In late July last year, I reached out to a model I had been following for quite a long time on Instagram. I really liked Sallie’s portfolio and after many times thinking to myself: “Hey, you have something to offer her portfolio that she doesn’t have currently” I reached out to her. We went back and forth for a couple of days going over ideas and schedules and set a date for early August.
I probably say this phrase too often, but she was even prettier in person than her photos. We talked for a bit while picking out what she was going to wear and appearance. She told me that years ago she had discovered a fascination with wigs; and she had some really good ones with her. But I really wanted to shoot her as she looked when she knocked on the door. We agreed that we would do at least one of the three sets we shot that afternoon using one of her newer wigs (it looked amazing with the outfit we chose).
We also shot digital for all three sets we did. I am working on getting caught up on those as we speak. I was talking with a close friend of mine last week about when I shoot both film and digital, the digital images tend to get neglected and ignored once I start working on the film scans first. For some reason, my brain gravitates towards the film images immediately and I lose interest in wanting to work on the digital captures. I don’t know if it is because I’m on this euphoric high after processing and scanning the negatives that causes this mental block. So starting this year, I am going to work the digital images before I even touch the film scans; so that I don’t continue to do this.
The images below were from the first set we did just the way she looked when I answered the door; no wig or persona; just her. The images were shot on Ilford HP5+ pushed to 800ASA and processed using HC-110 developer. I really like the way the high contrast looks with the naturally rich blacks of the Ilford film stock.
Some of the images below are NSFW; so use caution as you scroll.