Sister Thyme

Model, Photographer, Writer:
une nouvelle muse
Image taken by James Wigger, March 2014

Image taken by James Wigger, March 2014

Image taken by Charles Nevols, January 2014

Image taken by Charles Nevols, January 2014

Image taken by Michael Shindler, January 2014

Image taken by Michael Shindler, January 2014

Image taken by Babak Ghaemian, October 2013

Image taken by Babak Ghaemian, October 2013

Image taken by James Wigger, March 2014

Image taken by James Wigger, March 2014

vox03 asked: How aware of your facial expression are you when being photographed? Is it your intention to project something emotional in that fashion, or are you simply waiting?

As an art model, it is certainly my duty to be aware of what I am portraying in an image emotionally, and it is extremely important for me to find a place of intensity, emotion, or calm, depending on the aim of the collaboration. To me, modeling would be utterly meaningless if it wasn’t for my ability to articulate the energy and emotionality in body language/expression that becomes heightened in a good collaboration, particularly with an artist I’m more close to emotionally. I always try to push my vulnerabilities and strengths in front of the lens. However, sometime I am surprised by what I see in the final image. Art can be transformative, and will often reveal parts of me that I was not aware of prior.

Image taken by Jonathan Shields, March 2014

Image taken by Jonathan Shields, March 2014

Image taken by Michael Shindler, January 2014

Image taken by Michael Shindler, January 2014

Image taken by Sgriob, January 2014

Image taken by Sgriob, January 2014

Sister Thyme on "What Makes a Good Picture?"

  1. I think there are two separate (but often connected) elements of a good picture.

    a. Conceptual or emotional strength. The ability to grab the viewer and stir something inside, or tell a compelling story that is relevant culturally or applies to the general human condition.

    b. An aesthetic style so visually arresting and/or unexpected that its strength alone is enough to captivate the viewer. (A mark of a good designer or commercial photographer).

    Regardless of the subjectivity of an image’s value in the small scale, I believe it is how strongly the aforementioned attributes apply to the piece that truly dictate the image’s scope of audience, and eventual immortality and “timelessness”.

My response to a hotly debated question, as asked by Vox.