Greece: Abstract [Post #7]

In case you didn’t read Greece: Classical [Post #6], I’ll reiterate what I’d said at the start of that post:

I’ve just realised that I had intended to post #6 and #7 in this Greece series a while ago… Like, months ago… And… Well… I forgot. Oops? I have since been back to Greece to work with Rick again (earlier this year, in April). But I figured, since I’d already written this post (and the previous one!) before I went to Greece for the second time, that I might as well post them! So… Sorry it’s a bit late, but here it is, Greece: Abstract [Post #7].


So this post and the previous one consist entirely of pictures of olive trees. Okay, not just olive trees. Photographs of olive trees, with me on and/or near to them trying my best to reflect their beauty and shapes with my body.

Most of the work I did in Greece revolved around the olive trees. It was part of an ongoing project that Rick has been working on. So there are a lot of these type of pictures. I’ve split them into two types, so I don’t overcrowd one post.

In the first post of these two, Greece: Classical [Post #6], I showed you the images with a more classical posing style.

This post, Greece: Abstract [Post #7], is where I will be showing you more abstract posing, but still with the olive trees.

Are you still with me? Good. Is this introduction sounding a bit familiar??


Okay, so I’ll admit I was a bit tempted to copy and paste most of the previous post in this one, just to be weird… but I figured that would probably be a little bit boring for anyone who’s following this series of posts. And it wouldn’t be funny after about 500 words. It would just be annoying. So I’ll just assume you’ve read the previous post and continue on.


The last post was a more classical take on fine art nude photography. This one is not. I said before that most of what I do is the more classical style of things and I said how much I love it. Because I really do.

But there is one thing I like more than classical fine art nude modelling. And that is the style I will be showing you here. The more abstract style of fine art nude. It is my absolute favourite.

So when Rick described his idea for these shots to me, all to do with becoming one with the tree, as though I was the spirit of the olive tree itself…

I first thought to myself, ‘yey’. And then I thought about how this really is the sort of thing I love doing most. It is the absolute best. And I get to do it in Greece!

It was fun to be able to be a bit weird with the beautiful old olive trees. All in the name of art. I love my job, I’m so lucky to get to do this.

The posing in a few of these images is similar, but I couldn’t choose which one I liked best, because of the way the trees or the photography vary in each one. They all have a reason for being included here.


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I love how this tree gave me a little ledge to get off the ground. There is an emotion of sadness about this shot, and the sunlight isn’t as harsh or strong as it is in some of the other shots. I think it really gives this image a bit of something else, it’s a bit softer. I think also, because Rick captured some other olive trees in the frame, but also there was a lot of bare ground in this location too, it feels a bit more secluded (less crowded by other trees) than some of the shots we got.


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This is one of my favourite shots from my entire time in Greece and one of my favourite shots ever. It is very much about becoming one with the tree, but still with that softness I mentioned about the previous image. I love it!

[What you don’t get a sense of from this shot, is that in between shots, I kept nearly falling off from my little perch. I’m genuinely not as graceful and ladylike as I look like I am in the finished product… But hey, falling over and stumbling around is the fun part. Capturing amazing art in the process is the part that makes the scrapes, bruises and slight embarrassment at my clumsy nature all worthwhile!]


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This would be quite an awkward pose if it were meant as a straightforward, classical fine art nude shot. But for something a bit more abstract, it really works for me. I feel like I succeeded in making shapes with my body, while staying true to the lines of the tree (you’re probably there thinking, ‘you’ve lost me’), but the reaching up really captures that idea of being one with the tree.


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I don’t know what it is about this shot, I just love the asymmetry of the pose and the stark contrast in the editing style. It’s definitely an odd shot, but that’s a good thing. I feel like there is a story waiting to be told about this image. Maybe one day, I’ll write it.


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The thing I love most about this image is the weird angle it’s been taken from. I don’t know why but it just makes the whole image for me. I see this as almost like mother nature crying out for humans to stop destroying the planet. Or maybe that’s just the vegan in me…


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This image is pretty much the same pose as the image above it.. But because both images have different olive trees in them and have been taken from different angles, have different levels of light on them and been edited differently, you get a completely different image. I like them both.


