“The Hunter & The Hunted”
My inspiration for the project developed after researching theory on the male gaze and feminism. The concept evolved further through research into current fashion trends featuring animal paraphernalia. Different characteristics and personas of a female could be dramatized in a fashion editorial shoot. Taking inspiration for poses from typical animal behaviour demonstrating and highlighting human primal instincts – weakness, fleeing, dominance, fear, camouflaging, hiding and defense.
Again I shot on 5x4. Its completely different to the “move it move it ooo yeh work it baby” *flash flash* of digital photography - everything is slowed down. Though, to get the model into the correct position, I do, have to act out the poses (“work it, work it. oh yes so vogue”), to the great hilarity of onlookers. You look at the model as a still life. I find myself going into a peaceful meditation world. I’m sure if I didn’t I would explode with the amount of patience large format demands of you.
Everyone should have a go at 5x4. A friend assisted me on one of the shoots, intrested in learning the medium. He was sure he would be converted to film after seeing the quality it created. After a few hours, he declared he would never use 5x4 :(. mmm. Dont let this put you off, film is MAGICAL!
I have to thank the talented Emily Garrod for designing and making the clothes in this shoot. WHAT A MEGA BABE.
My next shoot I plan on testing out digital…moving into new media?! egged!