Thursday, February 23, 2012

San Diego

Last weekend I had the opportunity to travel to San Diego and work with the amazing Katz Pajamaz
Using GoogleEarth I thought I spotted several good locations, and also found an old bridge, as we drove by the bridge we found it very overly populated by people, hikers and dog walkers. It seemed there was plenty of open space further east, lots of Jeep trails along rolling hills where we could work, but as we drove along I discovered basically that every trail had a fence or locked gate.
Undaunted, we headed for the hills, planning to return to the bridge later in the day with the hopes most of the humanity there had headed home. I did have a map to a second location but I over shot the turn off, so we turned around and while I drove Katz searched using the GPS, We did eventually find the general area we were looking for, but the skies were overcast, the roads narrow, we made the call to just use an open area near a creek bed.
So we parked Rocksy and climbed down a small hill, beautiful rocks and trees, small but usable, the sun would peek through the clouds every so often but mostly we had overcast. I can't say enough about Katz Pajamaz, her photo should be in Wiki when you look up the definition of Art Model, she's phenomenal and did we ever make the most of the space and light we had.
Reclaiming The Inner Goddess
I'm not sure how long we shot up there, but since it was a long drive back to the bridge, we got what we could, shot images in the trees, on the rocks, a small open bridge, did the shots for my flower series, jumped back in the Jeep and headed for Sweetwater Bridge. I'm looking forward to shooting with her again near the end of March, but out in the desert, for a couple of reasons, lack of fences, she's wonderful company, an amazing model and she makes the best damn cookies I've ever tasted!
Sweetwater Bridge
"The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way." ~Diane Arbus

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Desert Wedding

Yes, I know the title of the blog is Desert Art Nude, but tell me, who can resist a pretty girl in a wedding dress?
Desert Wedding
We were out shooting in the Antelope Valley on a cold and windy day, not ideal by any stretch of the imagination.
A Heart For A Picket Fence
Pearl brought along a beautiful wedding gown.
The Day We Said Goodbye
I did my best to help her with the dress, you can probably envision the scene, strong blowing winds, a big dress with a train, a photographer who is all thumbs and this tiny effing miniature zipper, it's a good thing no one was nearby with a camera!
The Big Day
Plus a few wonderful people we found who helped us out, but as the story ends ...there are still places to go.
What I Must Do
"I think it very important never to confuse psychology or literature with photography. This is why I wouldn’t dream of trying to explain my work. Thus my pictures are quite simple: me, thinking in images." ~Sam Haskins

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Photographic Nude 2012

I'm super excited to announce that I will have work included in  
"The Photographic Nude 2012" at Lightbox Photographic  
March 3rd – April 4, 2012.
Artists opening reception Saturday March 3, 6-9 pm
Dedicated to the memory and the creative spirit of Ruth Bernhard
My work, "Missing Me" with art model Pearl Pardo was chosen for this exhibit.
Missing Me

"For me, the creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny. Whether working with a human figure or a still life, I am deeply aware of my spiritual connection with it. In my life, as in my work, I am motivated by a great yearning for balance and harmony beyond the realm of human experience, reaching for the essence of oneness with the Universe." ~Ruth Bernhard