I had collected the leaves from a local park in the Autumn with the intention of using them as a background. I walked around the whole park finding suitable trees with richly coloured leaf falls. One tree, in a far corner of the park, was surrounded by deep red leaves that added beautifully to the mix. I’d experimented, pretty successfully, with shooting these images outdoors but that’s really only feasible in the summer. Expecting a model to lie on the ground for two hours in damp Autumn leaves would be unkind. So dried and ready back at the studio I ran some tests but had to wait for the right model. Then at a New Year’s Eve party I met Judith, dressed just like that and I knew she’d look great in those leaves. I added the axe and my surreal little wood pixie was complete. With one shoe casually flicked off and staring mischievously at the axe she is pointing towards herself, it’s an enigmatic image.


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