Today started much the same as any other shoot I’ve left for in the past, leaving at 8am to pick up my friend and model Anita and then having a good catch up on the 40 minute drive to the studio. We were welcomed by the amazing Iain Burton-Legge of Circle Creatif, looking positively ecstatic about the day that lay ahead and the wonderful Clare Louise, Photographer Extraordinaire!
This is much where the day changed…. It wasn’t the moment I was told I had to ‘get changed’ (Undressed would of been more accurate! LOL) into the tiniest of posing briefs – Lets face it, having material at all to wear is somewhat of a novelty to me these days! – but when I was then coated in a white paste from HAIR to toe which was made up of some chemicals I can’t for the life of me recall the name of now I’m writing this.
The shoot itself actually went very quickly due to Clare’s clear vision of what she wanted and an eclectic soundtrack of music which we all went away wanting a copy of! On a personal note I loved this type of shoot as it allowed me to flex my acting muscles to capture the exact right mood of sadness and betrayal that was required for the shot. Next up was a very white Anita, whom at a glance resembled ‘The Joker’ due to the crazy hair and prominent lips contrasting her statuesque flesh. She was given the pleasurable task of holding a pigs heart doused in ‘fake’ blood and stunning results emerged! To finish, Anita was then shot on her knees in full chained leash and collar, dominated by me – though your forgiven for not recognising me from just my legs – to capture the ‘slave to love’ vision Clare desired. Then the great Ian Hencherwho I haven’t seen since ‘Wig Party’ joined us for the same treatment where he portrayed an angel in a similar styling.
The photo’s are part of an ongoing collection of Clare’s work entitled ‘Love Hurts’ which I personally can’t wait to see more of. It was a pleasure to be part of such an incredible project and I look forward to working with her again very soon as she really allows you to stretch yourself creatively. It was also great working with Iain Burton Legge again in what also felt like a rehearsal for the upcoming IMATS shows I will be involved with on the 4th-5th February in London. So do come along and support us and be part of a weekend that is going to be nothing short of immense!
So in all a great day with stunning imagery produced and lots of fun making it. Thank you to all involved… It really was a pleasure working with you as always.