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The height of this tree is what makes this shot work for me. It looks so tall, strong and open; which contrasts the small, closed off nude figure at its roots. Magic 🙂


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This shot is really different to the other images in this post. I think that’s why I really like it. It’s very anonymous and definitely keeps in with the theme of becoming one with nature. I can almost see myself merging with the trunk. it’s definitely one where you have to look at it again to figure out what’s going on in the shot. I like photographs that make you do that.


Number 2 and Number 7 are my favourites from this post. I really enjoy making shapes with my body. Weird ones. Curling up into a ball, arms and legs at opposite angles. It’s fun to shoot too. I hope the pictures were worth it! Let me know which one is your favourite!


And that’s it for my posts on my November 2017 trip to Greece! I hope you’ve been enjoying reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. I apologise for being a bit weird sometimes. Actually, I take back my apology. I’m unapologetically weird. It makes life more fun.

Stay tuned for the next adventure! ❤


And I’m also sorry that I forgot to post the last two posts in this series until just now 😀


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Greece: Classical [Post #6]

I’ve just realised that I had intended to post #6 and #7 in this Greece series a while ago… Like, months ago… And… Well… I forgot. Oops? I have since been back to Greece to work with Rick again (earlier this year, in April). But I figured, since I’d already written this post (and the next one!) before I went to Greece for the second time, that I might as well post them! So… Sorry it’s a bit late, but here it is, Greece: Classical [Post #6].


So this post and the next one are going to consist entirely of pictures of olive trees. Okay, not just olive trees. Photographs of olive trees, with me on and/or near to them trying my best to reflect their beauty and shapes with my body.

Most of the work I did in Greece revolved around the olive trees. It was part of an ongoing project that Rick has been working on. So there are a lot of these type of pictures. I’ve split them into two types, so I don’t overcrowd one post.

In this first post of these two, Greece: Classical [Post #6], I will be showing you the images with a more classical posing style.

The next post, Greece: Abstract [Post #7], will be where I will show you more abstract posing, but still with the olive trees.

Are you still with me? Good.


When people ask me what I do, obviously I say ‘I’m a model’. After clearing up the initial confusion with most people where they assume I must be really famous and in magazines and fashion shows all around the world (oh if only), I let them know that, actually, I’m a freelance model and that I work mostly with photographers to create artwork.

If they’re comfortable enough understanding that this can be an actual career (“No, I don’t have a ‘day job’, modelling is my ‘day job’…”) then they usually ask me what kind of stuff I do. This is the point where they struggle to shut me up as I love talking about what I do, because I love what I do.

I’m predominantly a classical fine art nude model. At least, that’s what I consider myself to be, therefore, that is what I am. Right? Anyway, by that, I mean that most of the work I do is about femininity, beauty and grace. I really love this kind of work and, apparently, I’m pretty good at it… Which is why I end up doing so much of it. Life is good.

This style of work is what I’m going to be focusing on in this post. So if it’s not your thing and you like something a bit more weird, hold on until the next post. You’ll like it.

If a more classical style of work is your thing, then here you go!


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This olive tree was absolutely beautiful and had so much character that it was almost like modelling alongside another human. There was a gap in the tree, where my body is positioned in this shot, that was just the right size for me to be in. It was a very wide tree, meaning that I could model in front of it (or inside it, as is the case here), without obscuring its beauty,

[I was unsure wether to put this image in the classical post or the abstract post. Because to me, it seems a bit of both all at the same time. Ultimately, it arbitrarily ended up in this one so the number of images were a bit more balanced across the two posts].


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I love the way this tree leant over, so I mimicked that lean with my upper body. I like how my feet and legs are distinct from the tree in this shot (that part wasn’t actually intentional, but I think it really worked!). They almost serve as extra tree roots in my imagination. I also love this shot for the anonymity. It really works here.


