Chris…Ft. Howard 2013

I really don’t want my work with fitness models and bodybuilders to be about fitness and bodybuilding. There is no need to feed that perception when the individual already does that so well. Its about the mood of the image and the personality.

Catherine Aranda…Binghamton, NY 2012

More metal,  More darkness.  Dirt and grunge.

When I first started working with figure athletes and fitness models they would look at me like I was a little bit off and with a large degree of  doubt when I suggested a location or had them climb onto something filthy and rusting.

I guess I should look at it as a compliment that those who I have been working with lately and who are a bit familiar with some of my pictures seem to become more comfortable once the scene gets “industrial”.

Cathy provided this location and it was an awesome one, but the machine was a bonus.  I think it is some kind of lathe.

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.

Working Man…Baltimore, 2009

The raw, industrial power of this location draws me back to it more than any other where I have worked.  There is so much history and tradition of labor forced into such a small area…It is easy to come away with many great images.  The place just screams blood and sweat! 

Ron is one of the best models I have worked with…male or female.  he just seemed to know exactly what to do without being directed.  I love his steely, haunting look.

This was another exercise in shooting “street”.  OK….By now you’ve realized that’s how I shoot….Seat of my f’ing pants, really.  Not so much pushing the limits of ISO here, but an exercise in balancing the light.  I used a handheld strobe for fill, but had to be very careful not to obliterate the shadows.  Don’t let anyone ever tell you that an SB-800 overheats.  I blast away with mine all day long!

I can’t remember if this was a Photoshop B&W conversion with NX adjustment, or if I used Silver Efex Pro.