Saturday, July 4, 2009

Duality

A few weeks ago I had the rare opportunity to photograph two models together. In some respects, this session was a dream come true. It was with my two favorite models. We planned well ahead, and we were all excited about it. I've worked with both models multiple times and have a great working relationship with both of them. They are good friends with each other and have a great rapport and mutual trust. You'd think nothing could go wrong. Unfortunately life finds a way of creeping into the studio, even when you've got the perfect session scheduled. An old friend of mine committed suicide a few days before this session, and I was not at my best mentally and emotionally. I can see some of that reflected in these images, not as a lack of quality, but as a tone that's different than my usual work. Others don't seem to see it, so perhaps I'm just projecting it. I don't know. At any rate, I do like most of the images we produced, and I definitely owe the models a great big thanks because they carried much of the creative weight in this session. I don't really have any epiphanies or revelations to write about. I'm still digesting that whole experience - the intersection of a dream shoot with a life tragedy. I really just want to share some of the images and say thanks to the models. Maybe I'll revisit this in the future.

3 comments:

  1. Would it help you if I said that I see the difference in your photography on this set. You were greiving. The art portrays a more isolated and sad image. But, the art itself is wonderful. Because you were working with two people who trust you and care for you, they projected what you were feeling and did it very well. This to me is true art. Just as in words, pictures can portray sadness. It is okay to feel the sadness and have it come through your pictures.

    If these pictures had turned out any other way, it would have been disappointing. What I see in the pictures are two young ladies comforting one another. For me, it was better to see this than two young ladies smiling and portraying the image of playfulness knowing you were hurting. That's what artists do. Portray their feelings.

    I feel a sense of peace coming from these pictures. They are wonderful and you should use them as well as the reason why to enter in a gallery. People seem to be able to relate to remorse and grief easier than happy-go-lucky.

    You should not be disappointed in this work. It is fantastic. I am sorry, however, that I was unaware you were hurting that much. Your two models knew and that is why they followed your lead. You are blessed with a talent and I am glad I am able to share in this blessing by viewing your photos!

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  2. Hello Tim, I really love your photography. I am a Dutch photographer /filmmaker based in Spain, and have some questions for you I'd like to as privately. Please write to me at koen [at] suidgeest [dot] com.

    Congratulations on your work.
    Koen

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  3. Tim,
    As much as it saddens me to know you are grieving- you should know the beauty you created out of that sorrow, and the serenity that is portrayed is soothing and comforting as the other commenter noted. These truly do appear to be a message of support. A story of two isolated women coming together and finding relief. I think these are excellent and I hope that when you revisit them in a better state of mind you realize how incredibly talented you are to have been able to find such beauty in so much sadness.

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