Reflection by Dave Callaway

Currently unavailable for purchase

Camera – Olympus E-5
Lens – Zuiko 12-60mm
Focal Length – 60mm
Shutter – 1/200sec
Aperture – F4
ISO – 400
SOC .. :-))
The Silky Touch .. 04.06.2012
Beautiful Women – Models … 07.06.2012

The final image in this series of Alyssa. Maybe not the best that I took on the day and I took plenty, but Alyssa now goes to my portfolio rather than returning time after time. I seem to have run the workshop backwards with my images.. from the final captures to some of the first.
For me this was the first time I have ever worked in concert with other photographers, I usually do it alone..and also the very first time that I have been involved in a “classroom” type situation where someone gave me some direction and teaching tips with what I was going to shoot. For me it was a little daunting, I have always feared that I would be "found out’ with my untrained skill and knowledge level… :-O ..
Probably up until a few weeks ago I never really thought that I would take Nude Art images.. I have never really been one for the so called “mens” magazines, I have always felt that they sexualise women rather than show the true beauty of the female form (there are also plenty of examples of fine male forms as well) but certainly appreciate the fine forms and delicate curves of the female form and how that beauty can be enhanced by good lighting and direction.
A couple of months ago I came across an image by Tony Ryan and I think from memory he was talking of what was and was not acceptable by our standards , usually as a result of the society we have been brought up in and the attitudes to some degree imposed on us. I had a look at his RB site and website and found that I subscribed to a lot of his philosophies. View Here
So, when I saw an opportunity to attend one of his workshops I decided that I would like to participate seeing that as well as the obvious learnings about studio lighting and even lighting in general, perhaps I could find out a little about why I dont like my own portrait work very much, to me it has always lacked something..
The rest is History.. I found the workshop to be very enlightening, and Tony to be a great bloke.. treating his models and those attending with the utmost respect and kindness and he certainly gets the best from everyone, from the amatuer to the much more advanced artist..not to mention the way the models light up under his expert direction.Tony direct the whole workshop in such a way, so that each part is a lesson in itself, and the flow is so natural that you hardly notice the transition.
I sincerely wish to Thank Tony for his patience, Alyssa and her husband, Diego, ( I hope they like the work I have done) and my fellow photographers on the day, to me it was a life lesson as well as a photography lesson… I also want to thank the ladies and guys of RB for the positive and somewhat unexpected comments on my work I would like to do some more of this style in the future .. but only time will tell if I do or not.. :-))
If you have managed to read my rambling to this point I thank you, If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of the Empowered Beauty Workshops, no matter your age, sex or photographic status I highly recommend Tony.. :-))

Have been reinvigorated with the photo bug after a long layoff. My first digital camera has really gotten me off my backside and out to play and I have recieved a lot of inspiration here from some of the many talented artists on RB.
I am not sticking with any one style atm but giving anything a bit of a go, some make it here,many dont, but for me its all about pleasure and getting out there.. Thank you for taking the time to check out my work..:-))

View Full Profile


  • HennaGoddess
    HennaGoddessalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Dave and your write up has inspired me , yes untrained thats me as well lol . Love the photos from your workshop really something to be proud of . Well done :))

  • Thank you kindly .. very much appreciate your kind words, and am glad that you enjoyed my work. and writing … I am proud of the work I did at the workshop.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image Dave and I really enjoyed the write. Food for thought :)

  • Thank you kindly Maree .. very much appreciate your kind words .. I hope you dine on that food.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you kindly Robin .. very much appreciate the fave and comment.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosalmost 3 years ago’ve done a very ‘tastful’ job of it Dave!! lol..seriously..beautiful work from all of you!! *-)

  • Thank you kindly Deb .. very much appreciate your very kind comments and feedback .. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Francis.. much appreciated.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Dave…:)

  • Thank you Thomas.. very much appreciate the fave and comment mate.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • donnnnnny
    donnnnnnyalmost 3 years ago

    nice work David, very different from you and very effective

  • Thank you Donny.. just a litttle very much appreciate your kind comment.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • DareImagesArt
    DareImagesArtalmost 3 years ago

    Ah, so the seed has been sown, Dave…you will never take portraits the same way again… Always searching for that magical connection where the barriers and expectations of both the model and the photographer have fallen away… Beautiful work and your words were well expressed.

  • Yes.. a bit of further reflection and I think the seed has definitely been sown .. I am looking at things very differently.. very much appreciate your comments and feedback Gary .. cheers mate.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowalmost 3 years ago

    nice work Dave!

  • Thank you Harry.. very much appreciated .. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 3 years ago

    Love this shot!

  • Thank you kindly E.R .. I am honored to have this image featured in the group.. very much appreciated.. :-))

    – Dave Callaway

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.