Some people see the world in black and white, I am not one of them. In between the extremes there is a large no mans land of grey. Why do you say that I ask? My aim for this site is and always will be to remind people how beautiful our world is in all its moods and by doing so hopefully helping them feel a bit better about their day. I feel that in the process of doing that my photography has come a long way.
At the beginning of the year I put a call out for people to join me to capture a new energy incorporating people. In doing that I also wanted to get a better understanding of how to capture the natural moods of willing participants. I was expecting surfers, yogis and families, however my first subject was a model who liked my landscapes. After lots of discussions about themes and objectives we headed out one morning carrying a large bag of clothes and props. To my surprise, upon arrival she enthusiastically remarked “this is a perfect spot for nudes”!! Whilst I don’t have a problem with nudity I suddenly felt a new layer of pressure for correct composition! I learnt so much from that shoot and was incredibly proud of what I had captured.
After the shoot we down and poured over the 350 odd photos looking at each pic, assessing our mornings work. All this was an incredible experience that had me feeling I had learnt far,far more from the experience than she could have.
The quality of the photos must have stepped up to the plate as I have had the opportunity to have several others join me since. All with clothes however each bringing their unique beauty and personality to the shoot.
Whilst I am still waiting for surfers and families to join me, I have to pinch myself at the chance to learn from these professionals about all intricacies of body positions and extensions.
All my male friends seem to think I am living every mans dreams, and, if I had a dollar for every offer as lighting assistant I would have made more money than photography could ever afford me. For me though it is not about nudity or scantily clad women, it is back to the original aim of natural beauty that each sunrise epitomises for me. Back to the grey line for a moment, I understand from some feedback that I am firmly dancing in the foggy grey that some see as beautiful, some are offended by and others, well they see it as they please. As long as the people Im shooting are happy with the result and I have captured them in a positive and flattering way I am satisfied.
I am committed to one people shoot a week as long as I can find someone to join me, so if you would like to come down one morning for some photos please get in touch. For me, the more variety of people the better, however, in trying to accommodate peoples views I will post my favourites in one go rather than drip feed them over a period of time as tomorrow its back to status quo.
This week Bonnie Jacquline joined me again and we headed off to Sunshine Beach Headland, a favourite place of mine playing with several themes making the most of both the location and morning entrusted to us. 1250 photos later I had so many tough decisions to make but these are my choices.
I would appreciate any feedback on how to deal with the delicate balance discussed or of the photos themselves