17 Pinup paintings side by side with the photos that inspired them

April 26, 2014

in my youth one of my escapes from reality was drawing. it was something i shared with classmates war planes tanks etc, the Korean war was going on, one of my classmates was really good at characters and created his own comic strip which he shared by slipping it around to his fans.

i liked drawing and art classes, my best class along with writing although i wasn’t a good speller but i had an active imagination which the teachers tried to stifle at every chance they got. so drawing didn’t have these limitations and i was free to try this and that.

as a mopy teenager hanging around the house the one thing my parents did encourage was drawing so i sent in a match book cover ‘Draw Me’ and won. i won a salesman dropping by to congratulate me on my budding talent. i had a scholarship  to this correspondence school if only they signed me up for the course, which they did.

it’s not easy learning to draw that way but i tried and my drawings came back corrected showing how i should have drawn the line. i imagine teaching those courses must have been really depressing but soon the students like me gave up and the school had the money so who cared if another Michealangelo became a truck driver.

when i first came to New York city i lived next to a working painter who sold his work in a small gallery on Broadway. he mentored me to a degree at least he didn’t laugh at my work. i remember him saying my work ‘was too honest.’ but i continued and the work improved but where to store all the finished canvas and i was moving around from apt to apt? so most of them wound up under years of trash in a NJ landfill.

it wasn’t until years later that i moved into photography after establishing a steady income and life. so i am neither officially trained in drawing or photography but i’ve had some classes in both and love both art forms. here is something that came along to me i though would be nice to share.


Gil Elvgren is a painter known for the pin-up images he made in the 1950s. The iconic creations feature impossibly curvy ladies in silly situations, and until now, only the paintings have been seen. Nerve.com has now released the photographs upon which Elvgren based his paintings, and the similarities (and differences!) between them are really fun to see.

Elvgren’s paintings take the photograph as his inspiration, but alter the image to make a cartoonish effect.

Elvgren's paintings take the photograph as his inspiration, but alter the image to make a cartoonish effect.


It’s interesting to see that the way Elvgren alters his models’ bodies is similar to the way that photos are altered now with Photoshop.

It's interesting to see that the way Elvgren alters his models' bodies is similar to the way that photos are altered now with Photoshop.


The bright colors and voluptuous curves combine to make the iconic images that so perfected captured a moment in art.

The bright colors and voluptuous curves combine to make the iconic images that so perfected captured a moment in art.


No matter the decade or the tools available, it’s clear that the media has been making an exaggerated figure to catch your eye.

No matter the decade or the tools available, it's clear that the media has been making an exaggerated figure to catch your eye.


The bizarre scenarios and silly expressions look all the more entertaining when you see them enacted by a real person.

The bizarre scenarios and silly expressions look all the more entertaining when you see them enacted by a real person.


Many of the images Elvgren created were used in advertisements and calendars by the company Brown & Bigelow.

These pin-ups defined an era in art, and seeing the women behind them makes them all the more beautiful.

These pin-ups defined an era in art, and seeing the women behind them makes them all the more beautiful.


Who knew that so many everyday activities could be so conducive to leg-showing?

For more information on Gil Elvgren’s work, check out his website here.  Originally published in Nerve.com


Revelations: Unlocking Diane Arbus’ Composition Techniques

April 8, 2014


this is an interesting read of an interesting photographer, does it explain her life?

Originally posted on optical collimator:

“Child with A Toy Hand Grenade” taken by Diane Arbus. Central Park, NY. 1962.

