Movin’ to the Country…

Cathy, Neil and I went out into the Oxfordshire countryside to take some pictures…

Here is the first one, I am trickling out three at a time on Flickr…
Cathy - Rockabilly & Goth in the Country

Your thoughts dear reader(s) would be, as ever, appreciated…


Shooting at The Roost…

I have had an epic weekend, including 8 hours of shooting at The Roost in Hackney yesterday. Here are a couple of shots that I’ve managed to work-up already, more to follow as well as a fuller account of my epic weekend…

Rebekka Raynor - Yes M'am! Miss Pixie - Window Portrait

Your thoughts, Dear Reader, would be appreciated as ever…

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Walking to work…

Well I had my first go at walking from Paddington to the office today, and I have to say it was really rather lovely… I mean I am knackered, and I’ve realised that this is not going to be a valid use of my morning when I need to meet someone straight from work in the evening (a little bit more sticky that riding on the Tube to be honest), but it was a real delight to walk through the Capital in the morning, and over half the route is along or through Royal Parks, so it’s really lovely.

I marked the occasion by taking this photo:

Walking to Work #1

Sometimes it’s good to be reminded how cool it is and how lucky I am to be in London…

Hope y’all have a great day 🙂

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More Low-Key, Nude Portraiture…

In amongst all of the upheaval and confusion of the last few days I did get a chance to work with a favourite model on some more pictures for my series “Shadow Walkers”…

May I present, Kristin:

Kristin - Dark Nudes
Kristin - Dark Nudes

As ever, dear reader(s), your thoughts would be greatly appreciated…

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There are more to come…

…but I wanted to share with you, my lovely reader, the first two photos that I have processed from this weekend’s shoots.

I want to thank everyone that volunteered, and especially thank Kat and Bex for not only volunteering AND showing up, but also for both being fun and rewarding people to work with, and for allowing me to get a little bit closer to the “end” of the particular project that they feature in, which I am prepared to to say will be closing (at least the first round of it) as soon as I have another 5 subjects photographed for it, as long as those five subjects include AT LEAST three male ones… To which end, gents, please feel free to volunteer… 😉

So without further ado, here are the first pictures from last weekend…

Kat:
Kat - Low Key Light Painting

Bex:
Bex - Low Key Light Painting

Your thoughts and input would be much appreciated, as ever…

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At last, someone who gets me… *wink*

Despite the subject line above, I don’t actually believe that I am all that misunderstood, or that I’m completely missing the mark with my work, but I wanted to share the following critique from Matt Miller with those of you who do not frequent Net-Model, as although I don’t agree with everything he said about the photo below, he does get awfully close to everything that I am trying to portray / evoke with the picture, after absolutely zero prompting from me – frankly I hardly know the guy…
Low Key Art Nudes - Sam

“Maleghast

I have been thinking about this one today for some time, Its quite disturbing and I have been trying to think how I can put the why into words … it’s a theme of unease that permeates much of your work … I like it in the same way I like anything that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up

I’ll get the constructive out of the way first as there is really nothing to say … the single brutal light source, just enhances the disturbing qualities … just a small hot spot on the upper arm betrays what otherwise appears to be a very carefully crafted image …

So why is it disturbing? Well firstly it’s the stiff aggressive pose, in a dead centre uncompromising composition … this is contradicted by the models exposed naked body, the viewer is already back footed … She should be vulnerable but she’s not, instead she projects authority, She stares at the viewer but her eyes are hidden in shadow, they like her expression cannot be read … she takes everything but gives nothing … despite the blatant exposed nudity this is not a sexual or even a sexy image and it should never be confused with an art nude …
This image is about power projection …
The image is so carefully balanced the slightest change would change the entire dynamic of the image … if the model for a moment looked away or relaxed it would tell an entirely different story …
Bold and dangerous … just my cup of tea … “

I just want to take this opportunity to thank Matt for taking the time to give me real feedback and for trying to unravel the meaning at the heart of this image, and in so-doing giving me a lot more confidence to carry on, to continue my journey of discovery that is my pursuit of my art.

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For some reason I’ve been thinking about this photograph all weekend…

Over the weekend I spoke to quite a few new people about my photography, and for one reason and another I kept thinking about this photograph.

Laura

When I got home I checked and I could not believe that I had never posted it, so here it is.

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated…

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To really love a woman…

This is one of the most beautiful and expert nude portraits I have seen in a long time, and seeing as the artist in question has allowed viewers to blog it, I thought that I would spread it around…

Please do click through and look through her other work – it is really fantastic…

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Backgrounds for your widescreen monitor…

So, while I was away on the Futility Weekender in March I took the first still-life I have ever been pleased with, so I decided to celebrate with some widescreen backgrounds for Mac and Windows users. Please feel free to download and use them, as long as you don’t try and pass them off as your own 😉

Mac

Thumbnail of Mac Desktop Background

1440×900
1680×1050

Windows

Thumbnail of Mac Desktop Background

1440×900
1680×1050

Just right-click on the one you want and choose the ‘Save as…’ option – enjoy!

If people want them I will do some traditional resolution versions for square displays as well, so let me know…


A Milestone has been reached…

My first set for my project ‘Personal Time’ involving a male model is now up on Flickr, having received the all clear from the model in question today.

Here’s an example:

Personal Time - Owen

Your thoughts would be much appreciated…

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