I glimpsed the statue from the corner of my eye. It was a simple garden statue of a woman- holding a pitcher that continuously poured water into the fountain. I think somewhere in the world, there is a larger, more famous version, but I can't name it. From the brief glimpse came the idea to do this shoot. I wanted a woman- painted statue white and mostly nude. She needed to look frail, almost deathly sick.
The plan was to get as much stock as we could- for me to edit later. That part didn't necessarily happen, but we got plenty to work with.
We brought in the talented makeup artist Kristy Jahn to do the body paint and commandeered my mother's living room to do the shoot.
None of us slept very well before the shoot, we were all too excited, bursting with ideas. When Rae and Kristy arrived, they immediately got started on the makeup- first things first- we had to make Rae bald.
The bald cap alone took an hour to apply, and then the rest of the makeup took another two hours. While Rae was getting made up, we were setting up the living room and lighting.
The makeup Job is almost done!
No doubt, you will see images taken at this shoot popping up for some time to come. We also had so much fun that we all want to explore this again. The makeup, the poses, the ideas. We also learned quite a bit too, which you know I believe makes it all worthwhile on it's own. But, luckily we got plenty of good images too.
Another thing I wanted to explore while we were at it, was figure studies. I've been studying the work of Jennifer Hudson lately, and I'm so impressed with her ability to get models to contort themselves into interesting shapes. One of my favorite quotes from Rae during this exploration was "I didn't know I could do that!" which made me smile- because one of Jennifer's own models said the exact same thing during her creative live class.
This one isn't quite "done". It was the first image I edited that night, because I was so impatient to crack open the shoot. I should have waited until I was well rested- because I was too tired to give it the attention it deserves. You can expect to see this one- redone soon. Another "Figure Study"
My Fellow Fine Artists
Tammy Zurak of Z Photog Studio | Memphis, TN, USA | Fine Art/Illustrative Photography Gallery:
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