Back to dancers with Shibari

January 21, 2016

thrown in. I shoot as they come to me. people contact me about shooting together and i answer asking them to call me most never do. is talking to people too personal or having their phone number. one can always hide your telephone number my boss has his number come up as ‘unidentified caller’

but this dancer/model after a few emails actually called, maybe being a male he felt safer. i’ve had some women show up who i hoped were friendly because they could have kicked my ass.  but this is the age of FEAR it’s all around us every where we listen os see we are assaulted with guns, shootings, beheadings why did that become popular again? WTF

i love working with dancers and dance it appears so free yet to make something look effortless that’s a lot of effort. when i was a kid and the grown ups were gone i would dance to the radio thinking i was Fred Astaire. i didn’t have any dance training who needs training to express joy of movement? i think this western society is the only society who thinks one needs to learn how to dance.

today working with two different opposite art forms, free dance and restricted Shibari can be fun. discovery is always fun except maybe sticking a screwdriver into an open electric socket.



Masa being a young japanese dancer was fumular  with Shibari and wanted different types of pictures for his portfolio was a willing subject, very inhibited.


reaching out

with grace. i love the shape of his hand. i am very lucky to work with such talented people.



at my age i am not sure if my knees would be able to do this for long.


adding lights

i started with two lights turned one off but basically kept to two lights, as i say i am trying to learn a craft here.


i love shadows and sometimes things work out when working with sculptures.


when i first looked through the files i was very disappointed because when we began i turned off the autofocus and all i saw were fuzzy out of focus images. ECK.

true this blog is called fuzzy pictures but there are acceptable limits. but after awhile i changed techniques and moved into rope work.


here again i love his hands they are so expressive.


his warrior pose looking forward naked and open to the world.


so not to being one to leave things alone i added a prop, sparing no expense i moved a ladder on the set.


i think this looks better in black & white using the ladder for support.


but here are my favs from the shoot not that i don’t like these or i wouldn’t share them.


this reminds me of the cross in the roman colosseum


oh well that’s all i have for today.

waiting for people to return my requests to speak in person, so may people don’t like to call on their phones and talk,  i see so many people looking at their phones on the subway or walking on the street, models, hair people and makeup chairs just don’t make phone calls. people do or don’t.

i understand why television executives are afraid of a ringing phone because they usually mean trouble. one has to make a decision and that means being accountable. being semi retired i don’t have that problem but if i want to collaborate with people we need to talk, at least say hello.


Finishing Italy up before another

January 9, 2016

number rolls around the calendar. that was a good idea too bad i didn’t make it but today I am sick with a cold that’s gone on for weeks. i am on meds so feel pretty good now except for a slight headache. leaving Lucca our next stop was Pistoia another of the walled cities that fought with each other. a part of the roman aqueduct system scattered through out Italy

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here we find another merry-go-round

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and another happy kid. after all this time to tell the truth i don’t remember much about the city except this is where the pistol was invented.

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this is part of the old city fort within the expanded modern city around it.

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i was drawn to this pond  of dying plants thought it looked nice.

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of course they have few churches and a special bazaar on saturdays in the town square.

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like all bazaars it’s full of junk, Italian junk but the most interesting things were the people

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sweet Nonna’s bargaining

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haggard merchants

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and this kid

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and dapper businessmen on his cell phone
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there are plenty of stores and one interesting museum devoted to a native son sculptor Marino Marini. we were blown away by his work and discovered another branch in florence. he worked a lot with horses and it’s one of the wonderful things about traveling. how cool is that. see Marino Marini Foundation for locations.

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driving around Italy in the autumn is sweet.

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always something to discover an old building here or there.

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due to the craziness of the world and religions we were planning to take our middle granddaughter and her sister to europe this summer. we planned Paris but that’s out for security reasons and Greece due to refugees so that leaves Italy unless something happens there.

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Italy isn’t a bad place to be especially if you’re hungry.


Peau Magazine

December 2, 2015

Peau Magazine, a fine art magazine devoted to the landscape of skin,. Where we hope to share with the world our unique vision of skin ‘that which allows us to touch the world.’

Well we have managed to meet our publication goal of November 2015, just in time for Thanksgiving holiday.

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we hope you will enjoy our effort and share it amongst your friends. See a link here :

I’ve drawn from various photographers whom I’ve met in my photo journey . Jack Cutler, Mary Durante Youtt, Jeffery Dutton, Alexey Kashpersky, Peter Le Grand and myself Jene Youtt.

We are always looking for additional contributions from photographers, models, hair & makeup artist, retouchers, as long as the subject matter is skin.

contact me at

Italy part 2

November 20, 2015

well it’s so hard to remember past travels but i think when we left Ischia waiting for ferry to mainland here was an italian fisherman with helpers

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we connected with our train back to Roma. We got hustled at the train station to upgrade our train to a super train. waiting in the ticket line we almost boarding it.

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i guess this is the most famous building The Colosseum with this latter day addition of the cross.

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we walked and walked around this city discovering everything. tourist maps helped there was so much too do.

