|karl-14 - Kristen Lucus|
|karl-20 - Kristen Lucus|
I wore my belt an extra notch tighter that day so both it and my undies were rubbing deep into my skin. My ring was etching into my finger. I wore tight socks and tied my shoes tight to get maximum effect. I wanted to be marked up for her. This is the exact opposite of how must nude models dress for a shoot. They usually wear loose clothing to avoid these marks. This part of the reason I loved this theme. It showed the real human state we live in... we have temporary marks from our daily costumes of life.
We photographed during class lab time in the same studio I photographed Candace in during our February session. We started off with my hands. I removed my ring and there was a big dent. With only a single light source, the shadows from the textures and grooves were very pronounced.
|karl-4 - Kristen Lucus|
Next came the waist band marks. I pulled it down to see if there were marks and there were. I dropped my pants and undies, pulled off my shirt and stood there as she photographed those marks by having me slowly rotate to get them full circle.
I felt comfortable even though I have never posed nude before. I wondered why as I drove home. First, I trust Kristen. I support and believe in her project. I've seen her work. She made me comfortable. Second, I've grown to accept my body as what it is. It isn't beautiful, but I try not to be ashamed of it. Third, it was very educational to learn how being on the other side of the lens felt.
|karl-43 - Kristen Lucus|
As you can see... or can't, my face is absent from all shots. This is true of her whole series. I don't know how I would feel having nude photos taken of me with my face visible. I would like to think I would be as comfortable as I was with these photos, but I can't say for sure.
Kristen shared her photos with me and I was very impressed. I know I have to lose weight, but her photos did not make me feel ugly and fat. I appreciate her treatment of the model, photos, and the subject.
What pearls of wisdom can I share with other photographers from having been on both sides of the camera? Only one, earn trust (both ways), keep it, and honor it after the shoot. Kristen did all of these. She gave me a print and a cd with proofs of the session. I greatly appreciate that.
|karl-29 - Kristen Lucus|
I photographed Kristen a few weeks later. She wasn't nude, but the theme and situation was much more personal. That story and those photos will have to wait for another day.