"50 Models 50 States"
Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Georgia 2012-2013
One of the hardest parts about this project was finding locations. A lot of times I could find a model for a state, but she would be hundreds of miles away from the location I had in mind, and time wise it just wouldn’t have been possible to make them all work out, so early on I ditched the idea of having a clue where I was going to shoot before hand. This gave me a lot more freedom and ultimately a lot more stress.
Letting go of knowing exactly where I was going to shoot also really helped me grow as a photographer. and really made me more adaptable to a ton of variables I was forced to run into. Sunny days, cloudy days, rain, forests, spectators, deep woods hikes, shoots barely off the trail all came about in the search for locations. I got to learn how to handle tons of less than desirable shooting situations, but still get an image that I was happy with. It also let the book become much more than just nudes in nature.
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Models pictures above Miss Fifi, London Andrews, Najva Sol, and V Nixie.
In my time hiking through the woods to shoot landscapes I have seen so many little interesting pieces of nature. Small pieces of animal left behind or thrown about by waves left to rot, or disappear. I’m not much of a macro photographer detail photos always seem like such filler, but I’ve always thought there was something there, something that maybe Vaunt and I could do with these trinkets, so this year I started gathering them up.
Without a real idea what we could do with them, I just started giving them to her as little pieces to think about, and then one day she started transforming them into jewelry pieces. Deer toe necklaces with sinew, bee hive rings, mussel pendants all created with no idea that they would have ever become these awesome little things.
After creating so many pieces we decided it might be a good idea to try and sell some of these things, so we opened an etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/fromforests If you are into the merging of nature, art and jewelry take a minute to check out what we have available.
50 Models | 50 States
Corwin Prescott - London Andrews
We climbed slowly down the slate walls of the gorge. Getting to the bottom of a waterfall isn’t really the safest thing in the world to do especially one that’s sides are hundreds of feet tall and crumbling into the river.
When people think New York they always picture the city, huge buildings, no sky, no nature, but Manhattan is such a small part of a beautiful state. London and I wanted to show a part of New York so many forget, so we climbed down into the river bottom, and waited for hours for the perfect moment where the tourists would be gone and unable to see, for the clouds to come in and block the sun. It took hours, we passed the time skipping stones, and playing around at the waters edge. I’ve always loved working with London, she’s a calming presence and one of the most beautiful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
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"The Lava Fields"
Volcanoes National Park, HI 2013
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"Margarge Dam" by Corwin Prescott
Philadelphia, Pa 2013
One of the first places I found after moving to Philadelphia in 2008 was Fairmount Park. A massive piece of nature in one of the largest cities in the country it was my escape from school, stress, the city. I spent hours hiking the miles of trails that stretch out along the banks of the Wissahickon, photographing my then girlfriend among the foliage, and just relaxing. Its a beautiful thing to be in a city, but still so far removed from its chaos.
I’ve been going back there again. Now that I have a couple years more experience under my belt, I’m really starting to take some photos I’m happy with.
"We Beat Back the Wolves Inside Us"
Corwin Prescott - Vaunt
"The Rising Lands"
Juneau, AK 2013
by Corwin Prescott
"Everything is Still"
Chicago, Il 2010
I’ve been away from Chicago for a while. I went over to Michigan to celebrate my birthday and missed a pretty big snow storm. I want to see what the lake looks like. Hiking up in the morning or late at night with Vaunt is one of our favorite things.
We glide over the ice forming on the beach by moonlight, or street light in our shoes like they are ice skates. We run across breaking the thin pieces just to hear the sound of ice snapping, we jump so that the water shoots up from underneath and out small holes like geysers.
We play at night then come home so she can sleep before work. I drink a beer and then head back out to photograph the sunrise.
While I was gone this time though the lake really turned. The beach slopes up towards the lake forming icy cliffs that dangle over thin layers of frozen fresh water. Everything is still.
I photograph for a little while, call it a wash and hike home. No colors or sunlight looming over the horizon. I don’t look at the photos again until June 10th 2013 when I realize what I have overlooked.
"The White Woods"
Custer State Park, SD by Corwin Prescott
There was a birch tree in the backyard of my childhood home, I’ve always loved the tone and texture of these trees. I’ve loved watching the young cicadas crawl from the earth up the pale branches, stopping only to escape their hardened shells. So when I saw the ghost like forest growing in the Black Hills of South Dakota I knew I had to try to do something to capture it.
Shooting a forest or tree’s in general has always been difficult to me. Tree’s are tall, much taller than my camera is capable of capturing in a single frame. This makes creating an interesting composition very difficult. Normally I will get around this by cheating. Introducing a subject like a nude model into the scenery has been my long tested tried and true method of creating interesting nature shots without dealing with the compositional hassle nature creates.
This strategy would not work here for a couple of reasons, mainly I was in an area likely to be trafficked by many people in a short amount of time, and I was standing on the edge of a cliff, so I used my newer method of cheating rule of thirds, obscenely wide panoramas.
I feel like this is really the only way I have found that can capture a forest that brings it to life. The final image is 80” wide and 30” high.
"Fire in The Sky"
Yosemite National Park, CA
by Corwin Prescott
"To Sting You in The Dark"
Custer, SD 2013
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"Images for Mist"
Custer, SD 2013
We spent three or four days in Custer, outside of peak season, which turns the entire area into somewhat of a ghost town. Shops, restaurants, really everything with the exception of Dairy Queen closes before the sun sets, and you are left alone with many hours to kill. Alone with a big park to explore.
The first three days, the weather was terrible for what I do, bright and sunny. I drove past so many spots thinking of the photos that could be on a cloudy day.
We knew we were going to be staying long enough to get what we wanted at least according to the weather report. When we woke up on our last day to the sound of rain sprinkling against the tent and the temperature below 80°F, we sprung into action.
I dropped my friend Steven off at Sylvan lake, so he could get a landscape he had been thinking about for days, and Vaunt and I took to Needles Highway, half in search of mountain goats (all we found was mountain goat poop,) and half in search of a place to shoot. On the right day the images make themselves. We found a nice nook between to massive summits. Vaunt holding this incredibly uncomfortable pose, while dangled precariously over a 600 foot drop as I snapped photo after photo as fast as I could.
So much of photographing nature is just waiting for the right moment where the weather, sun, and location come together for you.
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"Out of Green Oceans"
Volcano National Park, HI
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