Over the last year and a half, I have been shooting a new range of nudes, a subject which I had not tackled in the past. Much of this was made possible by having access to the old HSBC bank building in Saltburn as it was being converted into a new gallery, but was in an amazing almost derelict state, as much of the space had not been used by the bank for around 50 years! This provided me with the most fantastic backdrops imaginable for the work I had in mind, and over a three month period late in 2009 I shot a variety of work here.
I also wanted to do some off beat kind of images, and had brought back from Venice some superb carnival masks, which I used for a number of the shots.
Much of the work was done using toy cameras, although ‘proper’ cameras were also employed, mostly my Mamiya rangefinders and Hasselblad X-pan. I am currently in the process of uploading these images – some are already on the site; others are due to be put up soon.
The prints can also be viewed at Castleton in my gallery, Montage, and also at Profile Gallery in Saltburn, newly situated in the old tourist information premises in Saltburn station buildings. What has been particularly gratifying to me that all the feedback I have so far received about this work has been positive, and without exception from women.
More of this work will be undertaken this coming year and I am always interested in finding new models; experience not particularly necessary, just an appreciation of the type of work I am doing and a willingness to be involved. Contact me through the website or gallery if interested. Obviously, it would help if you are fairly locally based…..