Roots..

When I went out with my friend Nadia a few weeks ago with an idea about shooting some nudes with some cool tree roots.

I had been told of a place in the woods near British Camp on the Malverns, but try as we might we didn’t manage to find them. However on our journey there we did spot an awesome set but they were right on the side of the main road, at a sharp corner which meant that a lot of traffic faced them head on as they slowed down for the corner.

We decided the opportunity to get a really cool shot or two was more important than worrying if a muggle saw a boob or two so we backtracked and found them again and tried out a few poses with Nads fully dressed until we thought we knew what we were doing, and then we just had a quick 5 minutes crazy shooting.

Cars slowed down, people went about their daily walks, and lots of people did that thing where they totally ignore the naked lady upside down in the tree roots right in front of them. It was all very ‘British stiff upper lip/we can’t see you’. Good sports the people of Malvern I have to say!

Anyway, nobody complained, we were in and out in a few minutes, Nads back bleeding from scraping around on the roots, but totally worth it we think!

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Fireplace ballet..

A while back, after shooting one model doing the splits and another doing a ‘crab’ on my mantelpiece I had some daft idea about trying to shoot a ballerina en pointe on it as well.

Aerlise used to do ballet and had pointe shoes so she got roped into trying my daft idea. However it actually turned out to be way too slippery and dangerous up there on tip toes, and seeing as I don’t like sending models home with to their loved ones with too many injuries I canned the idea and we thought we would shoot some nudes in front of the fire instead.

We kept with the pointe shoes though, and I think we made a couple of really cool images!

After these we shot some really nice pictures with my Chesterfield chair. Its known as the ‘naughty chair’ and was kindly named by my friend Stewart who had nothing better to do with his time that day.

I have a really big angle poise lamp on loan from my friend Bob with one of those old fashioned bulbs with the huge filaments in, and this throws a beautiful orange light which I have made use of a few times on shoots now, and I used it again with the chair images. I really love ambient lighting, candles, fairy lights, odd coloured bulbs etc, anything that looks interesting and sensual. I think it really helped with these images.

Anyway, photies below, I hope you like them. Enjoy! :)

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I have waited so long, when will you come?

I thought I would post a one image blog from a shoot yesterday (30/3/19)

I went out with my friend Nadia, who featured a few blog posts ago on the hood of a ‘67 Mustang, you can see it here if you want a peep https://www.robgolding.co.uk/robs-blog/2019/2/1/in-dust-we-trust

Anyway, as usual, there were no set idea’s, aside from wanting to shoot slightly arty nudes and maybe find some tree roots to shoot in. We succeeded with the tree roots but that is another story and I will post an image/blog from that soon.

As we drove along we both spotted something in a field through a hedge, so pulled up to investigate. What what I had originally thought (from a distance) were a load of piled up pallets turned out to be a load of old railway sleepers with rails still attached.

Then we realised there was more there than that, and as well as the rails piled up there was also part of a train track running through the field complete with an old goods wagon sat on the rails. How we noticed the piled up rails as we drove along and completely missed a full sized train carriage sat in the middle of the field is beyond me. I’m a Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy fan, so I am assuming someone had put an SEP field around it, which would explain things.

If you want to know what an SEP field is please see https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Somebody_Else%27s_Problem_field

Anyway, back to our little story. We did a few shots on these piled up old sleepers/rails, they had become overgrown with old dried weeds and Nadia (I wish it had been my idea, but I can’t take credit for it) had the amazing idea of climbing in behind them, to create an image that was slighty more creepy than the standard art-nude I had been thinking of. I’m really glad her brain was working better than mine!

I’m so happy with the resulting image, its weirdly haunting and beautiful, I love the closed eyes, the framing of the weeds around her face and her hand resting on the sleeper, it made me think she had been there a long time, waiting for something, some sort of suspended animation, or like she was some sort of old sleeping statue. Originally I was going to edit this image as a mono, but I thought the colours worked really well so changed my mind.

So, hope you like, more images/blogs on the way soon!

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The offering..

Imagine if you will, its only your third ever shoot, you are all very new to it. One shoot in a studio, another at home studio (mine) and then on the next shoot you have to climb through a hole in a fence, and then through another hole in the wall into a really disgusting, dark, cold, wet and smelly derelict old mill. and you may well be thinking (As Roxanne probably was), ‘wait a minute, modelling is supposed to be glamorous isn’t it’?

Then to make matters even worse said photographer (That’ll be me) points at a particularly disgusting bit and says, ‘I can see a stonking image if you don’t mind standing there on that metal ducting (which happens to be wet because the roof is mostly missing here) naked in a crucifixion pose’?

I’m sure most normal people would have run away long before this suggestion was mentioned, but to be fair to Roxanne she just said. ‘hold my warm fluffy dressing gown a minute’ and clambered over the crap and the pigeon poo, pulled the pose, one shot looking down and one shot looking up. Job done!

