NYC Work

I’ve been working on a special project these last few days. Can’t tell you about it yet as it’s in the works, but as soon as it’s ready to start you will be in the know. I can tell you that I am very excited about it.

Michael Vasquez Art ©

Now to my blog and my New York work, “Jane Doe” accepted my invitation to work with me. As we had never worked together we started working slow and easy. Then she put on that gorgeous necklaces, I suggested that it would look so cool topless. I though that had broken the ice, I suggested nude. We’d been working with her nude for about 10 minutes, and she let out a groan…, “I told myself no more nudes, and here I am” she said. But we’re getting some really pretty stuff I said, and showed her some of the Polaroids I’d shot. We worked for about half an hour more, can’t remember if we had wine, but I walked her to the corner where she got a cab for home. All was well I figured.

Michael Vasquez Art ©

A few days later after I had film back, I called her and tried to setup a meeting. She was really bummed that she’d gotten nude, no amount of telling her what lovely stuff we had gotten. I could change her mind, she didn’t want to see what we had done. If any of you can remember Patty Hearst back in the 80’s, there is the Stockholm syndrome where a captive begins to relate to their captors. Call it buyer remorse, I’ve had a few women who enjoyed the shoot, but after when their loved ones hear about what we/they did express remorse. And remember I have high ethical standards…, I have never taken advantage of my models. But were do you draw that line of being complementary about the pose, or how they look. I feel that I must be supportive in the work I do, and that they willing do with me.

I share the work now as an example of my lighting skills I once had. I share this work of mine because I think it is a lovely example of a healthy young woman in her prime of life. It is not for sale at any price. I was practicing the lighting skills I had learned from other photographers, in the studio of a master of lighting. My time in NYC was well spent aside from my lifestyle. I learned from so of the best the craft of photography and lighting. It served me well the learning I did, the craftsmanship I was able to practice. But with all skills are learned, those skills must be practiced and perfected. After my stroke those skills had to take a backseat to learning to live life as I had. Its been a long and bumpy road, one filled with small success that build into larger ones.

Michael Vasquez Art ©

Life does have a way of changing the building blocks of that life. No always seen as a success, but building into one long term. Remember that life is what happens to you while you are planning for your future!

Michael Vasquez Art ©

End…, and a Beginning

Well that time has come, I realized long ago that I no longer had a business as a commercial events guy. Now I am getting rid of thousands of slide that are no longer relevant. A sad drawn out affair, punching holes in work that I am very proud of. A testament to my lighting skill, the ability to capture a look or mood. Of hours spent try to capture those images, the setup time I had to invest, and tear down mode while starting to decompress from the stress of the shoot. Of the hours on the prowl for those spontaneous captures of relaxed guess enjoying the evening.

Once while I was scouting by the bar looking for my next shot, a guest remarked that I looked like was hunting. Yeah I replied, next to the feed trough, and the watering hole…, they all must come here. He looked sort of puzzled, then saw what I saw, the banquet table, and the bar. I’d spot a prey, and follow them back to the main herd where I was sure to get a good shot. Or the young teens I asked to take their photo, I got them all lineup, safety shot. Then I told them they looked like a bunch of granny’s posing…, that got them. As one they dropped into a Charlies Angels pose with finger-guns drawn.

For me it is the end of an era. Little time to look back at the fun I had, the people I played with. I’ll save that for the very last part of life when I no longer get to shoot. I turn to the arts, the erotic arts…, I am finally connecting to the right model’s. Women in their forties (40’s), women who have lived life with few, if any regrets. Coming in to work with me, to capture their personalities, and beauty. Not to say I will not work with younger models, but they do not interest me as much. I value those who are approaching forties (40’s), their special vulnerability that is part of their charm. Of that special character they have locked behind their eyes.

It is said that “the eyes are the window of the soul”. My wish is for them to open that window so I can reveal the enchanting creature I have glimpsed in that moment.

Latina Angel

She was one of those “kids” that are at risk, newly eighteen, already trying out the sex trade.  I saw her portfolio which featured tight shot of her pubic region.  I knew I could do a much better job, and maybe show her photographs as art.  She came to the studio, and changed into a really cute short bathrobe.  She sat there, smoking a mile a minute, a haze of blue surrounded her head.  For what seemed like 5 minutes, she when on about what questions she would answer, and never ask personal questions.  She sat there, tight as a spring, and asked, “any questions?”  Yeah, I asked “do you get “nekked”?  She threw off the bathrobe, preening, she turn to me like “feast your eyes on this”!  I studied her saying, “naw, let’s get you in a dress”!

She burst out laughing, and we were friends.  That is an important skill I have, knowing what to say in the moment.  Respecting my models, and having fun at the same time.  And not backing down when they test the limits.