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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.




thoughts for today, no nudes opps

December 18, 2011

i know it’s almost christmas time and a lot of people come here for the nude photos, some of my work is about human figure studies and yes at my age i still enjoy naked bodies. i’ve always thought bodies are beautiful even a 747 is a lovely designed body.

some internet groups i belong to don’t really enjoy my work, hey maybe i don’t still belong to them i’d better check. i am like groucho marx who said ‘he’d not join a group who’d have him’ or something like that. my previous post on cindy sherman is about an artist/photographer doing what they want to do and not worrying about what people thought about their work, picasso also comes to mind as another. yet people are clamoring for their work. i’ve one collector who said they wanted to hang my ‘Puppy love’ next to sherman. how cool is that?

puppy love

Puppy love

do i think my work should be considered with these artist, why not ? all though i am not reinventing the wheel, well maybe my own red wagon. well then i am doing what i want more or less as this graphic shows ‘whats the problem ?’

ok no problem

 well since it is christmas week i’ll give in a little and post what i call an ‘Angel ‘ yes it’s a nude….. my public demands it.


have a safe and happy holiday !


going back looking forward

December 14, 2011

it’s always interesting to look back through my archives, this look back instigated by contact with a model i had worked with in 2006 where i had asked her if she wanted copies of stuff we had done together. i had sent her lo-rez copies then but she never added them to her portfolio. i guess i was a little miffed that someone wouldn’t use my images, big ego talking here. but she was paid for her work and a couple of images from the session i loved.


this is one of our favs. but as each moment of our lives is different, looking back i found other images i had never selected for one reason or the other. she and i did two session, this image is from the first session done in my studio as is the one below.

loving you

while the other images were done in a bigger studio along with a male modern dancer. mia isn’t a dancer per-say but moves very well and really gets what i am trying to do. she’s an experienced model, mostly fashion then, she was working at FIT then so working with me was something different, at least i like to think so. but models are models and work is work every penny helps. as i’ve been trained over the years is, do the work never refuse a job as long as you’re not being exploited it all goes into supporting me in my art.

now when i am  shooting dancers i always try to keep the whole body in frame and in focus, they seem to prefer that so when viewing the shoot i’ll pass over images that don’t quite make that grade. tis a shame because there are a lot of fine images that i don’t pull out into daylight. so with that i’ll post a couple here that i passed up the first time. some are outstanding i think some……………..well i’ll let you decide if you like them or not.

screaming angel

woman in red veil

both of these images have made my portfolio and this one looks spectacular in print. now i’ll post the overlooked images, well maybe they are not overlooked but as a second or third looking at seem more interesting.

red dress

i didn’t really like her hair here but it works with the image

graceful line

 so now these worked as a dance image so on to the not so perfect least i managed to keep everything in frame.

veiled nude dancer

this images works as a dancer and as a nude having a nice body line along with the veil. the next image is footless but also a good line

footless nude

a bit overexposed on the veil but love her line. the next one not sure i like the pubic hair but can always fix that in PS.

female nude jumping

i thought i had cropped it too close on top but when working with dancers it’s better to be too wide then too narrow but there is something i really like about this image. so there you have it the overlooked images but wait there is more of my favs.

double exposure

but it’s not really what i did


so this week i had the pleasure to enjoy working while i recover from a flu shot a week ago that i am just getting over, had some vick’s vapor rub put on my chest last night and feel much better this morning. so i’ll close with this image

snow white

if anyone would like to contact this model her portfolio is at  but please respect her as she’s a wonderful person living in San Francisco Ca.

well that is all i have the energy to with about now, until next time


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.


Diogenes daughter revealed living in NYC

February 9, 2011

this going to be a rambling post because that’s what i am feeling now. i don’t have my best listener here, it’s been 9 days since shadow passed away. i am slowly putting her stuff away bit by bit. why am i saving it? don’t really know, maybe i’ll want another dog but not soon.

life is moving along, i shouldn’t have any complaints now, no one to listen to them anyways. what ever problems i have i’ve created them myself because of the way i deal with or not deal with life. at least now i can turn up the music loud; Blondie ‘no exit’ and drown out the world without worrying about hurting doggies ears.

odd how these days come and go. yesterday was a lovely treat. i got a nice present in the form of a phone conversation that i didn’t expect. a young model came over to the studio wanting to work with me. she saw my work on a model mayhem page and asked to do a shoot. hey why not?