“Child with A Toy Hand Grenade” © Diane Arbus

As I was sitting in my living room flipping through the pages of Diane Arbus Revelations, I realized that all of her photographs shared the same visual element. Not the perversity or the freakish that my mind continuously sipped at her photos throughout the years. It was the identical arrangement repeated to the same effect in all of her photographs. Most of her subjects were presented almost

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session #2…….. flowers & frustration = creativity

January 15, 2014

ever since i can remember i’ve been trying to find out how things work. i can’t count the toy cap guns and other toys that i couldn’t figure out how to put back together again so they worked. but after reaching my quota of toys to learning ratio i figured out where the original springs, screws and various parts went, BANG i was back in business.

and so it is with the rest of my life. i never became an expert at one thing but more of a ‘Jack Of All Trades’ or in other words an artist. i don’t claim to be a photographer because there are so many other ones out there that know a hell of a lot more than i do.  heck i’ve got to remind myself to take off the lens cap.

i am in awe of real photographers who ply their trade making wonderful pictures, right exposure, timing and location along with a clear vision which i seem to lack.

i am lucky enough to be part of photo salon, a group of heavy duty togs including Howard Schatz,  Jack Reznicki  and Jay Maisel, well i am not really part of, more like an observor of their work. they’ve never asked to see my work so i guess saying i am part of isn’t correct. I sometimes go over to SVA to see the monthly presentations. oh well i learn from them anyways. one of Jay Maisel’s pictures of the Venice canals changed how i looked at things in the world of photography and i told him so. he liked hearing that.

i’ve a portfolio on model mayhem website which is mix of all levels of photographers, models, makeup people, etc. we all need to start somewhere. I don’t do fashion, beauty or comp cards, so why am i there, i’ve asked myself that many times. but as i say i am an artist who takes pictures and why not be there?

there are occasions when i meet someone there who just clicks with me, so that’s enough reason. i am working with an artistic  person, a fellow traveler as it were who clicks. of course she is a designer along with a beginning model so we both have a chance to learn from each other. This weeks assignment we trying to glue flowers on her body, starting with her breasts, something left over from my flower power days which she’s totally ignorant of. ah youth…..

beginning experiment

beginning experiment

What we tried to use to adhere the flowers was eyelash glue to be gentle on her areolar. one yellow one whitish.

cutting the flowers from the stems the leaves fell off the centers and had to be glued each leaf at a time which took her hours.

flower experiment

close up

close up

so now what do we do now that this isn’t working?

retouched image

retouched image

China doll, as i’ve called her here suggested we do some plastic drop cloths shots which we had discussed a while ago. sure why not? but we didn’t have much set up time. i pulled a lowel dp and stand out with a full blue placed it behind a sheet of plastic and around a corner of a hallway  as a back light/key. her tungsten key light consisted of  a mini mri 75w  clear spot coming from the left between sheets with a frost gel. i white balanced camera to tungsten to match her key light. not the idea lighting locations but far enough away from the plastic to not melt it.

dropcloth test

dropcloth test



pretty boring right? So this is where my painting skills come into play. i guess all that money and hours of being a student and teaching assistant at ICP photoshop classes paid off somewhere. i always do something to my images, darken the corners do this or that. heck i did the same in the darkroom though i wasn’t as good at it then.

gold tint

gold tint

white bouquet

white bouquet

and these two we both like, i guess because she is relating to something we all see. i understand it’s so hard modeling and figuring out where to place my hands, eyes or feet. working together as a unit creating on the fly and we are not professional or experienced takes a bit of learning to trust in the process. maybe that’s the creativity part, just relax listen to the inner voices, whatever feels right.

who will buy my lovely flowers?

who will buy my lovely flowers?

 usually the image below would wind up in the trash but thanks to jay maisel it’s a keeper for me




Wet Plate Collodion Photography within Hand Blown Glass

January 8, 2014

Life is so amazing with all kinds of opportunities out there, here is an interesting young artist i found on Creative pro com

Some of the most interesting expressions of creativity can come from the combination of seemingly unrelated art forms. Case in point: a Kickstarter project by San Francisco artist Emma Howell, whose idea is to combine wet plate collodion ambrotypes (think: Matthew Brady Civil War era photography) and glass blowing. Here, the photographic “plates” can actually be bowls. The process and results are unique, beautiful, and just about as far from the throwaway, instant gratification of modern mobile photography as you can get.

