Until I persuaded myself to become the subject of my work I hadn’t really appreciated fully that the studio is just a performance space like any theatre stage. Once I had embraced that idea I was able to forget about being self conscious or awkward and to centre myself either to project myself to the camera and engage it with my eyes or to pose in a way that looked and felt being comfortable in my body. I’ve thought about it a lot and it seems a tragedy to me that so many people hate having their photograph taken. We only get one body and to not be comfortable with it is awful.
By way of introduction and because I am usually to be found on the other end of the camera I decided it would be a good exercise to get in front of the camera and to experience the studio space for myself and to see if I couldn’t get comfortable and just use it as a performance space. It took a while to settle down and learn to relate to the camera but it’s been a valuable experience and has enabled me generally to feel more comfortable in my bones.
The Pirates Lament – Prelude
The Pirates Lament
The Pirates Lament – Finale