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A very classical style of pose. This olive tree was a lot taller than most of the trees I had the pleasure of working with, so it allowed me to stretch up and use my height as part of the posing style (a lot of olive trees are shorter).


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You can see just how much shorter this tree is in comparison to the image above. Here, I was still able to use my height to pose, but in a different way. By adding a bend at the hips, it worked to create an interesting angle in the image. My body almost makes an ‘x’ shape here, which is quite interesting in the shot. I like the depth of this shot, where Rick captured other olive trees as part of the whole picture.


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Another taller olive tree. This shot I find interesting (here we go being weird again, sorry) because it is almost like the left hand reaching up is causing the growth of the tree, and the right hand reaching down is causing the grounding/rooting of the tree. This shot is very magical to me. I really feel as though it looks like there is effort or movement in the shot. I wish I really could help trees to grow. I wish I was like a fairy or a nymph or a pixie or something, and not just a human that sometimes looks like one!!


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I’m hanging off this tree. This tree was another with lots of character and depth to it. It wasn’t particularly short but its trunk was very wide and textured. It had lots of branches for me to use to hold on to (and, as I did here, hang off) to get some lovely poses.


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This olive tree was tiny, probably a lot younger than some of the other ones in this post so far. But still very beautiful. It had an angle that was perfect for me to lean into to get this very classical looking shot. It was the perfect height for me!


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This is the same tree as in the image above, but a completely different pose. This time, the tree worked as a seat for me. Thank you little olive tree.


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I’m not sure if this was one tree that had split apart, or two that had grown close to each other. I think it’s the former. Anyway, it served as a perfect place for me to model as there was a lovely natural ‘v’ shape between the two trunks (or two parts of the trunk). I was able to mimic the ‘v’ with my arms and create shape with my legs. Another really lovely shot.


So what do you think? Let me know which one is your favourite! For me, it’s either Number 7 or Number 9. I’m not sure which…

Also let me know if you have an opinion on any of the things I’ve said about any of the shots. Or if you have anything to add 🙂


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Greece: Ruins [Post #5]

This post is a rather quick one, about the images from when me and Rick went to shoot at a Mycenaean bridge. I’ve mentioned this bridge in previous posts. You will probably recall an image of this place in the first post Greece: Vintage [Post #1] and then a picture of me, being a tourist in front of this bridge in the post Greece: Tourist [Post #4]. We went back to this bridge at the beginning of one of the days we were shooting.

In these images, the bridge is still there, so I guess they aren’t really ruins, like the title of this post would have you believe. But I do think that Greece: Ruins sounds a lot more exciting than Greece: Bridge. I’m sure you agree, so my apologies if the title of this post misled you a little! I just like the titles to sound catchy. Especially since I’ve limited myself to one word. That’s my justification anyway. I’m an artist, I can get away with it.

We only had time to get a few quick pictures because it is a popular spot, and fairly near to a main road. But we got the images down to some pretty good  and speedy team work and I really love them. It’s amazing what you can achieve in just a few minutes!

These images are really lovely and if I were lucky enough to be somewhere like Greece working again, I’d love to do more work with beautiful places like this, left behind by the Mycenaeans (maybe a fine art shoot in a location similar to the one in Greece: Fashion [Post #2]) . And do something with Ancient Greek ruins too. That would be really cool and would suit my style of modelling I think. Seeing these images has given me more ideas of the potential a country like Greece has for this sort of work. It really is an amazing country… I’m getting off topic here. Dreaming about possible future shoots when I set out to discuss a past shoot. I’m easily distracted.

Anyway, I’m sure you just want to see the images now, so I’ll get on with it. The way I’ve set this post up is pretty exciting, even though there aren’t many images to show you. I received both colour and black and white versions of these images from Rick. I’m going to post both versions of each image so you can decide which you like best. For me, I think it’s always going to be black and white. There’s something about it.


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So what’s the consensus? I’ll be honest, I particularly like black and white images anyway. It’s very rare that given the choice, I would choose colour. Black and white photography just really works for the sort of modelling that I do, so I usually prefer it.

