So, booked the studio for a four hour shoot today, and "Helen" to model for me.
As usual, the purpose was multifaceted. I wanted to explore:
Ideas for my "Light is the language of Photography" project.
I wanted a mildly erotic set.
I wanted to add to my transgressional imagery.
I wanted to create possible entries for Portrait competitions.
I wanted to explore different formats of photography.
The first thing I have to say - and admit to - was that the different formats of photography idea fell flat. I simply didn't have time to work with the Bronica or the MPP on the day, so that will need to be explored later.
Obviously, the main subject was Helen. She was a mature, but inexperienced model, and I spent a great deal of time talking with her about her experiences, and what I hoped to get out of the project.
The "Ligth is the language of Photography" concept produced a few images that I quite like, and which I maybe want to extrapolate on. Here they are...
The "Mildly Erotic" part was (To me), very effective. Jane was inexperienced, and obviously nervous, but a creative and sensual person, and we weren't going to be pushing any boundaries anyway. Here's some of the results...
I actually started with portraiture. It's an easy icebreaker, and lets everyone get familiar with each other, and the studio environment.
I REALLY like some of the results. I wanted to show a mature woman. I told her I would not be photoshopping wrinkles, laughter lines or pores. I wanted the real her, and I think I did that on several occasions. Here are some of the results.
And, finally, the Transgressional element. I think this worked best of all...
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.