Driving home from a charity event last night, I sort of heard a program (I was not paying 100% attention) on the radio that included an interview with Natasha Hastings about her participation in the "Body Issue" put out by ESPN the Magazine. When I got home, I went to http://espn.go.com/espn/bodyissue to see what it was all about. While some of the photography was not really up to my standards (Mostly the Luis Sanchis stuff: why is Hope Solo standing in the yard watering the lawn? Isn't this supposed to be celebrating the pinnacle of human physique? She looks like she should be holding a beer and have a cigarette dangling from her mouth. Also, I feel Peter Hapak needs to check the saturation levels on his cameras or stop desaturating his images because they are kind of grey), I was pretty much just really jealous of the photographers who got to work on this project.
Then I scrolled down to read the comments and all I could think is "What is wrong with these people?" I should point out ...
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Recently I was asked to put together an artists statement about my current project. I'm pretty sure this needs some work but here's what I came up with:
I have always had a fascination with human skin. We obsess over skin, from the amazing, unscathed perfection of the skin of a newborn baby, to the desperation with which we try to stave off time and its dreaded pimples, wrinkles, and spots, to the ephemera of the wrinkly. paper thin skin of the very old. We despise our every bulge, pock mark, and subtle imperfection we believe mars us and makes us less desirable, but rarely do we see the flaws in others that we believe they must see in us. We are at our most vulnerable when we are naked and there is nothing more intimate than two people together with nothing between them but the slightest bit of air.
And for all of that, skin also drives us apart. Simple differences in pigmentation seem to justify the most brutal inhumanity. From slavery to wars, one of the smallest differences betwe ...
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About 18 months ago, I started a project that had the loosest of criteria: Shoot 50 sessions of about 2 hours each with female nude models and choose 1 or 2 images from each session. About 2/3 of the way through, I bought a new camera and sent one of my old cameras in to a special shop that converts standard digital cameras into infrared cameras. For fun I started experimenting with the IR camera as I was shooting the B/W project. This allowed me to monkey with the settings and find what actually works in studio.
So last month I officially completed my 50th B/W session and set myself a new project: 75 Infrared studio nudes. I have a head start since I am very pleased with a few shots from the testing phase. I am going to be using this site as a test bed for determining which images I will include in the final project.
Had my first two sessions in the first half of this week and am looking forward to two or three more in the second half.
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