While walking through the Distillery District in Toronto, I made this
image of a rusty old truck; it was the combination of line and form with
the beauty of rust that drew me in, but the chromed Dodge face of the
truck was equally engaging.
While I was working, the sun came out, changing the feel of the truck completely.
I can, I seek to make portraits of the people I photograph; while A_
and I spent the first part of the day working in a forest, I never found
a setting that worked for portraiture, but as soon as we arrived on the
glacial barrens, I immediately asked her to stand in the shade of a
large erratic, and made a series of portraits.
Digital infrared original, three frame stitch
is by far my favourite image from this session; it takes full advantage
of the strong angular March light, and A_'s pose is a perfect for the
setting. The infrared camera really pushed the image to the next level,
with the model's luminous skin against the dark rock, below the dramatic
sky. I was really happy that we could realize such a striking
photograph on her first day of figure modeling.
really enjoy documentary images such as this; without it, it'd be hard
to understand how close I was to A_ as she posed on the rock - with the
17mm tilt-shift, I often am incredibly close to my subjects, but am able
to make images that are full of space.
Digital infrared original, 2 frame stitch
last images of the session were of L_ lying on the bedrock, overlooked
by glacial erratics; again I was enthralled with the low angular light,
and thoroughly enjoyed how deep and dramatic the sky above her went in
was one of the first photographs from this session, which was also S_'s
first time posing Nude, and only the second time we'd met. I've always
felt there is an advantage to working with first-time models; they have
no preconceptions about how a session should proceed, and so are open to
just letting it unfold naturally.
Digital infrared, 2 frame stitch
to this day, the easiest I’ve ever worked outdoors with a model
(comfortably) was late April, but today was a record breaking 30 degrees
Celsius! I’d met a week before with S_, who was interested on trying
figure modeling, so rather than stick to our original plan, and work
indoors for a first session, in late March, we headed for the great
documentary photo gives some idea how spartan Nova Scotia can look in
March...though there was no snow, and the day was plenty warm, there
still was a feeling of winter in the air.
Digital infrared, 8 frame stitch
favorite image of the this session, above, takes full advantage of the
early date of the session; normally, in infrared, the forest around S_
would be bright and luminous, with the leaves of the brush and trees
reflecting all sorts of infrared radiation; with the session being so
early in the year, the trees were bare, and the only luminous element is