“If you don’t challenges yourself, you will never realize what you can become.”
Taking part in this shoot in the central city of Christchurch certainly pushed my boundaries. It's scary how sometimes we can get so comfortable within ourselves and our "normal" shooting situations that anything outside of that can really cause some anxiety.
Not only had I never shot latex before, I'd never shot at night around shop neon's, nor in full public forms with people watching. Anyone that knows me personally knows I'm not actually a confident person in any way... one for company and I'm good, two I start getting uncomfortable, and three, well, three or more really is a crowd. I'd luckily met Jeremy (another of the photographers in this meet up) as well as Darcy (model), but there were three people also taking part I'd never met... as well as all the spectators!
Phee is pictured above.
Phee and her partner Peter (whom is a photographer under Reflectif Imagery) organised the meet up. They both regularly shoot latex, with being ambassadors basically for a few different latex clothing brands and stores. There's a lot of care that goes into wearing latex, from day to day maintenance, to the shoot purposes of shining the latex and getting it all glammed up. Movement can be pretty restrictive in certain outfits, particularly catsuits and outfits that might rip easily.
Darcy is next in the images.
“Be your biggest competitor, challenge yourself each day to be better than you were yesterday.”
Those who have been following me for a while know I'm a sucker for black and white images. It's what I generally edit and shoot. For me a black and white image can show so much more emotion than any colour image. Though, I've been doing a lot of colour grading in post-processing to help colours pop just a little more on the image. Nothing fake, just an emphasis on the reality.
Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength
This quote here is how I feel about the above image. Bonita is such an incredible woman... she's worked her ass off to be where she is today. She's a successful business owner, event organiser, burlesque performer.... and a mum too!.... There's no fluff. And that's what I admire most about her. She doesn't pretend to be someone she's not... she only encourages herself to become the best she can be. That's what feminism should be. The modern approach just seems to be a man-hating craze that is growing out of control. I work in a trade where I have never worked alongside any women. But I tell ya what, the men couldn't give a crap about gender (But hey, that might be the difference between mechanical and construction... I have heard bad things from construction whereas I'm in mechanical). They only care about how hard you work. The biggest issues I've had have actually been with women outside the trades. Which, comes down to their own perceptions of how "hard it is to be a woman". Your sex does NOT affect your possibilities in life. Your attitude does.
Every now and then I will go on a tangent... especially when I have a certain view on different images and how they make me feel. You can't exactly call it "creating art" if it doesn't make you feel a certain way or evoke some kind of emotion.
These images of Bonita and of Phee were the hardest for me.
You can have a good idea of camera settings, but as someone that works with the available light, shooting at night was certainly something to get my head around! haha. You can certainly let me know what you think of them :)