China doll a young graphic designer discussed working with me on something creative. we began with her concept of a golden gift, something soft and warm like a woman’s body, working with a young woman who never modeled before but is a creative and expressed her interest in modeling. well isn’t that what it takes and being interested in learning? i hope i never loose that myself. i think half the process is just showing up an be willing to learn that’s most of what i do.
she is unlike so many other young wanttobe models who think it’s a glamorous life and guys tell them all the time, hey you should be a model, yea right on your way to riches and fame jump in this bed with me, well you know the rest.
it’s a lot of hard work, takes knowledge of the form, practice, practice, and more practice along with a hell of a lot of luck. many are called, few are chosen. hey what do i know i don’t deal in the world of professional photography. i am just a hobbyist or artistic hobbit, never really sure what i am.
thank goodness my early pictures were done on film which was easy to dispose of. as i recall helmut newton had a pretty rough start. tho i am not in helmuts league nor do i think i ever will be, i am just saying. creatively i just try to be open and go with the flow, showing my hippie roots.
oh well, on to the reason i struggle with this technology. hum a gift [naked woman] without wrapping paper, oh wait i’ve got some of this silver mylar so we begin this picture story of salome our china doll.
but out of four tries coming out of the hershey wrapper i wasn’t able to get much i liked. it was hard for her to stand from a kneeling position.
but i am always trying this and that but if this isn’t working why don’t i try going in closer?
what i should have done in the beginning as the body paint was being applied by china doll is be there supervising more, i did ask a mm make up person to join us but never heard back.
but instead i just dropped in occasionally seeing how it was going but staying on the sidelines i never got the base i was looking for, it got out of hand.
the model was having some difficult time finding the light and i am changing it as we go turning this on this off, i should have articulated more what i wanted with the body paint. like what happened around her eyes below.
live and learn.
but below is my favorite of all the images. i don’t expect to get a lot of images out of a shoot i am happy if i get one. i think there is a softness and sensuality here as bob dylan said in the song Just like a woman ‘she breaks like a little girl’