Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jade Vixen

$20 IKEA rug paired with very expensive 1940's vintage lingerie.






Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ajaye

"Blinding ignorance does mislead us. Wretched mortals, open your eyes!"  ~Leonardo da Vinci







Saturday, April 27, 2019

Meira & Mara

This is an older shot that I've re-worked from scratch. There were some details that I think I overworked, and some details that I added which I now think were unnecessary. Sometimes it takes me a few years to realize that I didn't get it right the first time. Actually, it often takes me a few years to realize mistakes, and I rarely get it right the first time.





Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ellen

This is a shameless homage to Edward Weston's Pepper #30, which has long been one of my favorite inspirations.






Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Natalie

Film had/has this thing called grain, and back in the day some photographers hated it— but accepted it, if not embraced it. I, in fact, used either a film that had little visible grain or went with the opposite— employing & loving something with a serious grain (I would actually amplify it in the darkroom). Film has always had imperfections that are easy to embrace. Since the beginning of digital, noise has sort of been the equivalent of film's grain, but almost no one has embraced— mostly because it lacks the inherent charm of film grain. The holy grail has been pristine quality, despite the fact that quality like that has never been necessary for artistic ambitions— commercial ambition, yes, but not necessarily creative ones. Ironically, we’re starting to get to a place in digital photography where we’re becoming less obsessed with megapixels and more fascinated with “look.” Camera sensors from different companies each reproduce subjects in a unique way, and to many photographers, that’s starting to matter more than how many pixels are crammed into their cameras.






Friday, April 19, 2019

Ajaye

I love photographic prints; I love viewing them; I love making them and I love sharing them. There are certain qualities to a great print that simply cannot be accomplished when the image is viewed on an electronic display (and sometimes vice versa, I should add— color images can greatly benefit from the glow of a screen). It’s well known that photographers have been printing less and less over the years. Part of it is because they don’t need to, and instead, distribute images online through communities. This is inherently built into the current crop of younger photographers coming up these days. They understand Polaroids, but they don’t understand prints. They don't understand the point. Of course, not all are of this mentality— but I have definitely noticed that many are. It used to be that prints were the ultimate end process for a photographer. It seems odd that, in an age when the technology to make superb prints in one’s own home or studio is within reach of almost any photographer, so many choose not to. It's so weird to me. Objective qualities aside, it should also be mentioned that the satisfaction of seeing your own print materialize in a development tray or rolling off a printer exactly as you intended it to look, is among the most satisfying experiences that a creative photographer may have. Here is a tangible thing made by you, encapsulating your vision, emotion, and skill; something to present to others with pride and with the knowledge that it is unique and touchable... to keep for the rest of your life, and even (perhaps most importantly) pass on to a future generation.





Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Emily

This is a serious re-cropping, as well as a re-working, of an image that I posted a couple of years ago.






Friday, April 12, 2019

Izzy

These were single shots from the past (and posted as such a few years ago), that I shot consecutively and always meant to treat as a diptych... it just took me about ten years to get around to it.






Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Jezz

"In the beginning, it was all black and white"  ~Maureen O'Hara





Natalie

In real life, we typically have a brief amount of time to see things, then we move on. But photographs aren’t reality, they’re an illusion. So I get closer, and explore, and make up my own story. To really understand something, we need to sit still and get close. Really close.











Saturday, April 6, 2019

Lucy & Nathalia

"I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing
else to learn." ~ Pablo Picasso





Friday, April 5, 2019

Miera

Joel: Wednesday, do you think someday you might want to get married and have kids?
Wednesday Addams: No.
Joel: But what if you met just the right man, who worshiped and adored you, who'd do anything you say, who'd be your devoted slave? Then what would you do?
Wednesday Addams: I'd pity him.