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Bodyscapes (PHOTOS)

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I like abstracting the human figure in images. No faces, no hands, no feet that tend to work against the abstraction of curves and lines.

These particular images were part of an experiment to use the figure to break the light from white to black, to create the possibilities of a bodyscape. They were shot simply against a window which had been taped with a diffusion velum. From the window frame the wall was covered in photoblack velour. The model covered the transition area from white to black. Bounce light from white cards was used to 'shape' the figure. Exposure was tricky because I do not have a spot meter. A Leica M6 with a 50mm Noctilux f1 lens was used and shot on TMax 3200 film (I like grain!).

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The 'extended' frames or aspect ratio of some of the images was done in-camera. These images are all pre-photoshop and also not "constructed" in the darkroom to create the extended frame. The shoot was storyboarded ahead of time and when I knew I wanted to extend the black portion of a frame I simply covered the lens, shot a frame and advanced it. All of these images are printed directly from the negative.

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