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Unexplained Necessities

Something I have been thinking about a lot lately - and a response to a conversation I had yesterday with another artist who felt the same way...

Artists often feel compelled to create things that don't demand to be created - other than to scratch their own itch, satisfying some unexplained compulsion. Often it's to see something tangible that only exists in their head, sometimes it's a response to the world around them. It can be a myriad of prompts, but creators gon' create! 

I think when I get too focused on where I will be showcasing work, and how I will show it, I start to get stuck in my head about why people NEED to see it. Often that's not a question I can answer. But when I consider the entirety of my creative experiences and what they do for my life, it makes me realize that the answer is within the question. It needs to exists because I felt a need to make it, and its existence serves me - even if it serves no one else. 

 But chances are, if I needed to see something this bad, then someone else needed to see it too, or it would at least be a catalyst for some necessary dialogue. I feel that my creative life should show up in ways that don't first require me to explain why. If I create, then it should be somewhat rare that my consumption is not affected, or "polluted" by my own creative process. The home I rent or buy should look like MY home, the clothes I buy should look like MY clothes, I should have writings, music, and performances that speak to my vision of the world, and make it very clear WHY these things needs to exist. The existence of anything I can and will create should be as absolutely necessary as my own existence...

Because you know what?! I do not NEED to exist, but I'm here, and I'm sure as hell going to behave like the world needs me!

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The Hunt For Inspiration

Something I haven't been doing nearly enough lately... Photo Walks. A great way to just take in my environment, see things with fresh eyes, and capture images of things that fascinate me. I quickly pass by so many things that capture my interest, without 'stopping to smell these "roses"'. Today while in Atlanta, I did a bit of walking with my camera, and here's what I found. I'll spend this evening sketching ideas these images inspire, and hopefully, I'll see these things find their way into my creative process. 

The Beauty Of Man

"Do you shoot men nude?"
"Why don't you shoot men nude?"

I've done it before. It was cool. But it's a different experience. I appreciate the beauty of men, but I don't see men's bodies the same way as I see women's bodies. FOR ME, there are a number of factors that making photographing men nude different than photographing women nude. But I do appreciate the beauty in men. And when I look through my images and don't frequently see men, it bothers me, because it makes it seem as if I don't see men as beautiful. But I do. So I'm going to explore this more. I'll stretch beyong my comfort zone to get more male figures in front of this lens. I'll also collect my thoughts about why I experience photographing men nude as different than photographing women nude. 

This was a great shoot with Roscoe. I look forward to shooting with him again, as well as other nude dudes! But... I'm not particularly comfortable being in close proximity to bare penises that are not my own.
I guess I'll get over it."

"But I'm Not A Model" Call

Looking for a few great people to collaborate with to explore a variety of ideas this year.
Some projects include nudity, but those not willing to pose nude should still inquire.

For the projects I am pursuing, I am especially interested in photographing "non-traditional" beauty types, women over age 50, full-figured women, androgynous/handsome/queer women/trans men) 

Compensation:
To be determined, but includes financial compensation
Location:
Charlotte, NC (and surrounding areas)

Seeking:
Primarily Female subjects,
(also in need of Male and Non-binary subjects for various projects)

Race/Ethnicity:
Preferred Black or African American (all People of Color are welcome.)  
Dates:
2018
Age:
21-121
Nudity:
Yes

ALL subjects must be:
- Interested in being part of, and contributing to a creative process.
- Willing to commit to being photographed in multiple sessions for various projects in the coming months.
- Willing to sign a release allowing me to use the images in all formats without restriction.

Subjects for nude projects must be:
- Willing to commit to being photographed in multiple sessions for various projects in the coming months.
- comfortable being photographed nude, and in provocative manner

Please contact me here if you are interested in participating. Please share with anyone you think may be interested. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Growth (NSFW)

Quiet as it's often kept, grown human women naturally grow hair in abundance on places that are not their head. They seem capable of deciding whether to shave it or leave it be. How we can decide that's NOT feminine, I'm not sure.
Anyhoo, I'll just be over here doing what I usually do... using my lens to celebrate some #UnashamedGrownWomanShit.  

 

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Free to Be (pt. i)

I adore when Natasha and I get a chance to connect. 

My best work happens when the person I am photographing loves my work, and doesn't judge themselves for being a part of the process. When Natasha and I connect, all we know is that our goal is make dope images! She's not worried about how she looks. It's my job to make sure I capture her beautifully. We're not worried about peoples' judgment of what we create. That's none of our business. 

Today I asked her to bring a couple of outfits that I could shoot her wearing - and barely wearing. We rode around for a bit, looking for a fresh location, and once we found something, we got to work. I tell her what I have in mind. She tells me the options and suggests what she thinks might work. We Go! Because she trusts my work, neither of us have to be insecure about the strange direction I have to give to get what I see in my head. She knows all I want to do is make something amazing that we can share and be proud of.

This is a bit of what we did this July 4th. 

 

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In The Right Direction...

I always know "the next step", that's never been the problem. The difficulty is embracing the direction I need to go. Stepping out a place that is very comfortable (for better or worse), when I only know where I'm placing my next step.

Knowing you're on the right path is a fortunate thing, and I do believe I'm headed in the right direction. But it's a struggle to face my fears. I guess I have to struggle then. There's work to do, and places to go! Everything I want is on the other side of fear. 

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