Saturday, April 28, 2012

Master Joe, Willoughby School of Gung Fu, Early in the Morning, April 28, 2012



Earlier this morning this image was made in collaboration with Master Joe and Willoughby School of Gung Fu. This is the second in a series of collaborations and one that will hopefully continue through the years. In the image above he is complimented by his incredibly talented son, Vincent.

The beginning of our session is spent making portraits of certain movements, positions. For my sake they move from one position to another slowly and with sufficient space to allow me to catch up with them. They are an incredibly dedicated team. After an hour or so, we ask Anna to step in front of the lens and she does so as in our last session, with grace and confidence.

I enjoyed our first collaboration and the second collaboration even more so. Anna by now understands me, my work and my vision for her. She moves from one pose to another freely and looks at the camera with familiarity and courtesy. Most of her images today were made on film, and will be shared with her in the near future. If she is reading this blog entry, she will learn that my vision for her extends for as long as photography is my life.

In the second half of the session, Master Joe and Vincent present themselves in a more spontaneous manner and in a more physical manner. The tripod is set aside and images are made of them in action, as much as can be done by an inexperienced photographer in this genre. I do look forward to our next session and the possibilities inherent in a long photographic relationship.