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AOP part 44: Unfrozen Movement

We switched outfits again, to something even less like Maja's normal wear. I don't think pastel blue would ever appear in her wardrobe!

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AOP part 43: A Simple Portrait

By flipping the studio strobe off, I was able to go back to the natural light for a moment to capture these more delicate portraits.

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AOP part 42: Frozen Motion

I knew the location had a box of various costumes. Now stylistically these were not really Maja's thing, but nevertheless I thought we would give them a try and they have worked very well.

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AOP part 41: The Simplest of Props

As well as making dresses, hoodies, scarves and jumpers in a fashion context it can also be used as something to pull against or swing around or.

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AOP part 40: The Simplest of Props

This is one of my most favourite props. It is called an infinity scarf. It is a simple piece of material joined at the ends to form a loop.

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AOP part 39: Frame Within a Frame and Posing Assist

I've talked before about door frames and their use. This is a classic example of how it works both as a frame within a frame and a posing assist.

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AOP part 38: Stop Shooting Square On

Somehow all portrait photographers are programmed to shoot square on to the background. It really does take some effort of will to move the camera off the perpendicular and go for some angled shots.

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AOP part 37: Different Room

I mentioned earlier that three of the rooms at the location were all brick wall spaces. There is a fourth room which has wood panels at each end and unpainted plaster on the remaining walls.

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AOP part 36: The Boxes

Ten years ago I created a large body of work around people bring trapped inside cells. This was exhibited in various places as both still images and a short video.

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AOP part 35: Negative Space

In general I think Robert Capa's advice, "if your pictures are not strong enough, you are not close enough", is pretty good.