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Darkness returns

March 3, 2017

Someone asked me if i’d be interested in working with her putting together her portfolio so we swapped the body painting which I wrote about earlier here for a session of these darker images. I really love creating, I really think it’s a disease, but I like it.


Woman with flogger


Blue fan with white flowers

This model is quirky as I never know if and when I’ll see or hear from her. It’s not that I am paying her for her time she asked me if I wouldn’t mind shoot some images for her web site. We all have our own lives and things go on that we have no control over. She’s been pretty understanding, after all she put up with me pouring paint on her body and then taking I guess 4 or 6 showers to clean up.

I know she’s in school and has a job and just trying to start up a business so it’s time for me to be a little understanding.

I do enjoy working with her because she has a playful side of her that comes out, life isn’t all that serious. I should talk having two stomach ulcers but what’s parenthood for?


Black leather top

I enjoy spending time with her creating,  but with digital since I throw most of the lousy pictures away I don’t worry about cost. We do go over her proofs, likes and dislikes, then I add mine.


Let me look at you

And we move on.


and on


Lady of the night

She is a Dominate woman so some of these outfits are geared towards that lifestyle. I really don’t care so much about what people do for pleasure as long as they treat me well.


Look what I’ve got for you

Some of the images I edit I fool around with colors etc, or I just play with levels as this one


We both like this outfit  and I think it works better I color than B&W



Tell mother how bad you’ve been

I played with NIK silver software on this image, I think this turned out a bit different than plain old B&W.


Powerful pose but just one man’s opinion. At least I don’t have to edit 2000 pictures like someone I know.


I wonder what she keeps in the bag?



these last two images I love especially the last one.


Yes they are black lace panties

I think this image below typifies what I think our acting boy child President needs.


Come here Donny mommy has something for you.

So what happens in these sessions is we begin talking, dressing,  shooting. Lets try this, oh could we do this and so on until either one of tires out usually it’s me. It’s not brain surgery just a couple of people having fun creating a play world. This time I checked my shutter speed, live and learn.




Grey day play

December 12, 2016

Be forewarned there is female nudity here so if it offends you leave before viewing.

The other day a traveling model from Model mayhem recontacted me about shooting together and this has been a slow month maybe even longer than a month since shooting and I liked a couple of her portfolio pictures and I though, why not? I just had a cancelation on another shoot and I was ready. I do get excited about shoots even a headshot, my wife describes this as nervous but I think of it as anticipation which I think we artists all share. Will I be good enough, will what ever I am planing work, will people laugh at me? They have. Taking photos isn’t a life and death situation unless it is.

As you can read latter in this post how I screwed up during this session. Oh well.

Zi rang my bell 7 minutes before the arranged time, that’s a positive sign which means she’s professional and a smart lady even caught some type o’s in my model release, cool. We talked about makeup well lipstick color which she applied while I pulled down the paper. Then we looked through some clothes I had and made a pile to try.


Beginning with this jacket I don’t remember having, it’s nice to discover something new. I really didn’t need to direct her because she would go from pose after hearing the click of the shutter. I see I should have fixed her face as it looks rough in this pose. I do try and make women look nice, must be something I got from my mother.


Since the lighting is mostly set up I usually turn on and turn off units as needed. Which gets boring and I keep telling myself I need to  get out of this rut. But here I go again.


I don’t think she ever said no to anything I suggested. A lovely pleasant young woman easy to work with.




She did most of the work all I did was plug and unplug things and push the shutter. She had some Shibari rope work in her portfolio and I had asked her if she was up for it. ‘Sure’. She has her own rigger which is a bit intimidating to me the beginner.


This is what I came up with her. I’ve always wanted to do a braided tie like this, I don ‘t know the names these ties but go on the visual effect


not too bold but interesting for just one rope length.There feels as something is incomplete with this tie as it goes around the waist with no beginning nor end. Is there ever?


we tried on the different clothes again. Someone had given me this headdress awhile ago but never found the opportunity I think it works here.


We talked during the shoot to loose the Voyeuristic quality of the moments and to become human beings and not objects. I guess Zi would be called a ‘rope bunny’ which is what women are called who enjoy the freedom of being bound.


Zi has a boyfriend and a different rope play partner/rigger receiving different needs from both. Working with these women is so insightful for me from the first woman who said she enjoyed being tied up. That surprised me somewhat as we had never talked about that before. But the more I learn the more I know.


