Musings and wanderings in the Daemon Wastes...

Photo Galavanting – Ayr and Dunure

For about the last. year or so I have been, from time to time, heading out on wee Photography day safaris with my friend Becky. She and I met about a year ago and became fast friends, bonding over Photography, Star Trek and a number of other fandoms. It’s been lovely to make a new friend, at a time in life when new friends are so often an elusive possibility, and to have an accomplice with whom I know I we are both free is likely to be up for heading somewhere new or familiar, camera in hand, to explore, be outdoors and generally goof around whilst also giving new approaches and new subjects a try.

Last Sunday we went to Ayr beach, each of us just with one camera, one prime, to see what the day would bring and have fun with photography, and I got some really great photos that I am proud of, and so did she. That and we got to walk on the beach, which is always great, but was especially nice due to the fabulous Indian Summer we are having at the moment. We went on to explore Dunure, a small and delightfully quaint fishing village with a ruined castle, lovely and well preserved harbour, just a quarter of an hour or so down the old coast road to the south of Ayr.

I should mention, while I have your attention Dear Reader, that Becky is a fantastic photographer and artist – she was short listed for the Aesthetica Prize this year. You can find out more about her and her work here – Becky Probert Photography – I am very pleased that she chose to feature a portrait that I took on that page.

Anyhow, here’s some photos from the day in question…

Bodyscapes with Lilith Etch

I was in the studio for a full day with Lilith Etch last week, and I took the opportunity to try some very specific bodyscape shots that I haven’t really tried to create for a long time. Lilith’s figure and physicality made these images really powerful – I hope that you like them…

Lilith – Bodyscape I
Lilith – Bodyscape II

A return to studio model shoots

Bobbi Castle – Shadow Walkers I

Yesterday I managed to take advantage of a last minute opportunity to shoot with a model I have wanted to shoot with for a long, long time – Bobbi Castle.

It was great to be back in a studio and working with a model, collaborating on a concept and making art again. It has been a long time.

You can see more photos in the usual places, the full set on Flickr (you will need to log in and turn Safesearch off) and a selection on Viewbug and 500px and Model Society (some of which may require free accounts and choosing settings that allow nudity).


Loch Arklet on a cloudy day…

I’m starting to think that the way to be sure to make images that are worth the effort I just need to always take a camera with me everywhere all the time.

What do you think?

Back to Model Photography

Over the last eighteen months or so I have called a halt to model photography of all kinds, in recognition of COVID-19. Clearly there have been much more serious issues for many people, but it has to be said that getting out in Nature and shooting with a model, whether working on my ongoing body of work of nude figure studies in nature, or doing a shoot with a specific purpose, is one of the things that keeps me feeling grounded and that I am creating work, expressing myself and caring for my artistic side.

Late on in 2019 I found myself getting back in touch with a handful of people I went to primary school with, and one of them in particular has become a regular correspondent and co-conspirator in fun. Odette and I have been conspiring to do some photos of her doing Yoga in beautiful places for her website for some time and this last weekend we finally got around to doing it.

So, you can see her site here and over the next few days it will be becoming more of a site and less of a holding page, but here are some highlights from our day of shooting…

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