PHOTOGRAPHING THE PHOTOGRAPHER BY MONALISA CHUKWUMA

PHOTOGRAPHING THE PHOTOGRAPHER BY MONALISA CHUKWUMA

Great photographs are not taken, they’re given. FRED R. CONRAD Last week, I had a one to one with Bruce Smith, the talented and inspirational fashion photographer, whose 30 year career has given us some breathtaking images. Our day began with us photographing each other. The great thing for me about photographing another photographer is that there is understanding and immediate trust, which means that in seconds I am able to concentrate on photographing the connection, the feeling and the interior story, which are what I love about portraiture. I love it when there is an immediate connection between me and the sitter. It relaxes me and allows me to concentrate on the emotion. Photographing Bruce was a real delight. As his student, there was a moment of nerves at the beginning of the shoot. But looking through my shutter, he had a vulnerability that hit me between the eyes and gave me access to the real man.  From that moment, he was no longer Bruce Smith. He was a real man with great presence, who just happens to be a talented photographer, who just happens to be sitting for me, who just happens to be responding to my directions and who just happens to look amazing. So I let go of the nerves, and I allowed my eyes and my shutter to start telling my story. His expressions spoke volumes. His body language was warm. There was so much to translate and my eyes and my heart were in constant negotiation with my head about what I want to share with the viewer.  Bruce is very strong and determined...
NEW YEAR EVE’S STYLE

NEW YEAR EVE’S STYLE

It’s tempting to go mad on the final and most glamourous night of the year. Let us begin with where you will be spending the evening. Almost everywhere will have plenty of sparkle and glitter. We should never compete with our surroundings; and you can still celebrate the sparkle and glimmer of the evening without wearing the obvious. To stand out, effortlessly, go for an ultra sophisticated, comfortable and sexy look. Your clothes and underwear: Choose your outfit before choosing your underwear. The right underwear should help your clothes fit well and disappear under your clothes. In choosing your clothes, think timeless elegance. Wear something that fits you really well and allows you to eat, drink and dance. Your make-up: Less is always more. Draw attention to your lips with the perfect red lipstick for your skin-tone. The lipstick should not be too metallic or shimmery. To compliment your mouth, keep your eyes and cheeks simple; just a subtle shimmer on the eyes, but no where else. Your nail colour choice should be as close to natural as possible. Make sure your eye brows are groomed, and don’t forget your mascara. Your Hair – Don’t go over board with a dramatic up do, but you need something more stylish than your usual comb or brush-out. What ever look you go for, your hair style should balance out your entire look. Accessories – Finish with one statement accessory – A great necklace or chunky brooch or tiara or cuff. This is your chance to be extravagant! Your Posture – Though it’s cold and windy, stand up straight and walk with...
ARTIST IN TRAINING: MY FASHION NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS WITH BRUCE SMITH BY MONALISA

ARTIST IN TRAINING: MY FASHION NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS WITH BRUCE SMITH BY MONALISA

We all know what makes a good holiday – excellent food, beautiful accommodation in a great location shared with beautiful people. My 5-day masterclass with Bruce Smith at the Cote D’Azur, Nice had all these ingredients, but it wasn’t a holiday. I arrived at Nice airport at 8.30 p.m. in very good spirits helped by the bottle of Cognac I’d been drinking on my BMI flight, compliments of a very generous steward. I  was very pleased to see Bruce, who was picking me and another photographer up at the airport. And in a few moments, we were headed to out Villa, where over dinner, I met the other photographers on the training.  After plenty of food and wine, I headed up to my room, where I fell asleep reading a copy of ‘Loving Garbo’ by HUGO VICKERS. Please see below a selection of photographs I took during this amazing week followed by my diary of the week. All the photographs are of KATHERINE M. “The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off”. GEORGE BENARD SHAW      “Because God created it, the human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve its splendour and its beauty”. POPE JOHH PAUL II       “Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed”. WILLIAM BLAKE         “But for me, being naked out of doors and in the water is one of the best ways I have ever found to restore my sense of blissful innocence. It takes me back to that place of my almost...

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