Archive for April, 2009

Angela and Jeff

April 16th, 2009

I shot Angela back in February.  She wanted some pictures with her boyfriend Jeff so last month we went downtown and did some shots.

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What makes a good teacher?

April 16th, 2009

When I lost my job earlier this year I thought about going back to school to become a teacher.  I don’t have any formal education training, but anytime I did any teaching or training at work I enjoyed it.  And I’ve had a few people comment over the years that I’m pretty good at it.

I like to shoot nudes.  I even have some nude self portraits on my blog.  I don’t want to stop shooting or stop sharing in order to get a job.  And I don’t want to get a job, then be fired because somebody sees my work.  So I’m not pursuing being a teacher.

It doesn’t bother me that a choice of one thing prevents me from choosing another.  There are thousands of decisions that I make that are that way.  As an example, I purchased my Condo last year.  While it does offer tax advantages and the ability to remodel how I like, I am prevented from moving as easily as someone who lives in an apartment.

What bothers me is that the Church Ladies think that nudity  has to do with teaching ability.  That people are being prevented from pursuing or performing a much needed job that they are otherwise qualified for.  As much as 1/3rd of our current teachers could retire in the next 4 years, and our society is putting up artificial barriers.

And what about the people who do follow the Church Lady rules?  Are they really the types of people we want as teachers?  Just like in my experience people who pose nude share the traits of confidence, intelligence, creativity and a willingness to try new things.  What characteristics do the teachers who are willing to follow the demands of the Church Ladies show?

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Death

April 2nd, 2009

So two weeks ago I was thinking about death a lot.  I don’t really know why.  I wasn’t thinking about my death, or any death really, just kind of death was in my head.

It started with and episode of COPS.  I don’t remember what it was about but it got me thinking about handcuffs.  So I got the pair I have out of my prop bin, and just started playing with them while I watched the rest of the episode.  If I could go off topic for a moment the cuffs I have are not “official”, but they are heavy duty stainless steel, double locking, with a key that’s remarkably similar to a real key.

Now the handcuffs got me thinking about serial killers. Somebody tied up, blood, knives, nakedness.  I think it’d be something fun to photograph.  I don’t have anything specific, concrete planned, but you may be seeing some pictures in the future.

Then I went to bed, next day I needed to go out.  I still had the same general feeling as the previous night.  It was nice outside so I thought I would head downtown, no particular destination in mind.  On the way I passed Forest Hill Cemetery.  I decided to go in.

I’ve been to Forest Hill before.  It’s a very interesting place, with a lot of history.  There’s even an Effigy Mound, so this particular piece of land has been used as a burial ground for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

So to recap —>COPS–>handcuffs–>serial killers–>cemetery.  I’ve had an idea for a while to do some back lighting of these particular tombstones.  These markers are in the part of the cemetery reserved for veterans, most of them served in WWII but I did see a few from earlier wars as well.  The back lighting idea really didn’t work this time but the image below did.

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