With these images, the first three poses are more classical in their style, so I think these work best in black and white. The last two are posed a lot more naturally, so I think I’d veer towards colour on those two.

That’s just my opinion, though. I’d love to hear what you think works best and which one is your favourite. My favourite is the second one, in black and white.


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Greece: Tourist [Post #4]

Get ready for another pointless post, jam-packed with selfies! I’m not even kidding. This one’s about my trip in general. I thought some people might be interested, so here we are. It’s quite a long one, so if you’re staying, you might want to grab a cup of tea or something and settle in.


Travelling to meet people I’ve only ever conversed with online is part of my job. It’s normal for me. Photographers message me online, we discuss a shoot, then get in in the diary. It’s all done online and it’s rare that I even speak to a photographer on the phone before I work with them. Then I travel, usually by train, on the appointed date, at the appointed time…. To meet someone I’ve never met before. It’s not weird for me. It’s just my job. And I really seem to have perfected the art of finding a person on a busy train station platform when I have absolutely no idea what they look like. It’s a skill developed through the weirdness of my job. But that’s irrelevant… Moving on…

Travelling out of the country to meet someone I’d not met before, was kinda weird. I have to admit, I felt like a bit of a badass for doing it. I’d talked to Rick a lot online before I flew out there and of course, I’d checked he wasn’t a crazy axe murderer or serial killer. He seemed legit from his online profile, and appeared to be exactly who he said he was. But it still took a certain level of bravery to say yes and just go. I don’t think many people would have. But I did.


This is me at Manchester airport, and then me sitting on the plane… My first time flying alone (and I’ve never really flown a whole lot in my life anyway!!)

The ‘Welcome to Greece’ sign as I got off the plane, and then a picture of me when I finally arrived at what would be my home for the next week!


My first day in Greece did not involve any modelling. The weather was a bit cloudy (Rick prefers bright sunlight for his work) and because of the travelling, Rick thought it would be a good idea to just explore and relax a bit. Which is what we did.

I learnt so much about Greek history and culture that first day, I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am. I love learning, so having someone who has a degree in archaeology talk to me about ancient civilisations as we walked around those sites was simply amazing.

We did a lot of sightseeing that day. We visited the Mycenaean bridge on the way to Epidavros, a Mycenaean necropolis in Dendra and walked up to a Mycenaean citadel in Midea (the views from there are amazing… I made sure to take lots of pictures). Then in the afternoon, we went to an old disused train station where we came across some old, rusted trains. We spent a little while there while both me and Rick, captivated by the strangeness of the huge machines forgotten amongst all of the greenery, took lots of photographs. I will be posting more of my own photography from my trip to Greece at some point. It was an incredible day, my mind full of lots of new facts and information. It was great!

We also went to Nafplio on my first day in Greece, so that I could go to the market and get food. Being vegan, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to find much to eat in Greece. But I needn’t have worried. The market in Nafplio was such an amazing place. You could get an array of different fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, dried beans, herbs, spices, olives…. And everything was so cheap compared to markets in England. It was vegan heaven, like a rainbow of yummy food, stretching out as far as you could see… Needless to say, I didn’t go hungry while I was in Greece!

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Me as a tourist, standing in front of a 3,500 year old bridge built by the Mycenaeans. It was amazing to walk here, imagining the people who built it such a long time ago… We came back to this bridge a few days later for me to model there. You might recognise it from one of the images in the post Greece: Vintage [Post #1].

A selfie with the views from the top of the Mycenaean citadel in the background and then a selfie of me at the disused train station (notice the Jaret Reddick hoodie for anyone who’s reading this and understands what this means… ❤ )

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A Mycenaean tomb at Dendra

 

The steps up to the Mycenaean citadel at Midea and the view from the top, just after you go through what is left of the gate. The view was spectacular!

 

One of the abandoned trains we saw at the disused railway, a picture of me doing something weird with my feet, and then a picture of the back of one of the trains, showing the graffiti there.