portrait of a young girl with gold chain

young woman portrait

i do portraits but i also wanted to explore women’s lingerie. open my horizons as it were. when i was a young man the only thing i thought about it was how fast i could get it removed but as i’ve aged i appreciate them more. i like to get pretty things for my honey, i think mary gets embarrassed when we go shopping for undergarments but i like the way she looks in them. it’s still a process of getting them off her but i like to know how pretty she looks under her clothes.

people contact me about all kinds of shoots and at some point i have to ask ‘ have you seen my portfolio? ‘ so it’s nice to find someone who has and likes to improv as i do. we began with her dressed in a white corset outfit and like every other thing in life new beginnings are delicate dance.

young woman

cute huh. but we were both pretty bored with this setting  so we moved the chair out of the way and i decided to explore something i’ve been think to do.

white corset

then CB we move in for our close up

young girl in white corset

white corset back



corset laces

and i became fascinated with how close i could get with my lens, it not being a micro, and still get an erotic feeling to this session. so i moved the model around looking for interesting compositions. as i said we were both exploring, it’s not brain surgery.

white thong

but i would suggest if you’re photographing nudes it might be wise to do it in a warm studio. yes the lights do help somewhat and i wasn’t cold wearing a t-shirt but it might effect the pictures if it’s a bit chilly.

woman's boob with shadow

notice a lovely picture of goose bumps. we both like this picture but it’s not going to get this model any work without an explanation. oh well. then she asked if we could do something with a lantern she had seen on a shelf. ‘sure why not?’

Diogenes daughter

she didn’t know who Diogenes was but i am sure people won’t even ask seeing this picture. she loved this when she saw it. i am not sure if i like this one or the one below better.  she loved this picture as one she could send home to mom. that’s nice, i like helping young girls sending wholesome pictures back home from new york, ‘look mom what i’ve been up to?’

i did think she could show this picture to her grand children as to how she looked as a young woman, maybe not something you share with your children but grand children seem safely removed. they might never imagine what you looked like as a youngster.

Diogenes daughter listens

but what the heck we both had fun and no animals were hurt in the process.


submitting nude images to art contest

January 18, 2011

ugh a dastardly chore but it gives me a chance to sit here in front of my computer screen perusing hard drives and long ignored files. in a way i get to see my images in a new light as it were. today i processed color images to B&W and found some pretty cool images of a young female artist i had the privilege to work with a few years ago.


well to you observant types yes you’re right…this is a male image i threw in because i thought this was pretty cool and had worked on it also to submit to SHOTS magazine which is a B&W mag.

but i’ll try and show the images in color then B&W so we may see the difference. first let me say the young artist didn’t seem too happy with my images. she had said she was looking for images to post for fine art modeling. heck i thought that’s right up my alley so it should be pretty easy. at least i liked some of them.

young artist portrait

a bit dramatic i guess but we went all over trying different looks in the same dress and some not.


it’s hard for me to be objective about my work, love it when the clients are ecstatic but to get nothing from them is hard. i do meet a lot of people that way, maybe it’s a generational thing.

another version

then B&W


but just so you don’t get the idea we lost our vision for what she said she wanted images for we did some of these

nude female

and then this


yes the lighting is a bit dramatic as i was using my lowel lighting tungsten package.

reclining nude

but this image works much better in B&W than it does in color unlike the others above, but then what do i know, i just pushed the button


do i think any of these images are prize winning? i’ve no idea but it keeps me from causing too much trouble out here in the world, although i did submit a complaint against con edison to the public service commission and another to my landlord for the conditions in my public hallways today. it’s raining too hard to be wandering around the streets of New York.


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


Robert Cornelius awards winner’s list woopee

October 14, 2010

Press and Media:
You may request images of the awards to



The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
announces the awardees of

Juried by Stephen Perloff (Founder and Publisher, The Photo Review)


band on the run

















Winner of the Robert Cornelius Portrait Award:
Sandra Chen Weinstein (USA) for her work Band on the Run


Runner Ups  

Tom Chambers, Francesca Fago, James Thomas Josephs,Abel de Leon Trespando,

Jimmy Williams, Frank Rodick, Sarah Corbins, Sonia Paulino, Ken Merfeld,

Natalia Engelhardt, Joy Goldkind, Glennis Siverson, Estelle Dougier,

Francisco Bermejo,Gloria Baker Feinstein, Frank Rodick, Beth Yarnelle Edwards

Category winners:

