Seeing "Scars" photograph for the first time leaves you wanting to know the history behind it. This guest post is by Julian Holtom, the man who took this photograph. Julian is a freelance photographer and entrepreneur based in Wakefield, United Kingdom. His rich photographic past beautifully translates into his photographs and "Scars" is a great example of the same. Without further ado, here is Julian’s and Liara’s tale.
Liara approached me to shoot her via a modeling site, where she will have no doubt faced relentless prejudice from many photographers only wanting to shoot bright orange, pneumatic breasted, dirigible headed models. Fortunately, not my cup of tea.
We arranged an initial meeting and talked through some ideas, why she was doing what she was doing and so forth. My initial feelings of wanting to help her through my photography were amplified tenfold as a result. If my work with her could help in any way to promote her causes, brilliant, and a bonus if it helped to give her more confidence in herself.
Shoot day arrives, and despite the freak snow fall causing havoc across the North, she still manages to get the train half way across the country, and arrives early. All too often models will cancel on a whim, but not this lady. We discussed the two shots we were certain we wanted over a mug of builders tea and got down to it. Her sporadic giggling throughout the afternoon was infectious and made for a thoroughly enjoyable shoot, and boy does she light up the room when she’s smiling, you get a glimpse of her inner spirit, indomitable. Before I knew it, the shoot was over, I took Liara back to her train and sent her safely on the way home. Shots backed up, contact sheets exported and sent for her to look at. It’s a wrap.
During her time with me I explained I’d like to do a post on this, the causes she’s supporting through her work, and asked if she would like to share with anyone reading what her motives were for doing what she does.
Thanks Julian and Liara for sharing your story, and thank you for reading. If you'd like to see more of Julian's work or add him to friends visit his 500px page.