The Cliffs

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, 2015

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, 2015

I hope everybody enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day weekend.  Some of you out there no doubt stuffed yourself with food, and it was with food in mind that I made a post regarding food on that day with a photo from my trip to Ireland last year.
In looking back over my blog, I see that the last post I had made about the Ireland trip was done in September of last year, just a few months after I came home from the trip.  It had been quite some time since I last worked on these Irish photos, but this weekend I did so again and now have more to post.

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I’m beginning today with one of the landmarks of the Irish landscape – the Cliffs of Moher.  These steep cliffs on Ireland’s west coast rise as high as 700 feet and feature sheer drops down to the Atlantic Ocean.  When I visited the cliffs on my first trip to Ireland in the 1990’s, there was nothing to prevent people from going right up to the edge – and indeed, people did do that.  I have to think that some of them never came back, as things have changed since then, with a low stone wall put up to try to prevent people from getting too close, though people do climb over.
Photographing something like these cliffs can be difficult if you’re trying to come up with something new and potentially interesting from a visual point of view.  Still, I tried, and I came up with a photograph of a warning sign on the wall showing a man going over the cliff with the actual cliffs in the background, giving a sense of how beautiful but potentially deadly the place is.

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On a lighter note, on the earlier trip, my tour group visited a weaving mill close to Dublin.  As our guide – a college student on summer break – took us through the shop, she showed us some mohair sweaters, to which I said, “Ah, like the cliffs.”
“What cliffs?” she replied.
“The Cliffs of Mohair,” said I, to which she responded, “That’s the Cliffs of Moher!,” followed in typical Irish fashion with “Ah, I see we have a wit among us!!!”

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Good Food

Good Food, Cobh, Ireland, 2015

Good Food, Cobh, Ireland, 2015

I was working on some of the photos from my 2015 trip to Ireland today.  This one, from the coastal town of Cobh, seems expressive of today’s theme.  I hope everyone ate some good food surrounded by family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Southern Exposure

Nude, Iceland, 2014

Nude, Iceland, 2014

Once again, I have not posted anything for a while.  I was away for several days last weekend, and when I have been home, I’ve been trying to catch up with things that I’ve gotten behind on through my working a lot of overtime at the office lately.
Of course, one of the things I’ve been wanting to catch up on is the blog, so I am finally getting to it now.
Today I’m going back to my 2014 trip to Iceland.  In my last post about Iceland (here),I posted some photos of Zoe West on a black sand beach on Iceland’s south coast.  I’m continuing with that photo session today.
I’ll include a few more from this series in a future post, too.

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As I wrote in that earlier post, I had wanted to photograph at this spot on my trip to Iceland in 2013, but either the weather was too rough to photograph nudes or there were other people around on the beach.  (Actually, the weather was also pretty rough when there were people around, too.)
The weather was better in 2014, so that was less of a problem, but we still had to worry about other people.  Fortunately, at the time of the year that we were in Iceland, the sky never really gets dark, so we were able to photograph late in the day – very late!
These photos, in fact, were made close to midnight, and they show Zoe posing next to the basalt columns that grace this particular spot.

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Heil Donald

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I have never been so absolutely ASHAMED to be a citizen of the United States as I am now.
We have elected a bullshit artist, a con man, an unashamed and unrepentant liar, a racist and a bigot who brings out the worst in people to the highest office of the land.  A man who joyfully mocks people with disabilities and disparages combat veterans and their families.  A man who is going on trial shortly for both racketeering and fraud AND child rape.  A man who gleefully proclaims his manner of abusing women.  A man who claims to be good at business but has filed for bankruptcy four times and refuses to release his tax returns to show us how much he is really worth.  A man who claims to want to help others but throughout his life has only shown an interest in helping himself.  A man who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.  A man whose rhetoric and tone are alarmingly similar to that which Adolf Hitler used to get elected.
It is a victory of the uneducated over the educated, of intolerance over tolerance, of authoritarianism over the right to due process under the law, of fear over hope. This man has made open hatred and bigotry something that is now acceptable and practiced by many, and his election will likely embolden them even more.
This may ultimately bring about the collapse of the Republican party from within, but how much of our nation – and the world – will it take down with it?
Heil Donald. The Dark Age has begun.
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Spiders: Close, But No …

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The results of this year’s Black and White Spider Awards were posted online on Saturday.
Last year, one of my art nude photos was awarded an Honorable Mention, so I was hopeful to maintain that status or even get one of the three awards this year.  (See post here.)
The first thing I did was to look at the list of nominees, and I saw that five of the seven art nude photos I had submitted had made that category.  After seeing that, I was very hopeful of success, but those hopes were dashed when I looked at the list of winners and honorable mentions and saw that I was not there.

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Once again, having a good number of photos make the last cut before the winners is no guarantee of success.  This happened once before with the annual contest for the French magazine PHOTO, when I saw on the magazine’s website that ten of the twelve photos I entered had made the Finalist category, but not a single one of them had gotten into the magazine, which is what really counts.
When I got the Honorable Mention last year, only two of the six photos I entered in the Nude category were nominated, too.

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Two other photos that I had submitted, in the “Children of the World” and “Still Life” categories, also were nominated.
So, a step backward this year, but I have to say that of the winning images, a lot of them I would have chosen myself to win. (Others, not so – but that’s the way it often is.)  You can see the full list of nominees and winners by clicking here.
As for PHOTO, I made my submission for the January 2017 issue last week, so now all I can do is wait and hope.

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Halloween 2016

Skull Fashion, Hong Kong, 2016

Skull Fashion, Hong Kong, 2016

It’s that time of the year, folks, when ghosts, goblins, werewolves, spooks and other fantastic creatures come out of the woodwork.
Yes, tomorrow is Halloween.  This is, of course, a holiday for ghoulish fun, so in keeping with that, a couple of nights ago I watched the 1933 Boris Karloff  movie, “The Ghoul,” in which Karloff returns from the dead to exact revenge against those who had wronged him.  (I must admit, however, that my favorite to watch for this occasion is the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” which I will hopefully get to, as well.)
As for photos, well, I don’t think I made any new Halloween photos this year but for one from Hong Kong’s Central district, which is filled with high end shops such as this one, so here it is, at the top. A selection of some older images that are right for the occasion are below.
Boo!!!
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Lupo Girl

 

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Broom Riders

Broom Riders

 

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Skull Girl

Skull Girl

 

The Nude Ghoul

The Nude Ghoul

 

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At the Gap

Untitled Nude, 2016

Untitled Nude, 2016

I see that it’s been over two weeks since my last posting.  That’s because I was away visiting family for almost a week, but also because it is now the busiest time of the year at my office and I have been working a lot of overtime (with more to come).
Still, I found some time last night to scan some photographs from my trip to the Delaware Water Gap region in August.  I had been thinking of scanning some photos from my Ireland trip last year for my next post, but these recent photos were at hand, so I scanned them instead.  There is also a photo competition into which I want to enter some nude photos, and as the deadline for doing so is coming up, I thought I’d scan these photos for that reason, too.

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These photos are of Nadine and are all from the same roll of 120 film.   I thank her for bringing me and the two other models with us to this lovely location.
Moving forward, let’s see what I can come up with for my next posting.  Hopefully it won’t take over two weeks to do it.

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