August 29, 2011

A Zen Eye Photography: Eric McCollum

Introducing Eric McCollum from Washington DC - this is his first feature here at UdA.


by Alex







Eric in his own words:

I am a photographer based in the greater Washington, DC area in the United States.  I began taking photographs as a child and studied photography briefly in college in the ‘70s but left it behind as other pursuits took my attention.  During that time, however, I had the amazing experience of taking a course in the History of Photography from Beaumont Newhall, then teaching at the University of New Mexico.  It was a wonderful chance to touch the very roots of American photography.  About 7 years ago, I came back to the camera as I was searching for a creative outlet.  I specifically decided to concentrate on the nude figure . . . there is the mystery of the nude, the performance of the shoot, and the wonderful intersection of light and skin.  I like to think my images have to do both with form and intimacy.  I collaborate with my models . . . they inspire me . . . and I want some essence of who they are to linger in what we create together.  




Eric's favourite images

I was inspired years ago by an image of Wynn Bullock’s – a nude girl sitting in meditation pose on a beach with the sea foam coming in to create patterns around her.  I never forgot it.  Beth in the water is my homage to that image from my past.  I love the chaotic flow around her as she sits still.


Meditation  Model:  Beth Caldwell 






I have found the selective focus of the Lensbaby often fits my vision.  I like the tones and texture the Lensbaby gives to this image.


Nude with Black Flower  Model:  Katileania
















I was drawn to the mystery of the pale figure emerging from the shadows in this image.  Shot beneath the trees beside a stream just before a thunderstorm.



 By the Stream  Model: Zinn Star


















Another image shot beside a stream, this time with the wonderful model Rhus.  We in the Washington DC area in the US are truly blessed to have so many fine figure models available to us.  I like the emotion in this image and how Rhus’ gaze is turned out of the frame.


Rhus #3   Model:  Rhus 
















I don’t only work in natural light.  I find the studio is also a wonderful arena for my work with a feeling of intimacy that locations sometimes don’t provide.  In this image, I was playing with the tone and texture of the stark white dried blossom against the background of the figure in shadow.


Untitled  Model:  Katileania
















There is something interesting about the masked nude figure . . . the contrast of anonymity and exposure.  Rhus’ pose brings a hint of dark energy to the image. 

  Masked Dance   Model: Rhus

Sometimes it’s fun to play a little on the glamour side of things.  Katlyn Lacoste is a terrifically versatile model and we had fun one day with  the white plastic chair.

Untitled  Model:  Katlyn Lacoste

























Cocoon Series #17  Model: Rhus
My latest project is the Cocoon Series.  The prop is a nylon body cocoon that lends an air of mystery as well as a sculptural space to the body.  This image was lit from a single window in an old warehouse.  As with much of my work, the figure emerging from deep shadow draws my eye.





Wonderful work Eric, thank you for sharing with us.










1 comment:

C'est qui? C'est quoi? said...

Fantastique! Merci pour le partage.