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New Model – Guianna

29 Sep

I am currently in the process of finishing up some pieces for a juried art show, and my concept involved nudity. It was difficult finding models to pose nude, as is expected, so one night I was at Cafe Bohemia to see some local music and I found her: Guianna Brantley. She has the most beautiful skin, a big gorgeous head of kinky afro hair, and the biggest whitest smile I’ve ever seen. And she was super excited to do the shoot and wanted to get started immediately. So I called up trusty little Blackbird and we arranged a last-minute shoot in an awesome run down old building.

Blackbird did makeup and styled the whole shoot. For the nudes, we didn’t need much styling, but below are some photos with Blackbird’s designs. I had a floor lamp and one modeling lamp. And a diffuser. That’s it. We made use of a really dark, stuffy closet to do all these shots. We were sweating profusely because there was no air conditioning – or air flow at all for that matter, but this place is a photographer’s dream. Any artist’s dream! So many cool old things and places to explore.

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Inspiration

23 Jun

Inspiration can come from anywhere. The smell of night blooming jasmine as you’re walking down the street at dusk. A woman leaning pensively over a table, wearing red lipstick and no bra, maybe thinking about a lover or the one-night stand she had last night. Sweat on the brow of a man walking down the street, perturbed perhaps by a dreaded meeting, an unfaithful spouse, or a gambling debt. Watch people and they will tell you their story. I like to use these stories as inspiration for my art.

Facial expressions, color, light, pose. All of these things come together to make a work of art speak, whether it is a photo, a painting, or a sculpture. And if you craft an interesting story with all of these elements, and use your imagination to create a narrative, people will be curious, ask questions, and want more… this is the fabric of creativity. A stream of consciousness revealed, and then blended with our own imagination and then colored and sculpted and blasted onto a wall or a pedestal to either be rejected or loved. Either way I keep making art…

Iphone photos.