Tag Archives: Black and white photography

Looking For The Unexpected

Model: Manzanita

Late photographer/artist Robert Mapplethorpe was once quoted as saying “I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.”

Model: Mischief Vixen

Model: Alex

These words have resonated with me for some time, and have been a driving motivation when working with art nude models.

Model: Diane

Model: Stilt

I like to challenge all involved in a particular project to strive for this creative innovation.

Model: Anya

Model: Brooke Lynne

Sometimes this means going beyond what was originally planned, and allowing the imagination to move a shoot in other directions.

Models: Orixx, Spilt Sugar, Unbearable Lightness

One might say that the final image was a result of a creative accident, but I like to think of it as pushing ourselves to go further until the desired result is finally realized.

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Hanging On A Ledge

Model: Breanna Marie, 2015

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Inspired by Simplicity

Sometimes the simplest set-up can result in dramatic results.  I feel that has been achieved here with beautiful figure model (Anonymous).  The idea was to backlight the model in soft light with just a reflector from the front for subtle fill.  This way, I could maintain the desired amount of contrast to accentuate the lines created by Ms. Juliana.

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A Study In Curves

I find it interesting how the esthetic qualities of curves seems to have universal appeal.  From classic sculpture to modern architecture, curves have been used in art throughout history.  I often wonder why we are attracted to the fluid energy of smooth shapes found in curves.  Perhaps it is a reminder of our own organic roots.  Nevertheless, I truly enjoy the discovery of what shapes can be formed while working art models.

Model: SBass, 2011

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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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Zack

I don’t get the opportunity to work with the male subject very often, but I certainly enjoy the challenge.  The following are some images from my second project with model Zack.  He resides in Arizona, but has ties to the Ann Arbor Area.  On one of his trips to Michigan, he contacted me for another photo session.  He brought a friend with him who was interested in joining the shoot for a few images as well.  I was happy to oblige, and I really like the results.

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Liz Ashley

A few images from my recent shoot with Houston based model Liz Ashley:

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She was traveling in my area last April to shoot a pin-up project with some  vintage aircraft.

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I was happy that we could arrange some time during her visit to do a shoot together.

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Liz is primarily a classic glamour model, but she is equally talented when shooting art nudes.  It is the latter that I wanted to explore with her.

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Never having worked with her before, it was difficult to predict how she would do with what I had planned.

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A few of my ideas would require strength, flexibility, grace and even getting wet!

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Liz took to each concept with creativity and enthusiasm, making our time together a real pleasure.

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There is no doubt that Liz is in good shape, but I was really impressed by her incredible strength and sense of balance.

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This made it easy to expand upon some basic ideas beyond what I had hoped for, resulting in some very successful images.

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In all, it was a fun project and Liz did a great job.  My only regret is that we didn’t have more time together.

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Perhaps our paths will cross again one day!

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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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Waiting For New Life

On my commute to and from work, I drive past this sad little plot of land.
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It can’t be any more than a couple of acres, but I always notice the abandoned structures just rotting away.
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The structures seem to collapse a little more each day and become less recognizable as a once vibrant and useful property.
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Soon, I imagine that nature will reclaim this land as it’s own.
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I often wonder what this place was like during it’s prime.
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Who owned this land, and how was it used?  Why was it abandoned and what became of the owners?
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Spring is just around the corner and soon this land will be overtaken by a field of tall grasses, flowers and wildlife.  This atmosphere of renewal will be a welcome reflection of better things to come for this land.
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Meanwhile, I wanted to spend some time capturing this land at perhaps it’s darkest hour.  I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, thinking that some day I will not remember what it was like.  As with the natural consequence of suburbia, I imagine there will be a gas station or convenience store there before I know it.
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At least now my memories will not fade.
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