I’ve just been advised by Carrie Leigh owner and editor of NUDE magazine that I’ve won the grand prize in Carrie Leigh’s NUDE Magazine Annual Photography Contest, with a prize of $250, the winning image is show below.
The image was shot in an abandoned shoe factory in Northampton, UK. The room was one of the offices which had a safe in it and gorgeous oak panelling. Joceline Brooke-Hamilton is the model and it was shot with the Broncolor Mobile2 flash with a Fresnel attachment on the lamp head.
I’m really pleased to win but also a little embarrassed as I won this same competition last year with the image below, titled Nude on the Beach.
Maria Eriksson in Nude on the Beach
However, I’m even more pleased as they have asked me to be a judge in future competitions, which is awesome news too.
It’s not all fetish, erotic and art-nude! I spent a week up in the Lake District in November searching for Autumn colours doing some landscape photography. I cut my teeth on landscapes and it’s nice to return to re-fresh those skills. It’s surprising how much knowledge and how many techniques are transferrable to other forms of photography. I often find myself using many of my landscape skills when doing location work with a model, for example grading the sky to retain the detail, framing and compositional skills for landscape work come into play when adding a model. Using a polariser, double-exposures, using a tripod, using hyper-focal distance are all standard skills for landscape work and certainly transfer when doing location nudes.
I’m just towards the end of editing images for two new books that will be available in time for Erotica 2010, the adult lifestyle show in London Olympia at the end of November, 19-21 November. Erotica 2010 link
The first book, titled Triptych, will be a collection of images from a trip to Spain with three models; Iveta, Roswell Ivory and Anita DeBauch. The book will also feature the work of John Evans and Gregory Brown who where the other two photographers on the trip. Each photographer has featured 40 images from the weeks trip making 120 image in total.
Cover of Triptych Book
I will also be updating the popular book of Joceline that I published for last year’s Erotica. This will feature new work that we have done since the initial book was published.
Cover of Joceline Book
Collaboration – dancer & artist
The second new book, titled Collaboration – dancer & artist, will be a collection of the photographic work I’ve done with KatyCee. She is a wonderful model to work with; I’ve included a few images from the book below:
I’ve just had notification of two of my images, shown below, being accepted into the 2010 Erotic Signature Competition. This is an annual international competition which produces a rather sumptuous book of the winners art, plus a tour of the exhibition in the States. Click for full list of winners <off-site link>
In March 2010 I went to Spain with three models and two other photographers. The models who came along were:
The two photographer friends were, Gregory Brown and John Evans. It’s now set as a regular trip. Gregory and I met on a trip to Spain organised by another photographer and we got on so well we decided to organise our own trip to a different part of Spain. Greg and I had done a long-weekend recce of the Murcia area and managed to plug about 30 locations into the sat nav, plus we often find one or two places whilst we are there. This year John joined our trip for what I hope is the first of many such trips.
I have a busy weekend lined up and I’m shooting on both days.
I’m shooting in an old shoe factory in Northampton on Saturday with Joceline Brook Hamilton which I’m looking forward to very much. I have a new pair of ballet boots to fit Joceline, specially bought as she takes a size 8, but then she is 6′ tall. We plan to do bondage shots, dance bondage and other such fun stuff. I never take too much of a structured idea with me, just some props and vague concepts and I usually find that ideas and looks evolve during the session. That’s when both model and photographer work together to add their own creativity, inspiration and flare to the shot. My best shots have come from collaboration, rather than a one person directing micro-posing the model.
The caretaker of the warehouse was telling me that the pigeons and their poo have taken over a bit more since I last shot in there which is a shame. I want to make the most of the location before it becomes too dangerous or smelly to shoot in!
Most of the shots done at this location are using the Broncolor battery flash pack, Mobil 2, this is a superb piece of gear, tough, well thought out and delivers a very large power burst if you need it.
Joceline on the factory floor
Joceline in one of the offices
I have a customer coming along for a 1-2-1 tutorial day and Abigail Toyne is modelling for us for the day. The customer wants to cover various areas and I like the flexibility and bespoke nature of these days, where we cover what the customer wants as well as areas I know they will need.
I’ll post some shots from both session during the week