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I made Shawn walk in circles in unzipped shorts.

I made Shawn walk in circles in unzipped shorts.

Got the slides back yesterday from the photo shoot I did with Shawn several days ago. This was our second photo shoot, and went more smoothly than the first. For one thing, there were no equipment problems this time; for another, it’s Shawn’s second time working with me, and he’s more relaxed. Also, this one was at Dick and Kei’s house in Hawaii Kai, not in a public place like Diamond Head Beach, and I think the model tends to be more relaxed in a private place where nobody’s going to come along and interrupt the photo session.

So last night and this morning I went through the slides. It’s a very time-consuming, tedious process, going through over 600 35mm slides, one by one—and it’s also great fun. I love seeing what I got. There are always some disappointments—but there are also always some nice surprises.

Still looking good in those unzipped swimtrunks...

Still looking good in those unzipped swimtrunks…

We started in a sunlit area near the swimming pool. There’s lots of greenery there, which makes a nice backdrop.

Shawn wore a pair of red cargo shorts to the shoot, and I loved the look of them, so I began by shooting him posing in those. Then I had him unbutton and unzip them, so they drooped a bit, and had him walk around in circles so they would gradually droop even more. That was fun to watch. And, oh yes, it produced some nice images

The area by the swimming pool has a nice wall of greenery behind it and I liked the setting a lot. I wanted to see Shawn in jockey shorts, then I thought no, they should be WET jockey shorts, so I had him put on a pair and jump into the pool.

Then he got out dripping wet and I shot a whole roll of him walking around, stretching, moving, etc., in wet shorts. Some nice images, especially when he’s peeling the shorts off.

Shawn in wet shorts, Shawn stretching in the nude

Shawn in wet shorts, Shawn stretching in the nude

I continued with some nudes of Shawn walking around and stretching against the same backdrop of greenery. Again, some really beautiful stuff. (I can hardly wait to start drawing and painting from these slides!)
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Then we went inside the house, where there are lots of potentially nice backdrops. I did some shots of Shawn standing up in the dining area, looking over the railing, while I stood below in the living room and photographed him from below. fotoshawn_birdparadise
Kei & Dick have a really big, beautiful potted bird of paradise, so I did a whole series of shots of Shawn behind, in front of, sitting next to the plant. The shapes of the different parts of the plant are really beautiful, but it was quite a challenge finding a way to shoot Shawn in and among the leaves. Still, I found some interesting compositions.

Then we went over to the sofa and I had Shawn sit on it, kneel on it, lie on it, writhe around on it—anything and everything he or I could think of. I find this kind of challenging because I don’t want to just take a picture of a nude lying on a sofa—that can be nice, but I want the model interacting with the sofa in interesting, unusual ways. I got a couple of nice shots that I’m looking forward to working with.

Shawn being driven crazy by the ants in the backyard.

Shawn being driven crazy by the ants in the backyard.

Then we traipsed out to the backyard, which is really kind of a nice spot, with the sun shining through the leaves, an orange (or is it lemon? or tangerine? I have to ask Kei) tree, and lots of little ants! I had Shawn sitting and lying on the grass and the ants were driving him crazy. In spite of that, some really lovely images came out of this part of the session.

Then I ran out of film. Or I thought I had. So I told Shawn, We’re done! He said, Good, I’m going to go in the pool and cool off. So he did. And while he was doing that, I found another roll of film in the bottom of my bag, so I went out to the pool and did some more shots, telling Shawn to just keep doing what he was doing, the photo session was over, I’m just using up this last roll of film. And of course I got some of the best shots of the day, because he was no longer posing. That’s what I always go for in a photo session, but which is so hard to get—the model relaxing so totally it’s as if he isn’t even aware of the camera. But Shawn has relaxed a lot since the first time we worked together, and has become a pretty good model. I have a feeling he’ll be even better next time.

Shawn playing around the pool after I "ran out of film."

Shawn playing around the pool after I “ran out of film.”

 

UPDATE to this post:

In April 2012 I produced an e-book of uncensored Shawn photographs. You can view it and purchase it for instant download here.

 

First acrylic sketch I did after getting back from Sydney, entitled 'Red Shorts Yellow Sky'

First acrylic sketch I did after getting back from Sydney, entitled 'Red Shorts Yellow Sky'

I’ve been painting every morning. Jimmy or Kurt call to see if I’m going to come surfing with them, and I have to say, “No, this morning I have to paint!” I do manage to surf some afternoons. But painting has to come first. Especially in the morning hours, because that’s when I’m freshest and most in command of all my faculties, and painting, more than almost anything else I do, requires COMPLETE focus.

Because I’m just starting to paint again after some time off, I’m doing warm-ups. These are acrylic “sketches” on fairly lightweight paper. I like painting on paper. For one thing I like the lack of texture—the smooth surface—but I also like the fact that because it’s not on canvas, I can take it less seriously and be more free, bold and spontaneous. I know it’s just a mind trip but it works for me.

Acrylic sketch on paper, done with limited palette, entitled 'Shawn Standing Nude on Beach'

Acrylic sketch on paper, done with limited palette, entitled 'Shawn Standing Nude on Beach'

I’ve been painting with a limited palette on these acrylic sketches. For instance, on the one I did today (a frontal nude of Shawn standing in wet sand at the beach), I limited my palette to four colors and white: cadmium red, cadmium yellow, cobalt blue, and ultramarine blue. And I’m really pleased with the results—I think I successfully captured the light conditions of the scene, and thus the feeling of it.

I want to keep experimenting with a limited palette. It’s a nice challenge, plus with fewer colors you can be more sure the whole thing will hang together color-balance-wise. (And it doesn’t take 2 hours to mix all the colors before you get to start painting!)