Digital Manipulation:

First Prize: Tom Chambers (US), “Meant for Love”

Editorial and Documentary:

First Prize: Francesca Fago (Italy), “Eyes of Africa”

Figure and Nude:

First Prize: James Thomas Josephs (USA), “Papa John 05”


First Prize: Abel de Leon Trespando (Spain), “Refugian”

Performing Arts:

First Prize: Jimmy Williams (USA), “Bishop Dreary and Marie Manning”


First Prize: Frank Rodick (Canada), “Three Studies for a Mouth”

Self Portrait:

First Prize: Desert

Alternative Processes:

First Prize: Desert

Honorable Mentions:

Sarah Corbins (USA), “Kinescape”

Sonia Paulino (USA), “Jackie and Dolce, Echo Park”

Ken Merfeld (SA), “Senora Plastica”

Natalia Engelhardt (USA), “Stasya, Moscow 2007”

Joy Goldkind (USA), “Image 6231”

Glennis Silverson (USA), “Conjoined”

Estelle Dougier (France), “Sleeping Beauty”

Francisco Bermejo (Chile), “A circus child in his trailer, Chile”

Abel de Leon Trespando (Spain), “Betty Lakhone”

Gloria Baker Feinstein (USA), “Elise and Coco”

Beth Yarnelle Edwards (USA), “Katherine M.”

Ken Merfeld (USA), “Awele”

Julie Ramage (France), “Portrait 1”

Sally Dennison (USA), “Ingrid”

Virginia Saunders (USA), “Incognito”

Braden Summers (USA), “We Can’t Do It Alone”

Bill Jackson (UK), “The Man Who Shot Weegee”

Nic Lyons (USA), “Self Portrait with Geiser Counter”

Teri Havens (USA), “Charlotte, 2008”

Graham Crouch (India), “Hunger”

Heather McClintock (USA), “Obwana Patrick Koch Lila Chope, Uganda”

Kurt Hoerbst (Austria), “Tagar, 30 with his 3 daughters”

Nancy Newberry (USA), “Untitled form the series MUM”

Pierpaolo Mittica (Italy), “Sulfur Miner blinder by toxic fumes”

Mark Sharfman (USA), “Has Pollock worked for Playboy”

Joy Goldkind (USA), “Adagio 47”

Anna Tomczak (USA), “From the Garden”

Jene Youtt (USA), “Fall

Ken Merfeld (USA), “Nobuko¡s ki”

Joydeep Mukherjee (India), “His Master”

Nina Doran (USA), “Untitled, Harlem, NYC”

Jimmy Williams (USA), “John Dee Holeman”

Lee Tonks (USA), “Ballerina Obscura 2″

Nicholas Fedak II (USA), Baby Blue”

Mark Tedeschi (Australia), “Snake Man”

Claire Schneider (USA), “Megan Miracle”

Alyson Aliano (USA), “Angelina Valentine, Porn Star”

Robert Kalman (USA), “Police, Nicaragua”

Laetitia Molenaar (Netherlands), “Automated Face Processing #2, Fay”

Paul Murphy (UK), “East End Portrait 3”

Charlotte Draycott (UK), “Untitled 3”

Stu Levy (USA), “Walter Chappell”

Ellin Hoyland (Norway), “Brothers No 1”

Steven Beckly (Canada), “Everything Must Break To Be Beautiful”

Ellen Rennard (USA), “Ponce”

Linda Elvira Piedra (USA), “Alchemy, El Rito, 1997”

Mare Vaccaro (USA), “Secrets”

Angela Bacon-Kidwell (USA), “Balance”


and the good news is that i made honorable mention with the “Fall” 


the fall

The Robert Cornelius Portrait Award….. nomination…. woo pee……

September 28, 2010

late last night  i received this email, i was tired been working all day on the ‘rainy monday morning’ post and it was amongst all the other emails that fill my inbox.  i always like to see if there are links to others work, i am very confused by what work is selected by whom, it’s all a crap shoot and so many contest i enter i never hear from. what would camera Obscura be looking for but i entered two images in their contest thinking  my stuff can be pretty obscure.

but every once in awhile some pretty prestigious award or honorable mention comes my way. last year it was International Photography Award and Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3) which are pretty cool which another photographer reminded me ain’t chopped liver.

