Posts Tagged ‘art’

Emily in Cocoa

January 19th, 2012

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The second in my series on food.  Emily is a Chicago model who was up in Madison last October.

 

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I am extremely pleased with how these turned out.  Emily is an outstanding model and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Elena

July 31st, 2011

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Since the begining of the year I’ve been trying to do this series of photos with models covered with various foods.  Flour, cocoa, sugar, and others.

The problem was, I’d have tons of people interested, but after a few messages they’d disappear, stop responding.  Or maybe some would respond, we’d actually set up a shoot, then at the last minute they’d cancel.  Both of these scenario’s happened MANY times.  I was begining to think the series was cursed.  So I stopped looking for a few months.

Then Elena contacted me, and we actually got to set up something and shoot it!  These are the results of that.  Elena is covered with flour in this set.

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Keesh Lorraine

September 16th, 2010

Keesh Lorraine is an amazing model in the Madison area.  You can see some of her other work on her Model Mayhem site.  I first contacted her about working with gold leaf, such as the ones I’ve done with Rebecca.  We ended up going a slightly different direction doing outdoor nudes at Devil’s Lake State Park.  While not the first time I’ve visited the park (many times as a boy scout), it was the first time I’d photographed there.  And I hadn’t been there in quite a few years.

After stopping at the Visitor’s center for a vehicle sticker, we went to the south side of the lake to climb the east bluff.

SONY DSCIn the far left distance you can see the lake, about a third of a mile away.  At this point we’re about 200’ above the lake, though we’d only gone 75’ horizontally.  I’d wanted to go higher, but, um, I’m not in that good a shape.  So we stopped here and got quite a few pictures.

SONY DSC  As you can see we’re above the tops of most of the trees.  The colors of the rocks, and the lichen really match well with her skin.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC This next pictures is my favorite.  The diagonals of the rocks, the matching angles of her arms and legs, the straining of her muscles.

SONY DSC On the way back down, we took a little side trail, and found a boulder field much closer to the ground.

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More Rebecca in Gold…with a Sunflower!

September 16th, 2010

Yeah, it’s been more than a few days since my last post of Rebecca.  But better late than never.

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Who should you compare yourself too?

March 27th, 2009

Lin over at Fluffytek said in her latest blog:

On photography blogs, certain standards are inherent. The pressure to be as good as your peers is intense.

It reminded me of something I’ve been thinking about for the last few days.

On Monday I dropped off the three framed pictures at Cafe Montemarte.  (see my previous post)  The woman in charge was surprised that I’d never shown any of my work before, she really liked it.  It got me thinking about why I didn’t think about it in the same way.  I decided it was because I compare my work to others that I see most often.  Because I regularly read the blogs listed in my blogroll, and see a lot of excellent work on Model Mayhem, I compare myself to them.  These are some of the best photographers in the world.  On the one hand it’s good to compare myself to them, it makes me want to emulate the high quality that I see in their work, makes my work better.  On the other hand it does make me think that my work is inferior.  I like the work I’ve done and am proud of it, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s up to the same level.

Thinking about this is the first time that I could empathize with women who say that beauty magazines give them lower self esteem.  Prior to this I thought “how could a magazine do that?”.  Now I kind of get it.  There is a difference in that I have greater control over the outcome.  I can learn and change what I’m doing to improve my work, where as a woman is limited in how much she can change herself.  Yes, she can wear make up, dye her hair, even go to the extreme and get plastic surgery, but that can only change so much.  She’s not going to get any taller, you can only get so thin, and every day you get older.

Getting back to photography, I now realize I am better than the vast majority of people on this planet.  I’m not bragging, I just am.  Even when comparing “people who take pictures” I’m better than average.  I guess I’m just saying be more aware of why you do things.

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Now I am an artist

March 21st, 2009

So for the last few weeks I’ve been seeing a post on Craigslist about an art show at Cafe Montemarte.  The theme is  7 Deadly Sins.  So first I looked up what the seven sins actually were, and then tried to find some of my photos that illustrated them.  I didn’t think that any of my work would actually be chosen, but it didn’t take me long and it was fun looking through some of my older work.  I submitted five images, and three were chosen.  You can see them below and at the show starting Monday March 23rd.

"Wrath"  Allison in Mike's basement.

“Wrath” Allison in Mike’s basement.

"Greed"  My nephew Leo

“Greed”

 

"Lust" Tamara on my coffee table

“Lust” Tamara on my coffee table

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Tamara

March 14th, 2009

So, in November I put a casting call out for a lingerie shoot.  I’ve written about it below in the post about Nicollette, how I want to put a photo up on the first wall you see when you enter my apartment.  Tamara said she’d do it on the first day I put up my casting.  We set up our first shoot for two weeks later.  Then something came up so we rescheduled until after her finals.  That day rolls around, huge snowstorm.  Buses and cabs are all running late, and she had a flight to catch.  Now she’s out of the country for a month so we don’t talk again till January.  She has a lot of stuff to do with the semester starting so we set something up for February 6th.  Of course then she finds out that her Professor wants her in the lab that day.  We reschedule again for the 15th.  Of course I didn’t look at the calendar right and I already had someone scheduled for the 15th. So we push it back again and finally on February 21st we get to take some pictures.

I think they turned out great.  Well worth the wait.  The shoot didn’t go exactly as I expected.  I never asked, and wasn’t planning on doing any nudes.  But we did some, and of the final images below more than half have some nudity.  It was really hard to pick which pictures I would edit.  There were so many good ones.  Tamara has a lot of poses.  Normally I only have to go through a photo set twice.  The first to take out the bad pictures, not focused, blinking, bad lighting, etc.  And the second to choose which photos I want to edit.  Usually on a second pass I can narrow a set down to thirty to forty pictures.  On this set I had over ninety my second time through.  I had to do a third culling to get it down to the final 31, which doubled when converted to black and white.

This is the type of shot I envisioned when setting up this shoot.

This is the type of shot I envisioned when setting up this shoot.

I think this one is very Pin-up.

I think this one is very Pin-up.

I think this shows just enough

I think this shows just enough

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Nicollette and art

March 3rd, 2009

Since November I’ve been looking to shoot some pictures for a specific wall in my condo.  When you walk up the stairs you see across my condo right at a large blank wall.  I want to put a big black and white photo there.  Something sexy dark and shadowy.  I’ve contacted quite a few models, but Nicollette was the first to come over and shoot for it.  The three pictures below are my favorite, you can see more in the gallery below, just click on the pic.

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