Since I have started doing photography on a more serious, formal level (studying it at college level etc.), I find myself constantly pushed to explore new techniques, topics and genres. Along the way I have met some pretty cool and interesting people – my fellow class mates of course – but also the people who have been gracious and kind enough to be my sitters. One of them is on the way of becoming my inofficial muse. S___ suggested a shoot for last weekend, and it was yet another highly intense yet valuable learning experience. Not least because the theme of the shoot was “pin-up”, veering into fetish photography.
I had never been very au fait with erotic photography (despite in my previous life working in a job where I had to review erotica
and worse almost on a daily basis), so this project was virgin soil for myself. It is, of course, great when you work with sitters who have had previous experience on photo shoots. This was the case with S___ and M___ whom I photographed yesterday. It helps, too, when the models are friendly, open minded people who enjoy a chat, have few inhibitions and don’t mind a wait while the greenhorn photographer gets her own prudish embarrassments settings right.
The theme for the shoot had been set by my sitters. They wanted to be photographed in rubber dresses and high heels. I quickly found myself drawn towards the aesthetics of shiny latex and sky-high heels as these translate so easily and dramatically well into photographs. Indeed, even half way into the shoot, the ladies stated that I obviously have a shoe fetish, just based on the amount of close-ups I was taking of the heels – from all angles and perspectives. (Pssst – I have never even attempted to stand on anything higher than 2 cm. How I would deal with 8 inch platforms, I cannot imagine. I would most definitely need a zimmer frame to get around, so that would probably cancel out the erotic fantasy.)
The reflective rubber, made even shinier by a special oil that is rubbed in for photo shoots (!!), proved less challenging than I thought. I worked with only one light in the shoot, leaving the softbox on throughout. The result was a soft illumination of the skin and faces of the ladies, while still giving a nice, punchy catchlight on the rubber. And red is such an attractive colour to photograph. Whatever it is about red, it gives an image an instant ooomph, I think. With 360 images taken, I have my work cut out for me now to edit and post-produce them – not really my main interest when it comes to photography, but an inescapable part of the photographer’s job nowadays.
Anyhow, loved it, and particularly the heels. Oh and by the way: if there is anybody out there with a zimmer frame fetish – please get in touch! :-))