A Great Day

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

My last post featured photos of Icelandic model Björg Halldórsdóttir on the last full day of my trip to Iceland in 2013.
That was a great day, spent with Björg and another local model, Hallgerður Langbrók, plus local photographer Bragi Kort, as well as the two American models who had come with me, Aubrey and Brooke Lynne.

3464_5 -  Aubrey Brooke Bjorg and Hallgerdur

 

3468_7 -  Aubrey Brooke Bjorg and Hallgerdur

Bragi took us on a tour to some great spots on the Reykjanes peninsula.  One of these was pretty remote, at the end of a long, rough trail, and I thought that we’d have plenty of time to photograph in the amazing volcanic landscape.  Unfortunately, after I had just exposed one roll of 120 film, a four wheel drive tour bus pulled up near us and a large group of hikers spilled out to begin walking all around the area!  (We had to leave, sadly.)

3469_1 -  Aubrey Brooke and Bjorg at Selatangi

 

3469_2 -  Hallgerdur at Selatangi

At another great location on the coast, the four models were down below us by the water’s edge when a group of people came by.  At Bragi’s suggestion, we continued what we were doing.
All survived.

3470_6 - Aubrey Brooke Bjorg and Hallgerdur

3470_3 - Aubrey Brooke Bjorg and Hallgerdur

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Björg

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Another post today from my trip to Iceland in 2013.
I last wrote about the photographs that I made of Aubrey on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The next day would be our final full day in Iceland, and we were fortunate to be able to go out photographing with local photographer Bragi Kort, who also happened to bring with him two local models, Björg Halldórsdóttir and Hallgerður Langbrók.

3467_6 - Bjorg

One of the locations that we went to that day was an abandoned farm building on the Reykjanes peninsula.  There was some interesting light inside it coming from the outside, so I decided to make a few portrait photos of Björg inside.  I hope that you’ll like them.

3467_4 - Bjorg

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More from Iceland

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

It’s been a while since I posted a regular blog post simply featuring my photographs and not writing about another topic.  This post will hopefully be the beginning of getting back to doing that again on a regular basis.
The last post I made of my art nude photographs featured Aubrey on the western end of the Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula, and so we return to Snaefellsnes for today photos.  These were made later on the same day as the ones in my earlier post.
As I think I’ve written before, the weather during this trip to Iceland in the summer of 2013 was pretty bad for nude modeling. As many people there told me, it was the coldest summer in memory.  The problem, though, is not just the cold, as the wind there can be pretty fierce, too.  (Someone told me a joke that goes like this:  how do you tell who in a rainstorm comes from Iceland?  It’s the person not carrying an umbrella – as the wind is often so bad in Iceland that umbrellas are useless.)

3463_6 - Aubrey

For these photos, I tried to find a location that was shielded from the wind.  I drove with Aubrey along a rough road to a fairly isolated area, and after parking the car, we walked a short distance until we found a depression in the ground.  It looked as though this spot might not be subject to a lot of wind, given its relatively low location, so we chose to work there. The spot did turn out to be relatively free from the wind, so much so that Aubrey told me that she didn’t need to bundle up while I was changing film, which was a rarity (if not unique) on this trip.  You can see one of those photos at the top here.

3463_5 - Aubrey

After working in this location, we went back to the Berserkjahraun lava field, which I have written about before.  Once again, I chose a spot that was a depression of sorts, but even here the wind was an issue, as you can see from the photo showing Aubrey’s long hair being blown about.  There was no changing film here, as one roll was all that the elements would allow, and I credit Aubrey for allowing me to get that one.