Wet plate Collodion Photography within Hand Blown Glass

or to see the history of The Wet Collodion Plate process it self follow the link below.

since her project is fully funded now i am not sure how to be involved other than to keep track of her on the web. maybe one can still contribute to the project helping her along on the creative trail.

that’s all for today back to copying images and backing up files from our Russian trip. ugh or maybe add some images to my web site, haven’t done that in a while. the spiders are wondering jene who?


another direction for the holidays……fashion

December 27, 2013

now for something different, no red suits or semi nude women in santa hats. i know some of you will be disappointed but i haven’t given up my wicked ways completely. just trying what ever selective opportunity knocks on my door.

i was contacted via my model mayhem page by a fellow blogger who wrote ‘ you have a really great work and i am interested having you shoot stories for my online fashion book called The Freshman TFP.’

ok i am always up for a challenge although i here never considered myself a fashion tog  it’s not something beneath me. i thought turn on some lights and see what happens, although fashion seems to demand more lights than i usually use.

we set up a meeting between creative director, model and i because i like to see what i am going to shoot before hand. my studio wasn’t available at the time but i was able to borrow a friends space who had more than what we needed. the major decision made was what kind of background grey paper. ok.

i knew dave had white, black and some grey so no problem. the day of shoot he and i set up studio paper and space  before hand so we could knock this quick shoot off. when torraine ( creative director, blogger ) showed up on time and saw the color grey he wanted to change paper. ok but that took a while because of the paper arrangement. i also simplified the lighting by choosing flourescent lighting. yes cuts down on f stops but add some iso.

odd, people see my work as one thing them want something different from me. everyone likes my cloth along with my fuzzypictures images but then something happens. reminds me of a stan mack comic about a photographer and creative director setting lighting where each frame turns off a light with the last frame completely dark with the photographer saying ‘i think we are bending the rules of photography here.’

so the theme here is my use of fabrics not my lighting. the story is about accessories and not clothes.

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these are some selects sent to creative director via dropbox image sharing site which i am learning how to use.

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i thought these reminded me of herb ritts iconic desert images where the fabric flowed behind the model like a sail.


i am very curious as to how these straight images are going to be used, i’ll just have to wait and see like everyone else


here is the model whom i found receptive to my prompts. he listened and respond to direction well and had a good overall attitude which makes for a pleasant afternoon.



these last images show the accessories as i asked at our first meeting’ what are we selling.’ which to me is the most important question next to why am i here?

all in all it was a fun shoot no animals or babies were hurt and we all went on with our lives.  to see the final outcome tune into the freshmanwear blog some time in jan issue.

that’s it for today


Boston charlie and a few friends wish you all the best

December 22, 2013

Deck Us All With Boston Charlie

This is my favorite christmas carol, remembering it always brings a smile to my face. There are at least three versions of this famous Pogo comic strip by Walt Kelly Christmas carol:

The most famous version:

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,

Walla Walla, Wash, and Kalamazoo!

Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,

Swaller dollar cauliflower Alleygaroo!

Don’t we know archaic barrel,  Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou.

Trolley Molly don’t love Harold,  Boola Boola Pensacoola Hullabaloo!

Then there is Beauregard’s version:

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,  Polly wolly cracker n too-da-loo!

Donkey Bonny brays a carol,  Antelope cantaloup, ‘lope with you!

Hunky Dory’s pop is lolly gaggin’ on the wagon,  Willy, folly go through!

Chollie’s collie barks at Barrow,  Harum scarum five alarum bung-a-loo!

We also have this third version:

Duck us all in bowls of barley,  Ninky dinky dink an’ polly voo!

Chilly Filly’s name is Chollie,  Chollie Filly’s jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,  Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, Woof, Woof!

Tizzy seas on melon collie!  Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, Goof, Goof!

But no matter what the words are or who’s doing the singing it’s the joy of being connected with other human beings 
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this picture is my wife’s nice ice photo, with this we wish you all the best in this coming year. take care and be safe……….

mary &  jene

Merry Christmas to thieves in La

December 13, 2013

Lenses and other gear Stolen from a LA film set, i’d hate to be that assistant camera person. so many things are laying around a film set and security is often left to PA’s (production assistants) fresh out of film school.


