A little warm-up shot with Lorelei before we shot her entry in my Neutral Nudes sequence. See the rest of this more colourful shoot, after the jump:
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 an old still life series, the first thing I ever shot when I got my first DSLR at uni in fact! In Geometric Autumn I took a variety of autumnal leaves and cut them into quadrilateral shapes, before arranging them into various patterns. While technically flaws, it remains one of my favourite series as it's quite visually unique.
While shooting this series, I also experienced one of my favourite anecdotes. A falconer was out "walking" his bird, and directed it to fly right at me, clipping my head!
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 been doing yoga lately. I couldn't stay for all of one session this week, so took my camera to shoot my friends instead. Quite like the outcome, yoga seems quite a photogenic activity, very sculptural. More images on the gallery page.
I've added a page for one of my favourite, most technically challenging, and if I do say so myself, mot successful projects, Experiments in the fourth dimension. This series explores time, and how it is captured through photography, with a series of experiments examining different actions occurring around a hypercube, a four dimensional shape.
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.
Another year, another naked bike ride. After two years shooting at the event with quirky panoramic cameras I decided I wanted a bit more control this year, and took my regular SLR, albeit with my new wide angle lens, so I could still take advantage of a wide field of view to get some sense of the crowd. On this day though I really didn't seem to be in the photographic mode, and found myself not quite knowing what to do with that control. So I didn't take many shots this year. Also using a heavier camera I found it much trickier to shoot on the fly mid-ride, so I only really got shots from when the ride paused. What I have taken I quite like though, and has me thinking already about how I might approach the next ride! You can see the rest of what I shot, here.
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)