MC GAFF-E EXPLAINS HER MOST INTENSE SHOOT EVER These ‘behind the scene out takes’ are from a shoot I recently did in Sydney which was the most intense (and interesting) photo shoot I have ever been part of The idea for photographer Dean Tirkot‘s exhibition- FROM BENEATH THE VELVET CURTAIN – really got my attention when he told me he was looking to capture extreme shots of performers using no photo shop in order to show the technology loving people of 2013, post editing doesn’t MAKE a photo. You CAN still capture real life in its most extreme and beautiful out of this world form (just like they used to). I was even more impressed when he planned on simply taking three shots only on the timeless 1958 Deardorff large format 8×10 camera. Wow! Let me explain… At first when Dean got in touch with his idea for our shot, I was unsure. His idea was for me to be head to toe in body paint, literally vomiting colour. I was intrigued. The mere thought of this had my heart pumping and butterflies fluttering vigorously in my tummy I have done my fair share of vomiting in my lifetime and this action is something I try to avoid at all costs. Dean however, assured me the process was unlike “normal” vomiting and I would feel no nausea post shot One thing I’m good at, is pushing myself. I enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone. I believe it makes me grow and brings a new found satisfaction So… I agreed to do it ON THE DAY Dean picked me up and I was excited. I was not allowed to eat for eight hours prior to the shoot as to make the purge as smooth as possible. His partner Marcelle helped me paint my entire body while I became more and more uncomfortable not being able to sit down, becoming more sticky etc etc Once I “dolled up”, I drank two and a half litres of turquoise coloured water (a combination of food dye). I then had a dose of ipecac (a substance used to induce vomiting) and waited I would say it was by far, the most uncomfortable feeling I have experienced within my own body to date. I immediately found myself needing to poo. I then looked down to find my belly protruding horizontally I lost track of time. Five seconds could have been five minutes. I just wanted to get it over with and for the ridiculous amount of water to leave my body! Dean took me through the pose for the shot. It was hard enough doing it WITHOUT projectile vomiting and trying to keep a semi attractive expression but the challenge was staring me right in the face and I felt ready Six or seven minutes after the ipecac, I started heaving like a zombie. It was intense, for everyone. I could see all involved were anxious for me. It had started raining too and it was a chilly evening It was about ten minutes in that we achieved what we had set out to do. I got that rushy sick feeling and in a four part sequence, I “vomited colour”. The last heave was the hardest. I felt instant nausea and suddenly weak An hour or so later, I was back to myself after pigging out on a feast of carrots, celery, salad and turkish bread prepared for the finale. I’m not sure I would do it again but I am happy to say I did it The things we do for art…!