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Tattoo and Shibari/Kinbaku experience

October 5, 2016

The other day a Model Mayhem male model contacted me about shooting some Time For Pictures shoot. His only request is that his face not be recognizable. They don’t call me Fuzzypictures for nothing, sure I am up for it.

For those who don’t know what Shibari is It’s an ancient Japanese art form developed during the Samari time for bonding their prisoners with rope. It is also referred to as the art of Kinbaku a sensual provocative form of Japanese erotic bondage now becoming popular in America.

That day and still today my flash receivers were acting wooky. Sometimes they worked sometimes not, so exposure was all over the place and I had a lot of over exposed throw aways along with some surprises.

I’ve wanted to add some spooky Images to Peau magazine for the autumn issue sort of as a theme and thought the tattoo’s might do the trick. Who knows what works and what doesn’t?

Tattooed male grasping his head and shoulders.

Dark Zen

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Dark Zen

I haven’t gotten around to trying to adjust the over exposed images yet and maybe I won’t it’s a lot of work finding interesting people and shooting them then selecting images we both like.

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Dark Zen

We chatted about our likes and dislikes but I never asked him the story of why so many tattoo’s. We did exchange information about who some of the tattoo artists were both his and mine where done as I shot.

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Darkk Zen

If I don’t know and like the person ‘I am out of there.’ I am way too old to be uncomfortable anymore, been there done that. My work is about collaboration with the model around a theme, if there is one, I couldn’t do this type of photography without the model having ‘some chops’ as they say in jazz.

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Dark Zen

I need to fix those strobes but this White Lightning 1200 Ultra keeps on kicking, I’ve only two left out of four but what a light.I didn’t need to give him much if any direction as he does this out of love also. I did show him images as we went along so he had an idea of what I was shooting.

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Bamboo pole

We fooled around with this pole for awhile but it didn’t do anything for me not that we didn’t get some interesting shots of his hands holding the pole but I wanted some more so ‘Hey lets try this’ my favorite saying.

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Prisoner of the dark  

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Detail

I am reading a book called The Beauty of Kinbaku a history of the art and artists which got me thinking about what’s Japanese and one of the first think that comes to mind is Bamboo, so I go down to the flower district and find some. Who knew there was a vicious spider living in them and bit me on the elbow while I napped. Yeow some poison I sprayed the whole lot. I don’t like to kill spiders but he attacked me first.

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Dark Zen

Well I’ve saved the best for last, although they were the first images we shot we both loved all of these but the first images blew me away. I looked at them and said ‘that’s it.’ I am not sure I could have planed them any better.

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Dark Zen naked

But wait there is more, our first picture below.

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What am I holding?

Yep that Ultra 1200 is something. This is from one of our first images sets. See I couldn’t do this without someone aware of the creative process.

Jene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I shoot them as they come to me, thank goodness they are all different

March 6, 2016

and that’s not a bad thing. But as I get older things, names and words  temporary vanish from my mind.

I almost missed this shoot due to not keeping my phone calendar up to date. my wife brought me the phone with all these text messages ‘I’am on my way’ and ‘ I’am almost there’………… holy smokes i called her right away saying i had forgotten about it. i was 30 to 45 minutes away and couldn’t get in using mass transportation but Mary and i have had ‘no shows’ and know how it feels. Mary drove me into city in 30 minutes. Where are you? waiting in a bar down the block she said, it was very cold out and reading her bio below i knew she was cut from a different cloth.

My Name

I GUESS YOU ARE KIND OF CURIOUS as to who I am, but I am one of those who do not have a regular name. My name depends on you. Just call me whatever is in your mind.
If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: Somebody asked you a question and you did not know the answer.
That is my name.
Perhaps it was raining very hard.
That is my name.
Or somebody wanted you to do something. You did it. Then they told you what you did was wrong—”Sorry for the mis¬take,”—and you had to do something else.
That is my name.
Perhaps it was a game that you played when you were a child or something that came idly into your mind when you were old and sitting in a chair near the window.
That is my name.
Or you walked someplace. There were flowers all around.
That is my name.
Perhaps you stared into a river. There was somebody near you who loved you. They were about to touch you. You could feel this before it happened. Then it happened.
That is my name.

