Fi Stevens, naked, in a heavy steel five-cuff hogshackle. A perfect premise for a photoset all by itself. Restrained Elegance's regular style is very glossy and glam, low ISO, middling-to-large depth of field and a very smooth, grain-free photographic result. Every so often though I like to get down and dirty and shoot something "against the grain" - or in this case, with bags of it. I orginally intended to print it in black and white, but as is so often the case I couldn't quite bring myself to do so, not once I saw how the raw and atmospheric lighting made Fi's glorious red hair look as if it were actually on fire.
One of my favourite things about my job is the ability to go where the ideas take me. There is a "Restrained Elegance look" which is the way it is because that's usually how I picture the images in my mind's eye. One update a day is a heavy workload, no doubt about it, but one of the biggest benefits is the freedom of being able to do something a bit different, too.
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