A couple of weeks in the making. This one is called “Captured” for several reasons. Firstly, some butterflies have been captured in a cage and the photographer is attempting to capture an image of some of these insects. The photographer appears to be captured by the camera given she is “wearing” part of it. Regardless of how much of an artist we are, we are slaves to technology as it dictates how we capture our images to some degree.
In this image, the use of an antique camera that would have been cutting edge technology in its day, determines that the photographer uses a cloak if they are to see the image they are capturing. The photographer must play the technology game ensuring they have correct exposure by manipulating an ancient aperture system and that the film is exposed for the correct amount of time by removing the lens hood rather than pressing a shutter button. Whether we use a hundred year old or the most modern, sophisticated camera, we are trapped by technology. PS. No butterflies were injured in the making of this image.
It was important to create a vintage feel with this image by shooting in blown out light and having a model that represented a vintage feel.
You can see the behind the scenes shot in our blog.
I have had this idea for over thirty years. I purchased the vintage vacuum cleaner and clothing over 5 years ago with the intention of shooting this. Finally I found all the right ingredients - spare time, a gorgeous model, a bridge, a sandy deserted area and a storm that was brewing. The heavens opened just as we returned to the car!
This image was originally taken in the mid 1980’s using a film camera. The photo was taken during the day where the model actually laid on a road. It took some time to shoot as for safety reasons shooting occurred between traffic breaks. The pillow and nightdress had to be hurriedly put in place as time was so limited.
As no negative could be found, a single surviving print which was in poor condition was digitally scanned and restored then composites added to the image.
This is an image of my daughter who was experimenting with make-up applications.
A range of different backgrounds can be applied to portraiture shoots.
Influenced by the French painter Charles Amable Lenoir and his painting called The Flute Player, this image is in keeping with his subject’s angelic feel.
This technique is known as displacement map which allows a separate image (image of material) to be wrapped around the model adhering to every contour. It can be a labour intensive process but the results are well worth it.