3464_2 - Aubrey

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Artfinder and Saatchi Art

Artfinder webpage
When last I wrote, I had recently returned home from my trip to England and had hoped to get back to my regular blogging schedule shortly thereafter.
That hasn’t happened quite yet, but it’s not because I haven’t been working on my photography.  In fact, it’s because I have been working on it, but just a different kind of work.
Any photographer can tell you just how expensive photography can be, especially those working with traditional materials.  Obviously, then, selling one’s work would help to cover some of those costs – and for years people who have looked at my prints have told me that they’re good enough that I should be able to sell them.
Still, while that is always gratifying to hear, it is much easier said than done.  Over the nearly twenty years that I’ve been doing my black & white printing, I have to say that I have not sold more than a handful of prints, and none of them have been recent.
So, what to do?  Finding a gallery to market my work would be great, but again, easier said than done.  A website?  I’ve had one for years and still no sales.
On the other hand, I do know some other artists – people who paint, draw and (yes) photograph – who have sold some of their pieces online via some art marketing websites.  While such things are never a guarantee, it is worth trying, especially as listing yourself and posting your art is free of charge.
One site on which I have posted my work is Saatchi Art.  This is affiliated with the big Saatchi Gallery in London, and it’s the site from where the people I know have sold their work.  The other one is Artfinder, which may not have as big a name as Saatchi, but seems to be more of a community of artists than the other.  (For example,  I already have 27 followers on Artfinder and I’ve gotten 93 favorites, compared to just 3 followers and 9 favorites on Saatchi, even though I posted on the Saatchi site just a day later than Artfinder.)
So, please take a look and let me know what you think of my pages.
On Artfinder you can see my page here.  (You may need to register, but it’s free.)
On Saatchi Art you can see it here.

A_Saatchi Art webpage copy

While I may have said that listing myself on these sites is free of charge, that doesn’t mean that doing so won’t cost me anything.  So far, I’ve only posted the same seven photos on each.  I had wanted to post more, but I made the decision to send my prints matted if someone decides to buy one (just as I like it when I buy a photo) and looking over most of my matted prints, the matte boards whose windows I cut myself simply have too many imperfections to them to be presentable.  (Putting up a picture on the wall at home is one thing, but sending it to a buyer is something else.)
So, before I can post those other photos, I need to order new mattes for them and have them professionally cut for them to be ready to go.  What this means is that my new marketing venture will already be on the negative side financially and I’ll need to sell a print just to try to break even – but that, I suppose, is the world of marketing art, and it will not deter me.
Oh, if you do see a print that you’d like to have, your patronage would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Bad Wolf Bay?

Coastline, Labrador, Canada, 2015

Coastline, Labrador, Canada, 2015

I returned home last week from a week and a half long trip to England, which is why I haven’t posted anything recently.  I had wanted to prepare some posts ahead of time, but I was so busy preparing to go away that I just didn’t have the time to do so.
My first post-trip post will be a short one, but it will be related to the trip.  It’s not a photo that I made in England, but rather on the way back home to New York.
I like to get a window seat on the plane whenever I travel, preferably on the north side, which is the side away from the sun in the northern hemisphere.  I don’t always get a good seat, but on this occasion I did, and behind the wing, which I like.  Often, however, having a window seat doesn’t yield any good photographic opportunities, especially if the weather below is cloudy.
As it happened, however, clear weather was what we had as the plane completed its journey across the Atlantic Ocean and began flying over Labrador, which is the mainland portion of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Of course, I took several photos of the landscape below, but the image which is the most interesting to me is this one here, of a bay where the water appears to take the head of a dog – or could it perhaps be a wolf?  And if it is a wolf, could we perhaps give it a name used in the television show Doctor Who:  “Bad Wolf Bay”???
To see more of my aerial photography, please click here.
I will try to return to more regular posts soon featuring my black & white fine art and travel photography.
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AIPAD: The Photography Show 2015

