I’ll speak candidly: I’ve been wanting to shoot this woman naked for years. To quickly capture just a glimpse and solidify her beautiful art-plastered body in photographs for infinitude. Shanna’s my tattoo artist and one hell of a chick and I’ve photographed her before but never was there such tenaciousness in the air. Even days prior to the shoot she said she’d be bringing pretty underwear for “safe” shots. But she didn’t. On one uncharacteristically cold Colorado September morning a few weeks ago she showed up entirely vulnerable, wholeheartedly exposed and ready to be taken. And fuck, do I admire that. There’s a certain amount of bravado, raw guts and fearlessness that my nude models tend to have and while it may rarely be evident, I am in awe of them as I’m shooting them. They are bolder and braver than I’ll ever be.
You’re amazing. You’re completely self-aware and yet emancipated from what ties you to this earth. You’re raw and dripping with fervor for life. You’re part ocean, part land and all sky. You’re beautiful. You’re burning in your eagerness for sensation. You’re brighter than the sun.
The Normal Wood Creates the Sea (2014)
Model: Shanna Keyes
© Rebecca Tillett
A more detailed shot of my tattoo by the lovely Shanna Keyes. Original piece by Caitlin Hackett!
"If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin’ do me
God only knows what I’d be without you”
(I had an adorable shoot with my lovely friend and tattoo artist, Shanna, today. She has a just recently adopted kitty she named Shiloh who ended up starring in many of the photos. ♥ I have a special place in my heart for my kitty-loving (and all animals, really) friends.