This series has been all about three working women who are also mums, and all showed signs of apprehension starting of in the shoot, but it didn’t take long to relax and have a good time. True the weather was not the best, but it did offer some wonderful light in all three stories.
The last mum, but not least was Hannalies’ turn in front of the camera. Making our way down the beach the wind was blowing fairly hard but I had a feeling it was working in my favour as Hannalise was wearing a light flowing material dress. The series I chose of her images I felt all offered a different look, from the soft to the high contrast that I felt Hannalise could carry off. As you can see she did it very well.
I have enjoyed this little project and it’s had more of an effect than I could have imagined, so thank you to all the ladies who gave me their trust and allowed me to make pictures of them. So glad you all like them.
Part 2 of my story on women. Bec and myself went to a beach to create this series of images on a very windy day, with a short burst of rain, that lucky for us cleared the beach of other people so I didn’t have to worry about the odd person popping into the background. Bec is a working mum of two who described herself as one of the most awkward people on earth. Mmm! She never tried photographing Bob Hawke. As you can see by Bec’s images she was wrong, no awkwardness in these.
When I meet the sitter for the first time, their story and my story as the photographer come together, then it’s a collaboration, whether conscious or verbal but something happens, then if Im cautious and respectful I hope they will respond with a generous spirit so that the story can be seen, as it’s my job as artist to find their story and reveal it with my camera.
None of the images in my series are shot with any glamour in mind and very minimal photoshop, that is used to do a bit of dodging and burning. This is about real people with real lives.
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