I’d admired both of their portfolios pretty much since I’d started modelling. We’d all spoken plenty of times before about potential bookings and finally managed to get the diaries together recently, which I was really excited about! I love their quirky props, the twisted shapes, the counterpoint in their work at which classicism meets weirdness… and the way the light wraps so beautifully around the models they photograph (I should probably mention that while I’m talking about both of them, they do shoot separately, one-on-one; for this shoot, I shot with Gregory while John shot with another model, then we swapped half way). I couldn’t wait to see what location was in store for me; I’d originally been booked for a studio shoot, but things were changed at the last minute and it turned out to be an enormous, half derelict house, bought by a friend of Gregory and in the gradual process of being restored… So, huge scope for interesting shots!
Here are some of me by Gregory Brown (there are a couple of shots which appear in colour and in b&w, as I’m struggling to choose in these cases… Please comment if you are more decisive than me and have a favourite!):
Bongos in the window:
John Evans also sent me some photos. We couldn’t resist the purple wall:
More pointe shoes:
And some doorways:
And THEN…. It turned out that the guy whose house we were shooting in was in fact a British champion helicopter pilot. When he offered me a quick spin in his purple helicopter, I could hardly say no, could I? England drives me mad sometimes, but seeing it from the sky is a beautiful reminder of how wonderful the land is. Such an amazing experience!!! These are from my camera:
My hand – I’m flying the thing!!
I didn’t actually realise Russell was quite the pro he was until afterwards… Bit scary when at the end of the flight around Warwickshire he claimed not to be very good at landing on grass, and seemed quite worried, telling me to brace myself for a skiddy landing, etc…. Eeek! What a tease. I didn’t even feel the touchdown. Ha!