Angela….Baltimore, 2010

There’s a studio space in Baltimore called Graffiti Warehouse.  I have been curious about it for some time.  They have meet and greets several times a year, but I have always been too busy to attend.  I need to check it out to see if it is something that I would benefit from….Weighing the cost and the possible way it could add to my images.   A project for the near future.

There’s a bit of NIN/Ministry/Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie in this one….I find it kind of crazy how music can influence me visually!

15

This image was made in Binghamton, NY between the pre-judging and the night show of a natural figure competition.  Mid day light with some fill.  The number 15 holds no particular significance to Briana or me.  She is wearing a suit by Decked in Diamonds.  I really like Decked in Diamonds’ suits.  They fit very well….they cover and fail to cover in all the right places.  All the best figure athletes should buy a Decked in Diamonds suit and call me for a shoot!

Rope, Lace & Grafitti

      Each year about this time ( February-March) I try to organize my thoughts about my photography and where it’s headed.  Because much of my work so far has been outdoors with people it has tended to be seasonal.  This leads to some anxiety on my part for the few months that I do not seem to be making much work.  This anxiety is not at all economic, as I do not depend on my income from photography to pay the bills….But it comes from a need to create and to show others what I have created.  I stress about locations and concepts.  Will I be able to make some interesting images again the next time out?  I need to do things that make me say “Wow, that is pretty cool!” to myself as I am working on the images in post production.  I realize that when what I am doing starts to become boring its only because I am boring myself!

     All this has not much to do with this image, except that it was one that was made in late October or early November and because of that was one of the images that helped extend my season a bit.  It was a miserable rainy day outdoors at an abandoned fort on the waterfront.  I don’t remember the Photoshop tweaks.

Kerah Johnson, 2011

Bill Brandt advised that a good portrait tells something about its subject…past, present, and future.  I think a good portrait also sometimes can be used to communicate something about the subject that is not often evident on the surface.  Kerah is a smiling, positive, and cheerful person.  I have spoken with her numerous times and she is always so nice!  Even at competitions she seems so gracious!  How does that fit with this image?  Thinking of Kerah’s relationship with her sport and her training, I realized how deadly serious and aggressive she is with regards to it.  In the gym if something gets in the way of her progress it is going down.  So this image represents that little peice of Kerah that most never see!