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I finally started shooting again the weekend before last after what felt like an eternity.  Whilst I tend to have a break from shoots over the winter months, this year's break was much longer than usual due to life being just so busy.  So it was with a real sense of excitement and optimism that I travelled to my first shoot of 2014.

This year I am intending to work with a smaller number of models than in previous years but develop an ongoing series of shoots.  I have found in the past that working regularly with someone brings many benefits, not least in that as you get to know someone, you both become more relaxed and the creativity seems to flow more easily.  

I sense that will definitely be the case with Bridie, the model for this initial set of images.  We did work together once by the sea on a breezy day last May and my initial impression was that Bridie was someone special.  She has an incredible positive energy about her and bags of enthusiasm which makes a photo shoot a really happy experience.  Although she doesn't yet have much experience, she has a lively mind and an intelligent, thoughtful approach to modelling that made a strong impression on me. Combine that with an amazing figure and wonderful natural beauty and you have all the ingredients to inspire any artist!

The weather the other weekend was still too chilly to shoot figure work outdoors, so we headed into a smart little studio in Plymouth.  Sticking to the KISS principle in order to get the creative juices flowing and ease us into the project, we worked on a series of low key figure studies. These mainly used a black backdrop to show off Bridie's figure as an abstract form.  I've used this approach a number of times before, but am always pleased by the different shapes and poses that arise.  Sadly, the afternoon sailed past all too quickly, which must be a good sign.  

Our next shoot in a fortnight promises to be something special, being based in an historic house!  Watch this space for the next update.....,
  • Listening to: Costa del Mar Radio
  • Reading: The Old Ways - Robert Macfarlane
  • Watching: Gravity
  • Playing: My lovely new Gibson J-45, yet still!
  • Eating: Thai Red Curry
  • Drinking: McEwans Champion Ale

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Perry
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom
I take photographs simply because I want to capture moments of beauty. My work with models revolves around artistic nudes. The human body, in particular the female form, is the most beautiful subject there is; a wonderful canvas that can project so many moods and emotions. Clearly, this is a theme that has inspired art for the last 2500 years, so I realise I'm not the first to reach this conclusion!

I prefer to work with available light, predominantly at outdoor locations. I'm fascinated by the emotional & physical contrast offered by so many natural and man made settings. I love the spontaneity of working outside, the inspiration that can be drawn from amazing locations and the fact that every shoot is different; the setting, theme, model and weather all come together to create a unique set of conditions that hopefully come through in the pictures.

I research shoot locations carefully in order to find interesting and original places to shoot; sometimes this is based on an idea or concept that requires a certain location. Alternatively it is the location that suggests a concept. I'm interested in the atmosphere and story that a place has to tell, this can suggest a strong narrative to explore in a series of images. With that in mind I have put together a library of terrific locations over the years, most of which are here in the south west. The rugged beauty of Dartmoor is a special place to me. I relish the physical and mental freedom offered by such wilderness areas.

Similarly I love working by the sea, in particular the land revealed between the tides: a place of dramatic rock formations, incredible colours and textures, caves and caverns along the ocean shore. Equally, I am fascinated by standing stones and stone circles, settings that link us humans to an ancient past, when we enjoyed a stronger connection to the earth and the natural world. My 'studio' also includes a host of ruined buildings - old mines, follies, abbeys and even derelict industrial settings all provide regular fuel for my imagination.

When the weather prevents outdoor work, I do enjoy indoor figure studies, again mainly using natural light for the softness this lends to an image. For me the simplicity of this approach, without complicated props or backgrounds, just working with light and shade, is an appropriate response to the pure beauty of the subject.

I sometimes offer paid shoots to experienced art nude models who can demonstrate a high degree of creativity and originality in their posing and who will add something special to my portfolio. For models with less experience of art nude work, I am more likely to offer a shoot on a TFCD basis. In either case it is essential that the model really enjoys the experience; whether money is involved or not, the aim is an artistically rewarding creative collaboration. So I'm happy to hear from intelligent, intuitive women with a positive outlook on life and who share my aspirations.


Current Residence: Exeter, UK
Favourite genre of music: None - my tastes are very eclectic
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Bill Brandt
Favourite style of art: Architecture
Operating System: Mac
MP3 player of choice: iPhone
Personal Quote: "We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars" - Oscar Wilde, who else
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mikebp Apr 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for faving! M :) (Smile) 
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You're most welcome.
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Perry, thanks a lot for the :+fav:, very much appreciated! :)

 

Pls take a look at my Keywords and select the themes you like most. Enjoy!

 

Peter

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skycladarts Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Many Happy Returns Perry! :party:
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imagesse Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers - I had a great birthday!
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happy birtday !
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imagesse Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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KevinStiles Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
excellent gallery of work - an artist who finds a woman in nature as the ultimate artform....and does it beautifully.
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imagesse Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly - that is a subject I never tire of, for me it represents the essence of the human spirit!
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imagesse Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the invitation - I will take a look!
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Arathyn Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Perry, discovered one of your photos by accident, and I've been going through the rest of your gallery for the past half an hour. You've quickly become one of my favorite photographers on dA. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Cheers!
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imagesse Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the complements and for all the comments & faves - I've enjoyed some great shoots recently that have really rejuvenated my interest in working with models, so stay tuned for lots more updates.
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Lapointe56 Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the llama :)
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:icontheartisfun:
Nice gallery...and happy birthday! :party:
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imagesse Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, on both counts!
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Happy Birthday! Keep up with your really interesting and fascinating work. :)
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imagesse Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I have some interesting shoots for this year, including several with models I've not worked with before so plenty to look forward too.
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:icondylanebennetda:
You're welcome! Can't wait to see your future works! :)
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