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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London by Holga

London, England, 2014

London, England, 2014

On my recent trip to Iceland, I told the two models who I brought with me – Nadine and Zoe – that the last time that I photographed a model, or even used my Pentax 67 camera, was back in September of last year when I photographed Nadine near her home in the Delaware Water Gap region of New Jersey.
Yes, folks, I went over nine months without photographing a model or even picking up my primary camera.
I guess there are photographers who feel that they need to work every single month, or maybe even every week.  They need to keep working to keep sharp.  Well, I’m not one of them.  I work when I can, if I can.  I like to think that I’ve been doing photography long enough that my way of seeing will still be there when I go looking for it.  Besides, I use film and make prints, and as doing those things are costly, in terms of both dollars and hours, I only have so much time and money to spend on doing them.
Still, I had not gone completely without making any photos since September.  In May, I went to England for a little over a week to go to some museums and theatre in London and to go to a Doctor Who convention in Oxfordshire. (Yes, that’s right. Doctor Who.)
As I knew that I’d be spending a lot of time indoors doing non-photographic things, I decided not to encumber myself by bringing a lot of camera gear with me.  Still, I wanted to be able to shoot some film photos, so I decided to bring a dozen rolls of 120 film and my Holga with me.  (Yes, that’s right.  A Holga.)
I never did use all of those dozen rolls.  Most of my time in London was spent going to museums, going to the theatre and meeting friends.  For me to walk around to “see” and photograph in a certain way, I need to get myself into a certain frame of my mind, and I just couldn’t do that while running around doing those other things.
However, after I returned to London from Oxfordshire for one more night before returning home, I found that I had the afternoon free.  This was my chance, so I stuffed some film into my pockets, put the Holga around my neck and out I went.  Heck, I didn’t even bring a bag with me.  When it began to rain later, I just hid the Holga underneath my jacket.
Here are some of the results from that day, mostly from the first of the four rolls that I exposed.  More will follow.

3540_01 London Gower St

 

 

3540_09 London bookstore

 

3540_06 London

 

3540_09 London umbrella shop

 

3541_01 - London British Museum

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A Return to Iceland

The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the fog

The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the fog

I first visited Iceland in 1995.  It was the first time that I tried using my Pentax 67 camera system, which I am still using now. Back then, though, I was using color transparency film and was primarily interested in doing travel stock photography.
After 18 years away, I decided to go back last summer, this time bringing two models with me to photograph nudes in the Icelandic landscape.  Things didn’t go quite as well as I hoped, however.  The weather, for one thing, was the coldest summer there in memory, which made nude work very difficult.  I also acted like too much of a tourist, spending too much time at popular, crowded places instead finding quiet spots to photograph nudes.
I came home with just enough good images to make the trip worthwhile, but I knew that it could be done better.  I knew that I could do it better – so I set out to do just that by planning to go back to Iceland this summer.
One of the things that I planned differently was to select a custom made itinerary rather a than a standard tourist itinerary as I did last year.  Another thing I planned was to stay two consecutive nights in most places, rather than only one night as I did last year, allowing for greater exploration of each area plus a chance to rest during the middle of the day. As this was a custom trip plan, I spent a lot of time researching good locations.
Still, in a place like Iceland, all planning is subject to the thing that nobody can control: the weather.  Iceland is a very expensive place to visit, so to undertake a trip for three people with such unpredictable weather is really rolling the dice.
I just came back from this trip and I’m happy to report that my gamble paid off. When I stepped off of the airplane onto the tarmac at Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, the weather was cold and extremely windy – very much like what it was last year – and I wondered what I had gotten myself into.  It improved the next day, though, and overall, the weather was much better than last year.  Aided by knowledge of what to do and not do from last year’s visit, the trip plan was much better, too.
The models who joined me on this trip were Nadine Stevens and Zoe West, and we were also joined for two days by Rebecca Tun from England.  Halfway through the trip we met my friend, photographer Siggi Marason, and on the last day, we went out photographing with another friend, Bragi Kort, along with local models Svala, Jolanta and Katla.
Overall, even though this trip was just three days longer than last year’s trip (eleven days rather than eight), the number of art nude photographs I made was more than three times what I got last year.  I suppose that I could try to write about some of the highlights of the trip, but I think those stories may best be saved for when I post my art nude images from the trip here.  That will take a while, as I need to get the film developed, filed and then scanned.  I also have photos left to post from last year’s Icelandic trip, plus other work.
For now, here’s a travelogue of sorts with snapshots from my little digital camera.  Enjoy.
(Oh, just one more note: I am planning to go back.  Again.)
The adventure begins!

The adventure begins!