I love them, I think she does too because now she has gone out and bought all sorts of weird masks and is researching derelict places herself to go shoot in!

Expect more shenanigans shortly…

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Rewind, with Marmalade..

Last week I went back through a shoot from late last year with Marmalade, and found a few shots to edit that I had missed the first time around. Its something I do every now and then because I frequently manage to miss cool images. Still its good to look again with fresh eyes!

Then I realised I had only blogged one of the images from this shoot so I thought I would share the new ones and some more!

We shot these in some old abandoned farm buildings, including an old milking parlour. We were lucky in that we had some really cool light on the day, I always seem to get lucky with interesting light! perhaps it likes me and follows me around, much like the rain followed Rob McKenna around in ‘So Long & Thanks For All The Fish’, (he was a rain god, the clouds loved to water him) Who knows hehe!

Anyway, these are some of the cool images we made, I hope you like them! If you want to take a look at more of Marmalade’s amazing work please go look at her website www.urbexmodel.com

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I walk the lines..

Hi folks!

Time for another little blog, with some images from my shoot with Trish, who It turns out I have known for 5 years now. That’s mad. In that time shes had another baby, got married, had some puppies, (well her dog has, not her) Got some more tattoos, and still finds time to come out and play taking photies every now and then with me while Joe her long suffering husband gets to look after the kids for the day. I’m not sure if I should say thanks to Joe for this ‘favour’ or not, because actually I think he likes his ears getting a rest from motormouth in the pictures down there. Just saying….

We went to the trains where I had recently shot before, and the sun shone on us, which was good because Trish didn’t have much with her in the way of winter/wet weather gear. It was beautifully sunny and warm and we took some pretty photies. Actually, I was a bit out of my comfort zone, as I don’t do bright sunshine usually, preferring to shoot in as low light situations as possible. Still, I think we got some fab stuff!

Worth mentioning again though, this is a line that does not get used. If you want to shoot trains and railway lines please never shoot on working lines, its just not worth the risk. Be safe!

Hope you like the results :)

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In the morning...

Ahhh Leah, where do we start?

I have known Leah a LONG time. From the time I went on a little course at the now long gone ‘Blackthorn School of Photography’ when Si Young was teaching me what to do with my camera in around 2009 or so I guess. I met Leah through Simon and we have shot lots over the years, the last time being around two years ago just after she had her first little one. She’s added another little person to her collection now and has had a busy few years being mum and any form of modelling has taken a back seat.

Then last week Facebook showed us a memory of an image we had taken back in the day and I was over the moon to then get a little message asking if we could go out and take a few pretty portraits early in the morning sometime, and to have a catch up, and talk about life, the universe, and everything.

So this morning we had a wander across the field. We had been hoping for bright sunlight and mist but it wasn’t to be. So anyway I made her sit on a grubby damp tree root for a photie and then all of a sudden as if by magic the gods of pretty light blessed us for a few minutes.

If there were no more good shots form the set I wouldn’t even mind, because I love this one so much.

So lovely to catch up, and we won’t be leaving it two years until the next time!

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Got a ticket for my destination..

A single image blog today, there are more for another time!

I have had this location in mind for ages, having first seen it on Google Earth around a year ago, and finally scouting it out it out properly about 3 months ago. Its on a piece of line that is only used on certain days of the year by steam trains, and comes to a complete stop about a hundred yards further on from where this image was taken, at the end of a short tunnel.

Usually there are two sets of goods wagons here, both using up the full length of the tunnel and hanging out for a good 80 meters or so, however on the day we actually turned up to shoot there the trains had been shunted out and further down the line leaving the tunnel empty.

At first I was a bit annoyed, I wanted to shoot on the wagons in the tunnel, using just the setting sun at the other end as illumination, and now this wasn’t possible (I thought, incorrectly) As it turned out there was one old bit of rolling stock at the far end of the tunnel and I managed to get a few fab images there too in the end (for another blog)

I had really wanted to shoot some art nude images here, because I hadn’t shot any for quite a while and its a genre of photography I love very much. I also missed shooting on location a lot, having spent quite a bit of time shooting at my home over the last few months.

This coincided with Lydia messaging me about shooting again (we have worked together twice before and had great fun and made some really nice images) She decided that she quite fancied the idea of trying her hand at an art nude shoot so off we went on Sunday afternoon, with the huge rain clouds very kindly agreeing to mooch off someplace else just before we got to the location.

Oddly, I was worried she would be cold, I mean its only February but it didn’t seem to phase her at all. We shot some really cool stuff inside the tunnel which I will share later but for the moment I wanted to show you this image where we used some of the train wagons just outside the tunnel. I think it looks pretty awesome!

We hope you like the image! And thanks to Lydia for a really productive shoot that has resulted in some really beautiful images!

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