Chillin in the late winter sun…

After three months of almost constant rain i managed to take advantage of a little late winter sun whist having a few days off work. It also gave me the chance to strip off and be at home with nature in the woods.

As much of my self nudes are about being hidden away due to restraints of society, i thought it’d be nice to actually share something a little more relaxed.
With a new Lensbaby fisheye optic in the camera bag i decided to give it a go.

When taking photos i almost always have it in mind to edit them as black and white, it’s a throwback to film days when i used black and white all the time. Although i posted the black and white ones on Flickr, i really like the colour versions. Even at the time of taking i was pretty torn between whether i wanted black and white or colour. I guess it’s one of the bonuses of digital that we get the RAW file to do as we want with.

Just Chillin!

Just Chillin in the sun…..
The effect of the fisheye optic creates some distortion as you move away from the centre of the image. Although it means i’m getting this distortion, i don’t think it detracts from the image at all.

In Nature

Enjoying the late afternoon rays…

P.T.

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The Lovely Ladies

Recently i was out with a friend for a Saturday afternoon drink. As we sat in one of the pubs in the late afternoon we spotted these two wonderful ladies all dressed up. Although it may have seemed a little odd to be dressed up at that time of the day, we both really loved that they were, and that they were having a good day out together.
Just a few moments before this photo was taken one of them was returning from the bar with a fresh bottle of wine. She has such a wonderful grin on her face, it’s a great pity i didn’t quite manage to capture that moment. But i do like this photo and the way they a little contemplative.

 

The Lovely Ladies

 

 

P.T

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Trapped!

As with many of my self portrait nudes this has an element of how we are trapped in the fact that parts of society refuse to accept the natural naked human form.

I was trying out a new location that was dark, cold and wet. With all but one entry to the building blocked it really did feel like this is how we’re forced to hide the human body. Public nudity is perfectly legal in Britain, but try it and see how quickly the police arrive to force a cover up, or worse, to arrest you.
We get away with public nudity within a protest, as is demonstrated by the World Naked Bike Ride events that i try to partake in each year. But even nudity for art in the public domain becomes hazardous.

I doubt i’ll ever understand why people have such issues with non sexual nudity that brings about censorship, but have come to accept the sexualisation of the body in advertising. We have it the wrong way round!

It’s time to end censorship of the human body!

 

Trapped!

 

 

P.T.

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Spooky Window!

I became quite captivated by this window. I fully expected to see the curtain pull back and a ghostly face appear.
I’m actually a little upset that it didn’t, though i’m sure the family living there are quite pleased..

 

Spooky Window!

 

 

 

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Birds on a wire…

We’ve all seen these kind of sights, and there’s lots of photos of birds on power lines and telephone wires, but we still take the photos because they look god don’t they….

 

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P.T.

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Free Needles!

A recent photowalk here in Derby took us back to one of my favourite places. It’s the same place as in three of my last five blog posts.

It’s a regular haunt of the local drug users and so it’s really not a pleasant place to wander around at times.
As long as you’re careful then there always seems to be something interesting to photograph, whether it be graffiti, the waste, all round dereliction, or like in these photos, the syringes.
You don’t ever have to set anything up, it’s just there in front of you to try and find the right view and lighting.

The filth that people exist in during their highs is remarkable, and when first seen is often quite shocking.

These two photos are just how i found them, not that i’d really want to be touching used syringes of course….

 

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Becoming Graffiti

Back in July i posted the blog This is just as much your home as is ours…  The graffiti in that photo, and other in the building, gave me the idea that it might be good to try and interact with it. I returned recently with my mate Gary to see what we could do. My basic ideas were to use the nude figure, especially as one of the graffiti works was a painting of the nude…

Nude Art!

After years as a life model it was fun to copy a painting rather than being painted.

After years as a life model it was fun to copy a painting rather than being painted.

 

A Room With A View!

I loved the idea of using the view through the hatch and using myself alongside the graffiti of the dog and the speech bubble.

I loved the idea of using the view through the hatch and using myself alongside the graffiti of the dog and the speech bubble.

 

Corpse!

With the head on the wall looking a little sinister, and the word "Corpse" underneath, i couldn't resist laying down and being being the missing corpse.

With the head on the wall looking a little sinister, and the word “Corpse” underneath, i couldn’t resist laying down and being being the missing corpse.

 

In For The Kill!

When i first saw this graffiti it made me think of a praying mantis and the way the female eats the male.

When i first saw this graffiti it made me think of a praying mantis and the way the female eats the male.

 

 

P.T.

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