This is a shot from my August 4 workshop. I have titled it Pumped Up Down Under in reference to a calendar I started in the late 80's that went through until about 2007. It was based initially on gym shots like this one where the models were always shot with free weights. Back when it started it was partly created to encourage Australian women to consider using free weights as an option to get fit looking bodies. Whilst the shots were sexy they were also more authentic than most other female calendar shots at the time. As such many women were drawn to the calendars and used them as inspirational tools.
This is a shot from an old calendar shoot. It is set in my studio gym which has a very grungy feel to it. The clothes have some artistic license for a ballet shot but I feel the overall feel of the photo has authenticity and style. Much of this is due to the model being present when the camera clicked. All too often especially in scene shots like this the model becomes obsessed with the result which then restricts the flow and reality of the scene. This is a message I share regularly but a very important one.
So important in gym shots that the model looks oblivious to the camera. If they look like they are posing the shot feels very cheap. In this shot Penny seems totally focassed on the dumbell and as such looks very authentic. In any aspect of life we will achieve the best results by giving total concentration to the task at hand and staying present in the moment.
This is another shot from one of my old calendars. The model Stacey is one of the more powerful personalities that I have used in the series. Amazing looks but an even more powerful inner self. These days I teach photography and one of the best pieces of advice I give is to connect with yourself and your subject at a deep level.
I believe that most humans are self absorbed. That we have been hurt and dis appointed in life and carry around emotional baggage. This baggage often comes out when people are faced with a camera. However when a model can let go of baggage and be fully present as who they really are the results are so empowering.
In this shot I beleive that Stacey is so free and in the moment. She is not concerned about the camera or for this moment life's struggles. Given that her inner sensitivity is so powerful when she is free and enjoying herself being in her presence is so inspiring. I am hoping that seeing and feeling this shot will inspire those who view it.
This is a shot from about 2001 I think. It was from one of my calendars and was inspired by the male sprinters at the Olympics in Sydney. They had amazing physiques and were pulling their unitards down after thier races. So I took some artisitc license and set up a similar scene here with Shona. Think her figure looks even more impressive than the male athletes. Having said this have always preffered the artistic lines of the female form. Also think that the authenticity of her expression adds much impact to this photograph.
I believe that a person's consciousness is perhaps the most powerful energy on the planet. However as with any power it can be empowering or destructive. The model in this shot , Penny, has an enormously powerful presence about her. She has a very shapely and strong body and also very defined bone structure. However it is her emotional depth that emanates the biggest impact I think. She is not always the most relaxed person I know but no matter what state of mood she is in being around her certanly makes you feel things. In this shot I beleive she is intense and is powerfully projecting this. However when she lets her walls down and is in her comfort zone the beauty viewed and felt is inspirational. This image is perhaps more dominating than I would like. However unless I am at my absolute most secure I find it hard to provide Penny with the envinronment she needs to let her walls down.
nb; This image was taken at one of my recent photographic workshops. If you live in Australia please feel free to come along to one.