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Lots of good things are going on at the moment: with my workshop & production events now happening regularly, with publishing, exhib plans, and also sponsors: I'm excited to be shooting for the next 2 months using medium format (see new blog post.)

There's the cliched saying of 'living the dream' but for me, those words don't cut it. For me, the 'dream' life/career is one you make yourself - it's not handed onto you on a plate, you have to put the meal together yourself. It also has to retain the magic of a 'dream' whilst also being your potentially banal breadwinning routine - a difficult balance. Another challenging part of being an artist is having your hard efforts pay off erratically, at times you don't expect, like 3 buses coming at once (from directions you didn't expect). "Miss Aniela" has to work for two now - myself and my boyfriend - as a job there are no guarantees about anything and if we weren't both passionate enough about photography, it simply wouldn't work.

The picture was taken at our latest theatre workshop at the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne, model is Bella Grace. It's a panoramic, HDR levitation shot - the tutorial I did for our students took just under an hour by the end of all that! Pose and concept was directly emulated from a previous picture of mine, 'Body repairs' (below).

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  1. Del Rosario 47 months ago | reply

    Magnifica escena,muy buena luz

  2. flaken 47 months ago | reply

    simply great

  3. India Rose <3 47 months ago | reply

    This is gorgeous, it reminds me of the film verson of 'Phantom of the Opera', although your model is rather more beautiful than the hairy bloke that gets hung from the rafters of the haunted paris opera house. I wonder if you had a particular play in mind whilst shooting this...

  4. SteveNordquist 46 months ago | reply

    Pardon my adoration: the house lights and wall splash are hideous halo fill (lens maker & IR filter age; or outcome of 40 min. contraposto work with the model grabbing the rope and a censer to put a line of smoke up into the spot gel?), the spot (or its aperture) is in-freaking-side the stage scrim, rope waggle: curse the wan weight of the waggish arch stools/daybeds models bring with them these days, and where is the prop dresser with the cellphone fragments?

  5. Buckler 46 months ago | reply

    awesome stuff

  6. Arina_57 46 months ago | reply

    great shot!

  7. Andreas Climent | 45 months ago | reply

    Great lighting and composition.

    This photo will be featured on Flickrista in the coming weeks.

  8. Use&Abuse 45 months ago | reply

    fantástica. felicidades.

  9. Dr. Slump  45 months ago | reply

    The last circus, of Alex de la Iglesia??

  10. ehazael 43 months ago | reply

    So poised...

  11. hristin4e 39 months ago | reply

    oh my god! can I say as a performer on stage that this is simply Beautiful! I've never seen something like this before, so many captivated emotions... goose bumps!

  12. MWindir 32 months ago | reply

    Love it! Everything is just right...

  13. DriveByPhotographer 28 months ago | reply

    My compliments to your art and craft!!! I am throughly entertained by your work! Thank you.

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