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)
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.
I've finally gotten round to scanning my negatives from this year's World Naked Bike Ride. I shot using my spinning 360 degree camera this year, which had mixed results as it's not a camera I've used very much. The overall image quality I got as a result is a bit meh, but I think it did achieve what I was hoping for in giving a better impression of the scale of the event. Here are a couple of my favourite shots, see the rest on my gallery page.
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.
Back in June I took part in the World Naked Bike Ride in London. Several months later I have scanned my single film from the day. Below are a couple of my favourite shots - You can see more, and read more about it, here.
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.
A couple of years ago I was asked to contribute an article, with accompanying images, to the inaugural issue of Ideas Magazine (as far as I know it only managed that one issue). The idea of Ideas was to focus on a loose concept, that could tie a variety of different articles together. This issue's subject was walls, in reference to the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. I focused my article on clothing as a wall; it was basically a manifesto against the prudish anti-nudity attitudes of western society. The accompanying images presented me in five different set of clothing, ranging through the every day, specialised clothing for weather, work or activities, and me with no clothing at all; presenting it as an equal option.
The reason I posted about this now is that I just discovered Ideas Magazine is also online, so you can read it on issuu.com. My piece spans pages 30 and 31, or here's a screencap:
Unfortunately the editor was not the best communicator, and despite my creating this piece for them, and being very specific about how it should be presented, he ignored my specification.The nude image was supposed to be at the end, where it functioned as a full stop to the visual series; but was moved to the middle - Effectively hiding it in the print edition; as rather being on the edge and easy to spot when flicking through, it was neatly tucked away near the gutter. Clearly he hadn't read the text which so clearly complained against such prudishness!
I also gave them an image of a Lego wall, which you can see on the first page of the magazine, horrifically cropped! The full image is below. Although I see now I did a great job putting black Lego-man legs against a black Lego brick, so he vanishes into the wall!