The Story of the Portrait; “Out of the hole”

Well, I have decided to do a feature blog post on “The Story of the Portrait”. My intent is to tell the story behind some of my favorite portraits that I have shot over the years.
I will start with this portrait titled “Out of the hole”
Out of the hole
While participating in a workshop/walking tour of Spanish Harlem, I came across this gentleman. An imposing figure no doubt. Here’s the story. I generally like to shoot very candid when shooting street photography because I believe that yields the most natural look. By that I mean “sneaky” photos where the person is not even aware they are being photographed, but in this example I actually stopped and had a conversation with him.Even though it looks like this guy is about to come out and kick the fuck out of me, turns out he was super nice and very gracious about having his picture taken even though he was busy doing chores about his house. That’s where I shot this. The “hole” as it were is actually where the doorway to his basement apartment is and he was coming out and that’s when I snapped this shot. I love the intensity on his face and the feel of action in the shot.
The shirt BTW, says “Fuck Osama”
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Let that be a lesson to you all……….

Photo that was used by my friend Sandra LaMorgese for her blog post on her “Yes Mistress” blog. The story is a great read about Impact Play.If you don’t know what that is, you can read about it here at Impact Play

Shades of Grey sMy personal experience is that when I first met her to photograph her, I joked around about her using her cane on me (the very one in this photograph), the “joke” turned serious and before I knew it, I was on the business end of that cane. It hurt,yeah, but also there was this rush of endorphins and electricity. It’s not something I would want for a long and sustained period of time but what a rush at the moment

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How Going to a Nude Beach at 59 Empowered Me

I got to go to a nude beach and take photographs of an amazingly beautiful 59 year old woman, who was there for the first time in her 59 years. Great thing about this is that she got to write about it on her blog at Huffington Post and include photos from that day

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Check out the article and photographs at her blog

How Going to a Nude Beach at 59 Empowered Me

 

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I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit!

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 9.01.11 PMThose familiar with my work know that I shoot a lot of art nudes. I post to several sites to share the work that accept nude photos. One thing they all have in common is that you have to opt in, in order to see “mature” content. That is to say that you need to agree to want to see mature content. It’s not like you are looking at sunsets and trees and all of a sudden, bam, theres a photo of a nude woman there.

Also, they require that the poster tag/flag that the work is of mature content. Now I am respectful of these requirements and am vigilant in tagging/flagging my photos so nothing I post should come as a shock to anyone.

So WHY do I get messages about people who have issues with my photos. You HAVE opted in to see mature content, the work is tagged/flagged mature. Is it that you want some of this, but none of that?

I got one of these messages on my 500 px account and they deleted the photo from there and quite frankly, that is the last straw. I can take criticism and even just ugly comments about my work (those are easy enough to ignore) but the part time puritans are more than I can take.I have taken my 500 px account dark and will no longer post there

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The Muse is back

So my muse, Lex Lethal, is back in New York. We’ve been brainstorming and working out ideas and have some some amazing things in the works. Some of them deal with photography that will be seen on my social media sites, some of it not. Stay tuned Chain-Reaction

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10,000 notes

This photo has gotten more than 10,000 “notes” on tumblr. I have other photos on tumblr with more than 10,000 hits but those were posted by others, this is the first one I have posted myself thats gotten 10,000 notes.10,000

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Art is art

I got a message on my Instagram from Lex Lethal pointing me to this art work done by someone who goes by the name starvin_artist. It’s a painting done based on a photo I took of Lex a few years back. I love the piece and for the record, I LOVE when artist take my work and repurpose it into other forms of art i.e. Paintings,drawings. I,however HATE when “retouchers” decide they want to “reedit” a photo of mine
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20,000

Looks like my girl Kelsey Dylan did it again. First photo to reach 20,000 hits on my flickr! Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 2.50.29 PM Take-my-leave

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Ah Sunflower

I’ve never been good at the whole “hair-flipping” thing but here the light was right and the model extraordinary and so here is the result

Model Keira GrantAh-Sunflower

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Time Never Reverses

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Portrait work with Keira Grant

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