VDB Nudes – Recent Works

I often shoot with a specific vision in mind, i.e. a target for the finished image.  This particular location and its beautiful light and textures were new to me so I really was not sure what the end vision was. Call it exploring, call it experimentation, call it whatever.  I enjoy it and not having the end result in mind I think opens up possibilities that may not have surfaced otherwise.

Model credit: VDB Nudes

 

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A Voice

My approach to making pictures includes being open and embracing all parts of the process from basic concepts through final edits.  I believe that every step, every little and big thing that we do contributes to the success or failure of the picture.

Carey arrived for our shoot with a variety of wardrobe, fabrics etc..  She pulled out a very nice red fabric with beautiful texture and details.  We decided to work with it intending the final pictures to be black and white.  I was totally comfortable with the red going very dark as it generally does when converting to black and white.  After shooting a few frames I knew we had made some very nice images. The lighting was spot on and her posing was outstanding.

I began my post processing and these pictures spoke to me with a very strong voice.  They did not want to be rendered in black and white.  They were born in color and demanded to remain that way. As I mentioned earlier being open to everything in the process is important.  It can and will produce stronger images.  These images are no where near as strong in black and white.

Your work and your pictures have a voice, listen to them.

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Model credit: Carey

Nebulous Fashion

Exploring a new to me shooting location. I love the warm tones in the first two, the conversation the color is having with the concrete wall and floor in the other two and the mood and emotion in all four.

Model credit: VDB Nudes

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Sweet Surrender – Diptych

These two images were made with the specific intent and purpose of depicting a feeling of surrender.  The location, lighting and conditions felt right. I’ve been looking at these for a few weeks now trying to select just one that I feel communicates the intent and have finally settled on both working together.

Model credit: Rhus

 

Sweet Surrender

Sweet Surrender

PhotoPlace Gallery – Alternative Process

I’m honored to have one of my pieces selected for the On Line Gallery Annex for this juried exhibition. This piece is a wax infused hand painted photograph on an 8″x10″ wood panel.

Click here to see all of the juror’s selections.

Model credit: Zoe West

Zoe

Zoe

 

 

Form and Texture

I photograph a lot of people in various lighting and settings.  In many cases the human form is combined with other textural elements as a means of communicating and telling a small story.  A totally different mood and feel is created when these elements are photographed without the human form being present.  My wife and I were looking at some pictures this morning and she commented on this very thing with her preference being the images with the human form included. I like both and they do clearly communicate very different messages.  The human form softens the texture and, if executed properly, places the textural elements in a position of complimenting the main subject.  Those images that do not include the human form become much more about the forms, shapes, tones and textures creating graphical geometric pictures. An earlier post included an image with the human form.  The images below represent the graphical interpretation of these textural elements. Suffice to say that I was intrigued by the textures, shapes and forms with the natural light being quite beautiful.

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©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

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Sweet Surrender

“it doesn’t mean much
it doesn’t mean anything at all
the life I’ve left behind me
is a cold room
I’ve crossed the last line
from where I can’t return
where every step I took in faith 
betrayed me
and led me from my home

and sweet
sweet surrender
is all that I have to give”

Sarah Mclachlan

Model credit: Rhus
Wax infused hand painted photograph.

Sweet Surrender © 2015 William Earle

Sweet Surrender © 2015 William Earle

Intentionally Untitled

A few more from Little Pond.  I’ve refrained from including my titles on these leaving space for everyone to feel what they may and apply their own.
Model credit: Rhus
Location: Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA.

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Release Me

I was extremely fortunate recently to have an opportunity to collaborate with Rhus at a very interesting location.  The location is Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA.  Little Pond is a wonderful place with endless possibilities.  Upon arrival I was overwhelmed with the possibilities but soon found myself drawn to the canvas alcove covers.  I went to work looking at them and photographing them as sketch possibilities formulating ideas that hopefully would produce meaningful little stories.  This is the first.

Release Me

Release Me

 

 

Your Daily Photograph

I’m honored to have one of my images selected for inclusion in the YourDailyPhotograph email.  YourDailyPhotograph is a free daily email subscription managed by Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and I highly recommend it.

Zinn - Something new

Zinn – Something new