Category Archives: Portrait work

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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Time Never Reverses

Time-Never-Reverses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait work with Keira Grant

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