Found my old plaroid 600 camera with half a pack of the new black and white Impossible Project polaroid film still in it.
Sad to say the film results are still rubbish, everyone looks like they live in a pumpkin.
Through blogging I've realised how much I love Polaroid film, I talk about it a lot.
I think this is because I find it so magical, the way the object forms the pictureitself in front of my eyes. Also everyone looks nice in polaroids (not these ones admittedly but normal polaroids) with blurred outlines and soft-focussed faces. Also the instantaneousness of the results reduces the fear I feel when I'm shooting on film. The fear that I could have done soemthing wrong and after all the hard work of organising, collaborating, shooting, I'll have messed something up and there will be nothing on the film.
This is an image by Egon Schiele from the current exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Treasures from Budapest.
I love Schiele and felt really privileged to see this work for real.
Personally his work speaks to a part of me that is both simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by the human body. I think the bodies of most humans, not models, but normal people are ugly until I come to know and care about that person. Then themselves and their body becomes beautiful to me.
Schiele’s work shows the ugliness and pain of human existence coupled with a tenderness that makes it beautiful.
I think his images have had a tacit impact on my photography, but I’d love to base a photoshoot specifically on the theme of his work.
"I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?"
This test reinforced my understanding of how much the model is an important part of the collaborative team. This model was not a very cooperative collaborator and as a result I found her really hard to work with. I think she would have been better suited to a David Bailey style male photographer who would tell her she how sexy she was. Anyway this meantit's taken me ages to get around to editing the pictures, because the shoot wasn't as enjoyable as usual and therefore I think Ilike the pictures less.
This evidenced an emotional commitment to my photographic process that I hadn't been aware of before.
On the other hand it was a dream to work with the wonderful make up artists Larissa Carey again. She as always was icredible, so tallented and entirely lovely:
You can see her work on www.mnavyprincess.blogspot.com.
I found this postcard from my last trip to Berlin a few years ago. It's all the members of the Bauhaus together in one photo. They were such an incredible group of creatives, I really crave this kind of network of creative people and an atmosphere this exciting to create work in.
This inspiration really means a lot to me, I'm so happy I found this picture again.
Janet from West Cornwall is the second witch I have photographed and interviewed for the portraiture half of my witchcraft project. An incredible, kind lady she keeps lots of animals and believes in the natural magic of plants for healing.