 

Feet

Feet

 

Zoe at one of Iceland's more unusual cultural attractions

Zoe at one of Iceland’s more unusual cultural attractions

 

Zoe and Nadine in Reykjavik

Zoe and Nadine in Reykjavik

 

Stretching

Stretching

 

On the trail

On the trail

 

Zoe near the Seljalandfoss waterfall

Zoe near the Seljalandfoss waterfall

 

Zoe on basalt near the town of Vik

Zoe on basalt near the town of Vik

 

Nadine

Nadine

 

At Vik, with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks off the coast

At Vik, with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks off the coast

 

The view from the Kerlingardalur road.  We were about to photograph some nudes here, but a tour bus pulled up and put an end to that idea

The view from the Kerlingardalur road. We were about to photograph some nudes here, but a tour bus pulled up and put an end to that idea

 

There are no snakes in Iceland, but apparently there are spiders

There are no snakes in Iceland, but apparently there are spiders

 

Nadine and Rebecca at Stjornufoss waterfall near Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Nadine and Rebecca at Stjornufoss waterfall near Kirkjubæjarklaustur

 

Nadine and Rebecca at Kirkjugolf ("church floor") - in reality the upper end of natural basalt columns in the ground - in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Nadine and Rebecca at Kirkjugolf (“church floor”) – in reality the upper end of natural basalt columns in the ground – in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

 

Rebecca tries eating shark for the first time

Rebecca tries eating shark for the first time

 

Rebecca survives eating shark for the first time

Rebecca survives eating shark for the first time

 

Nadine and Rebecca at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

Nadine and Rebecca at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

 

The lagoon at the foot of Svínafellsjökull glacier

The lagoon at the foot of Svínafellsjökull glacier

 

Nadine at Kviarjokull glacier

Nadine at Kviarjokull glacier

 

Fjallsjökull glacier and the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon

Fjallsjökull glacier and the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon

 

The famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

The famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

 

Rebecca decided to take a dip for art's sake into the freezing cold, iceberg filled waters of Jökulsárlón

Rebecca decided to take a dip for art’s sake into the freezing cold, iceberg filled waters of Jökulsárlón

 

Siggi Marason

Siggi Marason

 

Nadine

Nadine

 

Zoe and Nadine at dinner in the town of Höfn

Zoe and Nadine at dinner in the town of Höfn

 

Zoe and the plum

Zoe and the plum

 

Breakfast of champions!

Breakfast of champions!

 

Old turf covered farm buildings at Núpsstaður, a UNESCO world heritage site

Old turf covered farm buildings at Núpsstaður, a UNESCO world heritage site

 

Zoe and Nadine having dinner at Halldorskaffi in Vik

Zoe and Nadine having dinner at Halldorskaffi in Vik

 

Waiting for people to leave so we could photograph on the Reynisfjara beach near Vik

Waiting for people to leave so we could photograph on the Reynisfjara beach near Vik

 

The Reynisdrangar sea stacks off the coast of Vik

The Reynisdrangar sea stacks off the coast of Vik

 

Michelin man Zoe

Michelin man Zoe

 

Monster Zoe

Monster Zoe

 

Sublime

Sublime

 

Kvernufoss waterfall near Skogar

Kvernufoss waterfall near Skogar

 

Finally, someone who understands

Finally, someone who understands

 

Zoe and Nadine at the Skogafoss waterfall

Zoe and Nadine at the Skogafoss waterfall

 

Volcano Girl! Zoe on the rim of Saxhóll Crater

Volcano Girl! Zoe on the rim of Saxhóll Crater

 

Fjöruhúsið , a cute little cafe right by the water in Hellnar

Fjöruhúsið , a cute little cafe right by the water in Hellnar

 

Snæfellsjökull, where (according to Jules Verne) men journeyed to the center of the earth

Snæfellsjökull, where (according to Jules Verne) men journeyed to the center of the earth

 

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, with the mountain, Kirkjufell

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, with the mountain, Kirkjufell

 

This is how one looks after wading through thigh high water

This is how one looks after wading through thigh high water

 

Nadine and Zoe on the beach at Búðir

Nadine and Zoe on the beach at Búðir

 

Eldborg crater

Eldborg crater

 

Flowers

Flowers

 

Bragi with Jolanta (left) and her sister Sandra

Bragi with Jolanta (left) and her sister Sandra

 

Svala (left) and Katla

Svala (left) and Katla

 

Riding back to Reykjavik: Zoe, Jolanta and Svala

Riding back to Reykjavik: Zoe, Jolanta and Svala

 

Zoe and Nadine at our farewell dinner

Zoe and Nadine at our farewell dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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