A few weeks ago, I was assisting an artist friend of mine Michelle Isle in a photo shoot. Michelle is also a painter of Fine Art with Acrylics and I believe that is why she prefers to shoot only with ambient lighting and no flashes. That entire circus I usually bring with the strobes and reflectors etc. is probably way too unnatural for an artist of her caliber. Well, her shoot ended early and we were shooting in an un-rented apartment in her building, so we had the place for the entire day. I invited a fetish model friend down named Yemaya Rose to hang out with us. Since we had the place, next to no real lighting and I had a fine art artist at my disposal, I did what any opportunist would do in my place and imposed on both of them.
If you are going to shoot in a very dark environment and I had hot lamps there for Michelle’s shoot, So I came up with the bright idea of shooting a Black Light Photography shoot. Since I was already bum rushing her shoot;I asked Michelle if she could paint something abstract in white on Yemaya’s legs? (The color white glows under the ultra-violet radiation of the black light) There was no make-up artist on the set so I went to my car and grabbed a bunch of silly props that I brought for next to nothing after Halloween. I was thrilled to find this creepy mask which was white with red flairs. I hated covering up such a gorgeous face as Yemaya’s but the composition of this shoot really needed it. 20 minutes later and we were shooting.
When I edited these images, I decided at the last second to make a darker, slightly monochromatic edit to make it less glamour and more flat out darkness. The results were strange and creepy but I thought it was a very different take on Black Light Photography so I ran with it.