Contemplating Clergue at Throckmorton

Contemplating Clergue at Throckmorton

April is a month that I normally look forward to.  The weather begins to get warmer, the baseball season begins, it’s my birthday and – most importantly for this blog post – the annual Photography Show mounted by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) takes place here in New York.
I first attended this show many years ago when it occupied two floors of the New York Hilton, but for a number of years now it has taken place at the Park Avenue Armory.  This year’s show was last week, April 16 to 19.  I was fortunate to attend the press preview and opening reception on April 15 and then went back a few days later on Saturday with my good friend Dave Levingston from Ohio, who I’ve been telling for years to come to see the show.
This year’s show featured 89 dealers from North America, Europe, Asia and South America and, as before, was a visual feast.  It can be an overwhelming experience to just walk around and take everything in, so taking the time to look more closely at the works on the walls and in the bins is the most rewarding way to look at things.
What did I see this year that I liked?  I’ll be honest.  As I’ve probably written before, I like classic black & white photography, so it’s not surprising that this is what I most preferred in the show.  To be truthful, though, most of the work on display was black & white, though there was some interesting work in color, too.
One of the things that first caught my eye was a series of tintypes by Josephine Sacabo on the wall at Santa Fe’s Verve Gallery.  Though these prints, in editions of five, are contemporary, they have a wonderfully sensuous vintage feel to them and seeing them was a highlight of the show.
Josephine Sacabo's "Fortuna" at Verve Gallery

Josephine Sacabo’s “Fortuna” at Verve Gallery

One of the more unusual things I saw was at the Scott Nichols Gallery from San Francisco, who had a series of twelve cancelled prints of Ansel Adams’ famous “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.”  Other highlights included Ruth Bernhard’s “Eighth Street Movie Theater” (yes, she photographed more than just nudes), Horace Bristol’s “PBY Blister Gunnner, Rescue at Rabaul” (which I consider one of the greatest male nude photos ever made, not only for the image but for the story behind it), a stunningly printed Cala Lily by Brett Weston and a signed print of Edward Weston’s “Nude Floating (Charis).”
Ruth Bernhard's "Eighth Street Movie Theater, New York City, 1946" at Scott Nichols

Ruth Bernhard’s “Eighth Street Movie Theater, New York City, 1946″ at Scott Nichols

"PBY Blister Gunner" by Horace Bristol at Scott Nichols

“PBY Blister Gunner” by Horace Bristol at Scott Nichols

Peter Fetterman from Santa Monica had a large booth as usual, and I was especially taken by the 1960’s fashion photos he had by William Helburn, Jean-Philippe Charbonier and Georges Dambier.
William Helburn's "Simone with Whippet" at Peter Fetterman

William Helburn’s “Simone with Whippet” at Peter Fetterman

One of the most unusual and interesting prints was brought by the James Hyman Gallery from London. Titled “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman,” it features a self-portrait printed by Berenice Abbott on a distortion easel.  Not many examples of this print are known, with two others in the Met and MoMA in New York, and as each print was uniquely made, each one is different.
Distorted self-portrait by Berenice Abbott at James Hyman

Distorted self-portrait by Berenice Abbott at James Hyman

Michael Shapiro Photographs from Westport, CT, had a range of interesting photos, including work by Aaron Siskind, Roman Vishniac, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka, Edward Steichen, Sonya Noskowiak and William Klein.
"Rabbi, Warsaw, 1938" by Roman Vishniac at Michael Shapiro Photographs

“Rabbi, Warsaw, 1938″ by Roman Vishniac at Michael Shapiro Photographs

William Klein's " May Day Parade, Gorki Street, Moscow" at Michael Shapiro

William Klein’s ” May Day Parade, Gorki Street, Moscow” at Michael Shapiro

"Martine's Legs" by Henri Cartier-Bresson at Michael Shapiro

“Martine’s Legs” by Henri Cartier-Bresson at Michael Shapiro

Alex Novak’s Vintage Works/Contemporary Works had it usual large collection of interesting work, including a platinum print by Edward Weston from around 1915, the wonderful “A Memory of Undine” by Clarence John Laughlin, Alfred Eisenstaedt’s touching 1945 “Mother and Child, Hiroshima” and Robert Doisneau’s delightful “Women With the Same Hat.”
Clarence John Laughlin's "A Memory of Undine" at Vintage Works/Contemporary Works

Clarence John Laughlin’s “A Memory of Undine” at Vintage Works/Contemporary Works

