I’m actually embarrassed at how long it’s taken me to finish and publish these images of Ivory Flame‘s gypsy caravan-themed shoot (we’re talking YEARS). In my defence, I’d already worked my way through editing the 700 or so images from this very inspiring and productive shoot when my laptop conked out and all of my Lightroom work-in-progress was lost.
And then, predictably, I got absorbed in other, current work and never got around to starting again with this shoot. It’s taken a global pandemic, social isolation and the disappearance of all work engagements to give me the opportunity to dip back into these images and start again on the editing. Silver linings, eh?
In a way, I’m rather glad to be attacking these images now because I’ve been developing a collection of painterly Lightroom presets that I think work beautifully with Ivory Flame’s wonderfully ephemeral and Pre-Raphaelite style.
As if Ivory Flame, an amazing authentic gypsy caravan, and a ruined cottage wasn’t enough to inspire heaps of photographs, Gillian’s horses came over to get in on the action…
And here’s a final selection from the hundreds of shots (that I’d be more than happy to share if there were time).
I’ll no doubt be raiding my dusty hard drives for more previously unpublished stuff during the zombie apocalypse. But for now, huge thanks again to the stunning Holly (Ivory Flame), Gillian (for the caravan and wonderful hospitality) and my little group of togs who made the whole thing feasible.
One advantage of the enforced isolation we now find ourselves in is having time to do things we’ve perhaps been meaning to do for a long time. For example, I’ve been able to delve into my deepest darkest archives and find whole shoots that for one reason or another, I never got around to editing.
What I’m going to share today, are images from a shoot I organised FOUR years ago featuring the truly unique Ivory Flame and with a “gypsy” theme (that she does so well).
The other star of this shoot, and the inspiration for the whole idea, is a genuine antique “gypsy caravan” that is owned by my good friend, Gillian, an award-winning designer. When Gillian showed me the caravan, which is at the bottom of her beautiful country garden, the idea for the shoot (including choice of model) instantly popped into my head.
What may not be immediately apparent from the images is that this was early spring and was blimming freezing! It was also spotting with rain and a cold spring wind was blowing through the garden, but Ivory Flame is a consummate professional and soldiered on regardless.
That’s all for now. I’ll post a few more soon.
For the past few years, once the worst of the frost has gone and our week of British summertime looked like it might be imminent, I’ve organised a “Nude In The Landscape” workshop at my friend’s beautiful riverside smallholding in rural Warwickshire. Even the rain hasn’t been able to spoil these lovely art nude photo-shoots.
And I’ve done it again. This year’s event takes place on Sunday 25th June starting at 10:30am and I’m delighted to announce that the model on this occasion will be the stunning Cally, a wonderful model who has previously featured in other location art nude events for me.
Here are a couple of images from the last event featuring the superb Rosa Brighid to give you an idea of the setting…
Looking through old hard drives for individual images for a client is a tedious business but occasionally leads to rediscovery of images you’d almost forgotten. In this case, the lovely Hannah was photographed as part of one of my “Portfolio Booster” courses. The original image was very pleasant as it was but Hannah’s very “classical” look inspired me to re-edit it with a more “painterly” look.
And once I’d found one, I was on a roll and couldn’t resist doing a second along the same lines…
Even during some involuntary free time over the Easter period, I can’t resist playing with various editing software. This is how the following images of the amazing Tanya Atherton came about. I like them, anyway.
Tanya Atherton is a force of nature. I was exhausted just watching her rapidly go through her repertoire of several million poses during the FOTO-CLUB “Special Studio Evening“. I don’t anyone would suggest you don’t get value for money with Tanya – she’s a photographer’s dream! Whether working at the wall, on the floor, or using the paper backgrounds, she was unbelievably creative, utilising every item of clothing and every inch of her body to provide a seemingly infinite range of looks.
We’ve booked some amazing models for the “Special Studio Evenings” (including Amber Tutton, Ivory Flame, Stephanie Dubois, Salleh Sparrow, Valis Volkova, Natalia Fox etc) and Tanya certainly earned her place among them. A great fun shoot.
You may have seen my last post about the excellent Daniel Specta who was one of two male models booked for the final session of the Portfolio Booster II course? Well, here is the other model from that evening – Sweeney. Sweeney has enjoyed some success as a rock guitarist but is such a lovely, gentle and polite young man (God, I must really sound old). I saw his portfolio online and decided at that moment that I must find a reason to photograph him. It didn’t occur to me later but I do think Sweeney looks rather like early Human League era Phil Oakey. What do you reckon?Anyway, here are a few of my favourites from the many images produced that evening…
Here’s another image that I created during a Photoshop tutorial that I decided I rather liked…
Again, it’s a recent image of Rosa Brighid from the Fotofilia “Nude in the Urban Landscape” shoot, adding a texture that I downloaded from the brilliant “Skeletal Mess” a couple of years ago.
I was giving someone some one-to-one Photoshop training a week or so ago and in order to demonstrate the versatility of the Layers function, I played around with a recent image of Rosa Brighid from the Fotofilia “Nude in the Urban Landscape” shoot, adding a texture that I downloaded from the brilliant “Skeletal Mess” a couple of years ago. I was actually very pleased with the result. What do you reckon?…
Here are a few of my own images of the fabulous Rosa Brighid that I took at the “Nude In The Urban Landscape” shoot that I organised a week or so. The location is actually the same space that I used a couple of years ago for a similar event.
I’ll post more soon…