Lair love

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    Withstanding the weight of fear.

    Shot in the dungeon of the Château de Champlâtreux, with tiger from the Natural History Museum in Paris. We shot the model down in the dungeon of the Chateau, a most captivating part of the location, albeit challengingly dark and had to be shot either with long exposure or flash. The day was slipping away fast and I'm glad that we heeded Matthew's enthusiasm to get down to the cellars because I suspected it might work well with the museum animal plates/stock I'd shot. However, never did I have this result in my head during the shoot...

    This was the piece i began editing in the workshop class with Trey. It was quite funny, because I was playing with my pictures whilst Trey demoed, and he caught sight of my image and remarked on it. Naturally then I felt swayed to make it my demo piece, but I'm glad that I caught some accidental encouragement. I was completely honest with them that this was an overly ambitious concept and that I didn't know whether it would work. The painterly synergy of golden fur on golden dress sustained my curiosity in completing it. With encouragement from Trey, Tom Anderson (none other than MySpace Tom, who was on the workshop!) and the class, I continued with it the next day and became increasingly enamoured with the symbolism of the tiger as well as the subtle sensuality of 'loving the lair'.

    Model: Sophie Bergeret. Hairstylist: Virginie Barrault-Guignard. Make-up: Jennifer Guernier. Styling direction and all-round help on set - Matthew.

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    1. nwadz 29 months ago | reply

      this is amazing

    2. xxxxxxxxnnnnnnnnn [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

      Creative, brilliant, awesome, imaginative, magnificent,
      In other words outstanding work, well done
      Congrats on Explore, well deserved

    3. Lizzie Churchill 29 months ago | reply

      WOW The contrast in sharp colour/detail and the haziness is incredible :) x

    4. harvstmn 29 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture.....congrats on Explore!!!

      Via Explore for 13th Nov 2012 at #6 on Fluidr

    5. AngelA Muse 29 months ago | reply

      love the lighting & framing

    6. some_stuff 29 months ago | reply

      wow its fantastic

    7. ivan the fox 28 months ago | reply

      Just simply gorgeous!

    8. yarumcb 28 months ago | reply

      wow nice nice

    9. Ðariusz 28 months ago | reply

      incredible work! amazing

    10. Bale.L 28 months ago | reply


    11. William Foulds 26 months ago | reply

      This is just incredible, you are amazing!

    12. Cooook 24 months ago | reply

      Aw, this reminds me so much of my childhood and all the magical movies I used to watch.

    13. theprettyprint 23 months ago | reply


    14. Namicjo 15 months ago | reply

      A wonderful Tableau Vivant
      well... as long as the tiger don't bite :D

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