That there is a freedom and delicacy in not being in charge. Hell I get that feeling of not being in charge when ever I go to work at the Beacon as soon as I leave the house.


At some point in time I accidentally moved the sync shutter speed out of sync with the flash units, going up to 250 from Canon 200. Check, check, check remember to take off lens cap.Check shutter speeds.

As you can see here the right side of the above picture is dark because stupid me didn’t check the shutter speed as I had moved it off the sync speed. Imagine my chagrin when looking at them in bridge.Sometimes I shoot bigger thinking I will crop latter but then I get so involved I forget, oops.So a few didn’t make the HD.


This one only the chair is darker so no big deal


But most of this series on the rug is trash as you can see below.Ugh



I am glad someone wasn’t paying me for this shoot. All though I did pull something out of this but nothing is perfect. Oh well.



These below I managed to save  because of cropping


Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. What I was trying to do here is show off this lovely woman who had worked so hard for me.


It wasn’t an unproductive afternoon for neither of us. I learned an important part of photography check, check, check everything. I always say it not quantity but quality


so if I only get a few pictures I can use fine. This afternoon I connected with another human being and made a few enjoyable pictures. _mg_3619

So this is all I have to share today. I hope my few readers enjoy my efforts. At least two of us walked away with something we came for.Then as planned I took a nap.


New work, male nude, ode to old master painters.

June 28, 2015

Yes as it says i went back in the studio after meeting this fellow you never know what’s going to happen , at least i don’t. i am sure there are a million togs out there who know everything about their camera settings and what adjustments will effect what and how so. me it’s a crap shoot.

I do know lighting so that is a plus and just learning model direction but i am still shy about that, why? –  guess it was the way i was raised. Not to say i haven’t learned a few things pushing the shutter button as often as i have. i am not stupid, i just act that way sometimes.

Warning there is male nudity here which might be offensive to some while others might be looking for it.

I hope my readers aren’t offended by this but this is what i seem to do best, studio lighting, just learning other stuff.



While the model was willing to pose naked he wasn’t that interested in have his name or face posted on the internet which isn’t a problem for me.

male nude sitting

male nude sitting

so i began to feature his hands because most people don’t know what to do with them during a photography session so why not begin there. he’s not an experienced model just has a nice body. Looking through the images these reminded me of some of the landscape images i got in Antelope Valley slot canyons see my photo shelter web site

hands on knees

hands on knees

Because of the time of day and the heat temperature in studio i shot these using my White lightning strobes, this image is just one downlight.

male midsection

male nude torso

below is one of the images he thinks is beautiful. yes it does show his body which is what he was interested in doing.

male nude torso

male nude torso

now these are just quick picks of the raw files nothing much done to them, made some levels adjustments. i get tired of shooting the same things over and over so i move on. I showed a print of another fellow i shot years ago. he liked it so i dug around pulling out a piece of wrinkled fabric, here thry this on.

draped nude male

draped nude male

‘what do i do?’  he asked. just move around feel the fabric i answered.

male nude torso

male nude torso

you can see he has a nice body and deep set eyes which worked for me and my lighting style. i decided to try something different since this black fabric poked out when pulling the other fabric from the box.

black drapped male nude

black drapped male nude

what a line huh? I always tell people i don’t need a hundred images just one or two, well here is one. below is anoher untouched image i’ll work on.

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nude in black

nude in black

again the movement wasn’t working as well as i wanted so we sat down on the floor.



abstract male nude

abstract male nude



portrait ll

portrait ll

i like the first one better

I will end this post with my all time favorite image not to say the other images aren’t good and all my little darlings this one was developed in camera as i knew what I was going for.

1st image

1st image is the keeper. My Caravaggio, see his work here or it could be a Rembrandt van Rijn here

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Both of whom we have seen as paintings in person while traveling in Europe. the above image reminds me of one of Rembrandt’s self portraits.

These paintings Rembrandt’s and Caravaggio’s are so awe inspiring to me which i’ve always had a hard time thinking my work might be. but at this point in my life maybe i can hit one out every once in a while.


hoboken art walk and studio tour 2012,

November 12, 2012

you can flood the city, fill the path tunnels with water, ruin almost everyones weekend without power but art walks go on.  mary and i will be showing our work at the hoboken nj art walk and studio tour at the Monroe Center, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken NJ on Sunday November 18, 2012 from noon to 6pm.

if you’re in the neighborhood do stop by and say hello.

be there or be square


this weeks work or how do you stay warm naked?

