I have a room in my house that has been largely empty since my daughter moved out over a year ago. I walked by it one day and noticed beautiful natural light streaming into the room. It was only then that it occurred to me that there were photographs in that room that had not yet been discovered. There are opportunities all around us that we don’t always see immediately and in some cases never see. I work extremely hard at being aware and seeing as much as I can but it took a year for me to see this one. At the time of this post I’ve collaborated with two models, Erica Jane and VDB Nudes on the Empty Room project and have to say that I’m really enjoying it.
A number of years ago I studied with Cig Harvey and she offered this quote; “Pictures make pictures” and it stuck with me. An example of this is that a second project was born out of the Empty Room effort. This one I’ve titled it Something New.
I’ll continue work on both projects in the coming months.
It seems that male figure models are in the minority which is sad because the male form is as beautiful as the female. It’s about the human form and I would encourage figure photographers to spend some time shooting the male nude. Model credit: Vinny
The room was, is and will be……….. more to come for this project.
Model: Erica Jane
This TED talk is definitely worth a look.
I’m always looking for things like this, things that go beyond the norm and taking ordinary things and technologies and transforming them into something fascinating.
2013 has been an incredible year full of new friends, experiences and images. As I look back through all of the images from this past year an indelible smile creases my face. I’ve had the good fortune to teach a few workshops and make some new friends. Both the models and photographers who participate in the workshops give me more than they know. I draw tremendous reward and satisfaction watching people develop their photographic voice and get excited and passionate about it. I owe all of them a debt of gratitude that I’ll never be able to repay.
One of the real highlights of the year was the Bonsai shootout in January. Four photographers and four models joined forces for what was nothing short of an amazingly creative day filled with food, fun, photography and great people.
The roughest time of this past year was loosing a great friend in July. I’m unable to hold back the tears when I think of Joe Burke and the wonderful times we had together. Joe’s passion for photography was second to none and there was nothing he would not do to help a friend. We all miss you Joe.
In October I traveled to Nevada and California to experience the landscapes of Death Valley and The Alabama Hills. Combining my passion for figure photography with these breathtaking landscapes was an experience I’ll never forget. The images are great but it’s the people that made this a memorable week; Mike, Marc, Scott, Melissa and Evie.
A celebration of beauty, emotion and the human form. We worked through a few different sets with these being a few of my favorites. This beautiful model is Rebecca Elisabeth.
Lots of fun shooting this series in Nelson, NV back in October. Wardrobe and modeling by Evie V.
As an artist I’m always searching for new and different ways to express myself and make what I feel are strong images that engage the viewer hopefully allowing them to discover some meaning or feeling. The type of work in this post is something that I’ve been contemplating for some time now so when Erica Jay was in town we went into the studio to see what we could accomplish. It’s a very different approach in my image making but one that I find myself fascinated with and extremely excited to continue. I have all sorts of concepts and ideas floating around in my head.
Last month I joined a few friends for a trip to Death Valley and Alabama Hills. Most of you have heard of Death Valley but probably not heard of Alabama Hills. Alabama Hills are foothills to the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains in a little town called Lone Pine, CA. The Alabama Hills are very other worldly and there have been countless movies shot there. The landscapes in both locations are simply breathtaking with endless photographic possibilities. To say that I experienced visual stimulation overload is an understatement. Four photographers and two outstanding models set out for a week of image making. Props to our two models Evie and Melissa, they were both fantastic. The images in the first gallery were all shot in Death Valley and the second in the Alabama Hills.