I am a huge fan of the pre-Raphaelite painters and their immediate successors in the latter half of the 1800’s. I like their sense of story and meaning that they want to imbue in every image. They developed new techniques in painting that allowed soft, gauzy layers of near transparent colour to be built up on a painting. This worked especially well for representing materials and skin tones.
Lord Leighton’s most famous image is “Flaming June”, painted in 1895. It shows a girl asleep wrapped in sheer orange …
The aim in this shoot was to capture a sense of naturalism.
Really it is about putting the viewer in the position of voyeur – and its that voyeuristic element which adds the glamour and sensuality to the images.
The lighting is from a window high to the right hand side – completely natural with a high ISO. Grain has been emphasised in post processing.
As the model moves from the window, contrast reduces, closer to the light the contrast will increase.
This type of image also requires that you find poses …
Another sequence messing around with stop motion – this was a bit of a trial run and we hit a few problems with this so sadly it involved quite a lot of merging images in photoshop – we ended up having to shoot the magician and the girl separately.
However, the levitation is not photoshop – I guess it’s pretty obvious how it was done – but it is surprisingly effective.
Brodie Lock – our very game and physically fit model reckoned she could do 500 jumps, I figured she’d be lucky …
Sorry for lack of posts, but I’ve been working flat-out on the build 12-14 hours a day – it’s quite time consuming and completely exhausting. I would have loved to have got contractors in to do the work, but that would have tripled my costs – way beyond my budget.
There’s also something very satisfying about being able to say “I made this”
Walls like glass
The only specialist I expect to use are a plasterer to skim the walls – who is half way through and is absolutely amazing. Firstly he …
I know, you are all probably getting bored with my stop motion stuff – I’ve been enjoying the experimentation, but realise I’ve still got a lot more work to do developing my technique if I’m going to make these look really good.
To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve got the patience for it, you need to be much more methodical than I can be bothered with to make these really work and crucially get the placements and speed of movement right.