Sometime projects take a little while from their shooting to when they are revealed. This is certainly the case of a shoot that was held over two years ago. I had answered a casting call from a local artist who was seeking photographers to collaborate in an art project. The artist was twice World Champion bodypainter Sofia Bue and the project was a book and exhibition called “Bodies of Art”. I had seen Sofia’s work previoulsy when she was one of the tutors at the BodyFX conference I had photographed.

We met and obviously clicked as one Sunday in 2015 we all gathered in a studio at Trentham racecourse to do the shoot. It was probably one of the largest collaboration I have been involved with. It involved three models (Sophia Sparks, Imogen Stone & Amelia McCarthy) , Sofia and two assistants and a behind the scenes videographer. It took Sofia nearly five hours to fully paint the models and then we shot for nearly two hours.

The lighting for the shoot was fairly simply. Two softboxes placed of each side of the group at about a 10% angle so not quite rim lighting. A reflector was used in some of the shots to get a little bit more light.

Following the shoot the process of turning them into a final product took considerable longer than I would have imagined.  In the end Sofia turned to crowdfunding to get it out the door. This process was successful and I cant wait to see it when it arrives early in 2018.

Double Honours and Award win

The final ladder competition for 2017 had the set topic of “into the night” which screams out astrophotography. But it also meant that these were going to be landscapes, which is not one of my main shooting areas.

On a clear night I headed to Owhiro Bay on Wellington to do the shoot. I had planned on shooting an orb in the foreground but in the end that image was not as good as the one as a simple landscape. There will be a separate post about the night shoot and my painting with light attempts.

In the end I only selected one image from the shoot, and for the second entry went back to a shoot two years previous at the base of the Pencarrow light at the entrance to Wellington harbour.

Going into the round I was tied for first place with another club member, so we both knew the relative results of our image would decide who won the award for 2017 Advanced grade photographer.

As it turned out the judge must have liked my images as both received Honours, meaning that I have successfully won the competition for the second year in a row.