The next day was my first day of modelling where Rick drove me to Methana. I talked a little about my time there in my post Greece: Fashion [Post #2]. I got to see more Mycenaean ruins (and model with them as my background) as me and Rick started to create the art that was the whole reason I was there!

Later, we visited a Mycenaean citadel, with a Hellenistic addition to it… And then drove up a volcano! It was amazing. And there were goats. It is important to mention the goats. They were really really cute.

Two selfies of me on this lovely warm day in Greece, rocking the new sunglasses because my old faithful ones died, just before I was supposed to fly out to Greece. These ones are okay… But I miss my old sunnies!!!

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The remains of what I think Rick told me was a Mycenaean village (he will email me after reading this to let me know if I’ve remembered wrong!) I love that you can still see where the walls of the houses would have been so you could see how big the rooms were. I also saw things like evidence of where columns would have gone, and spaces for cooking or storage pots too. I was turning into a little archaeologist! It was amazing.

A view of the sun light hitting one of the hills on Methana as the sun set and then a photograph of the sun setting as viewed from a volcano! I believe that the land you can see the sun setting behind is actually pretty close to where I was staying in Epidavros. Conversely, you can see Methana from the apartment I was staying in.


The next morning, I took a little walk down to the beach that is just a few minutes away from Rick’s apartment. I made friends with a beautiful ginger cat there. Except for me and Ginger, there was nobody else around. It was so quiet and peaceful, it was almost like my own private beach! Plus, the views were amazing. Luckily, I bought my camera and had a quick photo shoot with my new furry friend before heading back the apartment.

That day, me and Rick visited several olive groves to get some shots (you will see these shots in future posts, I promise!) and one of them had an old Mycenaean road running through it!

Then that evening, we ventured into Epidavros, the village where I was staying. On the way, Rick showed me several really interesting historical sites. Honestly, everywhere you look in Greece, there is something beautiful to see, or some old history to rediscover. It is a magical country.

A selfie of me on the beach in the morning and a selfie of me walking to the olive grove with the Mycenaean road running through it!

 

Another amazing sunset-in-Greece picture. This times by ruins instead of a volcano. Then a picture of my Greek coffee 🙂


The following day it was raining. Just my luck, I know. So we decided that we weren’t going to shoot that day… Instead, after a fairly lazy morning spent reading while Rick got some things sorted out (which was good after all the walking and exploring!), Rick took me to the museum in Nafplio. It was incredible seeing all of the things that had been found by archeologists in the exact places that I’d spent the last few days visiting and exploring. That was a really, really cool experience!

We then spent the afternoon exploring Nafplio after we had been to the museum. Rick had lots of things to show me. I was very lucky to have had such a knowledgable tour guide! There were lots of lovely views from the higher points of the city, and the buildings were all so beautiful. I took many photographs on my own camera, it would have been rude not to, being in such a beautiful place.

Oh, and the cats. The cute, adorable, cats and kittens were everywhere in the city. I wanted to take them all home, but obviously, couldn’t… So I settled for taking lots and lots of photographs of them instead!

I bought some komboloi (Greek worry beads) while I was here too, as well as getting small gifts for my family. It was a lovely day of being a tourist and enjoying the country I was in.

A beautiful dog, napping outside the museum and then a view of the sea from a pretty little outlook. You can’t even tell it had been raining earlier that day at all! It was quite amusing to see the Greek people all bundled up  because the temperature had dropped a few degrees. I was perfectly warm enough in my hoodie, while they were in heavy coats, hats and scarves… It would have been considered a lovely warm day in England!


On the Sunday, we went to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in Epidavros. This is probably my favourite place in the world. It was sunny and warm, and hardly anyone around… Rick showed me all the exciting things to see at this archaeological site. He took me around the site a different way to the way most people go. I preferred his way.

I could see the ruins becoming more and more well formed as Rick told me about the Ancient Greeks and the Romans and the myths and legends surrounding the area and the Gods and Goddesses associated with it. I was enthralled. It really was like a dream… But real. I was really there, walking where so many people have been walking for so long. It was magical.

