It’s been a while since I’ve updated this site, but as I just won another First Place for this year’s Nudes in November, I thought I should start paying attention again. The featured image to this post—which my wife gave the name of “Pinnacle”—is that winner, by the way. [Read more…]
Well, tonight will mark my third ArtHop™ exhibit this year.
As you can imagine, this has meant a lot of work – but also a lot of fun! After my exhibit at Peeves Public House last month, I was contacted by new models, and so there will be about 10 or so new pieces from me on display tonight at The Vault in the Security Pacific Building on the Fulton Mall. That’s 1060 Fulton Mall, to be exact.
This year’s Nudes in November, a part of the ArtHop™ experience at the Sorensen Studio in Fresno, California, was my third time participating in that juried exhibition. In fact, the 2013 Nudes in November was the first time I had entered a juried competition.
It therefore also constitutes my third Nudes in November win, and my eighth win across all juried competitions. (The only time I’ve ever entered a juried exhibition where I did not win anything at all was in Chris Sorensen’s birthday show a couple months ago, where (so far as I know) there were no awards other than “Best of Show,” which went, as expected, to a sculptor.) [Read more…]
I have been remiss about blogging lately. A bit too busy with my law practice – which, at the moment, is how I fund my life – so unless and until I sell more prints on a regular basis, that’s just how it goes.
Anyway, some of you may know that last year, I won First Place in Photography during ArtHop™ at the Sorensen Studio’s “Nudes in November” 2013 show.
Since then, I have won other awards, as well. The latest of these – bringing me full circle for the year – is another win for “Nudes in November” 2014 show, which I present above, as the featured image of this post. [Read more…]
Every year in November, the Sorensen Studio in downtown Fresno hosts “Nudes in November.” It’s been going on for at least — I’m told — eleven years, but I’ve never participated. For that matter, I don’t think I’ve participated in any shows or competitions in more than 25 years.
One of my friends changed that this year. He encouraged me to submit a couple of my pieces. At least one, you’ve already seen. The other, though, I don’t believe I’ve posted here until now.
This image was originally shot by me some years ago, when I hired a model from San Francisco by the name of Iona. (I suspect that is not her real name; I think it’s a name she uses for modeling purposes only.) At that time, I had access to a full-sized studio, and brought her in for a few hours of shooting. Of the approximately three- or four-hundred images we shot, most were done with future photo manipulation, and compositing, in mind.
This image, however, was actually meant to be an interpretation of a stance taken by Gorean kajirae — at least in the presence of free persons. Some years ago, I had read the books by John Norman about Earth’s parallel planet, Gor. Kajirae — the form “kajiras” is incorrect — are essentially slaves. Kajirae are female, and are referred to in the singular form as “kajira” when referring to one female; the masculine form, more rare, is “kajirus” for the singular and “kajiri” for the plural.
If I recall correctly — the Wikipedia links will give you more information if you’re interested — there were approximately 27 or 28 books in the series. I think I read at least half of them. I later learned that there are people in the world who actually try to live in accordance with the books(!) and that, in an online social environment known as “Second Life,” there are virtual spaces that have been modeled on the books, as well. People there engage in role-playing as various characters from the stories. I myself occasionally, and briefly, spent some time hanging out in such places, and about once every year or two I return just to see what’s happened.
In any event, the image accompanying this post was my interpretation of a kajira in her customary submissive pose. I lost my original Photoshop file, with my original interpretation of this image, so I had to again manipulate the color and tonal ranges in Lightroom 5 and then Photoshop CS6, using a plugin or two that I can’t remember. It didn’t match up with the original version, but I actually like this better.
The photograph itself was shot with a Minolta Maxxum 5D digital camera, ISO was set at 100, shutter speed was 1/160th of a second, aperture was f/14, and the focal length set for the lens — which, as I recall, was a zoom — was 60 mm. According to the meta data “flash did not fire,” but that’s not true, as you can probably tell. The flash units were Alien Bees; I don’t recall the exact models. They were set in very large soft boxes, one of which was an octagon that I think was about 5′ or 6′ in diameter. The model was shot on white background paper, pulled all the way forward to almost where I was standing when I shot the image.
So, keep your fingers crossed for me, as I make my first foray into showing my work in a studio, where it will be judged. And if you like Arthop, consider visiting Nudes in November at the Sorensen Studio on November 7, 2013, where you can see this, and my other piece, hanging. I printed both my pieces at 14 by 21 inches, and both are framed and matted, which probably adds another 8 inches or so. You can even purchase them, if you are so inclined.
Oh! I should note that if you want to see the uncensored image, you can find it here.
This post is not going to be a detailed “how-to” for the use of textures and blend modes.
And I should note — you’ve no doubt already noticed — that the image here is “different” than what I normally post, in that it includes a nude model. I’ve applied a little censorship, since I’ve never used any of my nude work here in a blog post. If you want to see the uncensored version, it’s in the “Transformations (Nude – NSFW)” gallery. And that gallery is, as the title suggests, not safe for work. So you’ve been warned. [Read more…]
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This ain’t Macaulay Culkin we’re talkin’ ’bout here; this is Kaulin. Take a look and I’m sure you’ll agree: if she’s Home Alone, it’s by choice and it’s everyone’s disappointment. [Read more…]
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