On The Street in Saigon

3155_08 - People on Street, Saigon
It’s been a few weeks since my last post (sorry!), but I also realized recently that it has been quite some time since I posted any photographs from my trips to Asia.
So, with that in mind, I scanned some negative this evening from my 2011 trip to Vietnam.  These photos were made one afternoon while I was taking a walk through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon).  I really don’t have much to say about that walk right now, other than to say that Vietnam is a very interesting place to visit and there was plenty to see and photograph.  The concentration here is on the people I came across.
Hopefully I’ll be a bit more on the ball when it comes to my Asia photos in the future.

3155_09 - Two Young Women, Saigon

 

3155_07 - Men on Street, Saigon

 

3155_03 - People on Street, Saigon

 

3156_01 - Young Woman, Saigon

 

3156_03 - Two Young Men, Saigon

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Volcanic

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

I don’t know if you have heard or read the news recently, but know this: a volcano is currently erupting in Iceland.
Last weekend, a volcano called Bárðarbunga apparently erupted beneath the great Vatnajokull ice cap in southeast Iceland.  I say “apparently” because the volcano is located beneath 400 to 600 meters of ice and there’s no way to see it.  However, there have been hundreds of earthquakes in the area and a number of fissures, several miles long, were seen in the ice above the volcano.  The only thing that could cause that much melting of ice was a volcanic eruption underneath, so I guess it did happen.
Then, lava began pouring out of a fissure more than a mile long north of the icecap, some of it shooting as high as 70 meters into the air.  This eruption is ongoing, and you can read about it and see a photo here.
The good thing about this is that it’s not beneath the icecap, so there is no ice to melt.  When a volcano does erupt under the ice, all of that melted water, combined with the pressure, heat and gas from the volcano, can literally lift up the ice so that the water can run out and cause potentially catastrophic flooding.  So far, no flooding has happened as a result of the eruption under the ice last weekend.  People are now waiting and wondering.
So, what does any of this have to do with the rest of the world?  Potentially a lot, as Icelandic volcanoes have a way of causing problems elsewhere. If you remember back to 2010, a volcano named Eyjafjallajökull (don’t even try to say it, though Icelandic people have told me that I pronounce it fairly well) erupted underneath an ice cap, sending up a cloud of volcanic ash that ground European air traffic to a halt for a week.  This new eruption hasn’t done that yet, but that one four years ago began with a smaller event similar to the current one.
Going even further back, to the late 18th century, a ten month long eruption of a series of craters in south-central Iceland – one of the most devastating eruptions in recorded history anywhere – sent up such a cloud of volcanic ash that it caused a haze famine, killing 50% of the livestock in the country and 20% of the people.  It didn’t stop there, though, as the ash also brought famine to Europe, and some people believe that this was the final straw that caused the French Revolution.
Of course, volcanic eruptions are certainly nothing new in Iceland, and there are many craters to be found in the country.  Here’s a photo that I made of one on the Snaefellsnes peninsula last year.  I was not planning to photograph this volcano at the time, but was actually driving with my models to a waterside location further down the road.  When I saw this crater, though, the shape of it was so perfect that I just had to try to get some photos of it.
As the time was around 6:30 in the morning, nobody else was around, so Aubrey got out and modeled for a roll of 120 film, which on my camera produces ten photos.  Unfortunately, this was one of the few good photos that I got on the roll, as most of them are blurry.  As it was pretty cold that morning, I chose to work hand held rather than to use a tripod, as working hand held is quicker, and I wanted to get Aubrey back into the heated car as soon as possible.
I am also pretty sure that I used a fast enough shutter speed to be able to work hand held.  So, then, why so many blurry photos?  I can think of two reasons.  The first is that the wind was so strong that it actually caused me to move during the exposures.  The second is that I was hurrying so much to finish the roll and get Aubrey back in the car that I wasn’t setting myself properly and moved during the exposure.  Whatever it was, I’m glad that I at least got this photo.
It didn’t end there, though.  Fast forward a year, and on this year’s trip to Iceland I actually climbed to the top of this volcano twice in one day – one time with each model.  I haven’t got that film developed yet, so hopefully there will be nothing blurry there.  At least I used a tripod for one roll this time.
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19 Years

I was going to post some photos from last year’s trip to Iceland today, but then I realized something:  I had let August 19 pass unnoticed.  August 19, as I have noted before, is the anniversary of my very first art nude photographs being made.  Beginning with the 15th anniversary (NOT the “15 year anniversary,” mind you!), I have posted a retrospective of photographs made in each calendar year since that first one in 1995.
Perhaps I’ve just been concentrating lately on developing and scanning the photos from my trip to Iceland this year that I forgot my anniversary.  (I’ve gotten 24 rolls developed so far with another 38 still to go.)  Perhaps I’ve been thinking too much about what to do on my 20th anniversary next year – and I do have some plans.  For one thing, I do plan to put out a retrospective book with 20 years of my art nude photography.  How many pages it will be and how many photos it will include will depend, of course, on cost.
I would also like to have a 20th anniversary photo session with as many models as I can gather together – with some of those photos to be included in the book.
Still, those things are a year away.   For now, please enjoy 20 calendar years of my art nude photography.
(To see the previous anniversary posts, please click here, here, here and here.)
Untitled Nude, 1995

Untitled Nude, 1995

 

Untitled Nude, 1996

Untitled Nude, 1996

 

