Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nicole

A rather old film shot from 1995. I was just finishing up with my Pictorialism phase, and starting to do some very genuine portraiture that looked like it came from about the same era. I've never stopped doing this kind of portraiture, but this is perhaps my first successful one, and still an all time favorite that I tend to rate all others against. It's kind of like Steve McCurry's Afghan Girl from National Geographic– a great early image that I'm always unsuccessfully trying to top.









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, of whom the signed print below is. That little nipple slip is about as close as he ever came to showing nudity, and I doubt that it ever made it's 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

Emily

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

Donna

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










Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jade Vixen

Close your eyes and try to think of a photograph that you can remember. What is it? Something that you remember from long ago, or something very recent? Something that you saw online, or something from a magazine or book? Currently, we are bombarded with visual images. The potential for any one image being particularly memorable is being diluted with everything else. I bet that when you closed your eyes, your mind didn’t jump to one, single photograph but leaped between many different images, bits of each colliding into the other. Our minds move so quickly through an endless mental back catalog of imagery that it can be hard to focus on any one thing for more than a split second. Where we once just saw photographs in magazines and books and snapshots (perhaps a gallery), we now see them constantly on the internet. For photographers, this is a blessing and a curse. More people than ever can see our work— but unless it's absolutely iconic, it probably is not being remembered all that well. It is more important than it ever was to have a certain look to your work, for it is more likely that your general body of work is being remembered, rather than a few select images. Perhaps one image, again, but only if it is something that really stands out. This is quite sobering. I've always thought that is important that one creates their art more for themselves than for others to see— for since it has always been a difficult endeavor to remain relevant, it seems harder than ever in a culture that overwhelms us with optical stimuli.







Monday, July 4, 2016

Meira

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







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....