Sunday, April 26, 2015
I've known Tanya for more than ten years now. I consider her a dear friend. Tanya has worked with well over 70 photographers, and for good reason- she is incredibly photogenic and quite a chameleon. More than a few, including myself, consider her to be an inspiring muse. Tanya has always typically modeled nude, although ironically there has been only a couple of times that I've actually shot nudes with her. I always considered her to be a great fashion model, and I've tended to gravitate towards that with her. These images, though, represent a different way of photographing her.
The thumb sucking fetish idea was hers, which I really liked. Most good ideas are usually offered by the person that I'm working with, as opposed to myself. If it's their idea to begin with, then it's more likely that they'll pull it off well. That's not always the case, though. Sometimes my idea is something that they have not experienced before, so they attack it with vigor. Everything's relative...
Monday, April 20, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
These are some outtakes from a shoot with Ajaye. They show her wonderful dreadlocks rather well. It's really difficult to show the nitty-gritty detail of dark dreads the way that I shoot- it tends to simply disappear. The third image is an homage to Edward Weston.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
This image may seem a little out of place with anything else in this blog. They were intentionally part of a shoot with Sofia & Kammy, and I've been dedicating a portion of many of my shoots to shooting these images. They're for my bodyscape series, which I have not shown anywhere on the web but here, although some were incorporated in my body painting show at Mew Gallery a couple of years ago.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Sunday, December 28, 2014
These images might seem a little out of place with anything else in this blog. They were intentionally part of a shoot with Sonia, and I've been dedicating a portion of many of my shoots to shooting these images. They're for my bodyscape series, which I have not shown anywhere on the web but here, although some were incorporated in my body painting show at Mew Gallery a couple of years ago. btw, I hate the term body painting, but I can't seem to come up with anything better. The lighting, texture and mood are the same as everything else here, so I suppose that they do sort of belong with this body of work.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Ajaye has my favorite kind of eyes to photograph. In a portrait they are soulful and expressive. In erotic images they are bedroom eyes- sleepy, yet they draw you in. From the very beginning eyes have been the main focal point in my photographs of people, and that has never changed. I can always help someone's eyes connect to the camera better with a few tricks, but there is only so much that I can do. In the end, either someone's eyes connect to the camera or they don't. That is why it is only every so often that I create a portrait where the eyes simply get a intense visceral reaction from most viewers. It's a constant frustration, but when I get it, it's such a joy. I don't care for cliches (does anybody?), but "the eyes are a window into the soul" none the less applies to many of my images. The eyes are the best non-verbal indicator of our emotional and intellectual state of mind. I don't even know if I believe in humans having actual souls (I've met a few that definitely do not), but that doesn't matter. Photographs are an illusion, and if the illusion of seeing into the soul is there, then that illusion is what matters to me.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I've been feeling a deep affinity with Egon Schiele lately, an early twentieth century Viennese artist. His world was not the glittering & decadent world usually depicted by his contemporaries- but rather instead a grubby, base & seedy world. Schiele's erotic art is not as sensuous as that produced by his mentor, Gustav Klimt, nor is it as erotic. As with all Schiele's work, his erotic figures are twisted and distorted. His pictures convey the idea of sexual experimentation, often tinged with disappointment or regret. His work is not easily defined by any single artistic movement. He was a unique talent who created a truly unusual style, decades ahead of its time.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
We live in sucession, in division, in part, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty; to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose whole beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson