I've added a new gallery page for the latest participant in my Neutral Nudes sequence, the distinctive two-tone haired Lorelei.
I've added a new gallery page for my part in an old Tumblr collaborative project, which alas in the new super-censor Tumblr era is now mostly lost: Naked Reading Day self portraits.
I have made a new gallery page to finally get online Self Summary, which was one of my final year projects at university, and the biggest project I've ever done, featuring 30 different people.
Each person in it was asked to pick a word to summarise themselves, with the conceit being that they exchanged their everyday clothing and accoutrements for a physical version of that word that they would then pose with for their portrait. Of course one word can never entirely summarise a person, but the in trying to do so the types of words, and what they mean to people, were most revealing.
I've resisted putting this series online before as it was originally presented as a book, and I had half an idea to see if I could get it published. But having not gotten round to doing that yet, several years later, I feel I would rather just get on and share with the world some of my best work!
I've added a slightly different than usual gallery page, collecting many disparate examples of my early self portraiture. It shows rather nicely how my style has evolved, and the variety of experimentation I took on in my early photographic days. There's plenty of typical cliche of beginner self portraitists in there, but also so some really nice old work. Check it out :)
I have added a new gallery page for a series I shot last year, exploring a nice big and bright unused building, with the help of my friend Sophie.
I have added a new gallery page for an old set of self portraits I shot some years ago, at the same location I did my more recent shoot with Renata.
I never managed to make the images work as a set before, but I have done a new edit now, including finding some shots I did not spot first tme around, and quite like the somber tone and odd morning light that ties them all together.
I have added a gallery page for Renata's entry in my Neutral Nudes sequence.
My friends Renata asked to shoot, and such a bright and sunny person fit well with a bright and sunny day! See the rest of the series on the gallery page.
I've added a new gallery page for another old shot with Denise Valentine, Lost in the Electronic Jungle, which was one of the few times I've shot on film, medium format in this case. You can see the whole series on said page.
I've added a gallery page for A quiet place, the first of many series of photos I shot with my good friend Denise Valentine. You might recognise the location from other photos of mine, this was the first time I shot there too.
I've added a new gallery page for the latest subject in my Neutral Nudes sequence, Jess.
I've added a new gallery page for two related series, Flux and Multitude, a collection of abstract nudes exploring repetition and motion.
I’ve added a life drawing section to the site. It’s a blog format, so I’ll keep posting new stuff to the top, but the existing posts go way back to my first ever life drawings!
I've added a page for some images I shot a few years ago, an experiment using duct tape to make geometric patterns on the body. I liked the idea, and sort of liked the images, but there was always something not quite right about them too, so I revisited them to do a fresh edit, and am much happier with the results. The tape still has characteristics which cause imperfections I find bothersome, but the overall effect I like. See the full image set on their own page.
I have added a gallery of images form the first ever nude shoot I did with someone other than myself. Although I still feature, as I had only managed to find one model as of the time I shoot this two person series. In fact it was a pretty funny shoot because of that, with me setting up the shots and then dashing back into frame.
I shot this in the first year at uni, and it generated a good anecdote, as one of our technicians walked in on my setting up the shot, precariously balanced above the other model, us both naked of course, as I set the camera up on a stand directly above where we were shooting on the floor.
Anywho, you can see the full series on its own page, and I've also made these available as prints on Redbubble.
Simon is the first male subject in my Neutral Nudes sequence. Hopefully the first of many in this so far rather gender imbalanced series! I'd like to see a greater variety of builds, races, etc too - So if you're near Lincoln and would be up for being part of this, get in touch!
My favourite of the Simon sequence is this side shot; what an amazing curved form!
I had the pleasure of meeting fellow nudity enthusiast, artist, and model, Serenity Hart, over the weekend, and after attending a nude swim we set forth to find somewhere to shoot, in London; a city we both had but a passing familiarity with. A more chaotic approach than I usually take for sure! We finally found (or rather Serenity skillfully spotted) these lovely desolate garages. After dodging packs of children and the occasional car being deposited we finally got a few shots done, and I am delighted with the outcome.
