Category Archives: Dance

Living In A Bubble

This image is from a 2009 series with Chicago based model Claudine.  I really enjoy exploring model’s interactions with various shapes.  The fluidity of Claudine’s posing worked so well with this unusual prop.

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Revisiting Projects From The Past

I find it interesting how time can affect ones perspective.  Be it due to life experiences or simply a change in attitude, one’s perception of something can change considerably.  An example of this for me is how my tastes in music continues to change.  I might start listening to an artist or style that at one time I found unappealing, then suddenly I have a real appreciation for it.

On the eve of working with a model that I have not seen or worked with in six years, I decided to revisit our old projects to gain new perspective on what we have done.  The idea was to choose images that I originally nixed from the final edit and look at them with a fresh set of eyes.  I was pleasantly surprised on the number of new images that I could really appreciate.  I ask myself; “How could I have overlooked this one?”  I guess time has a funny way of altering ones vision.  Some of these newly discovered images are nearly 8 years old.  Strangely, there’s an excitement to working with them today as if they were recently captured.

The model is Alex, a wonderfully talented and lovely young woman.  After a much too long hiatus, we have plans to create new art at the end of the month.  I look forward to seeing how we both have evolved and what may come of our collaboration.

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Rain Set; Behind The Scenes

One of my favorite set designs has been the “Rain Set”.  It is a rather simple set up, but it has yielded some dramatic images. DSC_9377

To work with water, I had to move out of my studio into the garage.  There, I assembled a 10 foot high canopy made of PVC pipe on which a soaker hose was wrapped around the top.  To keep the water from spraying in all directions, I placed a plastic tarp over the top.  This helped confine the water spray into a mostly downward direction. DSC_0550

For the model’s comfort, I attached the soaker hose to a warm water source from inside the house (much better than the cold water spigot from outside!). DSC_9409b

The rest of the set consisted of a black background and floor.  In some cases, I used a shallow pool on the ground to capture the falling water and create interesting ripples.  This was constructed from wood planks and lined with plastic tarp material (as seen in the photograph below). DSC_0961

For lighting, the key sources were mono-lights fitted with barn doors off to each side and slightly behind the wall of “rain”, One soft box was placed in front of the model at about a 45 degree angle to act as fill light.  In some cases (although not shown in the image)  I placed a portable flash directly behind the model.  This produced the most dramatic lighting of the water droplets and created a halo around the model. DSC_9365

Of course when working with water, my biggest concern is safety.  I made sure there was no way for the lights to accidently tip over or even get near the water.  To ensure this, I had each mono-light on sturdy tripods and reinforced with heavy sawhorses to act as blockades.  These were positioned far from any source of water. DSC_0584

The final element of course is the participation of the model!  My primary thought was to use models with a background in dance and ask them to move, leap and play as dramatically and gracefully as possible.  Without these skilled models, the results would not have been as successful.  Thanks to models Marlo, Kate and Heidi for all your efforts!

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A. Marie

Internationally published cover model A. Marie is a stunning example of classic beauty.

I first noticed her work in a 2008 issue of the art magazine “Carrie Leigh’s NUDE-The Art Of Women”.  She graced the cover and had several pages dedicated to her work with accomplished photographer and publisher Carrie Leigh.

While viewing her work, I was struck at how timeless her look was, ideal for what I like to create.

When I learned that she had moved from New York back to her hometown in Michigan, I knew I had to contact her for a project.  Alicia liked the concepts I had proposed, and she was happy to schedule a shoot.

With the help of talented hair and makeup artist Kelly Decoste, the project really came to life.  The results were amazing to me, just what I had envisioned!

A. Marie’s background as a classically trained dancer (15 years in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance) was just another facet to our creative options.

I feel she brought so much to the shoot, beyond her beauty, that really made it a success.

A. Marie’s accomplishments as a print, runway and cover model are well noted, and for good reason.

It is her work as an artist’s model however, where I really feel inspired.

My hope is that perhaps one day, our visions will come together once again for another amazing project.

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