A late-breaking holiday shopping tip: If someone offers you a screamingly good deal on a Leica Summilux-C movie lens, be very suspicious. That’s because there’s currently $500,000 worth of stolen gear floating around the black market — including a $200K set of Summilux-C lenses — that was taken off the set of a Los Angeles film shoot..

The theft happened this last Sunday, December 1st, when a total of eight extremely expensive lenses belonging to CPT Rental of Long Island City, NY disappeared from the shoot, along with some Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses and a digital cinema camera.


The Summilux-C, introduced in 2011, is Leica’s premiere line of prime lenses for video/movie cameras, favored by cinematographers for their minimal distortion, wide apertures and yummy bokeh. Those lenses alone made up $200K of the stolen goods.

They’re available in focal lengths of 16, 18, 21, 25, 29, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75 and 100mm and have been produced in limited — and very expensive — quantities. Which is why most are used via rental services, at rates of around $300 a day.

Both the LAPD and the FBI have been contacted and are investigating, while CPT is doing its part to recover the stolen glass by distributing fliers among film industry contacts describing the theft and listing the serial numbers of the hot lenses.


(via La Vida Leica!)

i wonder if they are offering a reward



Correction: This post originally stated that the lenses in question cost $500K. That was incorrect. The Cine lens set was valued at $200K. The $500K total in stolen goods also included a set of Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses and a digital cinema camera. Thank you to CW Sonderoptic for getting in touch with us to clarify!



thanks petapixel





Young female model first shoot

December 1, 2013

As mary said in her NY metro blog posting about this photoshoot “Things don’t always go as planned… but it doesn’t mean that it has to turn out bad… just different” and so it was with this one.

China doll a young graphic designer discussed working with me on something creative. we began with her concept of a golden gift, something soft and warm like a woman’s body, working with a young woman who never modeled before but is a creative and expressed her interest in modeling. well isn’t that what it takes and being interested in learning? i hope i never loose that myself. i think half the process is just showing up an be willing to learn that’s most of what i do.

she is unlike so many other young wanttobe models who think it’s a glamorous life and guys tell them all the time, hey you should be a model, yea right on your way to riches and fame jump in this bed with me, well you know the rest.

it’s a lot of hard work, takes knowledge of the form, practice, practice, and more practice along with a hell of a lot of luck. many are called, few are chosen. hey what do i know i don’t deal in the world of professional photography. i am just a hobbyist or artistic hobbit, never really sure what i am.

thank goodness my early pictures were done on film which was easy to dispose of. as i recall helmut newton  had a pretty rough start. tho i am not in helmuts league nor do i think i ever will be, i am just saying.  creatively i just try to be open and go with the flow, showing my hippie roots.

oh well, on to the reason i struggle with this technology. hum a gift [naked woman] without wrapping paper, oh wait i’ve got some of this silver mylar so we begin this picture story of salome our china doll.

silver mylar with hands

but out of four tries coming out of the hershey wrapper i wasn’t able to get much i liked. it was hard for her to stand from a kneeling position.

young nude chinese woman

but i am always trying this and that but if this isn’t working why don’t i try going in closer?

young nude chinese woman

what i should have done in the beginning as the body paint was being applied by china doll  is be there supervising more, i did ask a mm make up person to join us but never heard back.

young nude chinese woman

but instead i just dropped in occasionally seeing how it was going but staying on the sidelines i never got the base i was looking for, it got out of hand.

young nude chinese woman

the model was having some difficult time finding the light and i am changing it as we go turning this on this off,  i should have articulated more what i wanted with the body paint. like what happened around her eyes below.

young nude chinese woman

 live and learn.

but below is my favorite of all the images. i don’t expect to get a lot of images out of a shoot i am happy if i get one. i think there is a softness and sensuality here as bob dylan said in the song Just like a woman ‘she breaks like a little girl’

young nude chinese woman

Why people pay so much for art…………………

November 29, 2013
The man who sold the Art world
Zwirner at home, with a painting by Raymond Pettibon. “Nobody’s selling expensive stuff like we do with the frequency we do,” Zwirner said. “This is an industry in its golden age.”

Zwirner at home, with a painting by Raymond Pettibon. “Nobody’s selling expensive stuff like we do with the frequency we do,” Zwirner said. “This is an industry in its golden age.” Photograph by Pari Dukovic.

