Updated: Aug 10
I am a bit behind on the announcement I made on Twitter, but just to catch you up...I have new photos! I've been dropping a couple of them on my Twitter feed over the last week, but I was hoping you would indulge me in talking to you a little bit about this photo series.
Those who have met me know that I am a deeply creative person. Gesticulating hands all over the place are a dead giveaway, I've been told. I can't draw or paint to save my life, my creative tools have always been my words and my body. When I gave up ballet to pursue a more academic path I turned to photographic art modelling to unleash my creative spirit (and pay rent at my student digs). I love now, that in this industry, I can come back to modelling as a creative outlet and fully express myself.
However, it is through the world of fitness that I have found the most wonderful photographer who I just creatively click with. They're not your traditional 'escort photographer' and, without meaning to sound pretentious, I love that. And I love that together, we have been able to bring my vision to life.
Shadow Play is an exploration of the light and shadow in this world, inspired by one of my favourite quotes from Leo Tolstoy:
All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow
We'll just gloss over the fact it's taken from Anna Karenina, my literary arch-nemesis...
For this shoot, I wanted to see what charm and beauty we could bring out of the shadows. You'll notice that in stark contrast to my other galleries, my newest addition has a far darker, moodier aesthetic. Shadows are used to highlight my body, to conceal identity while also revealing glimpses of my personality.
I wanted to draw you, the admirer, into the scene, as if you're in the room with me, watching...
Catching me in moments of intimacy, for a thrilling voyeuristic effect...
These are just a few of my favourites - the rest can be found in the Shadow Play gallery.
For now, I shall leave you with another quote that was integral to this shoot's mood board:
I knew nothing but shadows, and I thought them to be real ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Until next time, come play with me in the shadows...