Venus to Mars?


I’ve been using a questionnaire in training recently which is designed to identify the learning style preferences of the course delegates, and the first question asks them about their approach to giving directions to someone who is lost.

Almost inevitably I get some whose response is: “Depends what she looks like!” because the person in the scenario is female. Was this a subconscious piece of discrimination on the part of the question compiler, assuming that a woman has poorer navigational skills?

It is a common belief that men are better navigators than women, a sweeping generalisation in itself, but one based in the fact that we approach things differently. Different doesn’t necessarily equate to better or worse however.

I was interested to read this article on the website of an organisation that teaches people how to navigate using clues from their environment.

Seems that we men aren’t necessarily better; just more confident in being right!

Today’s portrait is of my colleague Lee.  Right or not, I wouldn’t argue with him!


She’s got it!

My first experience of studio photography was a nude workshop run by John Tisbury, and I remember him saying that one of the best pieces of advice he could give to an inexperienced photographer was to work with the best models they could afford. His advice was born out on the day by Iveta Niklova, the model he had brought with him.

I’ve worked with Iveta a couple of times, and she is incredible in her ability to flow from one pose to another, constantly changing the image that she offers the photographer; a huge boon when you wouldn’t know where to start in posing someone.

At the recent meeting of the Bananastudios Creative Talent Circle we were introduced to a new model called Jessica, for whom this was her first time in front of the camera and studio lights. By contrast she was the one needing guidance and direction from the photographers, and yet they unanimously agreed that she’d been fantastic. Sometimes just being beautiful is enough.

The male model who was there, Lee, was also pretty new. He made a pretty decent fist of it too.