Sunday, 19 February 2012

Feb 2012

A few weeks ago I accepted a call for a photographer to take pics of a local artist dong a full body paint. June McEwan is a really splendid artist that creates some wonderful figure and landscape painting works. She also has a talent as a face painter and she wanted to try developing her body art.
For now just a few pics from the session in progress, finished works images not yet available for me to publish

We had a great day and in the spirit of collaboration June and I are hoping to do something more in a style of my own work as a follow up session with a model from Perth.
Following on the painting theme an acrylic done during a recent local school highers class art study day.
4 Artists, 3 hrs, 1 pose. I cannot claim to be the artists (I so wish I could), just the well rested subject.
And to finish something from the archives - a shot taken a number of years ago in my Glasgow flat when I was in my experimenting with lighting the nude phase.
I have resurrected this image  to use in a project using the torso as a base for digital art, and also its a great shot for demonstrating lighting for my fine art studio workshops where we use a life model for part of the session. more details :

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Image theft

Sure, this happens all the time, but who the flaming heck is some low life called Maxim Ivanov, sounds well dodgy.

Below is a link to a post by blogger who calls herself Graceful Goddess, her blog is Lens Erotica that has included a pic of mine but credited to some idiot Maxim Ivanov who has no doubt claimed copyright. Now its a form of flattery to have other use your work and they may be innocent in referencing pics found on the web to the wrong artist, but that's no excuse for being a prat (trying to keep it clean). Shame, cos there are some lovely images and words on their blog but can you believe anything on it.... 

And now for the real issue and whats prompted this rant.. I am often accused of always looking for the good in folk so in my naive way was thinking this may be a genuine error of identity so just get in touch with the author or photographer and point out the error, give them a chance to explain. But can I .. nah !! - cannot find any way to contact either, all I know about said individual is that they are female (narrows it down by 50%)....  I have little time for folk that hide behind their online persona - all this 'I wish to be anonymous' rubbish is just immature - if you are using others work and not willing to be approached to answer for your talk then you should keep your thoughts to yourself !!

Image in question is my Tree of Life image taken back in 2006 when model KatyT was in Scotland (was my second ever session with her),  its won competitions and generated sales, as I said that's life as we live in a world of insecure folk that have to plagiarize to be noticed.

Tree of life by Dave Hunt
that's me, not Maxim Ivanov - who ever the heck he/she/it is .. !!

There, that's that off my chest, time to report abuse to Google :)

Maybe if I mention Maxim Ivanov again this blog may be found in web searches so folk can see how he/she/it operates.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Art Nude virginity....

Been a bit of a quiet spell for photography in general especially personal stuff.

So, have been sorting out work and recreated my website, now with more pics and less waffle, and most important mobile and tablet friendly. I used Viewbook which was actually a bit of an uphill battle, Viewbook is great but I had to keep some of my url's the same as some are in printed promotions.. sorry, boring stuff .. move on.

In sorting out my work I came across the very first location and studio art nude sessions I ever did, when I say studio read my flat in Glasgow !

My first location shoot was with model Natasha from south England who was traveling around Scotland, at the time she had a high profile on Net-Model. It was mid December and bloody cold, we only had an hour so headed up from Glasgow to the shores of Loch Lomond to a spot I know and took our chances with being left alone. It was only afterwards that I realised how nervous I was, not so much shooting a nude but doing the whole outdoors thing but Tash was great, confident and professional. It was back in 2004, amazing how time has just flown by.

After the shoot I dropped her off at Contrast Studio so she could have a kip before getting the train home, next time I visited Con at Contrast found out my nickname there was 'That evil bastard that froze poor Tash..' all in good taste of course:)

One very cold model .. sorry Tash !

Then later in 2005 I met Sarah, she was a Yoga teacher and was life modelling at a class I attended, she had fantastic muscle tone so I suggested a photo shoot which she had never done before but she was keen. Had my rather simple Jessops Studio light kit which looking back was rather harsh but it was a great intro into lighting the human form. We did a second shoot which somehow lacked the energy of the first probably as I was just repeating the first session, a valuable lesson. Some of the shots were great and was really chuffed when she asked for some prints for her partner ..... and her Mum !. That was a real compliment.
 I have always felt that getting into studio art nude from my background in life drawing has been a major influence in the style of my work, probably why I never got into tacky glamour style images so much, to me it's all about shape and form. Also looking back going to life classes got me past the whole 'oh, I am talking to a naked lady' thing.
Sarah on s plinth ..... well, lounge coffee table !
So, I am now looking back over 7 years with more art nude sessions in the can than I can remember, taking into account that they were firsts I can see how I could have done better but I am far from ashamed of the results.

Not a bad start to a genre of photography that I never planned to get into, and it did develop into 2 Associate qualifications :)