At Home With… Tea & Books

IMG_0057Well, mix up Helmut Newton (his nudes all around me on the walls at this location) and A God of Small Things (excellent and playful book, studied at uni, fatefully spotted on photographer’s shelf) and you somehow get a very Sunday-at-home sort of feeling; reading and brewing tea on the stove… Today’s update is from two (of several) scenes shot by Tony Ornstien recently. Continue reading

Glee & Glycerine: Blossom in Glenrothes

These are from a recent shoot in Scotland with Brian Martin. I always absolutely love working with Brian as he somehow has me cracking up with laughter (maybe it’s the beard…). It’s always lots of fun. The only problem is when you’re trying to fulfill the brief of ‘slightly melancholic’/’serene’/’sad’, the hilarious little comments that spill out from his mouth constantly have to be switched off, otherwise you’re just giggling the whole time (so unprofesh); so I had to ask him to shut up at one point. 🙂 Anyway, we got some lovely pictures, sad and not sad, and I was very pleased to work with him again. I have to admit I was also grateful that this shoot was inside a warm studio as I’d been spending the entire trip freezing outdoors prior to this – as much as I absolutely love getting out and about in nature, Scotland April weather (hailstorms galore) had made my job slightly difficult this time around..!

The ‘glycerine’ reference is due to an idea Brian had had for creating texture on skin, but it also ended up in my tea as an experiment to help my throat, which was slightly sore, and because it seemed like an ingenious idea. I feel I should announce, however (just to save you all time), that this was as terrible an idea as it was a frivolous one. Never put glycerine in your tea – it tastes awful.

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Sun, bedazzle me!

A very early start, a hilarious photographer, some incredible waves that we were able to witness crashing and swirling and having a Poseidonic fit of hydro-power… Here are some images taken recently in New South Wales by Tim Bradshaw. I’ll be down under again soon enough thankfully (here there and everywhere); my last trip was far too short and rushed!!

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Windrush

Just a quick one, but isn’t this lovely? A new photo sent to me by Brian Connor (who is based in New Zealand) of my friend and fellow model, Ivory Flame, and I. This is one of my favourite locations here in Oxfordshire and I LOVE Brian’s composition and the glowing light. 🙂

Windrush Nymphs - Brian Connor

For anyone tempted, prints of this image are available here (and also an interesting caption!).

The Sea’s Sacred Geometry

And now, for my next trick, it’s hello from Bali! I absolutely love this place and felt such a pull to come back. Things here have been unpredictable but beautiful, and not without an island’s worth of magic along with the constant fluttering of butterflies by my side (not to mention a special visit from a dragonfly, and the pitter-pattering of frogs leaping around and ahead of me). If all this sounds a bit too airy-fairy, well, welcome to my reality.

Just a quick update today with a single image (and I haven’t forgotten the ‘secret blog post’ I have foretold, which I am still planning to post very soon for those who follow along). This one is by Malcolm Grant, who is an excellent host/person/photographer. Just a teaser really as there will be more to come, and some featuring me modelling with a wonderful fellow model I hadn’t worked with before which I can’t wait to show you, but I really like the flat-footed strength and twists in this, not to mention the heavy drama in the sky and whirling of the sea.

Malcolm Grant