By Jim Read
13 Jul 2014
Some people are very good at posing they don't have to be taught to do it, it's something that comes from within them a natural ability to arrange their bodies into harmonious poses. Keira Lavelle is one such person, to the point of insisting on the slight changes that make a perfect pose.
This is where the digital camera comes into its own being able to review the results and immediately alter a pose while the muse is working at full tilt. We pore over the results mostly with exclamations of delight but sometimes an, "Ewwww lets do that one again" and the creativity continues as we strive to do better.
Most of the session though is ninety percent Keira and ten percent me doing the mechanistica bit with the camera. I'd had this thought many years ago and it stopped me making nude figurative images, I avoided the genre and did street photography and fashion pics for mates who made clothes.
Lurking at the back of my mind though was digital art, I could incorporate a nude figure into something of mine so the input into the image would half and half. Yes I thought that is the answer but I needed to find a model and it wasn't until I'd been doing the montages for about eighteen months that I found Keira.
It's been just over a month since that first photoshoot with her, I knew I was going to have to use all the skill I'd learned to make images that complemented her poses. In the event I found out an awful lot more about putting stuff together, her poses are a superb catalyst to my image making.