I wanted do something a little bit different for the 500th Sinful Sunday and as this weekend is also the first weekend those of us in England are back in confinement it seemed the perfect time to kick off my next lockdown photography project.
Last time I took a nude self-portrait a day to stay connected to those I most enjoy being naked with. But after 122 of those photos I don’t have the will to restart that one so instead it’s time to breathe life into an idea I had during the first lockdown but never got off the ground. With so much of our lives during 2020 being lived through the screen I wanted to use that as a tool in my photography. In Scenes on Screens I will use the computer’s camera and my own camera to shoot nudes of people in their own homes. I also want to make my laptop part of the scene, acting as the frame for the image.
I am hugely excited that the first person I have collaborated with for this new project is the wonderful Confess Hannah. She was originally going to be one of the participants in my Sound of Music week during February Photofest (whiskers on kittens!) but her work trip to London was cancelled so that didn’t happen. I just happened to be pondering who to ask to be my first subject for this new project when Hannah tweeted that she was struggling for ideas for this weekend’s Sinful Sunday. A few DMs later and we had a Zoom photo date in the diary.
I am constantly amazed and delighted by how willing people in this community are to get on board with my occasionally (ok, often!) strange ideas. Hannah was no different, willingly moving her computer around the room and adjusting the lights until we had an image that just felt right. I absolutely love how this has come out. Hannah clearly looks fabulous, but I also love the shadows in this shot and there’s the delicious voyeurism of peering in on someone naked in their personal space.
Thank you Hannah for being my first collaborator in this new project. And thank you to Molly for running this fabulous meme which has done so much for my own body confidence and through which I’ve met some of my closest friends. Right, who wants to slip inside my screen next week?