BLOG: COW POO ON A WINDY HILL TOP

17-10-2014

It is still a bit surreal to me that other people are aware of who I am and what I'm doing. So when I was asked for a photo shoot by someone who has worked with many, many big artists (including Kate herself), I couldn't really believe that that was actually happening.

I have spent the last two days in Southampton with one of my oldest friends from Holland and her family, because I had a photo shoot somewhere in Wiltshire yesterday and a show in Stroud today. As a result of my own logic, we had some miscommunication, because had I not told her my request to come over 'a day earlier' meant I would stay two nights instead of just one... Luckily, that was all fine. And even better, because that meant I got to spend more time with her and her lovely family.

On Thursday, I had the photo shoot, for which I had to leave quite early. As usual, I had some trouble picking up my rental car for the day, due to road blocks and random fences. 45 minutes late, I was on my way in a car with the wheel on the other side (I didn't say right or wrong side!) to Barry from Bread and Shutter. He had asked me for a Kate inspired photo shoot last summer, but we didn't shoot till now because the skies are better for photos in October. The weather was perfect for the photos (though a tad cold for summer dresses)!

I had never met Barry, so of course there was a chance we couldn't get along whatsoever. But as soon as he opened the door, I knew it would all be OK. 

After a chat and a coffee, it was time to head to the location Barry had chosen. It must have been a strange view for the hikers on that hill - however few in number: a man carrying camera equipment and a guitar, and a girl in full make up and an army outfit carrying an evening dress. 

Our first location was a forest. It was still wet from the rain of the day and night before. Barry chose to start with a shoot based on Army Dreamers. He thought that that would be the most difficult one, but as soon as I sat down and got into character, he knew we wouldn't need long to get it right. The third shot was already close to perfect, but he gave me some more directions, and not much late, we had the perfect shot!

Only a couple of feet away from our first location was our location for a shoot based on The Sensual World. Since that song is not in our set list, I thought that that would be the most difficult one for me. I was really looking forward to it though, since I had the perfect antique dress for it, and had managed to create a good hat for it too. It was a bit challenging to move gracefully, barefooted on the wet dirt, leaved and twigs. We managed to get the perfect shot in the ten seconds the sun decided to come out, and counted ourselves lucky!

It was time to go to the next location, which was a bit further up. After passing a pile of black dirt and a warning sign for cows, we climbed a slippery and muddy hill to a plateau, wondering if the cows would even be able to climb that high. Our question was soon answered by the huge amount of cow poo on the plateau: it was hard to find a square metre without any! The idea for this shoot was for me to dance the Wuthering Heights dance routine, barefooted between the cow poo. The result was great however, despite the poo!

The last location was the edge of the plateau. I had been looking forward to wearing a warmer outfit, but unfortunately the wind blew straight through my top and trousers for our Cloudbusting based shoot. The cold and the wind made it the most difficult part of the shoot. We tried different things, but ended up with me holding an umbrella (challenging, with the wind), standing on top of the hill.
 
Barry was looking forward to editing the photos, and the first edit was already finished when I was still driving back to Southampton, and more edits have been finished since. All the results look amazing, and I am truly honoured to be the girl in these photos! 


As usual, I have attached only one photo to my blog for now. Curious about the other images, or about Barry's work? Visit the Bread and Shutter Facebook page or website

1 comment

  • maryanne

    maryanne at home

    Excellent, I will check out Bread and Shutter pages. I would love to be able to do something like that,being the photographer and finding the right location. I'm glad of course with your ideas you made it work together! So cool. X

    Excellent, I will check out Bread and Shutter pages. I would love to be able to do something like that,being the photographer and finding the right location. I'm glad of course with your ideas you made it work together! So cool. X

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