January 21, 2012

i invited mary over to help out for this shoot i had earlier this week when a  model contacted as he was looking for some edgy shots to add to his portfolio. EDGY a word i’ve come to associate with chalk on a blackboard, but i thought what the hell, i do need to check my camera after coming back from repair and this would be a good exercise for all of us.

james, we will call him, had some ideas he’d like to try out and i’ve always come up with something to try myself and mary was a willing helper, it may look easy but when ever i create something it’s from hard work and maybe a bit of luck.

we started with some normal head shots which aren’t going to be included today because i came out to the house anticipating a snow storm to hit at midnight  and i only looked at the proofs this afternoon and pulled off the ones that interested me.

in the cave

james wanted to start off  clothed until i guess he felt comfortable which i can understand  but very quickly shed his clothing. i pulled out this background which i haven’t used in years but it gave me nothing but problems. the main problem was i was shooting with my white lightning strobes and mary was shooting tungsten. i pulled out a couple of omnis and put them up as cross lights and had a couple modeling lights on my strobes. she had to push her iso but never said anything. she posted a couple of her images on her blog NY Metro Art Scene which i though looked pretty good.


but i just wasn’t too happy with my choice of backgrounds. the only way this one works is if i can keep all the light off it.

male nude

but at least we could change it without too much trouble and we when with a plain black no seam with a cane back chair.


i am not sure i’ll ever get a fashion booking from this type of lighting but i find it interesting and dramatic. but as i said earlier we are skipping a lot of pictures because i see different things that interest me like the next picture shows. oh and i did have to catch a bus home tonight.


as much as i like shadows there are the hands, i tried to get more tension or capture the tension there  but i think i might have missed it, oh well


or this one. i did have a nickname when i lit a soap opera as the prince of darkness

another angle

 oh well no animals were harmed in the making of these images which is always a good thing.


old work revisited or catching up with sending photos

November 18, 2011

today i’ve a cold and still feeling lousy and my typing hasn’t improved either. but i am trying to catch up on work, yea i call this work some might think it’s fun sitting here in front of a computer screen where the day goes by so quickly. did i eat today, what time is it? opps

life could be worst as i am wondering what to do about all the spam comments i am getting here. i did like one from a learn at home belly dancing course. here are some quotes

1) Vary your speed – slow, medium, or fast
2) Vary the intensity of your energy – soft or hard
3) Vary the number of times you work each side of the body
4) Change the direction you are facing
5) Change your level by raising or lowering your body
6) Do your move standing pivoting, or traveling
7) Change the direction of your move

is it me or does this sound like SEX? speaking of sexy or nudes not sure they are all sexy especially after looking at model mayhem daily photo contest i’ve reworked some images to send to waiting models only today i converted them to B&W’s silly me.

female nude

but the model who i was sending the images is a male who was part of this session so i’ll try and concentrate on that task



i was trying to work with a theme here of non-communication using the black rubber gloves as a barrier to actual touching


 or this attitude

is something touching me

i think she was a good sport, although she was paid she really didn’t understand what i am looking for but gave what she could.


the male didn’t feel too comfortable here either or inexperienced. this was everybody’s first time working together maybe i should have been more active in my direction, oh well

remove shroud

overall i think i got some nice images although the female model didn’t want any of the images for her portfolio, can’t please everyone.


well at least i can cross this off the list. the male model sent me an email looking for work for himself and another female in fine art or erotica. hum i wonder what people will think of this work’s category erotic/fine art? i’ve my own opinion but hey who am i?

if any readers are interested in working with me do get in contact with me through my web site. i only publish work here of paid models not some of my paid work which is private unless i am given permission.


another snow storm or how do i stay warm in my undies?

February 21, 2011

sometimes being me is very difficult, it seems i cause more trouble for myself than i avoid. but hey from here i guess i should be more thankful than i give myself credit for. so pat myself on the back even through i don’t always feel i deserve it, i can poke some holes in the clouds and begin to see the ever-present sunshine.

last night could have been a personal disaster but it wasn’t. my car died at the garage entrance, it could have given out on the dark cold west side highway with a snow storm intimate but it got me home once more. in the twenty some odd years she’s been pretty good to me. i need to remind myself that as a crawl over and under her fixing this and that.

so i woke up this morning picked out the couple metal splinters from my fingertips just to make typing interesting, and began working on some images i shot last week. not before i let my mind wander on to another creative video project i’d like to begin about transformations. but leave that for another time.