We ended up in the Ancient Greek theatre. It was mind blowing. I studied classical civilisations in my GCSE and I’d always wanted to visit an ancient Greek theatre (one of those things that captures a young mind, I guess). And now I can say I’ve really seen one. Not only seen, but stood where the actors will have stood. Walked across where the orchestra will have been… And sat where countless people throughout history and from all over the world have sat. If that isn’t amazing, then I don’t know what is.

We sat there for a while, enjoying the sun, making friends with a cat, and watching the tourists stand in the centre of the theatre and shout up to ask if we could hear them (you really can, by the way). I also took the opportunity to get some touristy shots as well as doing some of my own photography… Because how could I visit somewhere so utterly amazing and not get those tourist photos??

Selfies in the Sancturary of Asklepois in Epidavros. The first one was just in courtyard. I included it here because my the-sun-is-in-my-eyes-I-can’t-help-but-squint face made me giggle. In the second shot, you can see some of what’s left of the sanctuary built by the ancient Greeks.

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Here, Rick got a shot of my photographing the ruins of the sanctuary. I have no idea how I can stand like that without falling over, but clearly, it’s helping me to hold my camera steady. Weird.

A selfie as I walked around the grounds of the sanctuary and a selfie with my new friend at the theatre!

A selfie taken from the theatre. You can see how huge it is, you can totally see why it blew me away! And then a shot of my feet (why, oh why do I keep doing this?) on the steps of the theatre.

Two more shots taken by Rick of me with the theatre in the background. You can see how absolutely breathtaking it is!

Okay two more pictures of the theatre, then I promise I’m done with them! One where you can see my feline friend in shot too, and one where you can see the height of the theatre behind me. It’s an amazing place. I really love it there.


My last full day in Greece, wasn’t good weather, unfortunately so I didn’t get to model outdoors any more after my time spend modelling in the olive groves after visiting the Sanctuary of Asklepios on the previous day. On my final day, we wandered into Epidavros again and then took some shots in the apartment using the natural light coming in from the window. They were really really lovely shots, so I didn’t mind not having chance to model outside again!


It was an early start to get to the airport as it’s a long drive and my plane was pretty early in the morning… So I reluctantly left the amazing country that is Greece to come back to Manchester, where my dad was waiting at the airport to drive me home back to Stoke-on-Trent. Modelling in Greece was an amazing experience, and Rick has even invited me back again! I enjoyed every moment of my time in Greece, and I learnt so much! It was lovely, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the things I did in my week there.

A photograph of me at Athens airport, and then me in my seat on the plane ready to go home!

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A photograph of the window of the plane just as I landed back in England. It seems that whenever I go away to somewhere warm, it’s always raining when I come home as if it’s saying, ‘welcome back, Misuzu… I bet you’ve missed the rain!’


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my time in Greece. I really did have a wonderful experience, I learnt so much and saw some truly amazing things. I can’t wait to visit Greece again!


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Greece: Rock [Post #3]


So, in my last post, I mentioned about finding the big rock and just having to climb up it. Most photographers who’ve worked with me before are not surprised in the slightest (they’re sat there thinking, yep, that sounds about right). I feel like I should mention here that I’m really quite clumsy (and anyone who’s spent any length of time with me is recalling at least one occasion where I’ve completely stacked it for no reason at all, while being completely sober). So I guess for some people, me climbing rocks isn’t such a good thing. They worry! But for me, it is a good thing. I like to climb. I love my job because I can climb trees, big rocks, whatever, and it’s not considered ‘weird’, it’s considered ‘getting the shot’. It’s great!

Anyway, so there we were, me and Rick, it was a lovely day in an olive grove, taking photographs… And suddenly there is a huge boulder sticking out of the ground. Two seconds later, I’m up there and voila. We have these lovely images. It’s fun being me.

The first shot in this post will seem familiar to anyone who’s been reading these posts so far. That’s because you’ve seen it before. It’s the exact same image in Greece: Fashion [Post #2]. The rest are new though, I promise.

