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The Other Side Of The Camera15/06/2013 - 11:40 AM
Since my youth, taking photos has almost always meant being behind the camera. I started taking photos because I wanted to have memories of outings, holidays and family gatherings, and it was me who captured pictures of the other family members, and of the sights we saw. Apart from the odd holiday snap taken by the others, or an ugly passport picture here or there, etc., I was hardly ever the one before the lens.
But then some time ago I had an idea which led to an opportunity to see things from ´the other side´. I´ve always liked vintage things, I´ve always liked the twenties´ look, and ... oh dear, this is going to be a long story if I tell you everything. So let it just suffice to say that some time ago I found myself in a vintage environment, clothed in what could pass for twenties´ garments - mostly eBay finds, etc. (I got the suit for 2 quid!) - and, more importantly, I was in front of the camera instead of behind it.
A fellow EPZ member had kindly agreed to cooperate in giving me this model experience, and I found it really interesting to take direction, to see how he handled the situation as the photographer, and how he dealt with me as a model.
And I have to say that the whole experience opened up my eyes to what it's like to be a model as well. Even though it was only for a short time on just one day, and even though I suppose the opportunity only gave me a limited model experience, it did give me some ideas as a photographer, but these came to me by being a model. I found that very interesting. And I intend to use what I learned friom the experience to start taking model photos myself again. I had a brief bout of doing that years ago, but felt I wanted to take that kind of photography in a different direction, but didn't know which one exactly. I've decided on that direction now, and this experience helped me determine which one.
By the way, I wasn't the only one who found the shoot interesting. The location was a tourist attraction, and there were other people with cameras. They happily made use of the opportunity we provided them by being in that spot, with me all dressed up and looking the part. A lot more cameras clicked than just my fellow EPZ member's Canon. I started to feel a bit like a celebrity there, for a moment!
Well, anyway, after all of this you're going to want to see a picture, right? This was taken by Scott Chappell (schotzart). Photo and processing by Scott, crop by me. (Thanks for an enjoyable morning and an unforgettable experience, Scott. I loved doing this, I had a great time!)
I have to add that this is not my favourite picture of the bunch, but I'm keeping the rest for another time. This one is just to illustrate my story here.
Oh, and for those who are now going to have a look at Scott's portfolio: No, I didn't do any unclothed modeling, nor do I intend to do it in the future, nor do I intend to take nude photos as a photographer. But I do really like vintage photography and clothed model portraits.