Here’s some new work with Claudine in my secret bamboo forest.
Shot with Ilford 50 and Kodak TriX with a Nikon FM and a Diana.
Catchy titles for blog posts keep me entertained. You must entertain yourself at all costs or life gets zombied.
Claudine visited California recently and we caught some images and some chem trails. All images shot with a RolleiFlex on Ilford PANF Plus 50 120.
We also visited my secret bamboo forest. I’ll post some of those soon. Enjoy!
I had plans to go out to the sand with Floofie for our shoot last week but catching a silly cold prevented that. So we stayed in and made some Polaroid Type 55 images. Yes, I still have a stash luckily. It doesn’t like to get warm so I have to press the film against the freezer wall right before I insert it into the film holder. It’s getting very finicky. I like the torn look and don’t really mind unless it’s messing with the composition. I’m glad to still be working with the film and thanking my foresight when it came to stockpiling it before the demise. For now I don’t need to start shooting regular 4×5 film and developing later. I like the on the spot developing. It makes me happy. I obtained a minute amount of solarization on this shoot and I’m super stoked about that. I usually get it easily with the Polaroid Type 85 I use with my Holga and Polaroid Back, so maybe the aging process is lending more funk to the film. I’ll take it.
So, enjoy the shoot…
I just returned from my yearly festival for ARTnudes Network. One of the images I made there with the model Ella Rose is one of my most surreal to date. When pulling apart the Pos/Neg Type 85 Polaroid I decided to only solarize 1/2 of the image instead of the entire piece of film. What happened was a trip! I’m going to do this more often. This is just tripped out. Check out what it did to her torso. And the peel marks… how did they not affect her skin?
There is zero photoshop manipulation on this photograph. It’s all on the film.
It’s been a busy summer of print sales! Thanks everyone. This one is leaving the doors this week:
I also had a great shoot with Sara Liz a few weeks ago. We ran into Gary Busey and found the secret zen bamboo forest. In that order. Enjoy.
All shot with a Nikon FM, a Lensbaby Composer Pro and Kodak Tri-X 400 FILM.
I’ve been trying to pick some of my favorite images from my Mexican festival that I like the best. It’s really hard to choose what one’s will be “the one” when you work with such amazing models. Every image just seems like it’s just as good as the other. Trimming is tough. I might not be done for quite some time. In a normal situation I may shoot once or twice a month, so I have ample time to digest each shoot. The festival I put on is like one or two shoots per day for 8 days. So that’s like 6 months crammed into a week. Is 20 OK? 30? 10? Are there rules? I have my own rules I place upon myself, but sometimes I wonder if I’m being hard enough on myself. I’m sure every photographer does. If you click on “full screen” you can see them bigger, but they may get pixelated due to the fact I never put large files on the web. Prints are ALWAYS so much prettier.
Zoe Fest X 2011 was held in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Behind the scenes footage courtesy of Michael Marlborough. michaelmarlborough.com
It was 100 degrees on the Southern Tip of Baja at the end of the day on October 24, 2011.
Zoe Fest is a yearly fine art nude artist retreat held in different areas of the globe. 2009 and 2010 were held in Australia. From 2002-2008 we were in different areas of the United States. This was it’s 10th year, hence the “X.”
Models: Carlotta Champagne, Sara Liz, Anne Duffy, Tara Liggett, Claudine, St. Merrique, Anoush Anou, Ella Rose, Brooke Lynne, Samantha Grace, Stephanie Anne, Meghan Claire, Keira Grant, Rebecca Lawrence and Candace Nirvana.
You do funny things when you hold a camera sometimes to get certain angles. I know I’m weird.
First video by me.
Thanks to Michael Marlborough for filming the behind the scenes action!embedded by Embedded Video
And an image from the shoot.