Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Meira

If someone considers my work to be porn, although I don't think it is, at least I'd like it to be considered porn with a certain amount of gravitas...





Sunday, June 26, 2016

Donna

"One is not really a photographer until the preoccupation with learning has been outgrown and the camera in his hands is an extension of himself. This is when the creativity begins..."  ~ Carl Mydans






Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nicole

When was the last time you went back to look at a photograph a second time after coming across one you enjoyed? Perhaps more importantly, why did you come back to it? If you click a like button do you do it because you want to see the photo again or just because it lets the photographer know you exist and appreciate their work? I have to admit that during any given day I am likely to come across around at least a dozen, if not a hundred images that I stop for no more than a single second to appreciate. 3-4 seconds would be a relatively long time. I have seen so many photos at this point (we all have) that I can quickly read into them and it is rare that I find an image that holds my attention for very long. Unfortunately, so many photos that are seemingly delightful on the surface, turn out to be only superficially nice upon closer inspection. When I do find something that definitely catches my attention, I am often likely to study it for a few minutes, if not longer. If I find myself that interested, I'll typically save it to a special picture folder where I can come back to it again. As a viewer, the next time you choose to give a nod of approval, take an extra few seconds to sort out exactly why it is that you like the photo so much. It only takes a moment and getting into the habit will lead you to become more self-aware of what you are really looking at every day.

This is a rather old film shot of mine, still a favorite, from the mid-1990's.












Monday, June 20, 2016

Heff

"Wearing nothing is divine, naked is a state of mind..."  ~ Luscious Jackson










Thursday, June 9, 2016

Genevieve

Is Photography over? No way. Without question, the 21st Century will be a photographic century. While the traditional film photography phase might be over as far as progression is concerned (although it will never die)– in its new form, it has barely gotten going. We haven’t seen anything yet....










Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sara

Über sad-faced Sara. You may have noticed that there are not many smiles in the work presented here. For better or for worse, smiling is a coping strategy. To me, you perhaps get closer to the soul of a person when they stop smiling.




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Meira

I like the movement and vitality of this one. I typically try to stay away from spread leg shots, as they tend to be a little too porn-tastic. This seems to transcend that a little bit.




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ajaye

"Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It's the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style."  ~Chuck Close






Monday, May 16, 2016

Jezz

Full disclosure: I’ve always been a cropper. Having started with film and spending years developing black and white photos, cropping in the darkroom always felt natural. To me, it also felt necessary to accomplish what I wanted to. This despite being vehemently told otherwise by others– they said that cropping was a cop-out for not being able to get it right in the camera, and it was a form of lying. Of course, that's B.S. All photographs are lies, all photographs are crops. A definition of a photograph is to add edges to the world which has no edges. But, none the less, I had guilt about cropping. I realize now that a “perfect” rectangle or square— pulled back so you see the edges of the negative in the exposed print (to “prove” you haven’t cropped) is simply a parlor trick. Over time I've seen the work of many photographers who don't crop beside the camera– and I  honestly feel that while they may sometimes get an image that looks pure and wonderful, usually their compositions in the majority of their work are kind of (if not very much so) seriously lacking. So, yeah, I crop. Not always, sometimes just a little, and sometimes a lot. Sue me. All these years later, I look back with no regrets about it.