“Gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside …”
Now I normally shoot pinup. Pinup is frisky and fun and high energy. Pinup needs lip gloss and false lashes and lights and more lights; boy is that lot hard work! So having shot a tonne of it I decided it was time to be more economical with my energy and let the revs drop a little. I felt myself increasingly attracted to images that are in essence relaxed. Relaxed in mood and in shooting style. Still sexy, maybe even more so, but images that essentially convey natural, calm beauty.
For my first real attempt at this style I choose a calm evening and the golden hour light down by the estuary was gorgeous. I left my digital equipment at home and walked out with my Rolleiflex T and my Nikon FE2 and a hand held light meter. I choose my model carefully too. I needed someone who looks just lovely without the need for any props; Aimee was perfect.
The best images are the ones I snatched between the semi-posed stuff. I used my favourite emulsions; Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Acros 100 in both 120 and 35mm and cracked on without the distraction of any digital feedback. Having now tried this style I am beginning to fall in love with it. I love the simplicity of using a 1958 Rolleiflex T. Just aperture and shutter speed; that’s it. No menus, no AWB, no auto ISO, no HDR, no EyeFi, no High Speed Synch. But most of all I like the calmness and sensuality of the final images. I will shoot more pinup because it’s fun and technically challenging (and I have 6500 fans on Facebook that want some more) but I can see this is the direction I can feel myself going in.