As a non-pro photographer, I don’t have a set schedule of when I shoot. It happens when it happens. My travel photography happens for the most part on vacation, and my nude shoots are either on vacations or weekends. As I also have a limited amount of dollars to spend on it, you can understand why I may go for long periods without picking up a camera.
This was the situation I was in back in early December 2003 when I worked with a model by the name of Billie. I’d gone nearly half a year without making any photos. Having contacted a number of models to help out my friend Dave Levingston, it seemed an opportune time to end the drought. So, I packed my medium format camera gear into my bag and with tripod slung over my shoulder, I took the subway to our location – Billie’s apartment in the East Village section of Manhattan.
This was an unusual situation for me as I think it was the first time I ever photographed a model in her home. Usually I work outdoors, but sometimes in an interestingly appointed room or even a studio. A model’s apartment is a little different as one needs to decide whether to make photos that will appear to be neutral in its setting or which will try to show the space as a part of the model’s personality – the latter being what my friend Dave refers to as a ‘docunude.’ On this occasion, I guess I tried to do both.
The photo at the top here shows Billie on her sofa with her violin. A musician as well as an actress, she had both a violin and a guitar. When I suggested using the violin as a prop, she agreed, saying that while a violin is timeless the guitar would somehow seem to date the image. As I often try to do, I made images from various points of view with different lenses, as can be seen from the second photo.
The final image here is an attempt at a docunude, showing Billie standing in her kitchen. It’s a simple image, but there’s something I like about the look she was giving me. (I also have an image of her standing as a silhouette in her living room, but as I haven’t scanned that one yet, a posting here will have to wait.)
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