 Very important people line up differently from you and me. They don’t want to stand behind anyone else, or to acknowledge wanting something that can’t immediately be had. If there’s a door they’re eager to pass through, and hundreds of equally or even more important people are there, too, they get as close to the door as they can, claim a patch of available space as though it had been reserved for them, and maintain enough distance to pretend that they are not in a line.

Prior to the official opening of Art Basel, the annual fair in Switzerland, there is a two-day V.I.P. preview. In many respects, the preview is the fair. It’s when the collectors who can afford the good stuff are allowed in to buy it. After those two days, there isn’t much left for sale, and it becomes less a fair than a kind of pop-up museum, as the V.I.P.s, many of whom have come to Basel from the Biennale in Venice, continue on, perhaps to London for the auctions there. The international art circuit can be gruelling, which is why pretty much everyone who participates in it takes off the month of August, to recuperate.

The Basel preview began at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday in June. The meat of the fair was in a gigantic convention center on the east side of the Rhine. The dealers’ booths were arrayed along two vast rectangular grids, which enclosed a circular courtyard that resembled a panopticon. The fair occupied two floors. The bottom one featured blue-chip art, offered by the powerhouse dealers; Picassos and Warhols could be seen among more contemporary work. Upstairs, for the most part, was younger work, exhibited by smaller galleries.

On the morning of the preview, after a champagne breakfast in the panopticon, the V.I.P.s gathered at the doors, under the watchful eye of guards in berets and dark crewneck sweaters. Through a window in the door, you could see, down the hall, the dealer David Zwirner, with his sales staff huddled around him, as though for a pep talk. The Zwirner booth was just past the Fondation Beyeler’s. (The Swiss dealer Ernst Beyeler, who died in 2010, was one of Art Basel’s founders and its presiding spirit.) Zwirner comes in force: he had about a dozen salespeople with him, a mixture of partners, directors, and associates, as well as a platoon of assistants and art handlers. A few minutes before the doors opened, they took up positions in a sales-floor spread defense. Bellatrix Hubert, a Zwirner partner, pantomimed a gesture of being slammed by an incoming flood. The doors parted, and the buyers poured in.

read the rest of this post : Here  from The New Yorker.

French newspaper removes all images

November 24, 2013

French newspaper removes all images in support of photographers


To coincide with Paris Photo’s opening, French newspaper Libération has chosen to remove all images from its 14 November issue in a bid to show the power and importance of photography at a time when the industry is facing unprecedented challenges, say the newspaper’s editors

Author: Olivier Laurent

15 Nov 2013Tags:Business

“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one. It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper. [A newspaper] without sound, without this little internal music that accompanies sight,” writes Brigitte Ollier, a journalistLibération‘s Culture desk.

Ollier is right, and by choosing to maintain the newspaper’s usual design – with its articles flowing around the spaces where images should have been shown - Libération has succeeded in its attempt to show the power and importance of photography in our understanding of world events.

The French newspaper explains its decision with these opening words, published on its front page: “Libération vows an eternal gratitude to photography, whether produced by photojournalists, fashion photographers, portraitists, or conceptual artists. Our passion for photography has never been questioned – not because it’s used to beautify, shock or illustrate, but because photography takes the pulse of our world. To choose Paris Photo’s opening day to “install’ these white images highlights our commitment to photography. It’s not a wake, we’re not burying the photographic art [...] Instead we give photography the homage it deserves. Yet, no one can ignore the calamitous situation press photographers now find themselves in, especially war photographers who risk their lives while barely making a living. And for those whose work went on show today in the Grand Palais thanks to shrewd gallery owners, we might think that the odds are in their favour, but it’s all smoke and mirrors: the art photography market is currently confused.”

Here are a series of shots of the special issue:




A flatplan with the missing images is included at the end of the newspaper, this time with all articles and written materials removed:


[For access to high-res versions of these images for media use, email Olivier Laurent at bjp.news@bjphoto.co.uk - usage is free if referencing and linking back to this article]

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