Saturday, July 30, 2016


The tight cropping really makes this one— as if she's boxed in and trying to escape the imaginary boundaries of the photograph...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I've been doing different versions of this shot for as long as I've been shooting, which is about 25 years now. It usually does not work, as hands on the face photographs typically look either stiff, forced or fake. Often, they're absolutely painful to look at. I always think of the hand on the face scene in Napoleon Dynamite! What makes it work are the hands and their owner- the combination of photogenic hands and someone who knows how to bring them to life. Hands can be just as expressive as facial expressions. Hell, they can be even more so- think how much sign language can convey. Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar, maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry. They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and mold the world around us. No other species has appendages with such a remarkable range of capabilities. And yet, so some weird reason regarding photography not liking hands on faces, I can count on one hand how many people out of everyone that I've photographed have amazed me with their hands in an image...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Jade Vixen

Confession: the single biggest influence on my lighting style is George Hurrell, the Hollywood glamour photographer from the 30's & 40's (although he worked until he died in the 90's). George Hurrell never did nudes, though, let alone anything explicit or erotic. Sensual, yes— but definitely not sexual. Everything else about my work tends to differ from his as well. Well, except occasionally, when it doesn't. The image below (as well as some others that I've done of Jade Vixen) is a homage to Hurrell's images of Anna May Wong. There is a little nipple slip in one of his prints that I've seen, but that is about as close as he ever came to showing nudity— and I doubt that it ever made its way into publicity shots.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tanya Dakin

This is from a 5-minute shoot with Tanya Dakin— short but sweet is sometimes better...

Monday, July 18, 2016


Early on, one of my biggest influences was Man Ray, among some other early 20th century masters. I've got away from directly emulating this photographer or another. Years of pouring over photography books, though, have left indelible memories that get spit back out every now and then— whether consciously or unconsciously. This one definitely seems to remind me of Man Ray. That is not necessarily such a bad thing...

Friday, July 15, 2016


It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.  ~David Bailey

Monday, July 4, 2016


Yeah, another Meira. Hell, why not? There are lots more from where this came from...