Anyway it got me thinking about how photography captures reality as we know it. Like a flickering movie or a series of still frames strung together might re-create a kind of alternate picture of reality. So next time I had the chance I took a series of still frames and stuck them all together in a sequence to see how it would look. Not a very original idea I'm sure but interesting all the same. Would you like to see the result? Here you go...
You can see a larger version of this at: http://vimeo.com/37731278
I produced my first study of the female form with a professional model in 1995. Here are some examples from that early shoot.
I was in the first year of my photography degree at Blackpool & The Fylde College at the time and I was very pleased with the results. The image below won second prize in the Kentmere Student Awards of 1994. That was the first time I had entered and indeed won anything with my photography.
At the time I had no idea what kind of photography I wanted to do, I just knew that I loved photography and the female nude was just another area that I loved.
My other passion at the time was Black and White printing and I was a disciple of everything darkroom. It was the craft that attracted me - being able to master something that many other people would not have the time, patience or desire to master and also the production of a tangible object - the print. The magic and the mystery of watching a Black and White print appear before your eyes was always a revelation to me and something that has been lost to many people in the digital age. You might even on some level associate it with the mystery of the human body. We are endlessly attracted to the process of looking at ourselves through the other.
I suppose that actually winning something at my first attempt was also a catalyst for my love of the female nude as subject - A lucky omen, you might say!