Our Lady of the Forest

Catching a reflection on the surface of a pond is fun. Capturing both the reflection and the complexity of the pond habitat is better. In fact seeing the depth and living dimensions of the pond in the reflection gives this photograph a mythic quality, I think. Seems like a goddess has paused for a moment amidst the forest world where she lives and rules. Again you have to look carefully to see that reflections can also be windows to what’s beneath the reflection itself.

I like this photo a lot because it does that.

Fine Art Nude #1

This is the icon image at Homo Sapiens Unadorned.

Title: Maskatude

What makes it a worthwhile image? The unexpected, comic attitude.

I especially like the way the photo makes the viewer look twice–those vacant eyes between backwards ears. The hand is also nice, including the shadow of the upper hand. I also like the movement. That butt wants to swing, a nice contrast to the straight, expressionless mask.

The photo was shot in a studio with two lights. Camera is Nikon D90–digital. It was handheld. Except for suggesting she put the mask on backwards, there was very little direction. Model was dancing to music. My job was to catch the right moment.

The print required very little work in Photoshop and has been shown as large as 18 inches by 29 inches (matted size 28 inches by 40 inches) There are 2o remaining in an edition of 25.

It has shown at Camera Obscura in Denver.

Decorating tip: a room where music is played.