"Mother and Child, Hiroshima, 1945" by Alfred Eisenstaedt at Vintage Works/Contemporary Works

“Mother and Child, Hiroshima, 1945″ by Alfred Eisenstaedt at Vintage Works/Contemporary Works

In a show like AIPAD, you see a lot of photos by the well known names like Weston and Adams, so it’s always good to find interesting work by unfamiliar artists. One such photographer was Christer Stromholm from Sweden, whose interesting portraits of transsexuals and transvestites were featured at Berlin’s Grundemark Nilsson Gallery.
Work by Christer Stromhom at Grundemark Nilsson

Work by Christer Stromhom at Grundemark Nilsson

Other discovereies to be made were at Galeria Vasari from Buenos Aires, which featured some very beautiful vintage 1930’s nude studies by Annemarie Heinrich, who was born in Germany in 1912 and moved with her family to Argentina in 1926.
A 1937 nude by Annemarie Heinrich at Galeria Vasari

A 1937 nude by Annemarie Heinrich at Galeria Vasari

The gallery also featured a series of prints titled “Suenos (Dreams)” by Grete Stern,  photomontages published between 1948 and 1951 in the Argentine avant-garde magazine Idilio and made to illustrate dreams submitted to the magazine by its readers but also to comment on the oppression of women in Argentine society at the time.
Photomontages by Grete Stern at Galeria Vasari

Photomontages by Grete Stern at Galeria Vasari

Another series of beautiful prints was presented at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, featuring experimental European 1950’s photos by artists like Peter Keetman, Ludwig Windstosser and Otto Steinert.  (Kudos also go to Greenberg for using non-reflective glass in its frames, which made seeing and photographing the prints much easier.)
Print by Ludwig Windstosser at Howard Greenberg

Print by Ludwig Windstosser at Howard Greenberg

Experimental 1950's European photography  at Howard Greenberg

Experimental 1950’s European photography at Howard Greenberg

When it came to color, I liked the series of small color Polaroids by Scott Hammond at L. Parker Stephenson.
Polaroids by Scott Hammond at L. Parker Stephenson

Polaroids by Scott Hammond at L. Parker Stephenson

The AIPAD show is also a good place to meet well known photographers if you’re fortunate enough to come across them.  I met Arnold Newman here once, Steve McCurry another time and Jerry Uelsmann last year.  This year I had the chance to see Marilyn Bridges again, which is always nice, but there was a great absence this year in the form of Lucien Clergue, who was a mainstay at this event but sadly passed away late last year.  He will be missed, and it was nice to see a tribute to him on the wall at Throckmorton.
A tribute to Lucien Clergue at Throckmorton

A tribute to Lucien Clergue at Throckmorton

Finally, of course, there were many more fine photographs on display that I could write about here, so here’s a selection of some others that I liked (plus a few other event photos).  Of course, this is a limited amount, too.
Christy Turlington by Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK at Staley-Wise

Christy Turlington by Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK at Staley-Wise

 

Arthur Leipzig's "Children Looking in Store Window, Christmas, 1943" at Richard Moore Photographs

Arthur Leipzig’s “Children Looking in Store Window, Christmas, 1943″ at Richard Moore Photographs

Bert Stern's "Paris Collections, 1967" at Staley-Wise

Bert Stern’s “Paris Collections, 1967″ at Staley-Wise

"Nude, London, 1956" by Bill Brandt at Weston Gallery

“Nude, London, 1956″ by Bill Brandt at Weston Gallery

At Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

At Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Edward Weston's vintage palladium print of Tina Modotti, 1924, at Gitterman Gallery

Edward Weston’s vintage palladium print of Tina Modotti, 1924, at Gitterman Gallery

