Ups and Downs

Nude, Nova Scotia, 2012

Nude, Nova Scotia, 2012

I’ve decided today to post some photos from last year’s trip to Canada.  As I’ve noted before, I went up to Canada with models Erica Jay and Dane St. Clair, but one day we were joined in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by local model Kyla Nicolle.
On this particular day, we also met up with local photographer Eric Boutilier-Brown.  I’ve already posted some photos of Kyla from our morning photo session, but as we were fortunate enough to have Kyla for the whole day, I was able to photograph her in the afternoon, as well.  For that session, Eric took us to one of his favorite photo locations, which is where these photos here were made.

3306_4 - Kyla_ nr Halifax

I’m posting my favorite photo of this particular mini-set at the top.  However, it wasn’t the first photo.   The photo with Kyla lying on the rock, with her face visible (above), was made first and is nice enough.  Still, I wanted to see if I could do more of a classic figure study with her.
As Kyla has quite a few tattoos, I decided upon a pose and a point of view in which the tattoos would not be visible.  The next photo I scanned from this group shows her lying on the rock, her face not visible (below).  One arm shows a tattoo, but it’s not too distracting.  I wanted to see if I could do a stronger composition, however, so I got in closer with the camera and made the photo seen at the top.  Here, Kyla looks less like a naked chick lying on rock and more like a graphic study of peaks and valleys, with the outline of her figure going up and down as it moves across.
It would be difficult for me to recreate this photo again.  Kyla subsequently had both of her knees tattooed and she recently moved from Halifax to Vancouver.  She’s a beautiful model and a fun person to work with, so I’m glad that I worked with her.

3306_7 - Kyla_ nr Halifax

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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2 Responses to Ups and Downs

  1. I think you missed a good opportunity by shying away from tats. That could have been the perfect blend between the classic pose and the new age alternative model. I think you just gave me an idea. Never mind!!

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