Chimera: Part IV

This was the day we used the paddling pool… The idea was to see how the paint mixed with the water, how the lighting would work, and could I get the water in, and the water out without flooding the house.

The shoot was far from simple. Numerous problems occurred, and the end result was not ideal.

The paint went on just fine, and I was pleased with the artwork. Once the model was in the water, things progress very quickly. The paint did not mix with the water. The dried paint did not wash into the water, and the wet paint came off in clumps. The paint on the neck, and body began to almost instantly flake off, and peel away in long strips. The need to work fast was crucial.

To add to the chaos the flash kept refusing to fire, and and as a result many shots were lost because of that problem.

By using a ladder, and with infinite patience from the model, some good pictures were captured. Food dye was added to the water, and that was a success. Some interesting effects were achieved, but the lighting problem curtailed the shoot.

The flash would not fire because the flash head was behind me and shadowed from the trigger. I was very reluctant to let the flash get to close to the water. If the flash fell in the water, we would have a dead model.

As a final insult the pump failed to work, and the water had to be removed by hand…

On balance I feel the shoot has helped define a direction. The paint effect is interesting, but the water is not a success. Alexa Meade uses milk, and I do not want to just copy that work. By not using the pool, and lighting the model in a studio environment, I feel I will be able to move this project in an original direction.