Friday, February 28, 2014

BOUDIOR - Not just another biscuit

Boudoir (/'bu.d.wa.r/; French: [bu.dwar]) is a lady's private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room.
The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning "to be sulky" or boudeur, meaning "sulky."

The word "boudoir" has been used throughout history as the name for various rooms used by women. The boudoir is always related to the bedroom and is regarded as a private space. It has been used to refer to a dressing room, a traditional bedroom or sitting room within a bedroom.. These uses have led the modern short definition of boudoir photography as "bedroom photography," though it may be set in a variety of environments.

There are many elements that can be used to identify boudoir photography. Generally the subject is in some state of undress, whether wearing something revealing such as a dressing gown or even partially nude, perhaps obscured by an object in the room or hidden by the angle of the camera. As such, many boudoir photographs play on the idea of teasing the subject, suggesting more than is actually shown.. This is an important distinction from erotic photography, where the emphasis is very much on the reveal.

Boudoir photography is often set in an idealized environment, such as an elegantly decorated bedroom or naturally beautiful outdoor space. Boudoir photography is often commissioned by the subject as a gift for a lover or a spouse.

The women who act as subject for a boudoir shoot are unlikely to be professional models. Boudoir subjects may differ in age and appearance and form a more diverse group that is more in keeping with the general population.

Boudoir photography became popular with the onset of new commercial printing methods in the 20th century and was a major part of the pinup craze of the 1940's and 1950's.

If you would like to see some of my work, please feel free check it out at: Craig Anderson Photography

Until next time


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shiny Cube & Deck Chair

So strolling along the beachfront I come across this shiny cube with a deck chair. Couldn't quite fathom what it was all about and where it had come from. It looked shiny and amazing, and I wanted to shoot it right away. It had so much potential, ideas where flowing through my pip.

As soon as I got home I began phoning around to see who was available for an early morning shoot the next day. Fortunately I managed to find two willing bodies to adorn the shiny cube.

The next morning we had a later start than expected, and found the shiny cube not so shiny at 7 in the morning - it was damp and sticky from the sea air and the morning clouds were desperately trying to hide the sun. Needless to say we were already sweating as if just exited a sauna.

The shoot turned out to be more difficult than I imagined, and had to really dig deep to try and capture what I wanted. Needless to say, I am gonna have to go back and try again.

The models were great, and struggled to hold their poses and gazes, trying desperately not to laugh. No one can ever say my shoots are not fun!!

From the shiny cube we moved over to the Skate Park and finished off there. Lots of laughing (especiallCheck out the whole shoot:y at me trying to slide down into the pool, and then trying to get out) Fortunately no pics were taken.

Check out the gallery - hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

Until next time,


Skate Park

Watching these guys fly through the air is phenominal. The mood down here is always one of coolness. The diverse groups of guys that spend their time here, one can just get lost in observing how they interact together. The skill levels also range from WTF to "just got my board yesterday".

The amazing thing to watch is how the hardcore skaters are willing to help the not-so-stable and take time from pulling radical manoeuvres to help out the youngsters.

On any given Sunday, the park is full of skaters, bladers, BMX's and even that little black bike we all have ridden at some stage in our lives. Now consider, with all this mayhem going on, with the tiny tots on their black bike, riding like they own the whole park, oblivious to what is going on around them, you would guess that there should be a near fatal accident every 2 to 3 minutes. There should be more blood flowing, more wailing, definitely more explitives and a lot more emergency room visits.

BUT NO.....everyone seems to magically miss each other as if they were repelling magnets. Sometimes it's hard to shoot because you spend your time trying to predict the next collision of flying skate boarder on top of dreamy black bike rider. I must add that there are some really close calls but all credit to the skaters for their talent of changing direction in mid flight. The best of all is watching the black bike riders's faces as they are completely oblivious to how close they came to a ride in a Netcare ambulance.

If you get the chance, pop down to the park to watch some of the controlled pandemonium happening on our doorstep. Thanks to guys like JOFF (Steven Carter) Steven Carter too, who has adourned the park with some of his amazing street art. He is a true talent and his work adds so much more colour to the already colourful and diverse group of 'parkers'.

If you see me down there, come and say HI.

Until next time,