i put on a Beach Boy album Smile and distracted myself to look away from all the bad images i shot and see some of the good ones. i am trying to do a lingerie portfolio thinking that might generate some income on my web site i am tired of laying out money for something that isn’t returning anything. so trying to make a cross over from pure artist to a commercial artist. yes i still enjoy creating even if it’s only working on one of our cars , we have three.

so i’ll post some of aubrey today. she’s an art model very comfortable nude in front of the camera or in her edwardian corsets.

female wearing edwardian corset

female wearing edwardian corset

i tried to do two different lighting setups, one a tungsten set up which i wasn’t happy with and this one which is a strobe setup.

female wearing red bra & panties

this is the tungsten setup which i didn’t get much out of, i guess it’s all a learning experience but as Joe McNally said the other day he gets a lot of throw aways also.

black bow on red bra

black bow on red bra

i wanted to do more of these closeups but i had shaky hands or slow iso and something didn’t quite work out

red bra, panties & black stockings

red bra, panties & black stockings

but i think for my purposes i did ok, i am not going to win many awards with these images but hopefully get some paying work

black garter belt and black panties

black garter belt and black panties

i guess i don’t need hundreds of images to get my point across. if someone is thinking about having their picture taken for their boyfriend or business these might get their imagination going.

black bra & panties with pink details

black bra & panties with pink details

black bra & panties with pink details & black stockings

black bra & panties with pink details & black stockings

so we wind up where we began in a corset on the couch. when i do a lighting setup i really do better if i listen to my body and just do it. that happened with the bluish-green light on the background, of course i had to have the makings handy so being prepared is a big part of it.

classic art model pose

classic art model pose

so now i can end this posting and begin the real work ahead think about dinner and the lovely wife i left in a nice warm bed last night to come back to this cold studio. i wonder about my sanity sometimes.

show me some leg

show me some leg

but this is one of my chosen occupations, i am not sure if i chose lighting or it chose me having an elevated uranus and neptune. oh well some things can never be answered.

just grin and bear it.


adam & eve nudes or christmas is around the corner

December 23, 2010

trying to finish up this years work by editing the last shoot i & mary did with a visiting couple from out of town who contacted me. i thought it might be a way to finish my adam & eve pictorial. it’s really hard to begin working with people you don’t know, they don’t know what i am looking for and i don’t know what they need direction wise to express what i need.

sort of a rock and hard place for everyone. but i did like the fact that they were a couple and felt intimate with each other. thought that might help project what i was looking for. my direction might have confused them more than helped. oh well

but we begin with the basicsthis is a different lighting setup from my usual as i like to try different setups to see what happens if ? my basic work ethic. so we started out doing singles. mary handheld the 580 as the couple weren’t use to ‘finding the light’ so i had to figure something out fast.

nude male


nude female


then together

nude couple

adam & eve

actually the couple like these pictures but it’s so hard making selects, doing the time consuming retouching work on the background then finding this or that that i am not pleased with. ugh the creative process. but i say if i get one or two outstanding images from a shoot i am happy. well i’d love them all to be outstanding but that’s not how it works for me.

semi nude couple

what i did notice was the male partner was beginning to get excited by kissing and touching his wife. a pretty normal reaction i’d say. it happens to me. i always wonder how far it would go but not what i was looking for at the time. i am not opposed to doing an erotic shoot just not then. we all wanted to go to dinner as it was late.

resting head

i like the way she is touching his head here. very soft intimate feeling. but so far my favorite image is of her is below

nude female

what is seen is not all

well it could just be me and my fantasies but i like how her body seems to be interconnected yet we were going for her ‘being born out of ‘ the rock at this time.

after all what i am trying to do is capture the emotions either of a single person or a couple. i think this couple would like to go farther from what the’ve said. i am happy with some of what i got, it works for me

nude couple

nude couple

so if you’re ever in the new york city area and would like to participate in some intimate pictures of yourself with or without a partner drop me a line at i am sure we could work something out as i am always interested in interesting ideas.

but you take what you get and enjoy life. as they say when life gives you lemons make lemonade. well i’ve got to go and make my christmas banana breads. no lemons today


My life as a photography subject. who needs photo salon?