Dear jene

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards announces the finalists of

The Robert Cornelius Portrait Award and The Nadar Award for Students
The winners will be announced on October 8th and 12th respectively
Click in the following links to see the names of the finalists:
Robert Cornelius Portrait Award

Nadar Award for Students


In this first edition, 1622 images were submitted from the following 37 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zeeland, Norway, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

92 images submitted by 73 artists were selected as finalists in the 8 thematic categories.

These are the finalists that will compete for the Robert Cornelius Award, and the category prizes and honorable mentions. The announcement will be done on October 8th.

Category Figure and Nude

Mark Scharfman, Had Pollock worked for Playboy

Peter King, Mirror Images

Joy Goldkind, Adagio #47

James Thomas Josephs, Papa John 05

Anna Tomczak, From the Garden

Jene Youtt, Fall

Ken Merfeld, Nobuko’s ki

Ken Merfeld, Senora Plastica

Binh Trinh, Nude 1

Binh Trinh, Nude 4

The Fall

male nude depicting the fall of adam

male nude depicting the fall of adam

but i do get discouraged and encouraged at the same time. thats life. enough about me today. woo pee

rainy monday mornings work, Aubrey in corsets

September 27, 2010

this past sunday i worked with a young woman model named aubrey doing an Edwardian corseted shoot. i’d been toying with the idea of using a mirror i’d found on the street years ago which had some damage which i thought would be easily fixable, i was right and can’t notice the repair, even my critical eye.

the last female nude shoot with keira grant i did was to complete my adam and eve series but in thinking about it, while i got some good single nudes what i really need are  images of them together which seems harder than i thought it would be to find the right couple. so i moved on to panama project which is still very much in the works and forgot about nudes for a while.

i found aubrey through and adv in manhattan figure study group, a group i’d left along time ago because i would light something and people would take pictures and post then on the internet as their work, yes they did push the shutter so it was their picture but i never got credit for lighting it. i don’t mind teaching people how to, which is what i use this blog for but these are my images and i mark and copyright them as such.

aubrey intrigued me with the offer of having edwardian corset props. i wondered how i’d look in one but we are different sizes. but  letting my imagination run free anyways i remembered the mirror so i contacted her. she was excited about the idea as well so when she had some free time we booked it for sunday afternoon. mary was able help set up the studio beforehand but had to leave due to prior commitment.

the set up consisted mostly of blacking out the room as i had figured the lighting positions beforehand, three lights – one with a softbox strip over the mirror and one from each side. simple.

although in this image there are only two lights being used due to my fooling around with them, but it worked out because the back light also lights her face due to reflection in mirror.

female nude with white edwardian corset

i’ve decided to start taking head shots of all my models because a lot of people are looking for the perfect photographer to capture their images, make to make themselves a star and why not? we are all here together.

aubrey zich

this is an un-retouched image straight from the camera, nice to have great skin.i am a master of finding ugly angles but having young models helps.

female nude with curtain & mirror

female nude with curtain & mirror

this was the big set up even for the head shots, i wanted to try and get the curtain pattern projected on her body but it didn’t work here. i’ve done this on movies and television but would have taken more hands than i had. so do the shot and move on.

female nude wearing white corset

female nude wearing white corset

i think we got some nice images out of this afternoon, btw it does take a lot of time getting into and out of these things as they lace up.

female nude adjusting white corset

but i do think the afternoon was well worth the effort although i didn’t have to get in and out of those corsets

corseted female wearing blk mask & boots

corseted female wearing blk mask & boots

these are her street boots that i think add an (erotic) dimension to the session, that of course depends on ones pov.

corseted female putting on stockings

masked corseted female putting on stockings

but stockings and garters are always fun unless you get caught up in them, ouch.

White corseted woman

did someone come in ?

but then i said gee i’ve got this study i am finding it hard to find people to work on which is about peoples ability to be able to touch each other both physically and mentally which these

female nude wearing pearls & black gloves

wearing pearls & black gloves


this one below is one of my favorites as everything lines up nicely. of course we changed the set up somewhat and got all  the lighting working for this shot.

corseted female nude

looking in a mirror as young girls do

but there are a lot more images, it’s just i am tired of working on computer. it must be lunch time, what i missed lunch again and it’s now dinner? now i know where my life goes, down some pixel hole working to blind the photographer. do you know there are a group of blind photographers working?

i’ve got to do something about my web presence these half measures aren’t cutting it. well it’s suppose to rain again tomorrow.


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