• First naked portrait was for final degree project: shot on Pentax 6×7  
    • Very far away from subjects
    • All daylight and film camera
    • Very out of comfort zone
  • Ended up getting a job at a photographer’s agency: people who represent photographers to the commercial world. (Worked there for five years)
  • Didn’t want to be a photographer after leaving degree
  • Artistic background
  • After five years working there, felt she couldn’t stand working any more on ‘soulless’ projects.
  • Working there helped understand herself better
  • Worked at V+A unpaid after quitting job
  • ‘Twilight’ photography in the magic era
  • David Sims – fashion photographer
  • 2012 – enough work for portfolio
  • ‘In sight of my Skin’ work
  • Started shooting female portraits
    • Women she wanted to photograph seemed completely confident
    • They seemed exotic because they had an air of confidence that she didn’t have
    • Drawing on own experiences of being a women
    • Thinking about own body through the process of photographing other women naked
    • All the women she photographed naked were in their own environment – very important for her to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
    • Long exposure time for photographs – enforced the ‘exchange’ and meditative moments
    • Felt quite embarrassed photographing them
    • Hatty was first subject – not self aware, basically didn’t give a shit
    • Still sitting quite far away from subject – likes that, shows their environment
    • Lets subject take the lead – lets them have control
    • Moved closer in photograph of ‘Lynn’.
    • Lynn was incredibly confident and comfortable – eye contact, relaxed stance
    • Role of photographer and the sitter
    • Began to see, the more relaxed she was, the more relaxed the sitter became
    • Very different to earlier photographs

 

  • Secondary Narrative
    • Talks a lot about how SHE felt taking the photographs
    • Use of landscapes in her comfort zone
    • If she placed the nudes next to landscape images it gave a breath to the images, meant that it just isn’t a stream of naked pictures
    • Want viewer to ponder what subject is thinking
    • Landscape are her unique view of the world
    • Inward representation
    • Portfolio reviewer believes adding the secondary narrative takes the power away from the subject
  • Only photographed three women last year
  • Had her nude portrait taken by a friend and found it incredibly liberating and cathartic
  • Doesn’t want to show it to people
  • Currently resolving final bits
  • Almost completed

 

Questions to ask Jennifer Pattison

  • Did you find that taking photographs of these confident women naked showed a more exposed and vulnerable side or do you think they still come across as confident as you perceived them to be? – yes and no, when they didn’t keep the confidence the photos would show that and wouldn’t be successful, but usually after the photos they would all say they felt empowered and more confident in themselves.
  • How do you get your photographs processed? – By someone, working with them. Can do post photograph editing of colours and such.

 

One on One with Jennifer Pattison

  • Take light readings of both the light and the dark in the photo and put the cameras settings somewhere in between
  • Shallow depth of field will help throw everything else out of focus so just focusing on one part of the body
  • Liked the idea of focusing on just specific parts of the body
  • And the idea of painting over the body – clever way to cover what you don’t want people to see
  • Take the studio outside? Put a white backdrop outside so get full advantage of the natural light
  • Experiment with self before asking other people to be models – make small prints and experiment with taking them out of focus in the darkroom
  • Possibly try a nude photo with a pinhole camera?
  • Photographers
    • Mona Kuhn
    • Richard Avedon (Great West)
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