The Nude: Rain Or Shine
Firstly, I should warn you – you may catch a glimpse of some naked flesh in the following blog post so if you’re viewing this at work, be careful. On the plus side, it’s not my flesh.
I love the British summer. Hayfever, washed out barbecues, warm beer, inexplicable traffic jams, inflated ice cream prices, bites from unidentified bugs… what’s not to like? It also means that at Fotofilia, we take a risk by running a nude photo-shoot event. Last year, we ran a “Nude In The Landscape” shoot in a beautiful part of rural Warwickshire – and it rained. It rained a lot. Our model Helen Claire put on a brave face (and very little else) to provide us all with great images, despite the torrential rain.
This year, ever the optimist, I thought it might be prudent to stage our nude shoot in a location that couldn’t be spoiled by inclement weather. I came up with the slightly altered theme of “Nude In The Urban Landscape” and managed to find an excellent location – an empty and partly derelict – industrial complex in Digbeth, Birmingham.
As usual, the event was planned a couple of months in advance. How was I to know the event would coincide with one of the hottest day of the year? This time, our model, Cally, was the only one suitably (un)dressed. The rest of us sweltered in the greenhouse-like conditions but were at least rewarded with some great photo opportunities, even if we did lose half of our bodyweight in sweat.
All in all, great fun, an excellent location and a truly stunning model. Thanks to Cally and our intrepid group of photographers. I’m planning the next one now – anyone know of an accurate long range weather forecast?