Our final art series of the year packs quite a punch
Here we are, December 15, and it’s time to make some decisions. Today is the submission deadline for two major art shows, which means I have the impossible task of selecting just five images to represent my work over the past year. This wasn’t easy last year and this year it’s even more impossible. We’ve dropped over 10,000 frames this year for the first time in seven years and I’m incredibly partial to almost everything. How the hell am I supposed to choose five out of so many images?
There is still a lot that we’ve not posted here yet, and that is largely intentional. We don’t want to give anyone the impression that I’m stuck in some kind of rut or that we only take pictures of people with their clothes off. Neither of those has ever been true. We’ll post some of the other work after the first of the year. What this abundance does is give me a chance to work on some other things, learn some new skills, explore different options.
Let’s focus on this week’s set of pictures, though. Mercedes came along with Cassandra a few weeks ago, a pleasant surprise that required me to think quickly in creating concepts for her. What we came away with are three distinct looks that fit three very different moods and Mercedes rules them all.
The first set is called “Loitering.” You’ll want to look closely because there’s some double exposure going on that isn’t immediately evident in the thumbnails. What these images capture is the power and energy some people have when they’re doing nothing more than just standing around not interacting with anyone. Mercedes was quite full of energy the day we shot and that flowed all around her, making it easy to create this set of photos.
The second set is “Knowing How To Ride.” Yes, there’s an intended double entendre there. If I’d had a horse available, I would have tossed Mercedes on top of it, but given we were indoors and no horses were available, we made do with a modified sawhorse and told her to fake it. The results were wonderful!
The final set, which is only three frames, is “A Window In The Rain.” I’m kicking myself for not taking more time shooting this set, but time was something we didn’t have by this point. I’m sure she could have produced a full range of emotions had I given her another ten minutes. The three we did are wonderfully intimate portraits of a rainy day.
I’m pretty sure Mercedes didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she showed up that day, but I’m thrilled that she was so incredibly cooperative and spirited. I’m hoping the New Year provides us an opportunity to work with her again.
As always, click on the thumbnail to view the image full size. The larger the screen you have, the better.