Well, the mince pies are in the local supermarket and I’ve seen my first Christmas tree, so it must be nearly Christmas? So I thought I would get my greetings in early, in case I forget nearer the time.
I have found another outlet for my pictures in that I am now doing some lectures at camera clubs, I am trying to win the award for the corniest title for a lecture so mine is called “Have I Got Nudes For You”. The purpose of the title is twofold, first camera club lectures usually have corny titles, I have no idea why but it’s a bit of a tradition. The secondary reason is because I don’t wish to offend anybody who doesn’t like nudes, I like them but I respect that some people may not like them, and with the title of my lecture I don’t think anybody is going to get confused about the content of my images.
I don’t do religion, politics or sex on this blog, as it usually all ends in tears when you offend someone, and frankly life’s too short. I have had a few people come up to me and say that they would love to invite me to lecture at their camera club, but they couldn’t as “we meet in a church hall”. I find this rather strange, firstly because I don’t think churchgoers are any more or less likely to like nudes than the general population, and also because most of the classic nude masterpieces of art – sculptures and paintings – were commissioned by the church.
Anyway all of this is a very roundabout way of introducing this series of images of the angelic Holly shot in a disused chapel, hopefully not offending anyone along the way. I often shoot in abandoned or disused buildings in various states of disrepair, and I always say a little thank you to the people who built our location for the day all those centuries ago.
First some colour images, shot in a window and archway, including a couple of clothed ones, and a mucked about one, for which I will probably reverse or tone down the treatment applied.
And some mono ones which I really love, including some that Holly kindly featured in a recent post on her blog, but which I thought were worth seeing again. The window was truly a playground for Holly to produce some amazingly creative poses.
And finally one which I entered for the first time in an exhibition in Taiwan, which I am very pleased to say was awarded a gold medal – thank you Holly :)
I would also like to thank Janet Haines, a photographer who I met in an RPS forum, who kindly invited me down to stay with her, as long as I bought a model :) We got some super images, and she found all the locations. Hopefully I can pay a return visit in 2013.