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Looking at self...

Posted by: nathanappel

I have always found self portraiture to be the most difficult form of photography. Perhaps I find it frustrating getting to know the space around me, what I have to work with, keeping a strong yet gentle facial expression when squeezing the cable release. It could also be the fact that I am very self critical and have to look myself in the eyes.

" It is the self, the individual, that interests us now and that we try to pick out of the darkness; the self is the light in which we "relate" to the past, or raid it."

 Self portraits by April-lea Hutchinson (Graflex rail camera - 4 x 5 Polaroids) 

 


 
 
 
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I find it A-"MUSE"-ING...

Posted by: nathanappel

“I met model Johanna a couple years ago while in NYC. She is also Canadian and a very tall model, much like myself. We clicked instantly and formed a connection and friendship. Some might call her my muse, and I’d agree with that statement. She truly does inspire me. I guess in a sense I have many muses. It's not the number of times I photograph a model to deem her a muse, it's to do with the openness, the willingness and connection.  Johanna and I share a level of connection, trust, and intimacy, and it shines through in these photographs. Right now, Johanna and I seem like worlds away, I look forward to reuniting with her somewhere, some place down the road. It’s something wonderful to look forward to.”

Photography and Note By April-lea Hutchinson

 http://soamused.tumblr.com/

 


Palesaent-my first shoot

Posted by: nathanappel

Writing has been difficult for me as I've always thought my writing wasn't good enough. I come from a family of writers and always compared myself to them. So I'm just going to write from my brain and try not to think whether it's better or worse.

I was always intrigued by photography, the first person to really catch my eye was Chase. I never aspired to model, but I met Bob Coulter through the internet while I was living in Oregon. I ended up moving to New York in 2009, and suddenly we had the chance to work together. So I said "fuck it" let's do it. I was and still am pretty shy so I took a fair amount of alcohol with me to the shoot. We shot and I ended up passing out on the hotel bed. He had to dress me and put my shoes back on so we could leave. When we spoke again he said he liked the pictures but had no interest in ever shooting me again. I can understand that. Despite that experience, I knew that something in me had come alive and had found a source of self expression I was never able to grasp otherwise. I had no idea how much my life would change after that first shoot.

Here is one picture from that shoot http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/22277644

Thanks for reading, Palesaent

Dear Anonymous...

Posted by: nathanappel

Photography and Article by April-lea Hutchinson

Some say that a photograph is always a self-portrait of the photographer, regardless of who is in front of the camera. That is particularly true for this series of nudes, which reflect how I feel from the inside. I'm drawn to shooting in this intimate, anonymous, and mysterious style, perhaps because I felt ashamed of my own body as I was growing up. Lots of people say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but I believe the viewer can still connect powerfully with the subject when the face is obscured. Body language can communicate closeness, vulnerability, and even emotions. The technicians might say that shooting in this style is a faux pas, but I beg to differ. They may have their rules to guide them, but I have my gut, and I trust it.

(A big thank you to Nathan Appel for asking me to contribute to LNF, much appreciated)

April-lea Hutchinson

 http://soamused.tumblr.com/

 

(Celeste)

 (Steph & Kate)

 (Katie)

 (Celeste)

 (Self portrait)


Palesaent

Posted by: nathanappel

Nathan as given me the honor of writing for Late Night Feelings, while I have so much to say, I have never really blogged or talked much about my life yet, so I'd just like to add a song I love so much. Here is is, Mercury Rev.  

 

 Thank you, Nathan for giving me the opportunity to share a part of myself no one else sees

 

 


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