Silence….Catherine, 2014


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Silence,
mistaken
for arrogance or indifference.
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There is no need
to mark the world…
for reflection
on small truths
or the superfluous judgement
of another.

Indian Summer


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In the black house
Reality mingles
With the sweet, salty blur
Of blue dreams.
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Rejection of antagonistic security.
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Stretched
Charged
Attentive…
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Open like a flower.
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Describe for me
The color
Of Indian summer.
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I only see in black and white…
And sometimes shades of gray.

Last Rose of Summer


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This image made me think and interested me much more than many that I have made recently. Working with Catherine and other bodybuilding and fitness athletes usually has me using their hardness and muscularity as an integral part of the image and its message. I play up that angle.
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When I pulled this file to post process, I was immediately struck by the way it retained power and emotion in concert with its softness. It retains a powerful, reflective, human femininity. I realized that it is the genuine humanity showing that holds the power and not the depiction of obvious perfection.
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When retouching during processing, I became genuinely concerned with preserving this human element… Being careful not to destroy the power coming through as part of that reality.
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I know that most athletes want to be depicted as physically perfect and powerful as possible. There is an element of power that transcends the physical. There seems to be power in being natural… Being human.

Catherine at the Inlet II, 2014


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High heeled hips swing
soft, smooth silk.
Lithe origination
looking for rebirth.
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Smoky…
Rough…
No excuses hard.
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Resplendent with taught, lissome regeneration.
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A new statuesque dawning.

Atlantic Desert


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f8 and be there.
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The implication is that being “there” at the right time is half, or even more than half, of the way to make a great picture.
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Of course, being in great light with a great subject takes planning, timing and forethought.
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But I have come to realize that another “there” exists. Its a metaphorical place formed collectively by the minds of the model and the photographer during the shoot.
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I was really only passively aware of this in the abstract until being specifically told about it by a few of the models with whom I had been working.
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In the instances where good images were made, minds came together in trust and understanding and everything just went to a very free place.
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its clearly evident to me now that it is not just equipment and technical knowledge that combine to make a good photograph. It is also the communication, understanding and trust between collaborators and the mood and psychic atmosphere they are able to create.