I had the pleasure recently to work with Mike Crawley – Photofrenetic recently on an artistic project.
The book is on the link below, and I have also attached a bit of the blurb (no pun intended) beneath it.
“The Body Projection project began 20 years ago in 1992 with the first few images in this book being created with a rather low powered 35mm slide projector and a small collection of transparencies. The projected images were captured on slow tungsten slide film (Ektachrome 64T or 160T), and the model had to be perfectly still during the long exposure. A tripod was necessary in most cases, depending on the lightness and density of the transparency in use. Very few of the initial images were worth keeping, but perseverance ensured that enough images were of suitable quality to make the project worthy of continuing. .
With the more recent advent of image stabilized digital cameras and high luminosity digital projectors it is now much easier to make images of this kind. Another advantage of using a digital projector is that the ‘slides’ are now image files and can be created from just about any subject. Your imagination is the only limiting factor.”
When we worked on the project we were sitting around having done quite a lot of shooting. I was exhausted, it was probably about 11pm, and we were thinking of doing a body-painting session the following morning. Mike was talking me through his body projection project and we were previewing his latest book. As you can see from the brief above Mike had been working on this project for over 20 years. That is one thing that I love about him; he has so much dedication to his craft. And I believe it definitely shows through.
I was thrilled, could hardly contain my excitement. So I begged him (yep quite literally, I am not ashamed to say it, I begged him to do some with me.
Well, cut a long story short, we managed to do quite a bit of work that evening, and I am so excited as of course I managed to make the book. I have attached 3 images of mine from that evening. The one with the vein running across my back made it into the book. I loved it too. There is also one of the vein going down my front, but I was naked. So if you want to see that, as well as the full 120-page collectible book, you need to go to