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Lair love

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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Taken on November 8, 2012