March 18, 2016
"I think that's her!" I said to Remy, as my model for the day drove by. "I really hope she finds a parking spot."
My assistant Remy and I arrived early at South Inlet Park in Boca Raton, Florida to scope out shooting locations for our natural light session with Kat. The sunny beaches up and down the South Florida coast were all crowded during spring break season. The weather was perfect, as usual, so parking was our only hiccup!
After about 15 minutes a parking spot opened up and we made our introductions with Kat at the parking meter. She had a calm, easy nature, tall and lanky, slightly disheveled...like meeting a real cat woman minus the (black) latex. "Don't worry about the stray hairs from my cats, I have a lint roller in my bag." Kat purred confidently.
Her dark hair, deep eyes, and intentional language was a refreshing change from the normal model shoot. There was an air of mystery about this one. On her modeling and photography website, http://www.iheartkat.com, Kat describes herself as a visual artist and muse. Muse to me always seemed like an ancient, idealistic, ephemeral concept but soon I would learn that modern day artistic muses do exist and walk among.
Our theme for the day was "Gender Fluid". To tell you the truth I'm not entirely sure what that means. Maybe it only means rough girls with short hair, wearing men's clothing...today's version of a tomboy or someone with androgynous or hermaphroditic qualities. Probably though, it's a much broader category of looks.
Terms like muse and hermaphrodite of course originate from the ancient Greeks. The original nine Muses of Greek mythology inspired literature, science, and the arts over 2000 years ago. These goddesses are fascinating to me...maybe one day we'll see a blockbuster super-heroine movie of The Muses. Wouldn't that be something? As for Hermaphroditus, son of Aphrodite and Hermes, who merged with the water nymph Salmacis, I'm not sure if most of America is cultured enough for that movie. Incidentally, Hermaphroditus was associated with weddings and helped symbolize the coming together of men and women in sacred union. Over 2000 years of history and existence but we've all not yet come full circle...only the enlightened ones.
But I digress...
Kat shows me her bag of goodies. After some (conceptual) discussions we settle on three different looks. In my mind I loosely had different areas of the park matched with the wardrobe but I was more or less winging it. The first look is a simple white tank-top with jean shorts and black boots. We shot most of this look on the north side of the park near the beach and in the mangrove forest. Working with Kat was amazing; she naturally blends into the environment and really becomes part of the landscape. She belongs in nature, on the beach, and in the trees, using the different settings to evoke emotions.
|"Kat in a Tree"|
|"Girl from Nowhere"|
|"Kat on a Swing"|
|Learn Spanish in the park!|