A wonderful world

What I loved so much about shooting with Angus McGeoch in October (in addition to his partner’s delicious cooking) was the sheer lack of formula for his shots. It all felt very free and experimental, and Angus would say it truly was (since he would class himself as new to photographing models). The following shots are memories of a very unusual stay quite in the middle of nowhere in Australia (in a wonderful way), where it felt as though anything could happen.

All these photos (apart from the waterfall shots) were taken on the grounds of an extraordinary home, where kangaroos roam and 4X4s are the name of the game. I posed with the milky way, sailing down a stream, with a ginger cat, at a waterfall (where the photos were taken through droplets of water) and on a sofa out among the eucalytpus trees while Radiohead blared from the car.

Thanks for letting me share your experiments, Angus! ūüôā

I’ll be back in Australia later this year (unexpectedly; I had thought the last trip would be my final modelling venture in the upside-down world, but am too much in love with the place for that to have remained true). You can add yourself to my mailing list in a matter of moments (here) if you’d like to be kept informed of my plans here there and everywhere else.

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The Albion Beatnik Bookstore

The Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford, recently closed, was one of a kind. A totally unique haven for book and music lovers, with a hefty collection of loose leaf tea. You can imagine: I spent quite a bit of time there. I was granted access to using this characterful place as a photographic location last year for a couple of shoots, and briefly advertised this (it pays to be on my mailing list, take note..!) the following were taken by Paul Jeffery, who grappled bravely with minimal light options and cramped dimensions in such a brilliantly chaotic place. Throw a piano into the situation, plus a touch of costuming towards the end (a good art model always packs her finger cymbals for a shoot!), and this is what you get:

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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!