October seems a good excuse for going all dark and spooky on a set of images but the reality is I first started planning this set of images back in April. I knew I wanted to play with texture via body paint and also wanted to see how the waveforms would work if there was more color on the body. I knew I wanted Alaina Justice to be the model. Her left sleeve being full of ink was another aspect I was curious to render with waveform. Unfortunately, children and life and other circumstances forced us to delay shooting until September.
Having some extra time to think about the process, I decided what would be interesting would be to layer the waveform image with a non-identical black-and-white image. I wasn’t sure, from a conceptual perspective, what would happen but I was reasonably sure it would be creatively interesting. The results surprised me.
First off, the body paint didn’t work as I’d planned. I had used baby oil to create highlights for the black-and-white and assumed, incorrectly, that it wouldn’t interfere with the body paint. The results are still interesting, just not in the way I expected.
Second, the black-and-white image ended up essentially acting as a map for the color image. The shape of the figure you see is from the black-and-white image. Where color appeared and how it translated, however, was unpredictable and not at all what I expected. The results from the image where the paint was only on Alaina’s face was dramatically different, and brighter, from those where paint covered more of her body. Modifying those results would have required making significant changes to the base images, which I am loathed to do.
Again, this is not a matter of which image(s) I like best. Each one is unique and there are aspects I like about each. Which one(s) would I choose for an exhibition? I don’t know yet. I have a couple of weeks before I have to start making that decision.
Take a careful look. Note the details in the background if you can. Click on a thumbnail to view the series at its maximum size for your device. We’ve included the base black-and-white images for reference.