Hhhm. How many photos are too many for a single blog post? I always post too many (it’s definitely true that there is more impact when a viewer sees fewer shots per set), and I might even learn one day to post more selectively, but since this blog is my designated place free of such rules and limits, I shall continue to overflood the area. On the plus side, maybe it shows that I can get a lot done in one relatively short shoot… (And not that I’m just really indecisive.) Yeah, I’ll go with that.
Photography by Pierus, from a recent trip to Cambridge. Muchos appreciation to him for kindly sending these!
The last one reminds me somehow of an actor’s shot.
And since I’m here… Here are some of the nudes we did as well – nice, simple shapery with lovely fine-detail lighting:
The following photos were taken by the excellent Cam Attree in and around a derelict old cannery. To see two previous posts from our time together, click here and here; this third and final selection is very different again.
* You’ll notice an inventory of insect bites remains intact. ‘Bug off’ relates to the multiple orange bottles of insect repellant spray Cam and Mal Grant (who was shooting Merrique simultaneously) brought with them for us all to use. Most bug-infested location ever. I don’t like using aerosols, but this stuff smelled really good – so sweet and fruity, baffling me entirely as to how it would do anything but attract insects. Anyway… I think it helped (and one of the bottles was very helpful for the rest of my trip after my Deet had run out…!)! Furthermore, for Christmas my Mum bought me a moisturiser by Avon which US soldiers apparently use for its little-known anti-insect effects. Feckin’ mosquitos.
These were shot on film by Steven Billups, mostly in a Mexican swimming pool. Steven’s laid back, mellow character explains so well the beautifully gentle, delicate and relaxed atmosphere in his artwork. I’ve been a big fan of his water studies in particular, for a while now, so it was absolutely wonderful to work with him and be part of his imagery.
We were joined for some of it by Meghan Claire, who has the most natural beauty you’ll ever see, and is an interesting and inspiring person to talk to too. We shared a room for the week and thought we would work well together, so suggested to Steven that he shoot us as a duo… luckily he agreed!
…Just looking at these shots makes me feel so relaxed. 🙂
Thanks go to Mark Davy-Jones for alerting me to appearances of my face in various magazines. Practical Photoshop have been featuring me a lot for the last few issues, with big spreads full of my face over and over again (but, less interestingly for my blog readers, it’s often the same pose/mugshot, showing photoshop techniques step-by-step for its avid, digitally-enthusiastic readers!) So I won’t bombard this blog with the full number of pages, but just a few (from December and Feb issues).
Being cut away:
I’ve been busy packing today for my jaunt around Cambridge. The last time I went there it was to be interviewed to study English at the university. I wasn’t convinced I wanted to study there, as I wanted to do a more modern, wide-ranging course, and in the end they rejected me anyway – think my question ‘what dance classes are there here, do you know?’ (directed at a professor of literature) wasn’t received brilliantly. Ah well… Nice place, nevertheless!
In other news, my flights to Scotland are now confirmed and I’ll be available around Edinburgh, Dundee, Fife and Glasgow between 9th-16th May. Can’t wait to visit!
It’s always nice to know what happens to the images I’ve helped create. Well done to Keith Cooper for being awarded a merit for this image at the SWPP convention. One of my favourite sets I’ve ever done, and I’m so proud of the results. Full set can be seen here: Luxury. Two more shoots are in the planning stages, the first depending on being able to find a specific natural setting at the right time of year.
More from Mr Cam Attree. (A third blog post will come later, to show some final sets). None of these have been retouched skin-wise, so they come complete with wet sand stuck to limbs and the odd insect bite, but I still love ’em! Fun times! Can I go somewhere hot again soon please..?
Although I’ve been lucky enough to have been featured in photographic displays and art exhibtions, in and on photography and fine art coffee books, in calendars, on websites, billboards and promotional material, on a CD cover, in newspapers, magazines and commercial catalogues, I’d never managed to grace the front cover of a novel…
… Until now!!!
I’m very happy about this as you can probably imagine!
Holly of Jewelled Earth fame has only gone and done it again and come through on her mission to get me on a book cover – a first for her as a photographer too, so we’re both very pleased (I could hear Holly’s squeals of excitement via email!). Of her submission to an agent last year, two of her images of me were selected for two different novels, and both images were taken during one session in Oxford during which I flitted around, ran across a courtyard as though being chased, lay on the floor dreamily (or as though dead, depending on interpretation, and most amusingly to passersby) and posed tragically against the imposingly huge doors of the city’s much-celebrated architecture. The latter was evidently the chosen narrative!
We only have one of the covers available to see at the moment, ‘Gospa Od Sedam Brezuljaka’ by Jean Plaidy (Croatia), which seems to translate roughly to ‘Our Lady of the Seven Hills’. Image below:
The other cover is ‘Les larmes des innocentes’ by Joachim S Valdez in France, and mainly involves my feet (yes, taken during my enthusiastic efforts at playing dead)..! Will show that one when I see it.