I get quite a lot of people say to me that we should meet up for a shoot next time in wherever it is they live or that they’ll book me for a shoot if they’re ever on the Isle of Man. But it seldom happens, so I was surprised and delighted when Laura contacted me to say that she was visiting the Island with her partner, Megan, and they wanted to do a shoot with me.
Laura and Megan, from Manchester, who both work, semi-professionally as models, were quite particular about the two different types of images they were looking for – “Soft/sensual/nude and harsh/grungy/clothed(ish)”.
To be honest, I was more excited about the latter; we discussed ideas and decided to go for harsh, direct flash look that the ladies had seen me use in previous shoots. I wanted to use the corner of a bar or a nightclub, but by the time we started shooting, at 9 pm on a Sunday evening in March, location choices were somewhat limited, and we ended up using my partner’s living room. The stars and stripes flag has no meaning or political connotations – I just happened to think it would make a better backdrop than a beige carpet.
People will have their own, poles apart, opinions of these photographs, as usual. We see pictures of couples all the time – engagement shoots showing duos kissing and hugging on beaches and under trees. The only difference here is that Laura and Megan prefer to wear less than other couples…
All images were made using an Olympus MjuII compact and a Nikon F100/28mm 1.8G/Vivitar 283 flash combo’. Film stock was Fuji Superia 400, which was developed and scanned at the excellent, and open-minded, Canadian Film Lab.