Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

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There’s a real sense of privilege to be commissioned to photograph someone, be it their first time in front of camera, or their first shoot in many years.  So it was with Shauna.  After meeting and chatting just before lockdown, it was a frustrating few months before we could finally shoot.  Within an hour, those first faltering poses transformed into some beautifully emotive images (click to view full screen)

Pretty cool eh?  But it turned out that was just a warm up for our second shoot, a few weeks later.

Some edgy fashion to warm up, then some awesome urbex modelling.  Witnessing this step from those first, awkward poses to these emotive, powerful images in only a few hours of modelling was a privilege.  (again, click to view full screen)

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Jodie and I had already established a fruitful creative relationship before this day in January 2020, but this lifted things to another level. The first half of the day was spent shooting portraits (it’s difficult to take a bad portrait of JT), the second was an edgy free for all that yielded some cracking results.

Just to be absolutely clear folks, the tracks used for this shoot are long disused and frequented by hikers and dog walkers.  Without that certainty we would not have used them

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The Warriors

Back in 2016, I jumped at the chance to work with extraordinary costume creator John Davis, also known as The Wizard of Foaminess (check out his facebook profile HERE).  Partnered by my regular model, TJ, we set out to a local quarry to create something worthy of these amazing costumes.

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Costume 1 (Click to view full screen)

Not content with a single look we went on to shoot
Costume 2

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Ceri Vale Off The Beaten Track Jodie and I had already established a fruitful creative relationship before this day in January 2020, but this lifted

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The Barn

The Barn

It was a damp Sunday afternoon in January, mist and drizzle clinging to the hills.  TJ and I had already lucked out at our first location (the developers had moved in – another shoot place gone) and we were heading for the second when we spotted the barn.  Nothing shouts “disused” more than broken or glassless windows, and the house beside it didn’t look too clever, so we stopped a short distance up the road and walked back.

It became obvious that the house was occupied, but the barn looked so enticing that we took a chance and asked permission.  Christopher, the owner, thanked us for asking and said yes.  What a wonderful place for a one-off, cracking shoot.

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Deterioration of a Broken Mind

Deterioration of a Broken Mind

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer; Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound, But shrink from voicing care. (Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

Photoshoot exploring aspects of mental deterioration, nightmares and dark imagery
Model is TJ – Click on any image to view full screen

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The Lake and the Hanging Tree

The Lake and the Hanging Tree

A photograph can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy. It captures one moment in time and offers no context, no explanation and no excuses. Lighting, angles and poses can so seldom deliver the truth in a final image and in this age of filters and Photoshop, the truth can become so seemingly unacceptable and frightening for a person to present.   

For transgender, non-binary and gender fluid people, that is so frequently magnified by the world around us and the society we all reside in. But true beauty is not found in the pristine airbrushed, cis-normative bodies airbrushed in magazines. It is found deep in the wilderness, where flesh meets stone and tears meet rivers. Where the weight of expectations is unimportant next to the weight of your muscle and bone upon unsteady earth. It is there, among the marsh water, towering trees and unforgiving terrain that you are reminded what makes a body perfect.
Charlize Golightly

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Dereliction of Mind and World

Dereliction of Mind and World

Back in April ’19 I seized the chance to visit this wonderful abandoned hospital before its inevitable destruction at the hands of vandals and wreckers.  Joined by art nude model, Melany (@selkie_model on Instagram) we wandered the halls and corridors undisturbed, creating images as we went.  Then onwards to a favourite derelict nearby. 

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Ceri Vale The Warriors Back in 2016, I jumped at the chance to work with extraordinary costume creator John Davis, also known as The Wizard

The Forsaken

The Forsaken

There are times when shoots can be done and dusted in a surprisingly short space of time.  So it was with this.  No plan, no hesitation, it almost tumbled out of camera.  Sadly, though this was immediately accepted for publication in Elusive Dreams magazine, its “till further notice” closure means this is the best way to get it out there and seen.

The following is Hester’s biog as it would have appeared in the magazine,
“Feminist, adventurous, fiercely independent and a creative lover of photographic art. My life is crammed full with people I love and a challenging career I enjoy. However, every now and then I get time away from work and my busy family life to indulge my creativity with wonderfully talented photographers. I choose to embrace my femininity but like images which show strong and raw emotion. I’m not someone that accedes to pressure to conform.  I’ve always found the feminine form to be beautiful and seek to convey the different aspects of what it means to me to be a strong female in our modern society as opposed to trying to emulate a sexualised aesthetic to be idolised by others.”

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Ceri Vale The Warriors Back in 2016, I jumped at the chance to work with extraordinary costume creator John Davis, also known as The Wizard

In the Wilds of Wales with Silk (part2)

In the Wilds of Wales with Silk (part2)

Taking Silk into the depths of waterfall country is akin to releasing a falcon to the wild.  Feral, yet graceful, she molds to the world and the world seems to mold to her.  Part 1 is already up, so please do take a look, and I hope you enjoy these. 

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Her First Shoot – Sel

Her First Shoot - Sel

 

It’s always a privilege to help a complete newcomer on their first venture in front of camera.  Whatever the motivation – simple curiosity, a confidence boost, or a desire to explore new interests – my model experience days can be tailored to suit anyone

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Ceri Vale The Warriors Back in 2016, I jumped at the chance to work with extraordinary costume creator John Davis, also known as The Wizard