How do you know when a project has ended?
I have been working on the metal mirror series of art nudes for nearly two years. The series had gotten to a point where it felt “whole” or at least coherent enough to be shown as a group of photographs. Which left me wondering, “am I done with this?”. That question was very much on my mind when I took the series to the New England Portfolio Review this year. The more I talked about the work, the more I felt maybe it was done. And yet, something in me was not satisfied with the idea that I had somehow run out of things to say.
A couple of reviewers at NEPR commented on the color spectrum of the series. The photos mostly have a tan and brown pallet which is a function of both the model’s skin tone as well as the studio environment. More than one reviewer suggested expanding the pallet of the background color and texture- noting how images within the series that were of other colors stood out. It was a small push, but one that would turn out very well.
The images shot below and posted previously were done in the studio with my pal/co-conspirator Mara. The background is a piece of translucent perspex lit from behind with a gelled flash. The photographs below are created by reflections in aluminum while the previously posted work uses a copper mirror. The substrate dictates the tone and texture of the final image. We ended up with an enormous body of work from that day and these are just a couple of the stand outs. Needless to say, I’ve definitely found a way to keep this art series evolving and growing!
Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH whose work focuses on the human form. Anisotropic Images Photography.