A couple of years ago, a friend of mine said that she was interested in becoming a model and asked whether I would take some shots of her so that she could practice.
We played around with poses and decided to do a daylight shoot without the aid of flash.
One of the ideas we played with was the use of a headscarf, I think that I had recently been given a book of photos by Steve McCurry and was inspired by his headscarf photos. His photo of an Afghani woman uses a red headscarf, which we didn’t have.
But, Fede – who was modelling that day, managed to pull something quite special off that day.
Last week, or maybe a couple of weeks ago I went to see the Don McCullin exhibition at the Tate Britain – Again. If you haven’t been you really should go.
Anyway, I was feeling inspired by McCullin’s people and street photographs. I was wandering in the streets behind the Tate looking for a Boris Bike to take me to the Extinction Rebellion demo and I heard a guitar playing.
I thought I would investigate and I met Francois, who was happy to let me take his picture while he played. I hope that I have done him and his playing justice.
After a fab day of taking portraits with Imogen and Mark, I have started to work on my own daylight picture portfolio. I need lots of volunteers for more pics, please raise your hand if you want to take some pictures.
Like many photographers, I am a fan of the Weekly Imogen website featuring the work of photographer Mark and the model that he has worked with for four years Imogen. You can see their work on Youtube and Instagram .
They offer monthly courses in daylight portraiture, which is something that I am very interested in. So as a birthday pressie to myself I signed up to a course at the end of Feb.
It was super cold, but the results were fantastic and very enjoyable. It showed me some new locations and gave me lots of ideas, which I am looking forward to using in my next portrait shoots.
I am probably best known as a photographer of Burlesque shows and of women. A friend of mine challenged me about this and I started looking at my pictures of men. This got me wondering whether photographs of male subjects might not be a more interesting portrait than the pictures I usually take.
I have started to study the male face and to objectify that to see what I can learn. I am still on my journey of taking pictures of men. I try now to always include shots of male figures at every gig I go to. I have been collecting the pictures into a folder and present them here below.
I have to admit at a couple of the pics are of me and were taken by someone else, but the processing is mine and I wanted to include them in the set.
Anyway enough talking here are the pictures, what do you think?