Canada, Act II

Nude, New Brunswick, 2013

Nude, New Brunswick, 2013

Maintaining a photography blog like this one (for me, anyway) has one big problem:  most of the time, I simply cannot remember if I have posted a particular photograph here already, especially if it’s a photo that I have scanned some time ago.
I mean, it would be pretty embarrassing if I posted a photo and wrote all about it, only to discover – whether by myself, or worse, by someone else pointing it out to me – that I have already posted that photo and written about it previously.  (Of course, for someone else to point it out to me, it would mean that people – or at least one person – would actually have to pay close attention to what I do here, which I sometimes wonder about.)
As it is, I do not keep a list of photos that I’ve posted on my blog.  I do not change the file name of a photo on my computer to indicate that it’s been posted here.  Perhaps I should make a list, but as this blog is over seven years old, that’s an awful lot of backtracking to have to do.
No, the only way for me to know for sure if I’ve already posted a photo is to look back through every single blog post, going back to the time that I made the photo, to see if I’ve posted it already.  Naturally, this can be rather annoying – not that I mind looking at my photos, but it’s just something I’d rather not have to do.
Then, on the other hand, there are the photos that you think you have posted, only to find out that you have not!
One such photo adventure from which I thought that I had posted scanned photos was my short trip back to Canada last year with Erica Jay and Dane St. Clair.  I have already posted some photos from our trip up to three of the Canadian maritime provinces in 2012 (with many more to show), but I went back with them last year for a few days to the province of New Brunswick, to photograph with two local photographers and two local models.
I had scanned some of these photos some time ago, and I thought that I had posted them, but it was not so.
Of course, the safest ones to put up without the risk of repetition are the photos that have been scanned recently, without much time for earlier posting.
That’s what I’m doing today with this photo, which I scanned not too long ago.  We had gone to this waterside location, which was private property owned by an acquaintance of one of our hosts.  The tide was coming in when we arrived – and in New Brunswick the tides are very high – but we still had a few hours in which we could work.  While we switched models during our time there, I began the day photographing Erica and Dane, and they did a great job working with me to come up with these poses that seem to go well together.
What you can’t see from this photo is that I had only gotten about two hours sleep the night before – and the girls probably did not get much more – and as such, I was not even sure if I would even be fully functional.  We had driven up from New York the day before, with much of that through a torrential rainstorm of seemingly biblical proportions.  That really slowed us down, and we did not get to the border with Canada until around 11 pm , which promptly became midnight once we crossed into Canada and into the Atlantic Time zone – and I still had around an hour and a half’s driving to do after that!
Somehow, we survived.
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Saigon Streetscape

Riders and Trees, Saigon, 2011

Riders and Trees, Saigon, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I made a post with some photos that I took while strolling through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) on my last trip to Vietnam in 2011.
The photo I’m posting today was made during the same walk as those other photos, but I decided to hold off on posting it with them as it didn’t quite fit into the “people pictures” grouping of those others.
To me, this is more of a streetscape.  What attracted me was the way that the trees – parts of them going straight up, parts of them going diagonally – fit in with the wooden posts on the left, which seem to be mimicking what the trees are doing.
The addition of the two motorbikes and their riders gives a sense of scale to the trees, and I like the way that the leaves on top fill the space of the sky.
It was good to look at these images again several years after making them, and I hope to do more of this with my travel photos to display here.
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Among the Giants

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

In my last post about Iceland, which showed a picture from last year of Aubrey in front of an ancient volcano (here), I mentioned that we were actually on the way to another location near the water on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Well, here are some of those photos near the water.  This particular location had some fantastic rock formations down on the stony beach which dwarfed the models.  In these photos, Brooke looks tiny indeed next to these massive outcroppings.
As was the unfortunate norm for last year’s trip to Iceland, the weather was once again very cold.  I had loaded film into my two cameras – my primary, the Pentax 67, and the backup, my Fuji GW670 6×7 rangefinder – so that I could shoot two rolls of film of Brooke and Aubrey together without having to stop to change film.

3458_4 - Brooke

However, it was so cold that the girls suggested that one of them model for one roll, after which she could run back to the car and turn on the heater full blast while the other was modeling.  I agreed to this, and Brooke modeled first.
Thankfully, as I think I have noted before, the weather was much better for this year’s trip, though at times I got quite chilly, too.

3458_6 - Brooke

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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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