“I watched the land for as long as I could, until it disappeared behind its shawl of mist, and until I had it fixed in my mind – unchanged, mysterious and beautiful” ~ Aimee Friedman
Yet again I find myself having to state this as it seems that many people assume that Michael takes the pictures for my blog when it fact the vast majority of them are taken and edited by me. When he has taken the picture I always state that fact to differentiate from what is the norm; that I take the pictures.
I know it shouldn’t annoy me but the truth is it really pisses me off. I get that the images are of me and so to assume someone else is behind the camera is not far fetched and yet I always have a sneaky feeling that there is an element of sexism involved, that the bloke must be the one handling the equipment, with the technical knowledge etc and that I am ‘just the model’. By the way being the model takes guts and creativity too so no one is ever ‘just the model’.
Take this picture. I walked about 40 minutes to find this spot. Set up my tripod, took multiple shots of the spot to get the right settings for the light. Then took shots with me fully clothed. Once I am ready I tend to sit a bit and just listen, taking a few moments to absorb the sounds helps me to be more alert to the sound of someone coming. Then I strip off, all my clothes and walking boots are hidden down behind the log. Then I take the pictures using my cam ranger and then whip my kit back on. Actually I often just put my top on, check the images I have and do more if needed and if not, I tend to sit for a tiny bit again and enjoy being a little bit naked in the outdoors. Although on days like this that is short lived as the cold gets to you quick when you are undressed.
That is a pretty good reflection on how I take all my outdoor shots. Michael rarely comes with me. I prefer being alone, working at my own pace but now and then if I find a spot that really requires a look out I will ask him to come with me.
While we are on the topic of photography I have a question for you. Earlier this year I had a fair few bloggers who were interested in my writing a series of posts about photography and I would love to do that but I am not really sure where to start and what people want to know. So if you would like to read more posts on that subject then I would love to know what you want to read about? Leave me a comment below or email me if you prefer [email protected] either with topic ideas or actual questions. I am happy to cover absolutely anything about taking the images I do and about editing but I am just not sure what you want to know more about so hit me up and maybe I can turn it into a series of posts.