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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

You'll Never Die

Photography is the great illusionist... like Houdini, Hennings, Copperfield, and Blaine folded in with Penn & Teller.

I should know better, but I'm still so tempted to believe we'll somehow live forever. Looking back over the decades at some of the most compelling celebrities, I wonder: Those eyes! That jawline and easy, carefree smile. Such impossibly smooth skin and lithe form.

But like that, the decades flash by and time turns all winks and smiles and strength right back to dust.

Ironically, that's why I love photography as much as I do... for as much as it deceives, it reminds.

Time never stands still, but at least it allows a brief but sweet moment to pause and savor. 

Remember death.




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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Houses of the Holy

Intriguingly, churches conjure such different images in different people.

For some, it's timeless architecture with soaring steeples.

For others, dry, outdated ritual. Or prohibitive mandates.

Even worse, manipulation, hypocrisy and abuse.

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And while for many, those might sadly be true... it's far different for me:

Vision
Magnus Opus
Epic quest
Fellowship of believers
People
Earthy
Celebration
Laughter
Peace of mind and conscience
Worthy sacrifice
Calling
Challenge
Heroism
Surprises
Joy
Revelry
Worldview
Splendor
Transcendent otherness
Humility
Dignity

Be inspired:

http://media.college-church.org/avms.asp

Or as Annie Dillard charges,

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. ”



















Friday, June 20, 2014

Krups Steel... gracefully

In its day, Krups Steel was the hardest of hard. One WWII military military strategist resolved to train his men to be "as tough as Krups Steel."



I suppose that's why I am so fascinated by women's competitive fitness. That mixture of Krups hardness with the timeless beauty of the female form.

In this shoot, I was further intrigued by how the wildness of the setting interplayed with the feminine softness of the model's hair, face and outfits.

Davinci's mathematically symbolic drawing reminds me of the majesty of men and women, the pinnacle of the created order. Form and function. Precision. Symmetry. Similarity and difference. Structure and beauty. Anatomical wonder.


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Along those lines, here's what rattles in my head while I'm shooting. (and ask any of the models with whom I've shot and they've most likely come to learn how to answer each and every one!)


1. What is the relationship between the angle of the eyes and the nose?
2. What's the biggest mistake in posing a woman's hands?
3. How should arms relate to the torso for the most flattering look?
4. Similarly, what about the same consideration with posing legs?
5. What are the 2 primary curves?
6. How is the ball of the foot important even when it's not viewed in the image?
7. Styling aside, what is important to remember about hair, especially when it falls past the shoulders?
8. What is the "gunslinger" stance?

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