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


Smithsonian Censorship reactions

December 11, 2010

i am personally appalled at the Smithsonian secretary G. Wayne Clough’s censorship by pulling a running exhibit ‘Hide/ Seek’ by David Wojnarowicz from the National Portrait Gallery. it again makes me wonder what kind of country do i live in and do i want to continue living here?

there must be some nice island that isn’t going to be swamped in the near future by the rising  global oceans, someplace we can drive our XR 7 convertible around in peace and not worry about some narrow minded person being upset by our art work.

Yahoos artinfo has a nice piece on this as does the New York Times have two pieces one titled ‘As ants crawl over Crucifix,Dead artist is Assailed again.’ and ‘Sexuality in Modernism: the partial history’.

hey but i wanted to see the actual video that caused all this furor so i did an google search for ‘A Fire in my belly’ and of course a YouTube link came up which i clicked on that took me to a safety link that wanted me to sign in in order to view the piece, Huh. so i went back and clicked on Vimeo which brought me directly to Fire.

after watching the video i don’t really see what this is all about. what are all these people trying to protect me from? a dead homosexual or the watching of an edited down version of the artist almost 21 minute video that was edited down to 4 minutes for the exhibit.

isn’t the Smithsonian a public funded organization? yes. then why does it react to just one or two complaints  no matter who they are from and not allowing the rest of us to be heard. talk about terrorism and the fear it creates in the community isn’t this the same thing?

i think all artist care about is to be able to create, although it’s nice to have the money to put food on the table, unless you’re dead, then you don’t need much. but hey who am i ?

just a photographer

jene youtt

Dance New Amsterdam art exhibit, ‘Figure in Motion’

December 3, 2010

if you remember i’ve written about DNA before when they were being threatened with a rent increase that would drive them from their downtown location. well negotiations are continuing so when and where DNA will be is still up in the air. Maybe writing to Mayor Bloomberg asking to preserve this dance institution might help, it couldn’t hurt, and might  be the right thing to do.

i always feel a kinship with dancers knowing how hard their lives are in creating such an ephemeral art form as dance.being a member of a dance company in the 70’s i saw how hard they worked. believe me it’s not an easy life but young people are drawn to it everyday? one wonders why?

why does any artist create? a question i ask myself every once in a while. i’ve yet to come up with a definitive answer except to say it feels right and makes me sleep better.

dance seems to be in the air this week what with the movie Black Swan opening this week. see the NYTimes article which begins with ‘ TEN years of serious training and then five more toiling in the ranks. That’s how many years of dedicated study it takes on average to become a principal ballerina at a top company.’ a quick rise to the top.

but back to our subject of Griselda Healy art exhibit ‘Figure in Motion‘ in the upstairs gallery of DNA. There is no charge for admission to the exhibit. Figure in Motion is a series of figure movement sequences; working from life with DNA founder Laurie De Vito’s company of seven dancers as models; it consists of drawings and oil sketches with graphite and charcoal materials on horizontal scroll lengths of paper.

Image: Sarah, Dance Sequence graphite and charcoal on paper 2010

Griselda Healy was born in St. James, Long Island, New York. She studied still-life and landscape painting with Paul Russotto before moving to Europe, where she studied and worked as a musician and artist. Healy recently relocated to Manhattan and now has a studio affiliated with the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY. She is presently continuing her work with figure and context.

i am always amazed by the positive energy dancer students exude and DNA is full of that. it fills the air around them even when they are sitting still.

this picture reminds me of a conversation i had with a Radio City Music Hall Rockette during  a time we both worked the Christmas Show. She told me of her husbands friends in Atlanta reactions upon hearing she was a Rockette as being so ‘glamorous’  to which she smiled and nodded. she had thought of this conversation while sitting in the rehearsal hall floor dressed in sweaty tights, a t-shirt, eating an orange and dog tired. what a glamorous life. she couldn’t imagine her husband’s business associates siting on the floor. but that’s what dancers do when not dancing.

so go see this exhibit when you are downtown to see how drawing, painting, photography and dancing are all part of the human experience. enjoy the rich cultural offerings this city has to offer. hey check out DNA offerings and see one of their shows.

it’s a wonderful space it would be a shame to see them lose it after all the work they’ve put into the space.


Smack Mellon call for proposals, artist & curators

December 1, 2010

Call for Proposals:

Deadline: January 15, 2011

Interior Space 1
Note: Applications will only be accepted through an online process starting

December 1, 2010.  Deadline is 11:59pm, January 15, 2011

Proposals are accepted annually from Emerging Artists and Emerging Curators for Smack Mellon’s Summer Show. The selected Emerging Curator will review submissions from the Emerging Artists.  The Curator will be expected to select half of the exhibiting artists from these submissions.

The exhibition will be presented June 18 – July 31, 2011.

An Emerging Artist is considered to be an artist without commercial representation who shows significant potential; has some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and is recognized as emerging by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

An Emerging Curator is defined as an independent curator who is beginning his or her career as a curator. Emerging Curator proposals must show history of at least 3 examples of prior curatorial projects successfully presented to a public audience.

Emerging Artist guidelines are here and Emerging Curator guidelines are here.

lovely thoughts on this week after thanksgiving

November 30, 2010

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon

of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.
—Minor White (1908-1976)
thanks to

14th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction

November 29, 2010
14th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction 

Benefiting Angkor Hospital for Children

December 7, 2010



© Douglas Kirkland, Dennis Hopper, Taos, New Mexico 1970
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Preview & Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Live Auction

Metropolitan Pavilion

123 West 18th Street

#5FL The Level

New York, NY 10011

Click here to view the online catalog

© Brian English, Sacred Lotus VI

$50 donation (live/absentee Bids) or

$500 donation for a special print By Brian English

(tax-deductible portion $470) – Stlll available!