Britteny kind of hippy like but hey I was one of the original hippies.Her Model Mayhem link is 5340850.

the studio was a shambles nothing set up but thank goodness most of the lighting hangs from a grid. but I had no idea what to shot with her nor who she really was. I haven’t figured how to connect my IPhone to Model Mayhem. What a klutz. She did save my butt by pulling this outfit from her bag.

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So we begin, well actually she brought her outfit going to another shoot after mine, once dressed she began poseing here and there one after another .

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She was a pro at this because to tell you the truth I was unprepared. Usually I have some prevision of what I want to shoot with each model. That doesn’t mean  that’s where the shoot winds up going but at least that’s where I think it will go. This was a pleasant surprise because on the ride to studio I didn’t have a clue who she was, Ok just wing it.

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I gave her one of my jackets because she said she was cold, it must have been in the twenties outside, but I though the semi coolness of the studio kept her nipples erect which I think is preferable. Somehow the jacket kept slipping off her. Maybe she wasn’t so cold after all._MG_0490

But I must say she gave me a full days shoot in a couple hours. I like to try different things with each person, so after going to the closet once she picked out this outfit

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Which got reported on Facebook as inappropriate  because you can see a little bit of her pubic hair whoa they got good eyes. I guess I should have used this image below , oh well

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There is such a slight difference here my old eyes didn’t catch it. We bought this outfit years ago at a clothing store next to an art gallery we had a showing in.

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Obliviously she wasn’t shy but she also wasn’t into doing spread shots nude.

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so we got these two shots this one with more attitude but getting the background under control wasn’t easy.Lots of blur filter making her the object of attention.wtf 0458

We had agreed that she was willing to do some bondage/rope work which seems to be a phase I am in these days.

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I don’t think what I do is S&M but it does add a little kick for me over regular nudes.

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There is something about the texture of the rope against the skin I like. We didn’t have time to let the rope patterns set into the skin as I originally wanted. Do we ever get all we want?

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So all things must come to an end as I untie her and she gets dressed for her next foray into the cold cold world. We are not doing a brain surgery tutorial just playing around with things, hopefully making things a bit more interesting. As I say I never know who will walk through my door nor what I’ll walk away with.

So it is as she headed to her next shoot and I straightened the studio, then on to editing. She didn’t respond when I sent her some images . I guess she didn’t need them.

Jene

 

I shoot them as they come to me

February 21, 2016

I don’t know what it is about people when i reach out to them but they always surprise me. ya you never really know what will walk in the door, they could be better than hoped for or have put on ten or twenty pounds. is it me needing to be more decerning ?  i am not desperate to create art. sometimes i even doubt the art part. sometimes the magic works and something it doesn’t ya just go on to the the next one, and you don’t know that about one either.

so i  begin with the first model whom i had high hopes for. i loved a couple pictures in her port done 9 months ago. different photographer with different eye shooting different pictures.

where to begin, everything has a beginning

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i tried to use this large satin material and these pink leather cuffs but most of the pictures wound up on the editing floor.

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i was looking for something very romantic but there isn’t anything remotely romantic here. my direction, could be ?  models perception who knows? the first mistake was how the satin was arranged a big mistake here. i tried just didn’t hit a winner here,  time to move on and learn not to do that again.

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the model was willing to try this or that and since i don’t know what i am doing then how do i know if i succeed? i did learn something i never knew or asked about. what are those bumps around her areola see this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areolar_glands for an explanation.

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just keep trying like Edison with the light bulb. i think she was getting the proper attitude i like her pride here

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or at least trying her willingness great but good pictures are in the details

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here she couldn’t get nipple lassos on straight. think i need a female stylist. touching naked strangers isn’t proper photographic etiquette….. i just hate struggles  ugh

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so we changed ropes

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which she liked because she posted these on her site.

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but i still didn’t have what i wanted so quickly before time ran out i tried this ankle restraint.

