Though I have used both males and females in my work, I am inspired by the female starting with her gaze. Facial expressions timelessly transcend language and can instantly communicate an emotion or theme.
Below is a listing of the women who have inspired my work over the years and whose images I have used in my exhibitions and promotional material.
Without them, a lot of my work would not exist. Period. I thank them deeply for trusting and believing in my work and I honor their memory here on my website for all to see.
You may see some common threads: a serious look, a seductive look, a mysterious look, a playful look. My period of portrait photography lasted from 2003 - 2014. Since the introduction of hi-res cellphone cameras, I felt it made my job redundant and I put my camera down to focus on Photo Restorations for a few years.
In Autumn of 2003 shortly after meeting Nathan(Nate) Goedl, he introduced me to his friend Carrie Jean.
After I shook her hand I remarked how she had great legs (she always wore heels even to the corner store) and I asked her if I could shoot her legs for an abstract body art, photo project I was working on. She agreed to the project and Nate was there to observe the process and help ease her nerves since we had just met.
We got along great and started hanging out. One night she asked me to take a picture of her. I took the 1st one in color then something suggested I try a Sepia effect on my Sony MVCFD75 Mavica digital camera.
Boom! That was the ticket! The Sony MVCFD75 Mavica had a large preview window to look at your photos. When I showed Carrie the photo she lit up. She had never seen herself in photos like that before and we ended up shooting close to 70 images that night.
Prior to this, my photography was focused on Abstraction and Lighting Setups not people. This was the beginning of my Portraits phase.
Carrie's photos are presented in the order of our only 4 sessions. Her last 2 sessions were more personal in nature but she wanted me to document it. The last time I saw Carrie was in 2005 when she briefly lived with me.
We were introduced by a mutual friend Lamonte Young (Blade Triple) at my shop Court Street Studios.
We got along instantly (she loved my cat Tiger, she took the photo of him sitting on my lap with glowing eyes).
She is a Makeup Artist and did her own makeup for her shoot. I loved her energy and she was a body art model for me as well.
I met her in 2009 when my friend J-PhunQ introduced me to a new singer she was managing.
Our first session is of her in the black hat and pink dress. The day that the outdoor shots were taken was extremely hot. By the time we were finished shooting at the third location, we almost passed out from heat exhaustion.
We were co-workers at Vinyl Restaurant and I needed models for the upcoming photo show I was in at Media Bridges.
I had asked at least half a dozen co-workers to model for me but only Lindsay responded. These are some of the photos from that day from our one and only session. When I left Vinyl, I lost contact with her.
We met while she was setting up an exhibition in my friend Tim Leslie's gallery Carteaux & Leslie. We had a very brief fling but during that intense time we creatively gelled.
She was the model for my nude non painted photos. Her closeup breast shot was used in my "Look Under Here" exhibition at Base Gallery.
She was a neighbor of my friend Hakiym. She mentioned to me that she was planning a performance piece "The Red Shoes" that incorporated dance and video. We did the filming guerrilla style sneaking into areas in the mornings before we both went to work.
One scene even shows her dancing 6 feet from a moving train! I finished shooting and editing the video and she had several performances where the video was projected onto a large fabric on the wall and she spoke in-between the scenes.
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I have a series of designs (Abstract, Floral & Geometric) on several products. Above, is the "Kitten Films" collage design on a 14-inch square, faux suede pillow.