It’s only lately that I’ve dipped my toe into the waters of high-quality artwork pictures, and much more lately that I’ve tried my hand at capturing the feminine physique in pictures. I’ve been reluctant to take action at the least partially as a result of I did not really feel I had a lot to contribute to that style. It’s arduous to consider topic extra photographed than the feminine kind…sensual or in any other case. From nudes within the woods to the bare feminine kind on bikes…it appears it has all been accomplished earlier than, and but, as an artist, I’ve all the time felt compelled to discover, shall we embrace, tasteful pictures of the feminine physique.
It took me some twenty-seven years, however I’ve lastly began a sequence of photographic research of the human physique, not simply ladies however males too, that I really feel does provide one thing new. And within the course of I’ve discovered that creating such research, even once they aren’t one thing completely new and totally different, will also be fulfilling work.
What received me to start with was a sequence of photographs I created of metropolis lights utilizing lengthy publicity occasions…normally within the vary of a second, whereas transferring the digital camera. I used to be sitting at an outside café in Vietnam late at evening with a number of pals and idly capturing long-exposures of the streetlights throughout the avenue from the place we have been sitting. The mixture of blinking neon bar lights together with the motion of my digital camera resulted in a form of “Liquid fireworks” really feel. From that evening on I’ve been hooked on capturing metropolis lights in that method. As I began to develop a physique of labor I used to be struck on the lyrical and even sensual nature of a few of the photographs…and the way a few of them appeared to tackle the type of the feminine physique.
It was the sensual really feel of a few of these mild photographs that first led me to resolve to shoot the human physique. I made a decision to shoot some nude images (of each women and men) and mix them with my long-exposure mild pictures, utilizing Photoshop, to create a sequence of photographs that discover combos of colour, mild, and nudes. In some instances I’ve the fashions tackle poses that work with the lights…and different occasions I’ll begin with the pose and search for lights that match the pose…or that I can manipulate in Photoshop to higher improve the of the mannequin. In some instances the lights tackle the looks of meridians and chakras…whereas in different instances the lights lend a way of movement and or vitality. Including the sunshine photographs also can add and improve sensuality, thriller, and glamour to the ultimate picture.
I mix the pictures primarily by utilizing clipping paths to create a decent, correct choice of the physique, then including it as a brand new layer into the sunshine picture. I can then duplicate varied layers re-arrange them, and use layer masks to create the impression of the sunshine wrapping round and generally going by way of the human physique. I can use adjustment layers with their built-in masks so as to add dimensionality to the our bodies and or add colour, depth or de-saturation to particular areas of the composites. Hue and Saturation controls additionally enable my to accentuate and/or change the colours of the sunshine streaks. Some photographs will be quite simple with solely three or 4 layers, whereas others turn into fairly complicated. I’ve had a few of these photographs attain as much as seventy layers!
It was whereas combining these varieties that I additionally started to take the nude physique, photographed in my studio, and use Photoshop, once more, to place the physique into different environments…primarily cloudscapes. These I’ve accomplished in a photo-realistic method so informal examination would depart anybody believing the nudes had really been shot in these environments. By capturing the our bodies in my studio I can carefully management the lighting enhancing the curves and musculature. By stripping the our bodies into cloudscapes I can dramatize the sense freedom, growth and simply plain great thing about the .
Now, each time I journey, I all the time look ahead to creating extra of my long-exposure mild research. I’ve created these photographs utilizing metropolis lights from Hanoi, to Buenos Aires, to Mumbai to New York. I’ve lengthy made it a behavior to seize fascinating cloud varieties…and now I additionally visualize how they could work with the human physique. After I get bored with my common conceptually oriented inventory pictures initiatives I give myself a “reward”…permission to play with creating new combos of the human physique juxtaposed and interlaced with the sunshine photographs from my library of lights and/or clouds. Enjoying with these photographs restores my vitality and fires up my creativity. It provides me a change of tempo and renews my sense of exploration, and instills in me the enjoyment of making magnificence for beauties’ sake!