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thinking about who might have walked theses same routes.

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we must have seen everything and on one sunday we when to the park along with thousands romans.

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a family rental buggy of course there are plenty of cafes serving expresso not so odd in a country run on wine and expresso coffee. but here is something left over from the roman times, an original public water fountain

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mary buying art from street artist

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sunset, time to go back to hotel figure out what’s for dinner.

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this restaurant overlooks the Colosseum where mary wanted to go on her first trip but never made it, so what’s the question?

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what ever keeps her happy is fine with me. but time to move on to Florence via train.

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a naked penis in public, no wonder their civilization didn’t last or did it

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but people live here jousted by tourists but that’s, life. getting to work is a snap

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if you own one of these.

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Arno river

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shop owners giving tourist the once over

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another sunset over the Arno

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here’s a happy boy found on a carousel it’s the simple things in life.

but to complicate our lives we decided to rent a car to tour Tuscany. car rental a quick walk from train station. our adventure begins in Puccinni home town. Lucca.

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oh did i mention it’s autumn in tuscany italy. Here is the original wall that surrounds the city.

our small hotel fit right inside the wall even provided parking inside this alley

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we arrived so late and so hungry we explored using our trusty Lonely Planet guide. Passing a church we heard arias Puccinni’s of course eliminating from inside and had to sit down until hunger drove us onward.

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well used door knockers the food in tuscany was knockout small towns small restaurants served fabulous food there was a pizza shop located in an alley that served a steak platter to die for. wow

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oh did i mention churches yes there are plenty churches in italy some quite outstanding  as this one is. i don’t know why but i’ve hit a snag in wordpress changing writing formats so i’ll post this section and finish up in a couple of days.



Travels to Italy: part 1

October 23, 2015

Mary is printing up a book for each of our travels. I don’t consider myself a travel photographer for good reason looking back through my files. enclosed are a few of my images which i hope would make sense and interest to someone else, distract you for a moment or two from your daily life.

we began in venice

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falling in love with that Venice our first moments there, except trying to find our bed and breakfast on a small small street.

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Commuters crossing the Grand Canal standing  in the boats while all around them canal commercial traffic continues. This city is special the light, water, people and food add up to special.

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Laundry  drying in the window along with shoes airing. a city of sights and colors.

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it’s been so long now since returning home i’ve forgotten what is where. what’s a trip to Venice without visiting Piazza San Marco and what do you find there pigeons. this one was sitting on a rain drain of Saint Marks Basilica ready to mark one of the thousands of tourist passing beneath.

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Italy is full of churches and glass. Being in Venice one has to visit the Murano glass factory on Murano island, yes we took the tour

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that exited through the gift shop, but they had a nice garden where i found this sculpture

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I don’t tell a logical story just what catches my eye. there are lots of images i don’t share.

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this is our first restaurant in Venice upon arriving that evening. we were afraid we might fall asleep at our table to either fall into our plates or the canal. we sat at the second table to the left. we make it back to our room to pass out.

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europeans dress differently when they go out just for coffee or shopping than americans. no walmarts around.

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but they do have character. but time to move on but where did we go next? i think we took the overnight train down to Naples. Mary’s first real overnight train ride
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that big black bag on the seat was my stupid heavy suitcase, see any wheels on it thats because there aren’t any. Mary had wheels on hers she’s smarter than me.

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that’s the porter in the background making expresso who delivered them to our compartment first thing in the morning. that’s how europeans travel. now we needed to fine the boat dock to Ischia our resort in the Tyrrhenian Sea. that was a memorable experience, found a trolly, found our stop, found our hydroplane boat, found our bus, and no one spoke english, they pointed we made it, the travel angels watched over us. don’t believe in angels this is Italy.

this is the fishing village & resort of Ischia

this is the fishing village & resort of Sant’Angelo di Ischia

we couldn’t afford Capri but this was just as good for my money as we traveled all over the island via bus.

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this is the road and sea we overlooked from our room and our bus stop which we almost missed, but there go those angles again, as we turned to look out the bus window to see sign of our hotel across the road.


More to be continued ……………………………


more of my hand studies.

August 26, 2015

Source: more of my hand studies.

more of my hand studies.

August 25, 2015

well here i go again trying to publish this series. it’s been such a crazy month for me. first there was the car fire when my  engine, on the day cruiser

the cat, 1967 cougar

the cat, 1967 cougar

burst into flames while crossing the George Washington bridge. we go from this

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289 engine

to this,

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it’s enough to make a grown man cry. here is a good friend mortally wounded and all i can do is wait. thank goodness i had a fire extinguisher which ran out and an angel stopped his car with a bigger fire extinguisher and put the fire our before the fire truck arrived.

i am still waiting for ins co to determine damages on the car placing it’s value somewhere between $8,000 to $12,000 dollar range. it’s worth more than that to me in memories. the body shops greedy bid  for the work has me worried but they say i won’t have to do anything except keep my eye on them and i will.

i had a friend from the early 60’s come into town and contacted me for a visit. yes some of us are still alive from those ruckus merry days, some aren’t and as i get older i learn more and more who’s passed on. that’s old age i guess.

i try and keep creating or doing projects around the house to keep busy fixing this or that. i asked my friend if he’d mind me taking some pics of his hands because the day before i had tried taking some self portraits of my hand picking up chess pieces.



boy was this hard holding the camera and keeping focus without a tripod. this is natural sun light through the window. gnarly hand.

