*The language of flowers*
Canon EOS300 + Ilford Delta100
(This week I will share some of the images that came out of an unusual session where I was the model. I’ll talk about why I did it and what I learned from it. These will not be the best Photosynthesis images you have seen, but they form an important part of the project’s history.)
A couple of years ago I attended David Boyce’s great history of photography course at the Blue Lotus Gallery in Hong-Kong. When the course covered nude photography, David mentioned a project that some female photographers had undertaken (in NYC, I think) to photograph (in the nude) male photographers specialised in nude. I loved the idea of that.
I found the process of posing myself really interesting intellectually and emotionally. I didn’t know how I would feel before hand. Turns out the nudity itself did not intimidate me. Siuding is a pro, and it was clear to me she was looking at me as a subject, not as a nude person. There was no judgement in her gaze.
It helped me understand as well the stark divide that a lot of models have talked about between the session itself and the images. When I started this project, to me the session was an integral part of the image making process, and I didn’t really internalise the fact that the shooting itself may be a distinct experience for the models. Now I do.