June 24, 2009

Chrissie Red's Interview, by Jan Murphy








BEING PART OF THE PROCESS WITH
CHRISSIE RED


by Jan Murphy
UdA Art Editor and Photographer










You can find Chrissie Red on : her Official site, her blog, Model Mayhem, her deviantART, Artpunk.





Chrissie has been modelling since 2007 and is based in Scotland, UK.

I have been watching Chrissie's modelling for quite some time now and she really has a beautiful style.
Chrissie is living far from me in Scotland so sadly I never get to work with her but I will hold out for that one day in the near future.


She has worked with some really amazing photographer's such as Simon Pole, Paul Muir (Artpunk), Dave McAleavy, Dylan Drummond, Alex Ingram and so the list goes on. A lucky lady if you believe in luck. I believe we create our own chances.







"Snowed In"




by Ian McInnes -
"Tutu"




Today I will be challenging Chrissie by asking her to choose 2 of her favourite images from each photographer and share with us, why this is so.


Chrissie I feel that I should apologise for this as I realise how difficult selecting favourites can be.


I just know that if you do this and talk about your passion/art, then we will really get to know a deeper part of you.



Do share with us a little about yourself and how you got started in modelling - therefore, being able to express yourself artistically.




by Dave McAleavy





C : I stumbled into modelling in 2007, a fine art photographer from Scotland found me on one of his models friend’s lists on a social networking site, for 3 months he asked me to shoot with him and eventually I did. I wish I had done it sooner !

I suffer from anxiety disorder which stopped me from doing a lot of things other people take for granted. I switched from one hobby to another throughout my teens to find something that my anxiety wouldn’t get in the way of, in modelling I have found exactly what I was looking for. I get to release my emotions and be part of something beautiful.








I’ve worked with all different types of artists and made some fantastic friends along the way, its much more than a hobby now. It’s what keeps me going and gives my wandering mind something to focus on. The fact other people get pleasure out of what I help create is a massive bonus.


Three years ago I would never have imagined ever having experiences like the ones I have had in the past year and a half, I really hope that the buzz I get now continues for years to come.









"Steps"











"Smiles"
by Paul Muir (Artpunk)




J : I would also love to hear about something in a set that was fun, which either went strangely wrong or some watchers appeared, something that stands out to you and how the situation was dealt with ? Models and photographers always have great stories like this so would be fun to hear yours.


C : Funny stories ? Oh not sure if there is all that many of them. I have only been caught once and it was the only time I had someone there working as a ‘look out’. Let’s just say he was fired because he was rubbish ! Nowadays I always have my baggy jumper with me, its 6 sizes too big for me but it takes only a second to take off and a second to put back on again. I don’t know how I survived without it.

I almost never made it to my first photoshoot as 3 days before the shoot I had a bad cold so ended up in bed with a bowl of boiling water and Vix, I fell asleep and ended up burning my chest. Right the way down my sternum to my bellybutton was a neat red line ! Thankfully it cleared up a little in time for the shoot !





J : Ok Chrissie, let us see which images you chose from your galleries for each photographer. I, for one am interested to see and read about your choices.




Alex Ingram


C : Unfortunately the only time I have visited Alex to work with him was right at the beginning of the year, the weather was not on our side so location wise we didn’t do as much as we would have liked. I’m sure I could persuade Alex to have me as a house guest again though.




"In the Rocks"
by Alex Ingram

This was the first shot Alex took of me on my trip up to Loch Carron. I love the way it looks as if I'm pushing the rocks apart. I guess for me it shows strength and power. I also love the colours in this one, the red streak in my hair really stands out.









"Ribs and Hips"
by Alex Ingram

I absolutely love the effect that the oil mixed with water has on my body. I just love dark images and the way my ribs and hips look almost like mountains.








C : Paul and I try to experiment everytime we are together. Before we started our relationship neither of us really paid attention to the others work. I was always ‘that nude model’ and he was always ‘that fashion photographer’. I like to think we make a good team and really bring our different styles together so that they compliment each other.








"Window nude"
by Paul Muir (Artpunk)

This was shot in front of a friend’s dining room window one afternoon. Paul told me he would do my makeup and turn himself into an MUA (as a joke) so he did ! I really like how soft my skin looks and how the light coming in behind me hits off the side of my body.









"Jewels III"
by Paul Muir (Artpunk)

Again, there was no real planning behind this shot. We were out in town and I came across stick on jewels so chucked a packet in the basket knowing that eventually they would be good for something, Later that night me and Paul decided just to stick them on me and start shooting. I like this one sooo much that I have it hanging above my bed. I love everything about it !









C : Dylan is a very creative photographer who stays about 30 minutes away from me, I’m lucky to have him practically on my doorstep and I always enjoy working with him.




"Chrissie at the steading"
by Dylan Drummond

This was from my first ever location nude shoot, I still really love this image. My skin looks so soft next to the decay of the old barn.








"Ariadne I"
by Dylan Drummond

The second Dylan showed me inside this barn I knew the resulting images wouldbe special to me. There was a gorgeous light flooding in through the skylight windows. The light seems to hit off my body almost perfectly in this one, and I really like the slight unusual pose in it too.









C : I first shot with Simon about 10 months ago, since that time we have built up a great friendship and I’m sure Simon will agree that in the past 10 months we have both learned new things and been able to provide each other with the time to really experiment.





"Synergy"
by Simon Pole


This was taken during Simon and I’s road trip to Skye earlier this year. To get this shot without having a bus load of tourists watching we had to get up at 6am – it was easier said than done given the hotel we were staying in had a very lively pub downstairs ! Still we managed it, must say it was a little more difficult being beside such fast flowing water as we couldn’t hear each other so it was guess work. I can't remember exactly how cold it was but I do remember it was either freezing or just above.








"Winter Sun"
by Simon Pole


Well I probably do have better pictures that Simon has shot of me but this one never fails to get a reaction. I love the snow, the Scottish landscape and being nude so this one was picked for that reason ! I do suffer for my art and I cannot wait until next winter so I can do it all again, Simon is only a phone call away :)









"The end and the beginning"
by Simon Pole



Chrissie thank you for your time and effort put into this conversation, I really appreciate it and I'm sure all readers of UdA will too.


I, for one could not create my work without models such as yourself so continue helping us make wonderful pieces of work. Superb modeling Chrissie – you are a natural and I am really glad you found the hobby that fulfills you and allows you to be a part of this wonderful process that is photography/art.










2 comments:

David Winge said...

Very well done, a wonderful and insightful interview!!

Simon said...

Very nice and interesting interview, always interesting to see things from the models point of view and their choices and reasoning.
Chrissie is of course my dear friend, so its also nice to see her getting the recognition that she deserves.