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sun glasses

you think this is easy?  ‘what do i do with my hands’ is one of the first things people ask and here i am concentrating on the hands double the trouble.



hat in hand

hat in hand

so that means it’s time go ‘see you again next year.’ take care.

time to go

time to go

here’s your coat, here’s your hat, what’s the rush see you next year.

yesterday i had another Model Mayhem flake out on me and not show up for a session. i should have known just by how she was texting me. but i hate to turn someone away thinking i can pull this off. sometimes you can’t. another wasted day.

oh well


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Frustrating day searching for

July 15, 2015

For years now I’ve been searching for an adapter for my Contax Nx lenses. I’ve two Zeiss lenses a 50m Planar 1.4 and a Vario Sonnar T 28-80 both of which I really love. Most people do.

I’ve bought Fotodiox adapters from Amazon that didn’t fit the lenses but went on my Canon Eos 5D mark ll camera fine. I contacted them and they said I needed a N adapter which they no longed made or had. I searched the internet again and came up with a hit at Adorama camera and one on Ebay for a few dollars difference.

I knew i had to go down to Adorama and give this a try. We tried three adapters beginning with the supposedly Kipon Canon Len mount adapter from Contax N to Canon Eos M Body (with aperture ring). None of them worked. WTF

The salesman was quite nice and knowledgable but the first one was too young to know what I was looking for, it’s an age thing.

so i’ve repacked my lenses and camera in bubble wrap and put them away. the question is do i want to shoot film again then go through the time and hassle of scanning it into computer?

the Zeiss lens are incredibly sharp all the way through and even giving up auto focus it might improve my pictures. on the other hand guess i would have to rename this blog to something more germane.

oh well



A new interest, yes it’s still nude photography

July 13, 2015

Looking at my last posting of the nude male i began to see something that was there or i wouldn’t have taken the pictures but it wasn’t bell ringing enough to get my attention. I don’t know about you but i get bored taking the same pictures all the time. if i had chosen to be a headshot guy i probably would have taken a Brodie off the Brooklyn bridge by now. I guess some find it an interesting art form and go on to perfect it.

One of the reasons I’ve not been a bigger successful photographer or other professional is I get bored beyond bejesus doing the same thing over and over. But i try and keep my eyes open and head down, you just never know what will hit you and somethings can hit pretty hard and leave scars.

I like to experiment a lot also, as a kid i would wonder what would happen if i do this? I didn’t burn the house down but came close twice.  See I didn’t learn the first time, most kids would learn their lesson but not me. I think i am getting smarter in my golden years but……………………………………..

As i write today I am listening to a two cd set of Edith Piaf ‘LA vie en rose’ just to keep me company. oh when i was a young man living in New York she was suppose to come sing in a theater here and my group of misfits was thrilled that we might be able to see her in person. but she died before getting here.

But this is about my life now and i’ve chosen to spend a lot of time photographing things. What I saw while editing the last session were HANDS.



Hands are important, my hands are a key to me because I express myself through them as i touch the world. I looked through some files on my HD looking for hands and found these.

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woman’s hands

above are some pretty strong images, long painted fingernails and big veins while below are mens hands



different mens hands but holding on to something. what do women hold on to?

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male nude in chair

so i asked a female model i’ve worked with before if she was interested in experimenting , she said ‘yes.’

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womans hands

now what do women hold, i guess it could be anything lipstick, hair brush, frying pan maybe not this time.



and so we continue working around the studio. which brings me to where i get lost sometimes, maybe we all do but i get so concentrated on the photo i lose track of what the set or a particular photo is saying.

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blue satin

in my enthusiasm, which reminds me of the first photo shoot i did with my dog as a kid. the family had an old kodak box camera Brownie No 2  it was called. ginger and i were playing in the back yard and i knew enough how to press the shutter button. pose snap we went. i was very excited to see the pictures when they were developed. what i hadn’t learned as yet was to advance the roll of film after exposure.

red on blue

red on blue

as you can see now, with my modern day camera, that is all taken care of now. giving me time to fool around posing model and experimenting with lighting. but the question is am i still on track  with my discovery of hands.

oh my

oh my

and just to show the ending image but not the image that got me lost i asked her to place her hand on her mound of venus to hide her crotch but made her look as if she was masturbating with her mouth open. i was more concerned with the lighting and wrinkles in the fabric to see the overall effect, even in the editing.

redhead nude on blue satin

redhead nude on blue satin

and so we leave this redheaded nude woman lying on the sea of blue satin behind in our ever ongoing quest of a more perfect picture i wonder what history will say or care? thank you for visiting.



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