December 25, 2009

Joceline Brooke-Hamilton and Mark Varley

Mark, it is so interesting to read about a person's journey within photography and here we learn how you found art nude, or did it indeed find you ?

Below we can read all about you, and about your recent shoot with the elusive... well, let's leave that for when the readers themselves find out.

Zenith !Mark Varley and Joceline Brooke-Hamilton

A title with two meanings. Incidentally it’s the camera I first bought in 1996 when I started taking photography a little more seriously.

But it’s main
meaning is a peak, and in my photography I recently reached a major peak.

My photography started out with landscapes and nature, and that was the bulk of my work for years; however, I had long been an admire of the art nudes, as many reading this will be.

After some encouragement I decided to give it a try. My first nude photo shoot was in 2004. I sold one of the first photos of the day within a couple of days, I loved it, and it seemed I might even be good at it !

So I had a look around the Internet to try and find the best models in this business, the art nude models, the very best, I was on a mission !

I worked with quite a number of very talented models over the next few years, but the one at the top of my list constantly eluded me. Her name is Joceline Brooke-Hamilton, and she needs no introduction.


Roll on to September 2009, and I was (and still am) in the midst of having a documentary made about me and my photography, I planned a shoot in a dance studio and was hoping to get around six models into our time there, all shooting solo.

I contacted many, and most couldn’t make it.

When it came down to it, there were just two models who could make it, and one of them was Joceline. I was a very happy man. I could spend all day pointing a camera at this lady.

by Mark Varley
Art Model Joceline Brooke-Hamilton

On shoot day we all arrived at the dance studio, and she was already there, looking every bit as amazing as we could have possibly hoped. While we were still setting up, she slipped on her pointe shoes and glided down the studio. The world stopped, there was a gasp or three and at least one damp eye. This shoot was going to be something else, and it was indeed.

I’ll let some of the images speak for themselves now :

It took me five years to get some time in a studio with this lady. On reflection there are several things that come to mind :

1) if I went blind today I’d not feel unfulfilled about my time as a photographer.
2) any model I shoot with in the future has got an astounding level to aspire to !
3) she was worth waiting half a decade for.

My infinite thanks and admiration go to Joceline.

Thank you, Mark, for your time here today.
We look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future !

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