Blue Period

I love this image because of the white breast in the midst of all the colours. From the personal collection of mine, with the model consent and approval. The model isn’t all that pleased with the size of her breasts, though I maintain that the size isn’t important. She has no body fat what so ever, she is very lean, active to say the least. I also think she has bought into the idea that she is somehow a lesser woman, because she doesn’t have large American breast. I love shooting her, long and lanky, athletic and fit. We began our journey in nude photography some years ago, she has a special place in my view of women. To me the size of her breast is unimportant. That her heart is in the right place is all that matter to me.

Starfall

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Taken at the King William Fair in San Antonio, Tx in around 1995.  Traditional film and processing of high speed film, shot on the street with no special lighting.  I love this shot in the series on the fair and the colorful events.  Stay tuned!

My story:

Each little star is nurtured and protected on the vine-like colored coils of light.  As they mature, and grow a ribbon slowly descend and guide each individual star as its launched into space, the ribbon snaps back, the ribbon curls…., slowly  over time the ribbons unfurl, their tension is dissipated…, they flutter in the space breeze looking for their own individual star somewhere out there shooting across the sky.

Blue

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Second in my trifecta of images and my sense of play.  The first part of the game is to get a model who is on the same basic page that you are.  The second is to turn that creative energy loose and give magic a chance to happen.  Third in my trifecta of play is just that, play to your hearts content.  Unlike most game of chance, odd favor the players, and the magic just might strike.

Then you have to give the work some time to age, and settle…,  revisit those old images, see what treasures you may have missed the first time.  Its like making love with an old trusted friend, you both have been down this road before.  What your there for is to rekindle the magic and see what part of the forest you end up this time.

North Country

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We worked in the same hospital, she a nurse, me a lowly floor-cleaner.  Always the friendly sort, we made friend’s, and she agreed to pose for me.  Took her far north of Toronto, to an abandoned cement plant.  Beautiful sunny day, but in the bunker like interior it was cool.  We shot several rolls of film, and both my cameras needed reloading.  As I grabbed my camera to reload, it was so cold I almost dropped it.  I looked at her body, and it was all goose-pimply,we went outside to enjoy the sun, and that was it for the day.  Shot about late 1970’s.

Day is Done

Man Against the Elements

Sometimes while I was in N.Y.C., I’d take the subway down to the WTC, down to the marina I’d go.  Often just to see the sunset as it reflected on the fabulous windows of New York.  That gave me ideas for how to capture the sunset like I wanted, and not at all like the commercial boys and girls.  I use real film, high-speed film with lots of grain, and lots of atmosphere if you knew how to expose it correctly.  Day is Done, surviving in the face of adversity no matter which side it shows.

Young\Old

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You know sometimes you meet an old soul trapped for now in a young body, and you must help them.  Came into my world with a portfolio of shots of her crotch, and an attitude.  Just 18 and living life in the fast lane, working at a strip club.  Over time I really wanted to help this girl to see there was another path that was better for her.  Now 30 with a husband and a sweet young girl of her own, life is made.  She says next time she is down she’ll get in front of my camera again.

When Things Go Amiss

When it comes to photography my  models are friends I look out for, especially the young ones.  I try to treat them right,  try to make sure that any images we do don’t come back to haunt them years later.  I try my best not to be paternalistic, but remembering too these are young women who haven’t fully formed yet.   A not so surprising number of models have flirted with pornography for quick, easy cash and most say they are getting paid to do something that their already doing anyway.  Typical thinking for us all as we age to realize just what the impact maybe down the not too distant road.  Some of these young models have portfolios that are filled with some trashy stuff or shots of there pubes for no other reason than they were getting something to drink maybe cash   So I feel a certain responsibility is part of my job and part of my concern as being a fully formed adult long as I don’t get too out of line. Don’t get me wrong, I looked at porn all those shots of pubes and what not,  feels like all of my life and I am not a prude, but now knowing something about the girls involved in the business of porn I feel a little different.  Even the pro’s can suffer at the hands and lens of an unscrupulous person who gets well paid for a lot longer than the girls do.  And it’s the girls who suffer for a longer time because they trusted someone.

So far I’ve had only one dissenting  model out of a number of young women I’ve worked with over the years. This model got really upset with me  pointing out that she had a dad already and to this day hasn’t forgiven me.  I’d hate to see what she really would say if I were to cross her or if she started in on one of my many faults.  I can live with this and still send her an email letting her know where her image is being posted now.  I really feel that is the right thing to do, no name or contact information ever for all my models.  I know I’d hate to be judged by some lark I did when I was in my teens or early twenty’s.  Or letting an older nice guy take some creative license with me as he hadn’t been inappropriate in any way.

My models have responsible jobs now or are mothers, any number of things are beyond our control now, I feel we as mature photographers we have a duty to these models of ours to do the right thing by them.  I will admit that I forget and sometimes post to my pages without thinking first that someone may see the images before the model does.  What for me is a fine example of my creativity and artistry my not look the same to her boss or dad or husband.  Just because I have a release for her image doesn’t mean I can post it anywhere I feel like.  Too cautious, I don’t think so…, after all these girls who trust me with their image aren’t the same women today who have different lives than they’ve ever imagined.  Even with the pro’s who I’ve worked with I like to give them a word on where the images are so they can check.  So far I’ve had no problems or been asked to take down a image.  Even that model who ignores my emails is secretly relieved that I haven’t exposed her to the net’s insatiable eye for nude female figures and names.

So remember when working with a young woman/man that they may agree to try to work with you to create your vision, but you owe them something in return.  This world we live in now can be a very unforgiving place for anyone who trusts.