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Wherever the winds blow


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Wherever the winds blow

21 Sep 2020 4:16PM   Views : 440 Unique : 287


I wasnít planning to blog today, because Iíve been shooting Ė but then I thought that the pictures Iíd shot might be a way into some interesting thoughts.

I was working with a model Iíve photographed a couple of times before: sheís bought herself a portable pole (as in pole dancing), and wanted to make some pictures with it. She posted a casting call, and I responded. Her rate was reasonable, but I need to emphasise that I paid her, to shoot her ideas.

And thatís the point, or points: that itís valid to collaborate, not just to impose your views on the people and places you photograph. And that going with the way the wind is blowing isnít a bad thing (unless itís Storm Force 10, and heading for the rocks).

Many years ago, I worked for the Department of Health and Social Security (the name sort of gives away the time), and was seconded to the Economic Advisorís Office. The particular economic advisor I worked for was doing a project on the cost of treatment for patients with kidney failure: at the end of one Friday afternoon collecting data at a hospital, a doctor stuck his head round the door where a colleague and I were working, and asked if either of us wanted to watch a kidney transplant.

My colleague said no: and the following day, as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg limbered up at Wimbledon for the Menís Singles Final, I was donning a gown, theatre shoes and a face mask. No camera: but it was a fascinating afternoon, during which I gained a new respect for surgeons and their sense of humour.

Or, as they say now Ė when the world hands you a lemon, make lemonade. Every restriction can be an opportunity.

Shooting pictures of a plus-sized model in a restricted space isnít an obvious recipe for success, but Iíve learned more about my lighting and lenses Ė and maybe got a few memorable pictures. EJ and I are both well pleased, and youíve got an extra blogÖ


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
21 Sep 2020 4:22PM
The model is EJ Spencer.
GGAB Avatar
GGAB 7 31 1 United States
21 Sep 2020 7:13PM
Not commenting on the pictures, however on the arrangement.
You paid her to take pictures she wanted with her new Pole Dancing Pole?

My spider sense tells me there is more to the story.
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
21 Sep 2020 7:48PM
No, George, that's the point of the blog.

A lot of togs would suggest that if a model suggests pictures, they should pay the tog: I am saying that's not right, unless you're David Bailey. I am happy to take up ideas that models suggest: and I end up with pictures I'd not have thought of on my own. As I've suggested before in blogs, working with a model isn't a matter of me directing the images - it's a collaborative job.

I suppose there's one other possible way to behave as a photographer, and that's to seek to exploit every commercial opportunity. That's not how I want to work. I have a home of my own, a car, a steady income: few models have all of these, and many have none of them.
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13 14.5k 89 Norway
22 Sep 2020 2:17PM

Quote:and I end up with pictures I'd not have thought of on my own.

That in itself makes it worthwhile to the photographer...

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