A single image post.
What it says – hot summer days. Sweaty, but I added some extra drops here and there to cool my subject down. 😉
1/15 s. – f2.8 – ISO 250
Canon 5D II with Canon EF 100 mm f2.8 L Macro IS.
thank you for watching.
My project nude (In)cognito is running to an end now. In about a month we will have a group exhibition with all portfolio projects from end module students in the photography classes at KISP.
I have photographed 11 women in a studio session, and there’s one to come. Overall I’m really happy with the outcome. I have had women from the age of 22 and women aged +50.
I have been charmed with their motivations and their fears, I have listened carefully to what they thought about posing nude, how they feel about showing their body to the outside world, and how the personal situation is playing a big role in their decision to take part in the project or not to do it. And I am even more convinced than before that we do not live in a free society. I would like to thank all the persons that have responded to my request. It has been quite a gift to receive so many reactions, I’m sure this project will not see its immediate end after the exhibit. There’s so many people out there to be photographed.
The date for the exhibit is set at sunday Jan 19th, and the exhibit will take part at CC Meulestede in Ghent.
I yet have to decide on the presentation of the images, the video and the book. I will certainly make a book for the exhibit to be able to show some more work. I will most certainly not be able to show enough pictures to have every model represented, so a book will give me the opportunity to have all ‘models’ presented at the exhibit.
last summer I was asked by a belgian sculptor, to photograph some of her works. She’s working on ceramics and sculpting mainly. you can find her new site here: Sylvia Hens (the site is currently being rebuilt)
She had especially requested to work with existing light, and to try to emphasize on the emotional expression of her works, I was not sure I understood her completely, but she assisted during the shoot, and she was very happy with the results we achieved together.
So all the images are taken with available light, sometimes with the aid of a small reflector. The reflector could even be a simple sheet of white paper.
All exept the first two images were taken inside the lovely house of the artist, with little light. I made very good use of my tripod to prevent camera shake.
I hope you like the images, make sure to check out the website of the artist.
see you soon.
Portfolioproject end module photography
The last part of the degree in photography at KISP exists in a portfolio project from each of the students. He/She needs to develop his/her own project, during the last 5 months of the training. This happens under supervision of an internal mentor (KISP-teacher) and an external mentor, free of choice. The final works will be presented in an exhibit open to the public, and judged by a panel of professionals in the field.
The sixties from the last century, and in particular the late sixties, are book-marked as the era of ‘sexual revolution’. Contraceptive medicine had led to a great self decisive power within the feminine part of the population, in the possibility to prevent pregnancy, and sexuality could be experienced a lot less restricted.
About 40 years from that date, we see a huge amount of pornographic material, freely available on the internet, a quantity still growing at an amazing speed, with new adult sites emerging every day.
At the same time we can experience a sexualisation of general media, and in particular in TV advertising, entering our homes every day. A woman looks slim and her body shows no signs of ageing, she is always available, expresses sexual lust, and is being exploited in this manner.
This message has gained a very high level of tolerance, and is rarely critiqued.
In very high contrast to this stands the reality of an everyday individual. When I, as a photographer, contact people for modelling in an artistic nude photo session, then their first concern is the possible reaction they will get from relatives, partners, employers or colleagues.
The individual freedom of being naked, and being able to express yourself in nude art, in a feeling of confidence is clearly not a general state of mind. The taboo about the personal body of each individual has clearly not disappeared, maybe even become stronger than in the late sixties.
Provide an answer to the still existing taboo about personal nudity, and carefully try to respond to the will of individuals to express nakedness, by photographing them in an artistic way, be it anonymous or recognisable, AND to give a place to their doubts, their feelings about nudity and their fears for the reactions from other people.
Photograph at least 10 individuals in an artistic nude photo session. The images can be anonymous or clearly identifiable, to the choice of the individual. From each session a selection will be withheld for possible publication/exhibit in the portfolio project. When I have enough candidates, each person will only have one image presented. When I have more than 10 candidates, it is possible that no image of a particular session will be used, the judgement for the final exhibit lies with the photographer.
Next to the exposed pictures, a separate panel will be composed, with a testimonial from each photographed individual, as well as from some people that have given testimony of their inability to pose nude. They will be joined with a portrait of the individual. The name used in conjunction with the images can be changed by each individual.
The shoots will take place in the studio of the photographer, and will take a minimum of two hours, preferably longer because it takes some time to familiarise, discuss eventual questions etcetera. Models can bring an accompanying person, or someone to do make-up or hair.
Sessions can be booked on wednesday afternoons, fridays or in the weekend. Dates to be discussed.
A contract will be presented, in which the individual passes the rights for publication to the photographer. The choices below are to be made by each individual.
… gives the right for publication for image numbers:
…………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. /
…………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. / …………. /
O for exhibitions -> this option must be ticked.
