I do have a pretty serious weakness for girls with tattoos. Cheri’s back is very nearly entirely covered, and it is lovely. She is well toned and quite fit too, and that lends an additional charm to her ink.
The second photo of this series (the selective color shot) presented a bit of a problem for me as the tag of her jean was sticking out and I did not catch it during the shoot. The tag covered the turtle’s left foot and a portion of the tribal design to it’s left. The artist that created her tattoo is just that; an artist. The work is nearly perfectly symmetrical. I was able to simply copy the right foot and tribal, invert it, and paste it over the portion covered by the tag, and then made very few minor adjustments. The ease with which I was able to cover the pants tag is a testament to the tattoo artist’s skill.
I like this image mostly because of the heavy shadow on her face conceals her identity. She could be any woman…or all of them. I enjoy the mystery of the image, even though I know full well who it is (I was there, after all).
I was deleting old files this afternoon when I came across this one. I can’t say that I forgot I had shot it, If I see a photograph of mine, I immediately recall most of the particulars of the set, but I had not given much though to these images in more than a year and a half. I didn’t do much with them at the time I created them as I had become distracted with other projects and classwork.
Wow, it has been well over two months since my last update….told you I was a slacker!
But, I do have a moderately reasonable excuse.
I’ve been busy. Which, for a shutter bug making a living with his camera, is a good thing. Business is up, and I am working through my final semester of college. I am gear up to relocate my business as well as myself 300 miles to the north. I’ll be back in my old stomping grounds and within ear shot of my son.
Now, enough about my personal crap, and on to the photos. This is Lyndsey & her boyfriend, Whatshisface. She came to me for maternity portraits, and the timing was perfect. She had the best baby belly I could wish for, and is quite pretty to boot. Whatshisface made a decent prop for the photos of her.
Meet Shanna Banana.
Asking someone to pose for your camera can be about as nerve racking as asking someone for a date. Funny thing is, I never back down from asking someone to sit for me…humph, go figure.
Shanna is brand new to my portfolio, as of yesterday, as a matter of fact. I was skulking about on MySpace (oh shut up, you probably have an account, too), when I found her profile. I found her to be rather pretty and full of spunk and attitude. I like those qualities in my models. It translates well in photographs. I suppose it is the faceless anonimity of the internet that makes it easy to approach strangers. I told her she was beautiful, and that I would love to photograph her. We traded a few emails, and voila..2Gb of photographs.
It was a good session, and we both had fun. Odds are, you will see more of Shanna.
…since I posted anything new, so I thought I’ll find something worthwhile from recent shoots. I think this one is from early June. Peace is the model’s name, no shit. Not a nick name, but her Christian name as it appears on her birth certificate. Unique…I’ve never met anyone names Peace…clearly her parents were hippies. She was an odd duck herself. Pleasant enough, just odd.
The title of this post does not refer to my point of view as in what I think on a particular subject, but rather what I actually see when I look into a camera, my perspective.
A single lens reflect camera has a prism with two mirrors that “right” the image in the view finder. When viewing what the lens actually sees as you would with a view camera, the image is inverted both vertically and horizontally (upside down and flipped over). With the waist level view finder on this RZ67 there is a single mirror that inverts the image upright, but it is still flipped on the horizon…left is right, right is left. The right brain fights with the left if you’re not used to it.
But I love these medium format cameras. The lenses are so crisp, and the negative so large (granted not as large as the view cameras) you can pull so much detail out of everything. There is just something cathartic about turning a lens and bringing something beautiful into sharp relief.
Quite possibly the most graceful creature I’ve ever encountered.