On Wednesday I was given the great gift of being able to work with bodybuilder/model/creative Fleur Yvette De Kine on a photo shoot at the Ibarn in Wallingford. The possibilities in such a situation are endless. I was going nuts running around with my little camera in one hand, costumes, props and sketches in the other, dodging piles of raccoon shit as we explored the divine piece of property at our creative disposal for the day.
The real joy was getting to work with such an unconventionally beautiful female figure. I'm used to seeing work that represents either a round fertile female, or the thin boyish frame that you see in art and media today. Ancient Grecian and Roman art would often prize the muscular physique of female athletes, but I don't think there have been too many muscular women in the world of popular images since then. Since Fleur is a bodybuilder she brought a vocabulary of poses that worked to highlight specific muscles and make the best of her physique.
Here is a sneak peek of some the images. More to come, I'm going to let them sit and ripen for a little while before I come back in with my little bag of tricks.
Thanks to Maia and Baptiste for letting me use their art and barn. The sculptures in the first photo are by Baptiste Ibar. http://www.baptisteibar.com/