August 16, 2014

Welcome Alex Ingram

Alex Ingram is someone very dear in my heart. When I first published this article I didn't know who was this Master. And I discovered, from weeks to weeks, the wonderful human he was beyond his talent. His artworks are on my walls ! Imagine how proud I am. When I see his dedicated and signed master pieces, with the name of the art-model ! Because he knows that nothing can be created alone.

So here he is. Again and again. A close friend full of beautiful words. With a vision I share. I'm his fan.

" The concept from the outset was to contrast the curves of the body and smooth skin tones with natural elements of rock, trees and water. The style has developed to encompass some other aspects, often suggested by models whose input I greatly value and look upon shoots as being a collaborative process." Alex Ingram

Art Model Madame Bink -

This artwork is now on my wall ! Thanks Alex, you're great !

Art Model Madame Bink

"Hair Shapes"

Art Model Madame Bink

Alex Ingram is a talented photographer we couldn't miss. Of course, there is no hazard when passion is guiding you.

Photographer for over 40 years, from NW Highlands, UK, Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography, member of the Master Photographers Association and the Royal Photographic Society, Alex loves to shoot in his wonderful landscapes of his magic Scotland.

His way to direct his splendid models, among the most renowned such as Kat Love, is always very inspired. Each shot tells us a story and elevates the nude into the realm of Art. His compositions are perfectly mastered, his lights fantastic. So everything is there for the outbreathing "Wow!" factor we love so much.

"Snow Kat"
Art Model and Photographer Kat Love -

" Last time I worked with Kat was in California at 114F, this time Kat came to the Highlands of Scotland and we did a quick shoot in snow at her request. Snow pictures of this type tend not to work in black white, snow looks like sand !"

"Singapore 1"
Art Model Iveta Niklova

It was only in April 2001 that the opportunity arose for my first fine art shoot, despite being involved in photography since schooldays in the mid fifties.

Nearly twenty of twenty-five years in the police I was a forensic photographer and cameraman, in addition to the other aspects of scene of crime work. Following an injury I had to leave the police in 1985 and eventually started as a freelance photographer and TV cameramen in Shropshire, England.

In 1988 a move was made to the remote North West Highlands of Scotland and the business had more emphasis on broadcast television, providing mainly news and current affairs for BBC, ITV, and other broadcasters. The photographic side was mainly commercial, with some tourism and press work.

Being a carer for my elderly mother meant work was gradually reduced as her condition deteriorated. The first fine art shoot with Tamalyn took place in a respite care week ; mother was a great supporter of this style of work and first to see the pictures.

On my wall too !

"Steaming Forest"

"Rotorura, New Zealand. The steam is from the boiling water of the stream beyond Joceline and the other side of the trees. It's a geothermal volcanic area with hot rocks, mud holes bubbling from the earths interior, and rather unique pungent aroma of sulphur! Very difficult for the model because the steam comes & goes, so can means holding a pose for a long time until the right cloud effect appears for a fleeting moment."

"Cave girls"
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Art Models Joceline Brooke-Hamilton and Kat Love

"Moon dance"
Art Models Joceline Brooke-Hamilton
and Kat Love

" Kat (left) and Joceline in Joshua Tree National Park, California. The small Joshua Tree was included as the location has a particular significance to me. It was the first park and rural location that I ever visited in the USA."

The concept from the outset was to contrast the curves of the body and smooth skin tones with natural elements of rock, trees and water.

The style has developed to encompass some other aspects, often suggested by models whose input I greatly value and look upon shoots as being a collaborative process.

Arms & Legs

"Totally Joceline's idea, are you allowed a nude without a torso ? Taken in bathroom of our room in Sigatoka, Fiji. Discovered the cupboard opened on bedroom side too, so could look straight through to bath, giving more space than usual. Flash was on top shelf of cupboard with large diffuser jammed in the gap between shelf and ceiling."

"Frozen waterfall"
Art Models Alison and Laura

During my involvement in this area of work I have met some wonderful people, not just the models but their partners too in many cases. We have become good friends and they have encouraged and supported me over some difficult times.

My mother died just before her 90th birthday in 2002, the same year I was sixty.

One of the last things she said to me on the final day was that she was glad that I had found this new circle of friends through this work. 

Consequently instead of returning to fulltime work I decided to pursue my personal work to a greater degree.

"Portrait 1"
Art Model Alison

" I have always been fascinated by Alison's facial expressions, something she uses within fine art modelling far more than anyone else I have worked with in this field. Alison was squatted on the floor in my lounge naked in this unusual position. The train she was shortly to catch was in sight across the loch. Once the moment was captured it was a mad dash to the station 3 miles away !"

Art Model Alison

" This casual shot of Alison was at the end of a shoot, taken just before Portrait - 1. It's near the back of my lounge, well away from the window."

Alex Ingram ©


Shadowscapestudio said...

A very nice tribute to one of my long time mentors.

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Anonymous said...

I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

Mark Bigelow said...

So nice to see this article about Alex.

Mark Bigelow said...

Thank you for article on Alex. He is such a fine photographer.