The Scrap Yard Nudes calendar was conceived by the sales director of a metal recycling group. The company wanted to produce a glamour calendar that was more interesting than the average cheesecake versions available off the shelf. Commissioning original photography would allow the company’s products, several thousand tons of recycled metal, to feature in the pictures alongside local, East Anglian, models.
Between glamour and the more
formal naked figure lies a wide expanse of the erotic, the documentary and the
personal. Personality, whether it is the model’s genuine personality or make believe
conjured from the photographer’s and model’s creative collaboration is largely
created in the viewers mind by setting, clothes and props. In creating images of
the erotic photographers tend to swing between hard and soft styles. Whether
poised and flawless in a hard-edged setting or soft an innocent lying in a meadow
both create an inhuman woman. A creation in which the photographer, model and
viewer are all compliant.
Photographing location nudes is always challenging (and fun) but does need a certain amount of planning. Ideally you will be working with a model that you are familiar with and in a location that you have visited regularly. That way you’ll be prepared for the idiosyncrasies of both. Some models that I work with are downright blasé about public nudity and would happily walk naked through the centre of town. I am continually looking over my shoulder for the blue flashing lights. Others can be embarrassed by a bloke and his dog appearing when they are fully dressed, but both need to feel relaxed.
The walls seem to hold echoes of the past. It is easy to visualise the ghosts of previous occupants wandering through their empty rooms. Maybe it takes a creative leap to see them as attractive naked women but when photographing location nudes you can capture whatever you want. This is about interpreting an idea to create an interesting image