Elena and I have worked outdoors several times, but this session marked our first chance to work indoors together (while Elena lives in Halifax, she is far enough away from where I live to make it difficult to meet up to work together without a car being involved).
As is my usual approach to working with a model, I had no definite plans
in mind for the session, so once Elena arrived, I simply threw up the
white sheets, and began to see what would happen. These sessions focus
so much on the model's personality and interaction with the camera that
it is impossible to plan images ahead, even if that was my style, as too
much is dependent upon the interaction between myself and the model. An
indoor session with the white sheets reduces the influence of the space
around the model (reducing it to clean, simple white), and while the
room lighting is still present, it takes a back seat to the model as the
real focus of the images.
While I am used to indoor sessions
focusing on the model's face as much as body (the vast majority of my
nude portraits have been made indoors, as opposed to outdoors), it was a
real surprise to discover how powerful Elena's gaze was during this
session, and how often small smiles crept into the portraits. I seldom
make images of models smiling, but Elena's personality is so rooted in
her smile that it was impossible during this session to leave it out.
Truth be told, I wasn't sure if the smiling portraits would work, but in
hindsight, I am glad I made them, both because of how well they worked
visually, and, perhaps more importantly, because of how honest they are
in representing Elena as a person.
Overall, the session was a great success; I alternated between closely framed nude portraits and more loosely composed full body poses, and made a number of interesting bodyscapes to round out the session. The work that Elena and I produced outdoors was so focused on the interplay between the body and the landscape that I'd somewhat forgotten how well she responded to the camera on a personal level - something that carried almost all the images we made during this session.
|Digital original, 6 frame stitch
|Digital original, 12 frame stitch
|Digital infrared original