Category Archives: The SOPHA

New55 Portraits

This will be a quick one!  I dropped by the SOPHA the other day t0 play with some New55 film and to shoot a couple of portraits.

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Mirage 18b

Mirage 18b: Abstract Art Nude

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Mirage 18 b

Eighteenth in the Mirage series of abstract art nudes.  This is the mildly NSFW version.  I feel like I should have a band, so this could be our album cover.!

 

 

Shot at the SOPHA in Manchester, NH.

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Mirage 18

Mirage 18a: Abstract Art Nude Portraiture.

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Mirage 18 a

Eighteenth in the Mirage series of abstract art nudes.  My friend Sera has been having a big hair week, on account of the heat and humidity.  So it seemed natural to grab her for a couple of quick portrait shots using the mirrors.  I love how her hair became a lion’s mane!  Depending on where she stood in relation to the mirror or which side of the mirror was up we got totally different looks- all in about thirty minutes.  This one is the FB safe version.  I’ll post the non-FB approved version next.

 

 

Taken at the SOPHA in Manchester, NH.

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Mirage 12

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Mirage 12

Twelfth in the Mirage series of abstract art nudes.

Reflected in a polished sheet of aluminum.  Smokey, fierce and suspicious.  Only a glance cast over her shoulder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH.

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Mirage 11

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Mirage 11

Eleventh in the Mirage series of abstract art nudes.

Reflected in polished aluminum, this one is cooler, harder, tough and strong.  She disappears into the darkness.  Only a part can be known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH.

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Mirage 2

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Mirage 2

Second new post from the Mirage series of art nudes.

These are photographs of a reflection generated in polished sheets of metal.  I work the metal via scoring an polishing to create distortions and warping.  None of what you see is done in Photoshop.  I’ll be posting more about the process, as well as more images from the series, over the next few days.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH.

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Goofing off

Who says we don’t have fun?

 

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Bud Photo Bomb

Bud always gets into the act!

Taken at the SOPHA in Manchester, NH.  Copyright Anisotropic Images, 2013.

 

 

Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH.

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Copper Mirrors Art Nude

Two new images from a recent shoot with Emma.  Both images are reflections in a distressed copper mirror.

Copper Mirror Art Nude

Emma Copper Mirror

Copper Mirror Art Nude

Emma Copper Mirror

 

Shot at SOPHA Studios in Manchester, NH.  Copyright Anisotropic Images 2013

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Working with Nude Models: Part 2

Working with Nude Models: Part 2

 

In part 1 we talked about keys to successfully creating a strong artistic image with nude models.  In this post we’ll talk more about the nitty-gritty.

Personally I work with only a couple of models.  That way we build a working relationship through photographing together over time.  Those models understand my working techniques and my artistic aesthetic and as a result we are very efficient in creating images.  With Mara, who you can see on the previous post, I almost have a psychic link.  She understands my work on a very deep level and knows what I am looking for before I can say it.   When you have that type of working relationship with a model, creating art becomes almost easy!  But it takes some effort to get there.

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Mara

 

As I mentioned previously, I had the pleasure of co-teaching a workshop on Lighting the Art Nude at the SOPHA in Manchester, NH earlier this year.  One part of the workshop was a round table discussion with the day’s nude models to get their input on successful collaborations with photographers.  Trust ranked number one on the list of things that make for a good shoot.  If a model and photographer feel they can trust each other, then all kinds of good things happen artistically.  A universal sentiment for maintaining that trust- there is no reason to touch a model- EVER!  If you need a model to change their pose or adjust something, there are lots of ways to get that across without touching someone.  As one model put it “I’m pretty smart and pretty creative.  If you can describe or demonstrate it, I can do it.  If you can’t describe it, point- as in, put your leg here”.  To really work well with a nude model requires trust and touching someone without permission- even innocently- is a sure fire way to destroy it.

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Margaret art nude

 

I usually ask a model to hold a pose while I work around them.  That can sometimes mean that I am coming in very close to isolate a line or curve in the image.  Even when working with models that I know very well I ask them to tell me if I am too close for comfort.  This does two things.  It establishes that I am concerned for their comfort and safety.  It also frees me somewhat to concentrate on creating art- since the model has agreed to let me know if I am too close, I can think focus on composition and lighting.  I also let the model know if I am about to move or change position.  This is especially important with physically strenuous or vulnerable poses.  I also let someone know if I have to move behind them where they cannot see.  Clear communication about your actions and intents goes a long way toward establishing and maintaining trust.

 

Understand that everyone has boundaries.  That applies to shoot concept obviously, but also to minor things.  Sure, the model is about to be completely naked in front of you, but give them space while they change clothes.  It’s about respecting moments of vulnerability.  Likewise, there will be poses that accidentally “show too much” especially if your model has expressed boundaries such as not showing their genitals in photographs.  Show respect and delete those.  Understand that your relationship is a working one and don’t intrude on your model’s life outside of the photoshoot.  It keeps your interactions professional and there is less chance of someone accidentally getting “outed” to folks who may not know about their nude work.

Speaking of getting outed.  I always ask how, when and where it is OK for me to credit a model in images.  Yeah, I have a model release but I also respect people’s personal lives.  A lot of models use stage names, but even so they may not want some images linked to something like Facebook.  By the same token I publish under a pseudonym to keep my professional and artistic lives separate.  I always make sure models are clear how to credit me if they post images.

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Education and the Studio of Photographic Arts

My photographic education to date has been, to say the least, informal.  I picked up a camera in high school back in the 80’s.  I learned the basics of technique and exposure from books, magazines and experimenting.  I got lucky in my junior year- my buddy John’s dad had an awesome dark room and we spent hours in there working up film and print.  During college and grad school photography was a some-times hobby.  I took lots of slides on vacations and hiking trips, but never just as an art in itself.  When digital came around, I avoided it mostly because I didn’t understand things like white balance.  But I did buy an Canon point and shoot and had a lot of fun with it.  Then about five years ago I decided to buy a dSLR and lean how to use the thing.  In the course of putzing around with it I found David Hobby’s site (aka the Strobist) and it opened a whole new world for me!  I bought a couple of flashes and started playing around, mostly replicating David’s online lessons.  That was all well and good, but I needed some hands on instruction.  I was searching online for a rental darkroom when I stumbled across the Studio of Photographic Arts (www.thesopha.com).  And that’s when everything changed!

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Studio C at the SOPHA

The SOPHA is a 8,000 membership based studio in Manchester, NH.  They offer three rental studios, multiple pre-built sets, tons of props and other resources.  More importantly, they offer classes in everything from Beginning Studio Lighting to Business for photographers to Building a WordPress Site.  The place is run by Bud Thorpe and he has managed to build a dynamic community of photographers.  In fact, it’s that community that makes being a member of the SOPHA so worthwhile.

The hands on guidance there from Bud and Dave Dawson and the rest of the community helped move my work and vision to a new level.  Plus having access to a ton of gear and new techniques to play with helped accelerate things!  Most of my studio images on this site were shot at the SOPHA.  If you happen to be in Manchester, NH drop by and check them out!

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