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Episode 8

xanda > xanda Blog > Episode 8
02/08/2008 - 8:30 PM

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It's been a tricky couple of months and I haven't done as many shoots as I had planned for the Summer but never mind. I did manage one yesterday with Sophie (Love de Carvalho). We found a derelict shed (or something) and spent a couple of hours taking some photos in and around it. I'm working on them now so I hope to post a few next week.

For most of August I will be working on the home studio that should have been done last year. I gave up the studio I was renting at the Drill Hall in Horsham thinking it would be but a few short months before I had a facility at home but fate had other plans and here I am a year later, still without a studio. So...with any luck by September I will be set up ready for the huge number of studio based shoots I have planned that have had to be repeatedly postponed. I should add that I have spent a fortune in the mean time collecting material and props and goodness knows what else but my wife Jean was only too happy to help out with that Smile

I'm also hoping to get some images sorted for the coffee table book I'm working on which will mostly feature nudes with some lingerie shots that will allow me to use those models I really like who do not want to strip off.

Whenever I tell people this they seem surprised because I haven't shot many nudes. This is true but many of the photos I have taken have been shot as if they were nudes...if that makes sense. I had an interesting talk with a buyer following the exhibition of my photo of Liv entitled 'The Tomb'. Everyone I spoke to loved the picture (Liv just has this effect on people!) and...a gallery would have taken it if it had been a nude. It got me thinking. I could have offered it for 500 in a London gallery...but only as a nude. I asked why and was told that as it was, it's just a portrait. Hmmmm...The same has been said of other photos in my portfolio. Interesting. Anyway, I am working with a few models now who are happy sans clothes so who knows?

The project is scheduled to run until pubication in Autumn 2010 with gallery exhibitions starting in 2009. If this project follows most of the others I have worked on, you can add a year to each of those lol.

Tags: Book, Gallery, Liv, Love, Nudes, Portraits, Sophie, Studio, Tomb


conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2008 - 9:00 PM

Quote: a gallery would have taken it if it had been a nude. It got me thinking. I could have offered it for 500 in a London gallery...but only as a nude. I asked why and was told that as it was, it's just a portrait.

So it's only worth money if men can drool over it - or worse. What a sad state of affairs. I think it's a great shot, and not "just a portrait". But I suppose you can't argue with the voice of commerce. Still sad, though.

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xanda  11244 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2008 - 12:49 PM

I asked a number of local artists about this and they believe it comes down to what people would and wouldn't hang in their living rooms (for example). Fine-art nudes are just more 'acceptable'. The women (specifically), who painted nudes, said that a clothed portrait of another woman (ie Liv) would make them feel a little strange if it wasn't a member of their family. The explanation made some sense at the time (from a psychological point of view) but I'm not sure I've really done it justice lol.

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