How I create Emotive Intimate Photographs
One of my favorite things to do is photograph in abandoned buildings or rehab houses or even rooms that are under construction. There is something captivating about all of that chaos that draws me in every time. So, a friend of mine needed some photos for her upcoming book. She is a struggling artist like us all so I usually only charge her $100. However, she wanted to do the shoot at this property she owns in a VERY hostile and economically disenfranchised city right outside of Philadelphia called Chester. The city is pretty rundown to begin with, however this particular block that she and her husband are rehabbing is exceptionally gifted in its “urban blight”. I leaped at the opportunity to shoot there and in lieu of our usual and customary $100 I asked if I could use the space for some future photo shoots. She agreed and I took my muse Indica Rose to this shoot to capture some different looks mixed in this chaotic space under construction and the urban blight right outside of the walls.
The first room I shot in was this purple room in the back. The structure of the house is clearly compromised and this room had a severe pitch to the outside corner. I really enjoyed the chaos of the crooked lines. This small 12×10 room had two windows on opposite walls forming a natural 45 degree light source. In addition, the room was painted a beautiful purple which gave everything a soft, sensual and “cool” vibe. So the first photograph I shot was Indica Rose nude under a sheet. I used all natural light and had her husband Chris hold a gold reflector in front of her to cast a golden glow on one side and a soft white natural light on the other. I absolutely loved these results!
Focal Length: 39MM
SOOC or Un-edited Image
Final Edit of Images
Sensuality and Sadness is what I titled this blog post because ultimately that was what I wanted to capture the most. There is a certain beauty in chaos, I readily admit. However, there is an even greater sadness in chaos caused by poverty, politics, racism, drugs, and poor education, all of which are elements of Chester PA. I could have captured this boudoir styled shoot in a brighter and more positive aesthetic, like a true boudoir. However, as artists, we are supposed to capture the truth and we are supposed to be true to the environment we are creating in and drawing inspiration from.So the final edits are darker and dramatically edited using textures and light manipulations to feature the shadows more prominently. In my opinion, this causes the images to be more “Emotive Photography” than my usual “intimate” styled photography.