Before the shoot: stylist Nataly Bocharova steams a shirt for our test with Q Management’s Ana Buljevic in New York City (with MUAH Willie Huang).
This gorgeous photo is by Condé Nast photographer the late John Rawlings (model: Suzy Parker). Published in 1953, it’s a powerful reminder to me that fashion photography is not subject to laws of “progress” or historical development – apart from the dress and hairstyle depicted, this image could have been made in the 21st century by Paolo Roversi or Javier Vallhonrat. Rather, I suspect that photographers explore their own stylistic regions in a space defined as the set of all possible photographs – a space that neither expands nor contracts, and is always with us from generation to generation.
I’m only recently starting to occasionally shoot in “studio” style, and this shot of model and actress Paeyton Lilly was actually taken in a studio-esque sunroom in one of her agencies’ buildings. I’m mad for this image: Paeyton’s beautiful personality positively emanates from her face.
A first image from my shoot this week with Ana Buljevic of Q Model Management in New York City (with the help of stylist Nataly Bocharova and MUAH Willie Huang). We used the Wellington Hotel on 7th Avenue – in the heart of the theatre district – to get the classy, but ever-so-slightly-shabby vibe I was looking for.
I don’t normally shoot with such stark lighting, but this photograph of model and actress Alexa Banton appeals to me greatly. There’s something in its frankness and its clarity.
Something in her eyes, too.
The recessed and dramatic crucifixion sculpture in the apse of l’église Saint Roch in Paris. The “INRI” on the sign above the head of Christ stands, of course, for “IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM” (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Acronyms in Latin and especially Greek were important to the early Church as means to communicate spiritual ideas without attracting the unwanted attention of imperial Roman persecutors. For a fascinating discussion of this, visit http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/INRI
A relaxing moment in my shoot today with the lovely Raena Bergeron, of Elite Models, with MUAH Monica Rosati. More images to come.
Watching a spring showcase of ballet dancing yesterday, I decided to play a bit with long-exposure photography to see what I’d get (plus I was renting a Sony a7R III mirrorless for the occasion, and I was curious to see what it could do). I’m really happy with the result, and particularly like both the rich colour combined with white-clothed legs, and the way the dancers seem to emerge from - or depart into - ghostly smoke on the left.
I got to spend an afternoon in NYC earlier this month chatting and shooting with the fascinating and funny Eleanor Goldfield, a creative activist and journalist and host of ActOut! Check out her work here.
Cloudscape over the Gulf of St. Lawrence, summer 2018. Because of gravity and density differences, nature often sorts herself into layers, which gives many landscape photos a sense of abstract symmetry. I like the restfulness of the blue on white on grey on blue here.