Julian M Kilsby
and MUA Laura Jane Wilson
It was in a studio a couple of miles from Birmingham in Perry Barr so I booked tickets with National Express coaches. Turned out the only available time to travel was to leave London at 1am, arrive in Birmingham at 3.40 and then wait three hours in the station for the next coach. The shoot wouldn't commence until 10! I had no problem with this, at first...
Once the time came I realised that it is practically impossible to sleep in a coach, and ended up forgetting my suitcase in the compartment and having to wait for it to arrive on a later coach than the second one I was scheduled to board. This meant I had to wait a little longer in the freezing cold station and missed my bus. Ignoring a 'do not enter' sign I lay down on some comfy sofas but still found it completely impossible to sleep with the bright lights of the station shining mercilessly from above. A security guard duly arrived to tell me to hop off back to the tiny, extraordinarily rigid seats customers were supposed to sit in but after a few sentences switched to chat-up mode. Now, you must know I am incapable of mustering any interest in a conversation initiated with the question 'So... where are you from?'. I was practically running back to the proper seating area when the guard decided to tell me I could stay on the sofas and simply walked away. Perfect! ^.^
After I got my suitcase (about half an hour after finally being shooed off the sofas by an older, grumpier security guard) I realized I now had to trek around Birmingham city centre at 7am in the morning in order to try and find a bus that would take me to Perry Barr. I was happy for this chance despite the bitter cold (it's actually colder and windier than in London up there! O.O) for I had never been in Birmingham before and therefore all this was an Adventure for me. Nothing too epic, I explored a beautiful Gothic church (but was sorely disappointed to find my camera was out of battery >.<) and bought some fabrics at an early morning market, but it was definitely better than waiting around in Perry Barr for 10 to strike.
When the shoot did finally start I was already feeling a tad sleep deprived - not exactly tired, more like a little TOO wide awake yet spaced and twitchy - and by the time it ended I was ready to collapse, but it was great fun! ^.^ It was my first time shooting latex, and contrary to what I had been told I found the garments perfectly comfortable and wearable. They did get a bit sweaty but not half as much as I had been told to expect! I shot in a blue corset, hotpants and black stockings by Oh La Latex, a black corset and skirt by the same designer and a beautiful lilac dress by AM Statik Latex. There was a also a pretty pin-up style red and white latex underbust corset which we coupled with the black skirt and some red tape over my breasts. Links to be posted with images soon!
The MUA had to leave by 3pm but Julian and I managed a couple more hours shooting. We got quite a lot of good images which I am verily aching to see! Towards the end of the shoot I had a fainting spell (seems to randomly happen a lot to me!) This time I believe it was because I hadn't eaten much since the day before, but a drink of water, some air from the fan and four packs of McCoys crisps right after the shoot fixed me up again. Yes, I know, not exactly healthy eating but very tasty! =P
This time I had a kind of half-sleep on the coach and by the time I got home was feeling perfectly fresh again and very happy about the shoot. I absolutely loved the smell and feel of the latex, it is definitely something I would love to get more into. Have been looking up how to make my own latex clothes but for the time being I will stick to making tiny hats! Here is one I made for the latest Antichrist night with the fabrics I bought in Birmingham. Alice in Wonderland-themed of course...
First pic by Ben Hopper
Second pic by me - do excuse the horrid quality -_-'
Oh and yes, Birmingham accents did make me smile :)
So I haven't been shooting much recently, what with the stress of possibly not graduating if I don't get three essays and my entire dissertation done by early May >.< Latest shoot which was meant to be zentai-themed (and I was quite looking forward to) fell through, but finally, last week I had a greatly anticipated shoot with