I started in this business making and selling landscape photographs for business and personal collectors, but I have always been drawn to people. I find, especially the creative type, artists, musicians etc interesting.
This is my series of images of tattoo artists, a very difficult group to convince to let me make a picture of them. Quite a few said no and I did get asked some very strange questions, anyway these guys are the ones who gave me a go. They where all made in their studios, except the last one of Aiko.
When someone gives up some of their time in their day just so I can make a picture, I feel obliged to make sure I do the best I can. As was the case with all of them I first made a light reading of the room then I put some light into the face with a flash remotely fired through a softbox placed high and pointing down. I did shoot tethered to a laptop just to make sure I got it right. I find using a computer screen gives me more added insurance over the shoot rather than trying to make things out on the back of camera.
Eric and Eden
This is Aiko who’s body has been painted on by Eddy-Lou.
How I came to start this series was with a question. What is it to live as a woman today, as well as, have women themselves changed? You could say this is my attempt to make images against the terror of perfection. Looking at a woman’s strength. Hoping to capture naked images and I don’t mean naked body parts, I mean show the camera who as a woman you really are, the natural beautiful person women are. My instruction to each person was simply be who you are and trust me to see and hopefully capture that truth. I didn’t want images that just appealed to men, some of whom see them as possessions. This, I hope is the first in a set of three. Three set’s of images of true stories. Three set’s of images of life. Indeed, of lives. A set of images to talk about what it means to be today’s woman.
This is the content of my photographs, dedicated to women. A narrative that questions not on the concept of women as much as on that of not one concept of femininity, but many. Not so much about their beauty but about their power, presence, personality and influence. As a photographer I am in some way responsible for reflecting of women in society, me personally I want that to be one of individuality.
When Jasmine said yes to helping me out she responded with… I am strong and healthy but a mum of 3. Mud running glam chic and I love horses … a bit of everything. My body image … I love that I am tall and try to carry myself confidently. But every girl has those things she doesn’t like. Perfect for the series. I said.
Thank you Jasmine.
I would just like to say a massive thank you to all those at Webers Circus for allowing me free rein in moving around where I wanted too and the giving me of their precious time to make this series. I couldn’t have done it without any of you.
When I started this series I was hoping I didn’t get too caught up in making pictures that where cliched and easy to make. As circus acts are full of colour and fast action with lots going on, it would have been easy to concentrate on as it’s quite wonderful to watch. This series was to be about people.
A circus is not a circus without it’s talent and talent only comes from people who put in long hours of work, training and practicing their skills. The following portfolio of images was made over two days at the end of an evening’s show. I wanted each image to show the person and not be specific to any act, just a study. Not having anytime to pre-plan any of these shots I had to bite the bullet and wing it. I started off by shooting the ring master centre of the ring but it just wasn’t working, the image needed layering, I noticed this early as the camera was tethered to a computer giving me a much larger frame for the eye to explore and notice any problems, which it did, plus the subject can see what is working and what’s not, this helped with things like props and lipstick. Lighting was natural, whatever was available in my space supplemented with a flash fired through a soft-box. ISO was set high to get as much detail as possible and I allowed light to bleed where it wanted so that I could get the cinematic effect I was chasing. Colour grading was done as much as possible in Capture One with things like curves, levels, dodging and burning done in Photoshop later.
This series has been a dream for me to shoot and I have enjoyed every last moment of it, it’s taken a very long time for the opportunity to come round and Im grateful to everybody. Thank you Webers Circus.
Wonita and Tim
Megan and Cody
Paul and Emma