Tom Corbett Turns Up the Heat
Summer officially starts this month, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait for the weather. Sweltering temperatures have already shown their head and the only escape is away from the sun. But what if that heat is exactly what you want? In Tom Corbett’s latest feature for Siempre Mujer, he wanted to create a series of images that showed off a collection of sensual swimwear that shines in the heat of the summer sun. But the sun is almost 100 million miles away, which makes for a creative collaborator that isn’t very accommodating, so they had to make the sun themselves. “We wanted to shoot a really graphic swimwear story and basically bring the beach inside,” Tom explains. “We got our huge tungsten light called a ‘10k Big Eye’ and played with that and just used that as the sun and experimented with different shapes.” They effectively brought the sun onto their set.
By using this massive piece of equipment Tom was able to get the exact look he was going for without playing servant to the elements. But the light is only half the battle. To really sell it Tom worked closely with his model; she’s the one under the oppressive gaze of the sun, after all. Tom worked with her to explore what summer heat means beyond just a bright light. “It's like a hot summer’s day and the sun is beating down on you, a sort of assaulting heat,” says Tom. “It’s about energy and angles and getting the right mood and again environment, and it’s about communication and communicating with the model.” Working together they found a way to show us what it's like to be in the height of summer and still be sexy as hell.
In many ways, summer offers a whole new lifestyle. With the heat comes more carefully chosen apparel, usually showing a little more skin. It’s sexy and sensuous, even if the heat and light can be a little rigorous. It’s all about creating a balance of emotion, style, and aesthetic balance; Tom kept that balance while turning up the heat.