New Mexico Nude, 1997

New Mexico Nude, 1997

 

New Mexico Nude, 1998

New Mexico Nude, 1998

 

Untitled Nude, 1999

Untitled Nude, 1999

 

Nude, Provence, 2000

Nude, Provence, 2000

 

Nude, Big Sur, 2001

Nude, Big Sur, 2001

 

Untitled Nude, 2002

Untitled Nude, 2002

 

Nude, Nevada, 2003

Nude, Nevada, 2003

 

Nude, Scotland, 2004

Nude, Scotland, 2004

 

Nude, Ohio, 2005

Nude, Ohio, 2005

 

Nude, Nevada, 2006

Nude, Nevada, 2006

 

Nude, Ohio, 2007

Nude, Ohio, 2007

 

Nude, Joshua Tree, 2008

Nude, Joshua Tree, 2008

 

Nude, Oregon, 2009

Nude, Oregon, 2009

 

Nude, Ohio, 2010

Nude, Ohio, 2010

 

Studio Nude, 2011

Studio Nude, 2011

 

Nude, Prince Edward Island, 2012

Nude, Prince Edward Island, 2012

 

 

Untitled Nude, 2013

Untitled Nude, 2013

 

Nude, Iceland, 2014

Nude, Iceland, 2014

 

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Plastic London

London, England, 2014

London, England, 2014

A few weeks ago I made a post with some of the photos that I made in London this May using a plastic Holga camera.  Here are some more.
The Holga doesn’t yield results that are sharp as those given by a “proper” camera, but as it’s very lightweight and doesn’t have a lot of buttons to fidget with, it does afford the user a great deal of freedom.
There really isn’t much more to add, other than to say that I’m continuing to scan the film that’s been developed from my recent Iceland trip.  Those photos will be posted here, too, in time.

3541_04 - London pub sign

 

3541_05 - London library

 

3541_07 - London street

 

3541_08 - London man walking

 

3541_11 - London flowers

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The Lion in The Lava

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

I posted some photos from the beginning of my recent trip to Iceland last time.  While I have a lot more photos from this trip to post, I am going to hold off on that to continue posting photos from last year’s trip.
I have already posted some photos from and written about the Berserker’s lava field on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.  Here are two more.  These were made at an outcropping of lava that looks rather like a lion – hence, the title of this post.  The model here is Aubrey.
I returned to this lava field on this year’s trip and made some more photos with the lion, as well as elsewhere in it.  Hopefully I’ll share those with you at some time in the future.

3454_2 - Aubrey

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First Photos from a Second Trip

Nude, Iceland, 2014

Nude, Iceland, 2014

The results from my second art nude photo trip to Iceland, made last month, are in.  Well, some of the results, anyway.  The first dozen rolls out of 62, to be exact.
The verdict?  Well, I like them – and so do the people who’ve seen them on my iPod Touch (or so they’ve said).  I still need to post (and scan and then post) a lot of photos made before these new Iceland photos were made, but I thought I’d share with you now some photos from the first roll of the trip.
These photos were made close to where the first photos from last year’s Iceland trip were made.  (See here.) I parked the car in the same parking lot.  However, while last year’s photos were made in a small canyon hidden from view of the road, these new photos were made out in the open, in plain sight.
I had noticed the flat area backed by the mountains last year and thought it might make a good location for photos.  The road that passes it by is not a main road and does not seem to get a lot of traffic, so I thought that I might be able to get a few photos in with no cars riding by.
One of my Icelandic photographer friends also told me not to worry too much if people driving by could see us, so I took that in mind, too.  Naturally, when we arrived, there were some people picnicking nearby – including kids.  Still, they eventually left, and we walked away from that area and the parking lot, not just to get farther away from the road but also to get closer to the mountain.
I hope you like the results.
Oh, these photos would not have been possible without my two models, Nadine Stevens and Zoe West.  Thanks, gals!

3544_01 - Nadine and Zoe

 

3545_01 - Nadine and Zoe

 

3545_02 - Nadine and Zoe

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Bounding Brooke

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

As I wrote in the recent post about my recently completed trip to Iceland, I still have quite a few photos from last year’s trip to Iceland to post.  Here are a few of them.
The location is a black sand beach near the town of Höfn on Iceland’s southeast coast, and we were taken there by my friend Siggi Marason who likes to photograph there.  In this case, we were there in the morning, before the tourists began to roll by on the way to visit a nearby spot that is good for spotting seals.
Eventually, those tourists did arrive and force us to give up photographing nudes, but not before I made a series of photos of Brooke Lynne posing on the sand with the cloud-covered mountain behind her.  For one photo she even did a great flip forward, and I was fortunate enough to push the shutter at the moment her legs with  up with her hair flying forward.
Oh, and her other poses were pretty good, too.

3447_3 - Brooke

As for this year’s trip, I did intend to go back there to create some more photos.  Unfortunately, it rained pretty heavily the entire morning that I had planned to go there and to some other nearby locations new to me, so all of those potential photos were rained out.  I actually did go out on location with one of the models and waited for quite a while, but to no avail.
Will I have a chance to go back and try again?  We’ll see.  I would like to go to a different part of Iceland next time (perhaps the Westfjord region), but even the areas that I have been to twice already hold so many great spots for photography that I could easily go back there for more.

3447_6 - Brooke

 

3448_2 - Brooke

 

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