Been a while since I did some basic portraits. Also been a while since I’ve used a backdrop (they’re a pain to steam or “edit in post” etc)

Two were made because the ladies needed portrait / headshots for various activities. The other was a portrait made before we did a make-up session. I’ve photographed these young ladies many times over the last few years and it’s been fun to develop these relationships and see them grow up.

The second one for Miss A I edited a bit more than I ordinarily would because she needs it for auditions. Usually I don’t “airbrush” my work since everyone is beautiful as they are, but this particular one was more for a commercial purpose so I touched up the color version and then converted these to black and white for the fun of it.

…since I recommended a photo book. Almost two years. Not sure if that’s because I haven’t been looking at as many or maybe I just hadn’t come across another one I wanted to recommend.

Until now…

I actually sat down and went though a handful of a large stack of photo books I have to explore and this one jumped out. I knew it would be good because I’d bought it after seeing an article for it online, probably many months ago, and it sat in the stack for the duration.

But it’s amazing. Mr. Brandt made these photographs in an animal preserve and photographed the animals with the people, so they are NOT composites in that fashion. In short, it’s a commentary on the destruction of our environment and the impact it has on people and animals.

For me (which may say more about me than the images; we see ourselves in others’ work) these foggy portraits in a barren land express a kinship that exists between us and our fellow tenants on this rock of ours as well as a deep grief for the losses we are witnessing (or ignoring) all around us. They are a warning and a reminder of how fragile life (and civilization) are (though often the two are in conflict).

It’s a beautiful book of meaningful work and I recommend it.

I received notice Saturday September 10th that the photo “Saturday Afternoon” had taken the James Keefe Photography Award in the 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition. They had awards for each medium as well as a best in show.

You can see the entire show at the entire show at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth IL through October 28th of 2022.

I’ve been working on a project for the last three years (if you want to be involved let me know; ANYone 18 and older can participate and I want YOU) mostly thanks to Covid slowing things down. I’ve been keeping some fun images under wraps until the big reveal (hopefully this fall; need people, see previous parenthesis), but I made an exception for Mizz-fitt who wanted to submit to not one but TWO magazines. I don’t usually worry about magazines, but when models want to be in print who am I to get in the way.

So, several of the images from the session made it into Vigour Magazine July issue # 4…

…as well as La Fashion Magazine issue # 2 on which we made the cover.

Always nice to have one’s work appreciated.