James Hobley, Ballet Dancer.
I’m not convinced by selective colour edits but I was playing with the sliders in Lightroom and quite liked this. Because the trainer (sneaker) is grey anyway, it isn’t as offensively cliched as most of this kind of work, I don’t think. Anyway, another “found” item from my recent craze. Some kind soul has helpfully left this shoe on a fence post so it may one day be re-united with its owner.
A guilty pleasure of mine recently is snapping discarded items. I especially like the texture of the dried mud here. The medicine bottle is a bonus. The fact I found it lying in some waste ground, a mile away from any dwellings just sort of reached out to me a little. If I’d been braver, I’d have had a look to see what it was but I didn’t fancy touching it. It’s probably just cough medicine. Or methadone.
The gorse is in bloom on my regular dog walk. I used my recent car boot sale find (an Asahi Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 M42 mount!) on my Pentax K-x. The bokeh is incredible.
I’m in the process of setting up my own studio (due to unemployment lasting now, over 6 months). While I’m in the formative stages, I’ve been hiring a local studio to get some practice in. I know I’m not perfect and I’ve got a lot to learn but I need to take the opportunity while it’s there to make a living from something I love. That, my friends, is photography.
This photoshoot was of the amazingly talented James Hobley, a ballet student I have known since he was three years old. If you want to know more about James’ amazing story, then you can read about him here
James very kindly agreed to model for me and this is one of the fashion shots I took. I also have some ballet poses that I will hopefully post later in the week.
I spent a little time in the studio again today. My model declared she was “tired”, so I made her take a photo of me. Catalogue Pose-tastic! :D Ha ha ha, I’m still giggling. Handsome bastard.