"Glass and Lily, 1939" by Edward Weston at Charles Isaacs Photogaphs

“Glass and Lily, 1939″ by Edward Weston at Charles Isaacs Photogaphs

Ellen Auerbach's "Sulphur Bath, Big Sur, 1949" at Robert Mann Gallery

Ellen Auerbach’s “Sulphur Bath, Big Sur, 1949″ at Robert Mann Gallery

Etherton Gallery

Etherton Gallery

Herb Ritts' "Consuelo, Paradise Cove, California, 1984" at Etheron Gallery

Herb Ritts’ “Consuelo, Paradise Cove, California, 1984″ at Etheron Gallery

Fahey-Klen Gallery

Fahey-Klen Gallery

Helmut Newton's "Sie Kommen" at Fahey-Klein

Helmut Newton’s “Sie Kommen” at Fahey-Klein

Francis Frith's 1858 "Second Pyramid" at Robert Koch Gallery

Francis Frith’s 1858 “Second Pyramid” at Robert Koch Gallery

Geof Kern's "Untitled, 1999" (detail) at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

Geof Kern’s “Untitled, 1999″ (detail) at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

Yours truly (the author) with Burt Finger of Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

Yours truly (the author) with Burt Finger of Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

"Marie in Shower" by George Tice at Scott Nichols Gallery

“Marie in Shower” by George Tice at Scott Nichols Gallery

Halsted Gallery

Halsted Gallery

Irving Penn's "Cameroon, Seated Warrior, Seated Girl" at Alan Klotz Gallery

Irving Penn’s “Cameroon, Seated Warrior, Seated Girl” at Alan Klotz Gallery

Jacques Henri-Lartigue's "Florette, Paris, 1944" at Hyperion Press

Jacques Henri-Lartigue’s “Florette, Paris, 1944″ at Hyperion Press

"Bubble" by Keith Carter at Catherine Couturier Gallery

“Bubble” by Keith Carter at Catherine Couturier Gallery

Manuel Alvarez Bravo's "Retrato de lo Eterno, 1935" (detail) at  Scheinbaum & Russek

Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s “Retrato de lo Eterno, 1935″ (detail) at Scheinbaum & Russek

Marilyn Bridges' "Birdman, Nazca, Peru" at Throckmorton

Marilyn Bridges’ “Birdman, Nazca, Peru” at Throckmorton

Yours truly (the author) with photographer Marilyn Bridges

Yours truly (the author) with photographer Marilyn Bridges

Picture Photo Space from Osaka, Japan

Picture Photo Space from Osaka, Japan

Roddy McDowall's portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at Keith de Lellis Gallery

Roddy McDowall’s portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at Keith de Lellis Gallery

Sebastiao Salgado's "Fortress of Solitude" at Yancey Richardson

Sebastiao Salgado’s “Fortress of Solitude” at Yancey Richardson

Full plate, hand tinted ambrotype from around 1850 at Bernard Quaritch, Ltd.

Full plate, hand tinted ambrotype from around 1850 at Bernard Quaritch, Ltd.

Weegee's  photo of Marilyn Monroe on an elephant at Keith de Lellis

Weegee’s photo of Marilyn Monroe on an elephant at Keith de Lellis

Willem Diepraam's "Peggy" at  Stephen Daiter Gallery

Willem Diepraam’s “Peggy” at Stephen Daiter Gallery

William Ropp's "Ethiopia" (detail) at Throckmorton

William Ropp’s “Ethiopia” (detail) at Throckmorton

 

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Guinness as Usual

Untitled Nude, 2014

Untitled Nude, 2014

It’s getting late here in New York, and the clock is ticking away, but it has not yet struck midnight, so the day is still March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day.
Why the rush to make this post before today becomes tomorrow?  I dropped off some film to be developed yesterday and I picked it up today.  These were the last photos that I made, back in September of last year.  (Yes, it has been that long since I’ve picked up a camera and used it.)
As I looked through the loupe at the lab, eagerly looking at the results on the nine rolls of film, I noticed my muse, Zoe West, sitting in the room opposite a poster on the wall that says “Guinness as Usual.”
How appropriate, I thought, for me to be coming upon this half year old image on St. Patrick’s Day, of all days.  Was it coincidence, or, as the saying goes, “the luck of the Irish”?
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