After the shot you’ve already seen, there is a fairly classic art nude shot, followed by two more implied shots. I really like these because of the heavy shadows cast by the leaves of the surrounding olive trees and the strong sunlight. They cast a pattern on my body that almost looks like an outfit, like I belong in nature (probably because I do, I always feel at home when I’m working surrounded by nature). I think that strong shadows can really forge a connection between model and surroundings. This interaction plays an important part of why I love these images so much, and why I gave this rock its very own blog post, despite there only being five images in total!

[Here, I am talking about photographs 2, 3 & 4]

Finally, the last image is one of my favourites from the whole trip. It is a black and white edit of me curled up on the rock. When you look at it for the first time, it takes a moment for you to notice there is a model in the shot too. I like shots like that. Images that make you look more closely, or double-take to see things you didn’t pick up on before. I think that this is because the image is in black and white, so the contrast of my tanned skin colour against the paler colour of the rock isn’t as noticeable… It’s almost like my body becomes an extension of the rock. Integrated into nature.

Am I getting too weird? Okay, I’ll just let you look at the pictures…


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I hope you liked these images. It’s just a  quick post to appreciate how awesome it is when you unexpectedly find a big rock! (I’m such a loser, I know!)


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Greece: Fashion [Post #2]

So time for a bit of rambling on about my time in Greece. If you aren’t interested, feel free to just scroll down to the images!


So the first day of my trip was spent exploring. I like exploring. I took lots of photographs, but I didn’t model at all that day (I will go into more detail about non-modelling related things from my trip in the post Greece: Tourist [Post #4] which will be posted soon if you’re interested at all).

My first day modelling in Greece, was actually my second day there. It was probably the nicest weather for the duration of my time there, too. Not that the weather was bad the rest of the time, (apart from the day that it stormed so we stayed inside all morning and visited a museum in the afternoon!) but it was particularly lovely on my first proper day there.

We drove onto Methana, which is a volcanic peninsula. We drove past the thermal springs as we arrived, and I could smell the sulphur coming from the  baths. These baths have amazing healing properties, if you can stand the smell. I for one, didn’t mind it too much, but we were only driving past… I wonder if I would feel differently if I was surrounded by it more. Anyway, Methana is famous for these thermal springs and that sulphuric smell.

We drove along the seafront, which was very very quiet due to it being out of tourist season. In the car, we continued up an incline until we came to a beautiful place that would be our first location for me to model in. It was an olive grove, surrounded by Mycenaean ruins. It was a truly amazing and beautiful place (I’m pretty sure I said that about every single place I went to in Greece…).

In this location, there were remnants of walls built around 1,500 BC. How amazing is that? I bet those people had no idea that 3,500 years later, there would be a girl from England using their walls as a scene for a bit of model photography…

Anyway, so that’s where me and Rick (Garden of the Muses) got our first images together, the ones that make up the bulk of this post. They consisted of fashion shots in a simple white dress, using the beautiful remains of a civilisation that existed over 3,000 years ago as the setting.

[This refers to photographs 1-6]

We then went on to get some more images here using the olive trees surrounding the Mycenaean ruins, but they are for future posts. We then drove on, to work in a Mycenaean citadel, with a Hellenistic watch tower built on top (the first picture in the previous blog post was taken right on top of that watch tower!), again surrounded by beautiful olive trees which we used for our location for the second part of the day, the images from which are to come in future posts. This is where we finished our shooting for the day. But the adventure wasn’t over.

You can actually drive up the volcano of Methana, which we did! We timed it perfectly as we were at the top of the volcano just as the sun was setting. It was such an amazing experience and a beautiful sight… I took some photographs with my own camera of the amazing scene, and watched the sun disappear. It was magical.

There are 32 craters if I remember rightly, but the last eruption was in 230 BC, with a submarine eruption in 1700 (according to Wikipedia).


