The Sunflower

Congratulations to Steven Billups who had the following two images juried into the Natural Nude exhibition at the SE Center for photography, Greenville South Carolina (one of the jurors being Kim Weston). The first is of me, hiding behind a sunflower (as one does) and the second, Dune Shadows, is of the wonderful Anoush Anou, a friend I haven’t seen in far too long (we once hiked the Grand Canyon together!) – hope to visit both of these people in the US when I visit next year! Anyone wanting info on that will hear from me once dates are planned if they’re signed up to my mailing list.

I can’t believe it’s been so many years since I was last in the US. I’ve been to Australia a lot in recent years and that’s taken over my far-flung travels a bit. Anyway, I’ve been home here in the UK for just over a week now – had such a creative time and shall be updating this blog with lots of results. I literally created a spreadsheet a couple of days ago listing all the shoots I am planning to blog; friends, there are 71 columns of photographer’s names. So, um, stay tuned..!

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Two’s Company

It was a total pleasure to work twice in quick succession with James a while ago – during the first shoot we had at a beautiful location near my house (15th century ruins, a river… and the mist was rolling in during the early morning so atmospherically!), I mentioned that a model friend of mine, Jessamyne will be staying with me for a while the next week as she was visiting from LA. He snapped up the opportunity to photograph us both together (we hadn’t officially advertised it) and went for dreamy, pre-Raphaelite-esque styles, towards which Jessamyne & I naturally gravitate in taste/style anyway. It was lovely! For that second shoot, the three of us went to my local ancient woodland and basically played around in the trees with flowers in our hair… bliss! During her stay, we did lots of sightseeing around my hometown, Oxford, and I saw it in a fresh new light (I already was in love with it, but now I’m even more so) – we did the open top bus among other things, which I really recommend. Honestly, you can’t walk a single centimetre here without incredible history, literary figures, politicians, world events, science and arts and all sorts of eminent leaders jostling along with you.

(The rest of the time we basically did face masks, watched period dramas and ate vegan chocolate with figs… :-))

I’m looking forward to seeing Jessamyne again later this year in wonderful Australia! It’s going to be amazing!

With thanks to James for letting me share these photos. 🙂

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I never practise; I only play.

… Has always been a favourite line of mine, apparently uttered by someone really jaunty and clever, and on my bedroom wall for a while (possibly still there), though when I google it I can’t find any credit, so who knows? Anyway, I like it, and it always bring to mind my favourite musical beast, the piano. (Various vids of me messing around with Debussy etc. over on my facebook profile).

So when I was asked by the lovely model Nicole Rayner if I would go and model for her (because she’s also a lovely photographer as well as a lovely model) at Pipewell Hall, I couldn’t resist. I’d shot there a couple of times with the Yerburys and remembered how beautiful it was as a shoot location (I like to pretend I’m mansion-shopping when passing through). Anyway, I’d had a play on the very old grand piano they’ve got there as soon as I arrived, while I was waiting for Nicole & Richard Egan to be ready to photograph me/us, and played the music that was on the stand, Moonlight Sonata, while people bustled in and out. I dream of having a grand piano. No offence to my own upright, which I inherited from my great aunt, but they are just so utterly beautiful.

Pianos are also quite good for leaning across, I suppose. It was slightly naughty of us, I think, but I have so much respect for pianos, even when nude, that I hope they would be able to trust that I treated it very well. With many thanks to Nicole who basically did these as a favour to me at the very end of our shoot, at my insistence, as I fell in love (she had to balance very precariously in order to get far away enough to take these, due to the position of it, so extra points to her for not falling on top of me):

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We also did this in the garden shed (AKA stables?)…

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Thanks Nicole!

And if anyone is wondering what else I’ve been up to recently, take a look at this: www.leafology.co.uk!