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none,not quite there too much ps way over exposed but going in right direction

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so here with a simple black card leaned against the record cabinet i got this, yes some levels adjustments but testing my i statement ‘i only need one or two good images from a shoot’ here it is. the title is ‘going someplace?’

jene

 

 

 

 

abandoned school………… but not lonely

August 21, 2013

Life is pretty wonderful at least mine has been so far yea there has been plenty of praise and blame in my life gains and loss but that is just the way life is. i don’t want to brag about because if i get snug something comes along a smacks me upside my head to get my attention.

these golden years i ask myself, walking up lying in bed taking inventory feeling new pains every day, oh that’s new ‘hello there’. maybe i should start giving them names as i did with my mental states that arose because pushing them away wasn’t working so i thought might as well get intimate with them. that seems to give them less power over me and they become less interested in bothering me.

i haven’t been doing much shooting everything seems to be the same old everything. i got tired of my lighting and no one seemed interested in working with me. had two different maternity women contact me/us to shoot some belly pics but never heard from them again. wtf

i always peruse craigslist looking for opportunities which are getting slimmer every day, but sometimes gold shows up. it’s just not polished and shiny, but if one is open one can scrape off the dross and find the jewel. so it’s been this week  i answered and adv for a bondage photographer that was a little off my speciality but i do dark pretty good so what the hell.

we talked and what he wanted it seemed interesting but you never know with craigslist people have been killed using that forum. there have been people whom i just didn’t feel right about so never followed up. he does have a portfolio on musecube where i stated but left them.

mark we will call him is an urban explorer working in underground environments and abandoned buildings. huh that’s something different for me can’t bring a lot of lights with me there.  so we agreed to meet uptown and i pack a camera along with an off camera flash, my Yongnuo flash triggers which are one of the biggest bargains i have, thanks david hobby from the strobist for the suggestion and  some spare batteries and off i went.

this is what i saw when i got there

scaffolding

hi mark this is the scaffolding you want me to climb? think you can do it? i am not sure. i’ll climb up first and show you how.

now mark wasn’t carrying a 20 lb backpack but all 6’3 of  him went up fine and i followed with all my 5’7 frame.  it’s right on a busy street  and we had to watch out for cops but i made up thinking now i probably won’t do that location again.

first walk up the crossbars then scoot over the horizontal one pull yourself up one foot on the building  reach up and pull yourself onto top. got it? sure

it’s an abandoned school and pretty dark on the ground floor. walking up the internal staircase was a challenge, flash light is another thing to bring along, oh stupid i’ve got one on my phone. we made it up to one of the top floors mark assured me he’d been in all the rooms and the floors were safe. best to be very watchful were you stepped lots of fallen debris all over.

he began to undress as we talked about the shot he had envisioned, you go up there on another landing, which i had to walk up a fallen flat wrought iron railing. before i did that i set up my 580 flash and wireless receiver on the landing below wrapped with blackwrap leaning on debrie pied on the floor.

here is our shooting area

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shooting area

my perch is up one landing.  this is a first one without flash firing

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nude kneeling

nude male tied to banister posts

nude male tied to banister posts

so now the lower flash starts to work not sure why it didn’t in the beginning but oh well.

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nude on staircase

i am sort of working in the dark as far as exposure or can you say guessing? the led display on the back of my camera wasn’t much help. seeing the bottoms of marks feet covered with ash really picked up the light. but i was beginning to feel relaxed and making pictures. so now i can move around from my perch,

i am a ninja photographer.

nude male on stairwell

nude male on stairwell

i love this shot with the sun light in frame left and through broken window mixed with strobe. so now time to move strobe and me back to my perch.

nude suspended

nude suspended

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nude standing

now with all the broken glass underneath our feet i’ve always wanted to do a broken window shot so here it is.

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nude hanging

on our way up here well past this hallway which i fell in love with the lighting so down we went.

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nude in hallway door

while mark wanted to show me this desk which he jumped upon and we did a couple of shots there using natural light from broken window

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nude male on child’s desk

but out of the corner of my eye i saw this other wall

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hanging

hand

hand

then it was time to head home. peering over railing in search of the fuzz, none over we go.

mary was upset with me going off somewhere that was dangerous without her knowing where i was going and she was right, suppose something happen to us? now i am going to make sure she knows where i am. i am such a kid.

i was surprised not to find any crack vile’s broken on the floor but what crack head would climb that scaffolding to get high, just some dummy photographer.

jene


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