Still north of Toronto, she had never posed before for this kind of photography. She had a natural way of moving and thinking. Shortly after I ran head on with a pile of problems, most of my own making, we never got the chance to work together again. Huge loss.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
More from the Arroyo series, the idea was to shoot my Watermelon Girl piece. But I had the girl, a beautiful day, and there was some nakedness happening. This girl was 19 at the time, and having a real hard time figuring life. Now as then, she is a sweet woman, and life seems to be settling down now. Anyway, high speed film, and cross-processed…, I love how the background turned out, and of course the model.
Now in her thirty’s and wife and mother. Long time has passed and she too has talked about getting in front of my camera once again. We’ll see, but even the idea that she’d come again is great.
The eyes are truly the widows to the soul, met this young woman at an event I was attending. She was talking with the owner of the modeling agency I was considering working with, she made a bee-line over to me and introduced herself. She was a fresh faced kid from Iowa, wanted to try her hand at modeling. Tall…, oh my she had the height thing down pat, most of that being long lovely leg.
Her drive won me over, took her under my wing, and over time we became friends. Gave her the standard talk about releases and how important they are. Adding that the work I did was prone to misunderstanding, if she ever had a question to just ask. Gave her a few reasons to ask too, I took her to a show to put our work in context. As with all my models, I welcomed her active participation, and I’ve always let her know where her images are posted.
We’ve been friends ever since, and she is threatening to again pose for me after all this time.
Life is sweet.
Took this lady down into an arroyo hence the dive suit. A warm Texas day so the suit stuck to her, she needed my help in getting out of it. Even though she was used to posing nude, it was a good way to break the ice and get comfortable. Cross processed the film and the background was more than a pleasant surprise.
Second in my trifecta of images and my sense of play. The first part of the game is to get a model who is on the same basic page that you are. The second is to turn that creative energy loose and give magic a chance to happen. Third in my trifecta of play is just that, play to your hearts content. Unlike most game of chance, odd favor the players, and the magic just might strike.
Then you have to give the work some time to age, and settle…, revisit those old images, see what treasures you may have missed the first time. Its like making love with an old trusted friend, you both have been down this road before. What your there for is to rekindle the magic and see what part of the forest you end up this time.
I had an image that turned out really flat. Being the creative type I started playing in PhotoShop, playing with the filters, sometime saving the change, and sometimes I tried something even wilder. So I came up with completely original art from my work. I have a series of images that I’ll be sharing.
Many thanks for the compliments on my work. Some days its really sweet to get good reviews of you work. Thanks