Mallorie on the Snake River

26 February 2014

I’m excited by a new movement in my photography, perhaps not to mean a “period” rather a “moving.” Recently I had the opportunity to meet Joyce Tenneson, whose work I find stunning and moving – and most of all, real. Generally, I try to keep editing to a minimum in my photos, mostly because I don’t feel the need, and I like the real person, the real environment, etc. I do have a strong desire to improve my abilities behind the camera, and also to get more involved with studio work. There is an intimacy and comfort in the studio setting that can’t be felt elsewhere (and, although wind is beautiful, and was ideal for this shoot, sometimes it causes more problems than not :)).

I also have felt a great love for the beauty and power of the human body. I don’t know what else to say about that, other than the fact that I’ve felt a different appreciation for the details in the people I photograph. For the way a body is held, the shape of lips and eyes, arms and legs.

For me, this shoot was about wrappings, protection, feeling vulnerable and exposed, feeling trapped by and in one’s body, and the experience of touch – fabric, wind, skin.

In the lace shots, I like the feeling of a noblewoman going to her execution. Mallorie has a beautiful and noble manner, and I loved the feeling behind each of these photographs. There is also a feeling of hiding, protecting “the window to the soul,” or not being seen. I wanted each of the images to portray how trapped we can feel at times, lost and found, sometimes empty, and sometimes so full of feeling that wings could unfold inside us and carry us away.

I don’t know Mallorie exceptionally well yet, but she has a sparkling and mysterious nature, and is a lot of fun to be around. She has a delightful and catching laugh; I hoped to also capture that side of her nature, as well as her serenity.

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