In exchange for the donation, you will receive a

duotone and four-color museum-quality

auction catalog and a paddle number.

Click here to view the images.

For Inquiries: 

Friends Without A Border
1123 Broadway, #1210
New York, NY 10010
Tel (212)691-0909

Fax (212)337-8052


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Proceeds from this auction will help thousands of Cambodian children and their

families who seek medical care at Angkor Hospital for Children. Your generous

support makes it possible for AHC to continue improving it’s much needed services

further impacting the healthcare system in Cambodia.


November 23, 2010

Selected among thousands of photographers from all over the world, Kamil Vojnar from France won the first edition of The Jacob Riis Award. Andrea Land (USA), Heather McClintock (USA), Nermine Hammam (Egypt), Mitch Dobrowner (USA), and Robert Baum (Belgium) were the Runner Ups in this competition.

With this second edition offers again outstanding recognition opportunities for professional and non professional photographers worldwide WPGA is committed to discover and distinguish new talents as well as to acknowledge established artists. Be part of the group of photographers that are shifting the world of photography: enter your images to one of the most challenging and rewarding photographic competitions for pro and non pro photographers.

Until November 30th you have the chance to enter with Early Bird discounted entry fees, and submit your images at any time before the final deadline; therefore you can save today and still have lot of time to prepare your work.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000, and a selected works of his/her winning portfolio will be featured in the convcer of the book 2nd. Edition of The Jacob Riis Awad to be published during 2011. The first Runner Up will be featured in the back cover.

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards organize the second edition of THE JACOB RIIS AWARD (named after the Danish-American photographer, 1849-1914) benefiting Save the Children Foundation. It will focus in portfolios (minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 images) inviting photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements will be welcome. The Award is open worldwide to all professional and amateur photographers working with digital or traditional photography or combinations of both. There is no theme for this Award, and the images will be evaluated as a cohesive body of work (a theme or images representing the artistic trajectory of the photographer), rather than individual images.

The Award will consist in a cash prize of $ 3,000. A selected image of the winner portfolio will be featured in the cover of the Book The Jacob Riis Award 2011. JURORS:

The Jacob Riis Awards will be juried by Chris Steele-Perkins, UK (Magnum Photos), Tim Anderson, USA (publisher Red Dog Journal), Larry Padgett, USA (founder and former Managing Director of The Center for Fine Art Photography), Sucheta Das, India (Photographer), and Julio Hardy, Argentina/Spain (Managing Director, WPGA).

Awarded portfolios will be exhibited during 2012 in a city and venue to be decided


Early Bird Deadline (with discounted entry fees): November 30th at 11:50 EST

Final Deadline: January 31th, 2011 at 11:50 EST.

Juror’s Announcement: Last week of March, 2011


Early Bird: $60 for the first portfolio; $30 each additional portfolio

After the Early Bird deadline: $80 for the first portfolio; $40 each additional portfolio

Each portfolio should be composed of a minimum of 8 images and a maximum of 12. Submission of entries can only be done online.


Submtted photographs may be reproduced for the purpose of marketing and promoting WPGA contests and awards, in catalogs, posters, postcards, publications, and on the INternet. Such use is granted for not more than two years after the announcement of the awards and without payment to the photographer of featured models. Photographers will receive photo credit with each use, and will allow WPGA to sub-license their photographs to the press for reproduction in connection with the contests and WPGA exhibitions.

To see the image specifications requirements and to submit your portfolios click here.

To see the awarded portolios of the first edition of The Jacob Riis Award click here


November 23, 2010

Jerome Foundation announces:

Deadline: February 28, 2011


The 2011 Travel and Study Grant Program will award grants to emerging creative artists (composers, sound artists, playwrights, creators of performance art and experimental theater, and visual artists).  Minnesota-based executive and program administrators working for nonprofit organizations in music, theater, and visual arts are also eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications in Music, Theater, and Visual Arts is February 28, 2011.

Applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline to be eligible for consideration.  Fax and e-mail submissions are not permitted.

The 2011 Travel and Study Grant Program is supported by the General Mills Foundation, the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation.

The Travel and Study Grant Program places emphasis on individual exploration and growth.  The program supports such activities as research leading to the creation of new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of Minnesota or New York City, and dialogue on aesthetic issues.

Application materials are available on the website at and in paper form upon request to the Jerome Foundation office:

400 Sibley Street, Suite 125
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-1928
Telephone:  651.224.9431 or 1-800-995-3766.

courtesy of smack Mellon, Brooklyn NY

study shows people ignore generic photos

November 19, 2010

Most people can agree that run-of-the-mill stock photos can be boring and not generate any communications nor add interest. a new study by Jakob Nielsen, a web consultant and author finds that not only do they not elicit a responce or add anything but people actually ignore them. with eye-tracking software researchers can see where people are looking or not looking.

see the New York Times for the full article.

wondering what you can do for someone else, giving is receiving

November 19, 2010

Get Involved (Dec. 4)

Founded by photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a movement of photographers, makeup artists and volunteers who come together to give, not take, pictures of those who are less fortunate. On December 4, 2010, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture.

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