September 13, 2018

Carol & Ingrid (McNab's Island, Nova Scotia)

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The last time I worked with a model in Fort McNab was in 2006, with Ingrid and R_. In some ways, this session was a continuation of that, as it focused on working with a pair of models, one of which was Ingrid. There is no argument that different models bring different elements to a session, and R_ had a very different modeling style than Carol does, but the comment element of Ingrid does present a continuity between the sessions, for all that they are separated by 12 years.
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Without a doubt, the best element of working in such an isolated space is the freedom to create without interruption. The natural pace of a session does much to foster the making of inspired images, and this session really took advantage of this, with the models and moving from space to space as ideas came and went. Usually one model would find a pose in a setting, and the second add their reflection of this, either as a mirror or contrast to the original pose.
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After working together for numerous session, Carol have worked out a really strong connection between them, and frequently are able to create striking poses that work well together (as opposed to upstaging each other, and diluting an otherwise strong pose with a weaker response). Ultimately, we only worked in three buildings within the fort  before deciding to head back to the beach, and finish the session on the sand and in the harbour.
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The session ended with a little frolic in the harbour; it is hard to keep Ingrid out of the water, and at the end of warm afternoon, there was no restraining her. Unlike the rivers and streams I prefer to work in, Maugher Beach is devoid or rocks to support the models, so we had to rely upon the minimal pose options available - the best of which turned out to be having Ingrid arch her body out of the water, and capture the sheeting water pulling off her torso.

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