The last few images on this page, are in the same simple outfit, but taken a few days later in an olive grove closer to where I was staying. It was probably the second nicest weather I had during my stay, now I think about it…

Anyway, we got a few fashion shots around the olive trees we were using as our location for that day, and we came across a huge boulder in the middle of all of the olive trees! So of course, I had to climb up it and get some shots there too. there is a post dedicated to this rock in Greece: Rock [Post #3]

[This refers to photographs 7-9]


Anyway, here are the images. They are just simple fashion shots, but I really like them. I feel like I look like I could be Greek in these! I love the way my skin colour compliments the ruins of the walls that surround me. I feel like I really belong amongst those ruins. Okay, so it probably would have been even better if I was there 3, 500 years ago, but you can’t have everything.

What do you think? Do you reckon I could be mistaken for being Greek? A lot of the locals must have thought so because they tried to speak to me in Greek quite often (I don’t know any Greek), which was a bit awkward.

The guy I was sitting next to on the plane to Greece tried to talk to me in Greek. When I said I was English and didn’t speak any Greek, he said to me, “Are you sure you’re not Greek? I think you’re Greek. You look Greek. No, you’re definitely Greek!” I guess I didn’t need to be part of that conversation!


Usually when you work with a photographer for the first time, the images you get in the first part of your shoot are never the best… Because you’re still getting used to how each other works, as everybody works differently. Sometimes, it takes a little while to get into the swing of how this model-photographer interaction works with different people.

But these images seem to contradict that, as me and Rick seemed to get amazing images right from the start.


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I hope you like these images. Number 6 is my favourite. Comment below and let me know which one you like best!


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Greece: Vintage [Post #1]

So this is the first of a series of blog posts dedicated to my trip to Greece in November 2017.

They are going to go as follows (and I will add links as they get published):

Greece: Vintage [Post #1]

Greece: Fashion [Post #2]

Greece: Rock [Post #3]

Greece: Tourist [Post #4]

Greece: Ruins [Post #5]

Greece: Classical [Post #6]

Greece: Abstract [Post #7]

I’m excited to write about my trip and share some of the work I did there with you.


Basically, this series of blog posts is being written because I was lucky enough to get to work for a whole week in Greece. I was invited there by a fantastic photographer called Rick, who goes by the name Garden of the Muses for his photography work. He took me to some amazing places and I saw so many wonderful things. I’m not surprised that the photographs from the trip are all so good! You can access his website by clicking here if you’re interested in seeing more of his work.


When I was looking through the images Rick sent me (while I was back in cold, rainy England!), I saw that he had edited several of the images with a particular style. They really jumped out at me. I think it gives the images a certain timeless quality that I can’t really explain. I decided they would form a great little group of images for my first blog post, to introduce the sort of work we did.

I’ll be honest, some of the poses in the images I’m about to show you are a little clumsy for my tastes (well, I can’t nail it every time can I?). I probably wouldn’t have liked some of these images if they had been edited differently (and by differently, I guess I mean, in a more average kind of way). But they seem to really work in this style for some reason and I’m not sure why. It just goes to show that editing really does make a difference to the image.

[The poses I am talking about  here relate to photographs 3, 4 & 10 in particular]

There are also a few images in this post that are included in future blog posts, just edited differently (by differently, I mean black and white). These images in black and white are among my favourite images from my time in Greece. I feel like those same images in this particular editing style makes them into something else, and I like them for a whole different reason. I’m not even sure if that paragraph reads well, so I hope you understand what I’m getting at. Basically just that these images in this style are awesome. Those same images are even better in black and white and you’ll see those in other blog posts. I think that makes a bit more sense. Maybe. Moving on…

[Here, I am talking about photographs 2, 7, 8 & 9 in particular]

It’s amazing how something simple can change your opinion of a photograph. That’s why I decided to give these images a post of their own. I’m not going to say much else in this post. I’ll shut up and let the photographs speak for themselves.


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I hope that you like these shots as much as I do. There’s just something about these images in this editing style that makes them so different. I can’t explain it, and I’m probably making a mess of trying to explain it. Let me know in the comments which ones are your favourites! If I had to pick just one, I think it would be number 9!


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