There have been a few galleries lately that are a little different. Well, some aren’t that different, just slightly different from my usual “girl next door” fare on Torrid Art. But others are downright offbeat.
It all started before my shoot day with Zayda J. I had the idea that I wanted to try some new things, like maybe some different lighting and wardrobe. Zayda seemed like a good model to “experiment” with. I figured one gallery wouldn’t hurt, and it wouldn’t be that different. So I experimented with Zayda’s aptly named gallery the premier.
The premier debuted on Torrid Art in January 2015. It just appeared, with no fanfare, in the usual update rotation - a gallery different from the rest. It was briefly identified in newsletter #101 as “experimental,” but I haven’t mentioned it in the blog before. (You can subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of any page.) I think it’s time I let you know what’s up with the premier and some galleries that followed.
Before even photographing the premier, I was pretty sure it would not be terribly popular with the members. People join Torrid Art for that signature “girl next door” look. So why was I messing with that look? Because I felt constrained as a photographer. I needed to move on, evolve, cut loose (at least a little!). For my own sanity, I simply had to try new things, and I was willing to “sacrifice” one little gallery. Nothing else was changed - the other galleries of Zayda I photographed that day are standard Torrid Art handiwork.
The Torrid Art videos are edited to mostly show the model at work during a photo set. But in each video you can still see just how much fun we have while photographing the galleries. I love shooting for Torrid Art and working with these talented, hard working, incredible young women. But the premier added a new dimension to the enjoyment. In fact, the gallery was buoyant fun for all of us: Zayda, the makeup artist, the assistant and me. Maybe you can see that in the photos.
After that monumental day with Zayda, I felt that shooting “experimental” galleries would be a good thing. Even if the experiments didn’t really work, the act of creating them would bring new energy to all the galleries I shoot that day. So ever since that first experiment with Zayda, I tried to do something different with one gallery of each model.
So far, not every model that followed Zayda has an “experimental” gallery - it depends on the model and the time constraints for that day. Nevertheless, there are some notable galleries. Here are my favorites.
Carol Luna quick study. We had a blast inventing and photographing Carol’s quick study gallery, with black backgrounds and strong shadows. It seemed to match Carol’s appearance and little schoolgirl skirt, not to mention those big boots!
Ashley Lane barnstorming. I took a different approach than experimenting with lighting and wardrobe. I experimented with what the model was doing. Ashley’s barnstorming gallery looks like a typical Torrid Art gallery of a girl next door (aside from the voyeur photos at the beginning). But instead of a formally erotic stripping gallery, Ashley simply sat on a bed and tried on several cute outfits. It wasn’t formally erotic, but it was formally fun!
Xandra Sixx the inside edge. The house where I photographed Xandra just happened to have this strange, carpeted opening in the floor. I called it “the pit.” I couldn’t resist putting Xandra down in “the pit”. She had some great clothes, including black nylons with runs! I asked the makeup artist to get creative. I tried to make “the pit” appear as a closed box. It is perhaps the strangest gallery I ever photographed. I don’t know if you like it, but we really had fun making it! Btw, if you want to see what “the pit” looks like from the outside, look through Xandra’s behind-the-scenes gallery.
Now you know why there are some crazy galleries in the recent group. They are necessary for my sanity. A friend tells me I should have started them long ago.