November 17, 2010

i’ve been asking a member of photo salon held each 3rd wed at soho photo to show my work there to the members who are mostly commercial photog’s and have been ignored by emmanuel on each request.

photo salon is the playground of The Photogroup Salon Committee
Jay Maisel, Howard Schatz, Bill Westheimer, Jack Reznicki, David Hodgson, Rich Pomerantz, Emmanuel Faure all of whom are excellent photog’s in their own right, they started photo salon to show their work to friends and family, but have expanded to show others as well.


i am the type of person who takes these things personally; rejections, acceptances, awards etc but try and put on a humble public face. yes it does hurt not to be accepted no matter where from the playground as children to the workplace.

it’s true i didn’t voter for myself during voting for my first emmy back in 1985. i thought that it wasn’t right to vote for yourself, of course i was lucky others voted me a winner. where did i get these cockamamie ideas? the next year of my second nomination i did vote for myself and won again. but that’s neither here nor there.

Philip F Clark writes in his The Artpoint blog about the painter Max Rodriguez that he ‘understands that art is an act of freedom.’ well so do i and others have that same right.

reflections-inspired by jay maisel

but looking at my work now, maybe they are right that i don’t fit the groups esthetic nor commercial aspect.

man on the stairs

after all my work is really just a snap shot of my life. i can’t take pictures of someplace i’ve not been to. it’s a real chore keeping up with my life photography and trying to run an informative blog such as this, but what the hell else do i have to do during the daytime? so these images are a part of my life where i’ve been

metal door

but my life isn’t something i do for others pleasure, I DO IT FOR ME. i love to share my occurences and discoveries with others, how i see things


or what i don’t see but am there anyways. so i’ve come to the same conclusion that groucho marx came to, of not wanting to belong to any club who would have me.

man with cell phone

so i’ll just continue doing what i do, wandering around the city taking pictures as  photographers have done since the invention of photography or maybe i’ll go below and see what there is to see.




hatchway door handle

moving down deeper into the innards of life, as was shared by a teacher of mine’ Self discovery isn’t always good news’

ship walls

engine room

until we get to the proverbial locked door, do we have what it takes to open the door and see what’s behind it?

chained door

oh well so photo salon won’t let me be a part of them. i’ll just have to continue doing what i do and they will be the lesser for it. i know i am loved and a fairly talented guy who’s just doing this because i love to make pictures. this is my life. thank you for sharing in it.

International Aperture Award 2010, bronze award in landscape

November 12, 2010

i was going to try and finish up the california trip today having caught up with posting expenses etc, cleaned my kitchen yesterday washed the window always a hard job because the window has an exhaust fan in it that gets the window screen greasy so ammonia has to be used. the one positive effect of cleaning with ammonia is i can breathe easier now. but that’s why i left the chemical darkroom the smell of the fixer.ugh

but reading my email this morning i had some pleasant news from the International Aperture Awards

Aperture Award announcement

pretty cool huh? i love this image maybe because i know the story of when and where. it was taken on RT 7 in Vermont during the time i was showing mary around where i grew up and where my family was from. We had an exhibit in Burlington and decided to drive up there to deliver the prints and stay for the opening.

this picture looks across farmland in front of Lake Champlain [not seen] toward the mountains of new york state in the background. mary stopped the car and pulled over and i took a couple of exposures. i loved the lone tree and the rays of lighting. it reminds me of how i’ve felt most of my life, me against the world.

this is the same trip where i asked mary if she would be my wife. life has changed for me now, i don’t feel as if i am alone in this world. even if i’d not asked and mary accepted my proposal did i feel the same old negative feelings of being alone. i had mary in my life but i wanted to make a statement, to whom i am not sure, the world? how i felt about her and what she really meant to me.

having her in ones corner is a real asset because once she makes up her mind, she’s there. so maybe this tree symbolizes mary and not me. i have to remember life isn’t all about me nor are the pictures. they actually present themselves to the world for all to see and if i am lucky enough to be there and capture the moment with my brownie i have a way of remembering and sharing that moment of beauty with others.

just like now, being married to mary, we both have the legal & moral right to share and enjoy our work together. my life has improved so much after meeting her, being open with her is something i highly recommend as  is having love in ones life. it does open new vistas and opportunities. but don’t get any funny ideas as she is taken and we don’t share well with strangers.

so any award i win we both win as she is a part of what and where i do life along with how open my eyes and ears are. having a life and sharing it is a wonderful thing, i highly recommend it.

so maybe you can think of ways you can share your life and the wonders that befall you, or just turn to the stranger next to you and say hello. it does make a difference.

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