I've always found urban spaces fascinating, especially ones like this with repeating patterns, lines, and symmetries. Combining my interest in such spaces with my interest in nudes is something I've been meaning to do for a while, and hope to continue with from here. There is an obvious contrast of the artificial with the organic, but also an atypical combination of two facets of humanity - These spaces are made by us, and for us, but rarely see us in our natural form.
More images from the series, on the gallery page.
I've decided I really like the aesthetic of my Isobel portraits (no longer online due to model request), and want to do more in the same style, so have started with a new series featuring Erin. Click link/image to see the full series.
I was going for a particular look with this series, taking what I liked best from my shots of Isobel. So I only wanted quite basic poses and Erin making eye contact. But we did shoot a few more unusual poses, and ones that didn't quite fit, so here are those (continues after the jump):
I've added a new old series to my photography section today. "Summer Zen" is a series of experiments I did with a model/friend a few years ago, including a cucumber bikini and my first (and so far only) dalliance with body paints. You can see the whole series here (or get prints via Redbubble)
Today I decided to take some self portraits, just for the hell of it. Something I've not done for an age. I didn't have much of an idea going into it, I just went for a blown out background and played. Creating some curious versions of me. Like these (see the others, here):
Having isolated myself in such a plain background I found I couldn't resist playing with my image, and thus created something else. Perhaps a one off experiment, or maybe something to boil away at the back of my mind for future development; I quite like how organic, and inhuman it seems to be, which might link it to something else I've been planing for a while.
In my efforts to tackle my photographic backlog, and keep posting stuff on my JEGographic works tumblr, I decided to do a second pass edit of my Tattoos and graffiti series, and as a result found a couple of extras shots I like. You can see the complete, and newly expanded series, on here, Or find the whole series available as prints on my RedBubble.
I got myself a new camera, a Canon 5D Mark III - A slightly ridiculously huge investment considering how little I am taking photos at the moment. However I wanted an upgrade (my old camera is a 400D!) and I felt taking a big leap and then not getting a new camera for as long again made sense. So I did!
Wanting to get to grips with my camera before cracking on with anything particularly significant I found myself a model on the interwebs and arranged a shoot. I decided to go to a location I've used a few times before and just do some general nudes. Just playing it safe really so I could spend my time worrying about learning my way around the camera.
The only real difference between these and what I've shot before here is that the model, "Kitty", is rather more "alternative" than anyone I've shot before, which in turn gives the images a new flavour. I think all her tattoos work quite nicely with all the graffiti at the location; kind of looks like she belongs in that setting, camouflaged.
So I started right at the beginning with my first prize winning work in my last post. Let's skip ahead a few years. I think I was about sixteen when I first discovered nudism, which handily coincided with a unit of work in my school art classes about the human form. This gave me an outlet for my growing fascination with nudity; while we never had a nude life model in school, it gave me some sort of justification for "internet research" for images to base sketches on. I also used myself as a model for the first time then, taking photos to base a sculpture on. These were never artefacts in themselves to me, just studies on which to base that sculpture (which I may post about separately later; it remains one of my favourite pieces of work), and so I didn't even bother to keep them for future reference.
Once I got to uni I started to consider myself as a subject for photography, as an expression of my interest in nudity, and as an exercise in exploring myself. Until I had discovered nudism I was not confident about my body, and still continue to build upon social confidence. So photography then, and now, was a means of expressing and exploring myself, and developing that confidence. These were my first attempts at photographing my nude self:
As you can see, even having been a nudist a couple of years by then, I fell fowl of society's taboos and ideas of modesty. Not to worry though, I soon shook that off! I don't consider these significant as pieces in themselves; they are horribly cliched, and over post-produced. They do mark an event in my development as an artist though, the first step into the subject area that occupies my mind the most, and so from these ironically embryonic images, grew much more.