August 14, 2018

Esme & Skulls in the studio (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Digital infrared original
My work with skulls and the Nude dates back to images made with Victoria in Alberta in 1999. I love combing the two elements into singular compositions, especially in a studio, where the lighting can be tailored to the subject, and the focus can be placed upon the simple forms of the body and bone.
Digital infrared original
This session was inspired by the collection of bones at Esme's house, collected over years of living in Canada's north; while I have worked with caribou, horse, sheep and goat skulls before, this was my first chance to work with wolf (the first image) and Musk-ox skull, complete with horns. After some experimentation, I settled on the skull mirroring Esme's back and legs as the best way to blend the two forms in one composition.
Digital infrared original
The most dynamic image of the session came from the final set of images, with Esme holding a polar bear skull; the bone was surprisingly heavy, and challenging to hold for any length of time. In contrast to the majority of the images of the session, as opposed to holding the skull against her body, Esme experimented with thrusting the skull away from her, and curving her body away from it - the results were incredibly pleasing.

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