Irreality

I had a very interesting shoot with photographer Barry Barker recently. We shot in his home studio, its walls covered in photographs and artistry. Barry is inspired by various artists and wanted to create some soft boudoir images, like this one…

…and then some more surreal body shapes using a mirror on the floor and his clever background, painted on the wall and floor of his studio den, to create interesting shapes and perspectives.

More…

… from Mr Gregory Brown.

Red on the bed:

 The local bar owner presented Hannah and I each with a flower. I thought it should feature:

These were taken in some spare moments just after I’d finished packing up my stuff on the last morning, before we had to make our way to the airport:

 I love the perspectives and angles on these – and I love the painting in the background, which somehow suits. Stairs are always fun (also did some cool stuff on these stairs with John Evans, who will be featured again v soon):

The place was full of books!

If any of these particularly stand out to you for my portfolio (and in fact any of the ones from this trip to Spain I’ve posted so far), speak now or forever hold your peace!

Gregory Brown and John Evans

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!):

Stairs:

Strings:

Pointes:

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!!

 
The location (and my little brum brum):

 Helicopter!

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!


Fashionesque with Karl Baxter & Becky Hunting

I’ve just been sent these files from Karl Baxter, from a shoot we did earlier this month. Although I was initially quite surprised when he contacted me, as I’m not known for being a fashion model, he said he was interested in working with me precisely because I had a much softer look than the models he usually works with, and his enthusiasm really rubbed off on me. I love to work with people who are really open about wanting to shoot with me and just get on with the planning with no faffing around or playing it too cool; I find it really inspiring to be believed in! The results are so different for me (and for him!). The clothes are a mixture of Poof and my own. Make up and massive afro (I had to readjust my normal notions of the size of my own head when posing, hoping it was all getting in the frame, and couldn’t help touching my own hair between sets, marvelling at its birds nest-like texture…) by the wonderfully talented Becky Hunting. I hope you like these shots! Comments/likes/dislikes welcome as always.

You think it’s just a normal day…

… Just hanging out in the studio with Mark Bigelow, standing on one leg, playing with shapes and silhouettes against an azure sky, merrily enjoying the space and the urge to explore the possibilities of oriental fingers…

Little (until afterwards) do you realise a little Ivory Flame-shaped ninja floating into the scene and hovering quietly behind you, ominously gravity-defying and waiting to pounce. This is actually how she entered the studio, you may assume.

(Dear Holly: This is the image I was talking about today.)

Seconds later, I got my own back (kind of):

Fun times!

… And still a LOT more to come from different sets.

This might sound immediately weird to anyone who doesn’t know instantly what I’m talking about, but some of these images remind me, for some reason, of little sand pictures of lizards I once bought in Tenerife.