Simon and I decided that we would travel North for a change.
A casting was produced, and from the respondents, the wonderful Kat Folan was chosen.
This was primarily a research and testing mission, and as Simon and I have very little knowledge of “The North”, Kat was our guide.
Our favourite spot was the fantastic Slains Castle, somewhere north of Aberdeen.
Darling came up to visit from Manchester.
Ok, lets not over inflate my importance here; Darling, a model from Manchester was on a tour of Scotland, and Simon and I took advantage of this and booked her for a day.
We went to an old house – you’ll have seen the ruins before [Link to Previous Art Nude Set at this location], shot some images and then went off somewhere else for the stable block images.
It was a great day, and I would happily recommend Darling to anyone.
Simon and I worked with the beautiful and talented Roswell Ivory when she was on tour in Scotland.
We started in an old deserted ruin. When I say deserted … if you didn’t include the family that suddenly descended mid-shoot and hung around for at least half an hour … and then the dog walkers …
It’s a miracle we got anything done.
We ended up in Edinburgh for a bit of light painting
As Simon and I left West Lothian, the heavens opened and snow fell. Not good.
Luckily as we drove the 20 or so miles across the Forth Road Bridge [(c) Simon Pole] and in to Fife, things started to look up. The clouds were thinning and the sky was showing patches of blue.
In the hour it took to get to Chrissie’s flat, there was no trace of snow, or black clouds; in fact if it wasn’t for the nip in the air, it could have been a summers day …
Cup of tea and a chat latter, we were on route to Dunkeld to start in our shoot zone … I’d been to some places around there and shot landscape and I wanted to revisit them and shoot them with a model.
So we are on our way to the shoot zone and we pass this old abandoned farmhouse; quick zen navigation logic application later, we’re exploring this beautiful old farm house and out buildings
After the farmer came and had a chat about what we were doing there we left for the next stop (and about 5 miles down the road I was wishing I’d got his contact number so we could call him to use the place again).
This was a peaceful little bit of river, well, rapids.
I had shot there previously and felt that although it was a cracking location, it lacked a certain je nais se quoir – and of course that certain something was Chrissie.
On wards in the never ending pursuit of photographic happiness.
I had stayed in a holiday cottage near here and we went for a walk to the ruined hunting lodge. This was too unsafe to shoot in, and the alternative shoot in the old stable block also turned in to a bust as it appeared the Estate was re-using the building as a workshop and storage area.
Not wishing to cause problems, we headed back to the car.
Standing at the tailgate, drinking green tea and the view …
the light was fading fast …
But not fast enough.
The last location was going to be a bust as it was over an hours drive so I decided to go down the lane a bit further on to the lochside.
One eye on the road and one on the big patch of cloud that was threatening to obscure the sun and thus the last of the shooting light, the race to defy physics was on …
I think we made it …
Thanks to Chrissie for the great day and for your patience; to Rory for keeping a look out and showing us the sexy new shutter sound, and of course to Simon who without his patience and guidance I would still be fudging it.
I had the chance to shoot with the wonderfully talented Camille Perrin, a model from Glasgow.
The shoot was originally programmed for January, but had to be be re-scheduled due to the snow; we would not have been able to get to the location. The roads were icy enough when we went.
The temperature was around the 3 degrees mark when we got to the location, and about -1 in the shade. Not perturbed by this, and glad for the lack of midges, we carried on with our shoot. Despite being cold, the weather was absolutely fantastic; the sun stayed out and the clouds on the whole stayed away.
Camille has some wonderful work on her portfolio and if you get the chance to work with her, take it.
September also saw a bit of art nude work, with a model from the south of Newcastle called Fizzy.
Fizzy knew this little cove not too far away from Newcastle with dramatic cliffs and secure hideaways.
The only problem with this is that the sun sets in the West; we were in the East. As a sun rise location it would have been excellent, but unfortunately we lost natural light pretty quickly.
It also made me appreciate more the collaborations that Simon and I do. This kind of stuff is far, far easier when there is a second pair of hands.