finally set in. Brianna and I talked briefly about the options, and decided that we'd head for an abandoned house I'd worked with three years earlier as a place to work I have always had an affinity for working in abandoned buildings with the Nude, and Brianna agreed that the location had potential, so we set up and began to work. The first set of images were made on the main floor, working with the light coming through the windows and doors, but very quickly, we discovered the best light was upstairs, where the windows were unimpeded by the rampant foliage that surrounded the building.
Digital infrared original

Once upstairs, we began exploring similar images (Brianna lit by window light) but this time, the light levels were high enough to get realistic exposures from. The best image from these compositions actually made better use of the outdoors than the building; Brianna has carefully sat down on a windowsill, and I was immediately struck by the strong contrast between the warmth of her skin and the green of the outdoors.
Digital infrared original, 13 frame stitch
The last images of the session were made outdoors; on the back on the house was an old dilapidated deck which was sheltered enough from the weather to permit Brianna to work on it without getting soaked. With some care she found a location she could work in, and very quickly we came up with a pose that worked in the space. I was unsure how the vertical posts would work in the final image, interrupting the flow of her body so strongly, but overall, the image is exactly what I was seeking, contrasting the wonderful weathered wood of the old house against the pale, luminous tones of Brianna's body.
Digital infrared original, 28 frame stitch
When we drew the session to a close, it also marked the end of Brianna's third visit to work with me. Over the couple of days we'd worked together, she'd help me make many striking images, and with her departure, I began the lengthy process of editing and archiving the hundreds of digital files we'd produced.

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