This blog is the Mexico 2011 Zoe Fest blog preserving the history of our yearly retreats. This is also dedicated to Billy Sheehan – Sorry for the Instagram link but his website is no longer available. I feel happy that a small sample of his brilliant work may be archived here. Rest in peace Billy.
Off for another sunrise shoot with the delightful Meghan. The gate to the beach was surprisingly padlocked that morning, so we took a quick detour over a hill, to get to the opposite end of the beach. The previous day I had scouted the track and was positive we could get right to the beach… unfortunately the little track we took was extremely overgrown. At one point we were tunneling through the undergrowth, crawling under the spines and bitey things. I had to remove my backpack on occasions as it simply wouldn’t budge due to the thorns!
Major points to Meghan…she was undeterred and we finally appeared the other side of the bush right on the beach. On our return to the car, we realised a track 50m in the other direction was clear…
We truly enjoyed staying at the Todos Santos Inn and being guests of the owner John. It was great having the shady veranda and tables for everyone to hang out and socialize. Location was perfect to go carless. Here are a few photos from my last night there. Also a photo of “Three Tacos and a Beer” and a sunset from the abandoned cannery.
the images in black and white are kind of crappy scans of prints I made in the dark room but I wanted to share them anyway since they were taken in Mexico. I have 9 pages of contact sheets to start playing with next week. I am leaving town tomorrow so I have to hold off a while more. Ahh!
Thank you everyone (and especially Zoe) for a wonderful time, I am already psyched for next year!
Well the 10th annual Zoe Fest (Fest X) has sadly come to an end. This was my third Zoe Fest, my first outside of Australia and it certainly won’t be my last. Once again I have had an absolute blast working, socialising (i.e. Drinking!) and just plain old chilling out with an amazing bunch of talented photographers and beautiful models, without whom, I would not have been able to create such amazing imagery during my stay in Todos Santos.
New friendships were forged and old ones reaffirmed to become even stronger. This is easily my favourite time of the year and I’m already looking forward to the next one – where ever that may be!
A big thanks to all of those that participated but in particular to Zoe for her tireless efforts, Mick Marlborough for securing all that amazing sponsorship from Lens Baby, Rogue Photographic Design, Expo Disc and Peak Design. Thanks also to Rex from A&I Books for all his help. My travel buddy Mal Grant, it was awesome fun if not a little scary driving on the opposite side of the road with you! Last by no means least, thanks to all of the models. I love each and every one of you and have nothing but admiration for your efforts and modelling skills.
Luckily for me my adventure hasn’t ended just yet and I will now be spending the next few days in VEGAS BABY!! But no, I won’t be sitting in the casinos gambling what little money I have left away. I will be heading out into the Nevada Desert for a couple of shoots with a crazy local model called Wonder Hussy! Sounds like fun to me!! 🙂
Meghan the biologist & photographer.
While waiting for Mal Grant to finish his shoot with Tara at the Hotelito so we could get a lift back into town, Stephanie Anne and I decided to do an impromptu shoot using nothing but my iPhone and the Instagram App. This was the first time I had used nothing but my iPhone for an entire shoot. Occasionally I will take a few snaps on my iPhone during a shoot using my Nikon gear but never a whole shoot.
I found the experience quite refreshing and found I spent more time composing the image and shooting far less than I normally do. I guess it’s like restricting yourself to using a single prime lens for an entire shoot but of course using the iPhone and Instagram, you can edit and finalise the image in seconds.
Cam Attree – www.nudephotographer.com.au
Here’s a few iPhone Instagram pics from around Todos Santos and of the lovely people I have been sharing this week with.
Cam Attree – www.nudephotographer.com.au