O for printed books/reproductions
O on website O blog O facebook-page* of the photographer (*if not against facebook rules)
O on websites/printed matters for promoting an exhibit or a book
O in specialized photo magazines
O with proper name (first name)
O under nickname: ……………………………………
What should a model have/respond to:
A model must be at least 18 years old, and be able to prove this with a identity piece.
A model should be self confident and be fine with posing nude.
A model should be able to come to the studio at the agreed date.
A model will have to sign for abduction of image rights.
Endless gratitude, and unimaginable amount of fame.
Self realisation and being part of the real sexual revolution.
In exchange for posing, the model will receive the selected images in low resolution digital format.
Prints and (mounted) enlargements can be ordered at fair prices.
thank you so much for reading this presentation/call for models
any inquiries should be made at : ludwig -at- charlemagne-art.be
Ludwig Desmet – Charlemagne
U can find my work at:
I will soon post some images from the first sessions, so make sure to come again soon.
I launched a call for models on my Facebook page last week, for some test shoots in my studio.
I’m not really fond of studio work, but that might probably be because I’m not familiar enough with it, so time to work on my skills.
I’m not really into white studio backgrounds, and brightly lit models, so I went for some kind of low key approach. I feel more like keeping some mystery in my images
Sharon was one of the models that volunteered, she’s from the same town I live in, so we can easily fix a render-vous (a get-together) whenever time allows.
So Sharon was here last thursday afternoon. We worked some different settings, for about 2 and a half hours. I worked a lot with indirect light on the side facing the camera, and just some backlight directly on my model.
The light setup for the first 2 images looks as follows:
One softbox light left of my subject, as high as my light tripod goes, aimed towards the model and covered all around by a black cloth to prevent light spill on the background. The background is a black roll of paper, not white as indicated in the diagram
One big reflector panel at the right side of my model, simple styrofoam, aimed towards the model thus bouncing back light of the softbox.
Gridded and partially covered (with a cloth) torch to the right, aimed at the background, for the soft spot of light on the background.
Model is sitting on a wooden plank, suspended by two shelve racks I normally use to pile up my studio gear.
I used some additional black panels and black cloth to prevent too much light to bounce around in my small studio.
The images were all taken with Canon EOS 5D II and 85mm, 135mm and 50mm Canon lenses. Settings vary.
Don’t forget, all images are clickable for a bigger version.
the other images are with different setups, all based on the same theme.
I will probably study this subject further, so models can always sign up for a studio session.
Take care, and come again soon,
the boys had their annual school feast in the last weekend of april, and I made some shot from the children’s performances. Difficult conditions, dark tent, unstable light conditions (showlights) and quick moving kids.
I decided to go fully manual, and high ISO, to allow for quick shutter speeds. I only had my 135mm f2 with me. I aimed for 1/500 sec shutter speed, with full open aperture. I focused manually too, since the 5D II couldn’t follow the action in these circumstances.
Some shots I’m proud of, I hope you find them good too. Click for bigger view!
thank you for watching!
And my project on profession portraits goes on.
I have quite some people spontaneously offering to pose for my series of professions. A classical portrait with a – small/not so small – glimpse of the job they do.
Below, you’ll see the library assistant, the plumber, the health coach and the actuaris. For you to find out who’s who, can’t be too hard I guess. – click on the images to view larger if you have difficulties finding out –
for my fellow photography enthusiasts, I’ll include a more detailed light setup, which is actually very simple:
1. I have a black cloth hanging up in the back of the room 3 to 4 meter behind my subject.
2. I have a reportage flash (Canon 580 EXII) in a 70×70 cm softbox from Lastolite on the right of my subject, which is my only light source. It is set at 1/4 +0.7 power and very close to the subject (maybe half a meter). I put it so close because this allows me to lit only my subject, and have the background almost black, thus reducing the post-processing. it is at the subjects head hight, slightly aiming down.
3. I have my large Lastolite tri-grip on the left side, on the ground + my diy reflector on a small stand, I had to use this extra reflector, because otherwise I don’t get enough light on the shadowside, and I recon my own reflector is just a bit more reflective than the trigrip, which is larger but softer.
4. I’m at about 3,5 meters distance from my subject, at about hip-height, to make my subject seem larger and fiercer, more ‘standing out’ I use my 85 mm 1.8 lens, at f8 on a full frame camera, to get a decent sharpness overall.
5. I have different subjects 🙂 They are all uncomfortable with posing, believe me! I ask them to turn their body slightly towards the main light, looking at me. Then we do about 15-25 shots, until I think we have a good shot, representing both the personality and a good pose.
The images are taken in colour, as raw files, and treated in LR afterwards. I use the standard BW settings, but have some minor local corrections with adding or removing exposure. I then remove the unwanted parts in the image (my background is not large enough for this distance, so I need to remove some ceiling that is not black, sometimes I need to move a small part of the reflector on the left.
I hope you like the pictures, if you are willing to pose for me, please give me a sign trough email or by reacting to this post. In return, you’ll get the chosen image in high resolution, free for personal use.
If you have any questions about the setup, ask it.