Muse @ our house on the beach. Trying to get that feeling of fulfillment back again as the weather turns cold, and the rain pours down. An island awaits in a couple weeks… until then, I’ll remember being here. I’ll remember walking outside and finding Muse cocooned inside of the hammock. Rei in her room practicing her Indian dancing. And myself opening the refrigerator in elation noticing the thoughtful chilled coffee Muse made me just to be nice. I really miss this place.
We have been doing slide shows now @ the get together since 2005 when we were in Flagstaff, Arizona. In Flagstaff it was for only one night, and it was quite impromptu but there were a lot of photographs to watch. We also did a one night stand in 2006 and skipped the slide shows completely in 2007. 2007 was skipped because the get together was planned in 2 months due to my wedding in July. But, we brought them back again in 2008 @ the 29 Palms Inn. We did 4 shows a night under the stars on a patch of fresh green grass with the stars up overhead. It was lovely. So, it’s become a tradition now to show our work in this way to each other.
This year we decided to give incentive to producing an eye catching show. The famed master photographer Sam Haskins was amazing in giving Michael Marlborough his new book “FASHION ETCETERA“Â to give away as a prize to the best slide show for a photographer and we gave $50.00 to the best slide show for a model.
All together we had 16 slide shows spread out over 4 nights and the winners were:
It was rather hard to choose what show was best since all the work was brilliant. The next way to decide was just to go by who put the most effort and followed directions the best in producing the shows. Cameron and Muse to those of us who were judging put in the most effort and kept the audiences attention the best.
Maybe we can showcase their shows once we figure out how to get YouTube to allow nudity. Or maybe there’s another way… To be determined!
Big congratulations to Cameron and Muse!
Polaroid Type 85 went right after SX-70. It’s understandable about Type 85 really. I mean, I’m the only one I know who ever shot nudes with it. Maybe someone else is out there? If so… let me know! I want to see your work too. Holga w/Polaroid back and Type 85. I still have mass amounts of film left.
I thought I would go through 12 packs in Australia, but alas… I broke my Polaroid bucket once I got to OZ and had to use a bowl from the house I rented so trucking around in the rainforest wasn’t so optional. Improvising is fun.
One day I photographed Rei and Muse at the house we were staying in together. The quote of the day was, “Ladies! Quit talking about boys and start talking about POSES!” I was running back and forth from the bowl to the shooting spot with Polaroid goo on my fingers and the paper stuff stuck to them while trying to hold two developed positives in my mouth at times. I swear if I ever had a “diva moment” that was it. Muse and Rei continued to taunt me about it for days. I’m certain my hair MUST have been sticking out all over the place too. It wasn’t… but it ads to the drama so play along. I was acting very exasperated because I was actually upset at the sun. See, it was moving way too rapidly and I needed it to stay where it was for at least another hour. But, of course time doesn’t play that way… so exasperated I was. Here are some of the “diva moment” photographs. With Type 85 of course.
I felt so lazy in Mission Beach. There was this calm about me that was indescribable. I think humidity does this to me, the feeling of the surroundings literally hugging you and making you feel all warm inside. I think the images I made here were tapping into that. I kept wondering how I could create a haze in my daze. I want to go back… now.
Oh all the Polaroid Negatives to wade through… All the 120 and 35mm to develop. My lab will rescue me. But, in the mean time… here are a few finished works from me. Thank you to the models. More coming soon…
Of course I know it did but I’m sure I’m not the only one that wishes it didn’t. Last week would have to be one of the best weeks of my life and I wish I didn’t have to wait a whole year to do it all again. Never before have I had the opportunity to work with so many amazing models in such a short time as well as socialise with both models and photographers and develop what I hope will be life long friendships with some very talented people.
A big thanks must go to Zoe and Michael Marlborough for organising this event. We all owe you big time! Thanks also to all the models I shot with as it was your special talents and collaborative efforts that helped me get some really amazing images.
I guess now it is all over I do have time to post some more images so here is a selection from my remaining shoots with Candace, Rebecca, Stephanie Anne, Vassanta, Muse, Madame Bink and Ivory Flame.
Keep in touch everyone, I miss all of you already!