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Whip

 Well here is the next image in the rollergirls series. If one rollergirl is good, then two can only be better so I give you Slain Austen (rear) and Chemikill Hazard (front) of the Glasgow Roller Girls executing a maneuver known as a whip. One skater slingshots another past opposing skaters.

Studio assistance for this electroluminescent whip was provided by teammates Wild Oates and Sykes. Thank you ladies.



Venus Velocity

Shooting roller girls is always fun, but usually they’re whizzing past me at breakneck speed and merrily knocking lumps out of each other. So for a change if pace I like to drag them into the studio and shoot them on the dark where they can’t move as fast. It’s a bit like putting a hood over a falcon. This week I had the great pleasure of shooting Venus Velocity from the Glasgow Roller Girls.

We decked her out in purple electroluminescent wire (she likes purple) and, ably assisted by my friend Sharon, she wheeled around the shot I had in my head – and nailed exactly the look I wanted.

I’m really loving this stuff, so watch this space for more roller girls soon.



Nanobots

 A while back I spotted a green furry guitar in the hands of the Nanobots and decided I just had to shoot it with green electroluminescent strings. I got both Jim and Shona into the studio and, with much use of cable ties, tape and the odd profanity, we wired up their guitars up with red, blue and green strings.

As they are both more than half robot, they had little problem staying still for the extended exposure times that this stuff requires, and my thanks goes to them both for their enormous patience and awesome stage outfits.

Go check them out here: Nanobots



Wild Oates

 Last week I shot my friend Sarah who, as her alter-ego Wild Oates, skates for the awesome Glasgow Roller Girls. I wired her up with electroluminescent wire and battery packs, gave her a couple of glow-sticks and let her skate around the studio in the dark.

By a miracle neither of us bumped into, tripped over or slipped on anything – probably more of a miracle for me than her, and she was on wheels.

More of these to come I hope if I can find some more willing victims.



Sharon

 Having survived her first light painting shoot, a portrait with her sister, Sharon kindly agreed to come back and pose for some of the images that had been rattling around in the back of my head since that first shoot, and did a great job helping to translate those ideas into reality. We shot some light painting, some Lensbaby and some infrared, and I discovered a rather fantastic new light – a little LED torch that my friend Stephen gave me – that I used to light both Fixation and Checked.



Sisters

 After much delay, being too busy, and schedules not quite meshing, I finally got Sharon (right) and Lin (left) into the studio to take the pair of portraits that we’ve had planned for ages (shown here as a single image). It was Sharon’s first time in the studio and so, me being me, I threw her right in at the deep-end with a standing light painting pose. All went to plan and much fun was had by all. More to come from both in the future I hope.