Rebecca and Nadine

Nude, Iceland, 2014

I’ve been away from posting for a couple of weeks (in part because I was away from home for a few days recently), so I’m coming back with a couple of photos of a couple of models in Iceland – Rebecca and Nadine.
These were made during my 2014 trip to Iceland, and I’ve posted some photos with Nadine there previously.  However, on the occasion of these photos, I was working with Rebecca for the first time.  She had been planning to visit Iceland from her home in England and very kindly arranged her schedule so that she could work with me for a couple of days.
The location is a well known waterfall located near one of the major towns on Iceland’s south coast.  As Rebecca had only arrived to meet us late in the morning, we had to make our photos here in the middle of the day, when lots of tourists are about.  Being next to a busy campground and in clear view of a bridge did not help things, but despite that, we somehow got a minute or two with nobody around to allow us to take a few photos.
Still, we had to be quick, and I don’t even think I was able to finish off the roll of ten photos.  I am, however, happy with what we did get.


Some of you who are friends of mine on Facebook may have noticed that I have not posted anything there for a couple of weeks.  Why???
I was put in Facebook jail for a week about two weeks ago for posting a picture of my new book, which includes some topless models on the cover, so I figured that if FB wants me to not write anything for a week, then I’ll just stay away from FB altogether for two weeks.  Still, when I tried to log in again, I was told that I needed to prove that I’m really me by showing them a copy of an official ID (like a driver’s license), which I refuse to do.
So, I have decided to boycott FB for at least a month.  (After all, Mark Zuckerberg needs us a lot more than we need him, something evidenced by my getting a couple of e-mails from FB every day asking me to log in again.)  The only question is, when I choose to return, should I cave in and show them a copy of my ID, or do I just set up a whole new account and go through the trouble of re-friending a few hundred people?
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Book on Sale at 25% Off

For those who may be interested in purchasing my book of art nude photography at a discount, Blurb is having a 25% off sale through April 13 with the code SHINEON25.  See:

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Egypt, Part II

Column, Karnak Temple, 2017

I made a post last month with some color digital photos from my trip to Egypt in February (here.)  Those photos were made in the northern part of the trip, in the area of Cairo and the pyramids.
Now, here are some photos that I made when we were up in the southern part of Egypt, mostly around Luxor and Aswan.  (Yes, as the river Nile flows from south to north, one goes “down north” and “up south” in Egypt.)
While the northern area is dominated by the pyramids at Giza, Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur, the monuments further south, which generally date from later periods, are more in the line of temples and tombs – the great Karnak temple near Luxor (or, as I like to call it, “Karnak, the Magnificent”) being the best known temple, with the most famous of the tombs, of course, being those in the Valley of Kings at Luxor.
I have also gotten all of my black & white film from the trip developed, but it may be a while until I post any of those, as I still have a lot of photos from my 2015 trip to Ireland to post, and I really have not even begun to scan my film from last year’s three week trip to China and Tibet.
So, enjoy these photos of Egypt now.

Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple, 2017


Photo op, Karnak Temple,2017


Masterpiece: a figure of Thutmose III, Luxor Museum, 2017


Beauty on the wall, tomb of Ramose, Luxor, 2017


Celestial ceiling, tomb of Ramses VI, Valley of Kings, Luxor


The Sacred Path to Luxor Temple, 2017


Statue of Queen Nefertari, Luxor Temple, 2017


Colossus of Ramses II, Luxor Temple, 2017


Temple of Seti I, Abydos, 2017


Detail, Temple of Seti I, Abydos, 2017


Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, Luxor, 2017


Temple dedicated to Horus, Edfu, 2017


Along the river Nile, 2017


Detail of temple at Kom Ombo: ‘ankh’ sign holding animal-headed ‘was’ scepters


Selfie on “galabiya night” with the author (r.) and Prof. Lanny Bell (l.)


Temple of Ramses II, Abu Simbel, 2017


Temple of Queen Nefertari, Abu Simbel, 2017


Taking a selfie on the Aswan High Dam

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The Garden Gnome

Nude, Iceland, 2014

For today’s post I am taking you back to my 2014 trip to Iceland, and I’m writing about something that I called “the garden gnome.”
For a couple of nights, Nadine, Zoe and I stayed at a hotel, about half an hour’s drive from the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the south, that was basically in the middle of a lava field.  Our room was at the back of the hotel, facing the lava field, and from the room I could see a small hill that was surmounted by a small lava formation.
I started referring to the lava formation as “the garden gnome” because it reminded me of the hats that such gnomes normally seem to wear.  More importantly, I thought it might make an interesting location for some photos.

So, one morning, I set out with Nadine to take a walk in the lava field to make some photographs.  Of course, doing nudes, we had to be on the side of the lava that could not be seen from the hotel.
Here are a couple of those photos.  One of them reminds me of John Travolta doing his disco pose in “Saturday Night Fever,” but I don’t know if that’s what Nadine had in mind.

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Baile Átha Cliath

Shop Window, Dublin, 2015

The fair city of Dublin, Ireland – known in Irish Gaelic as Baile Átha Cliath (“town of the hurdled ford”) – is a lovely place filled with many fine and elegant buildings, not to mention a lot of interesting people.
So, what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year than with some photos of the Emerald Isle’s capital city?
Enjoy the day, everyone!  😉

Trinity College Library, Dublin, 2015


Windows at Night, Dublin, 2015


The South American barmaid in the Irish pub, Dublin, 2015


Temple Bar district, Dublin, 2015


Knobs and Knockers, Dublin, 2015


Door Knocker, Dublin, 2015


Doorway at Night, Dublin, 2015


Trinity College, Dublin, 2015


Duke Street, Dublin, 2015


Four Friends, Dublin, 2015

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My New Book of Photographs

In the summer of 2015, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my first art nude photo session.   Since then, I’ve been wanting to publish a book of my figure work.  I had actually thought of doing so before, but I figured that a 20 year retrospective would be a nice thing to put together.
Well, I finally did it.  I saw that Blurb had a 40% off sale this weekend, but it only applied to one’s own books.  Still, that was enough to get me to finish the book, which I had already begun working on.  However, as the sale didn’t apply to others, and as I wanted to produce the book in a smaller size, I wasn’t in a hurry to announce it to the world.
That all changed today.  Staying home because of the snowstorm here in New York, I saw that for TODAY ONLY Blurb is having a 25% off sale that applies to all books, thanks to it being Pi (3.14) Day.  So, I spent my day preparing the smaller editions and finishing off the larger ones.
You can see the book on my Blurb page here, or just do a search on my name in Blurb.
About the book itself, it’s called “Figures of Grace:  20 Years of Art Nude Photography.”  It has 150 pages with 145 black & white photographs of my art nude work.  It’s available in two sizes: 11 x 13 inches and 8 x 10 inches.  Each size has two editions with different paper:  Premium Lustre (good) and ProLine Pearl (best).
Why make four different versions available?  Simply stated, selling (or should I say, buying) books on Blurb is expensive. We all know that.  Just the cost of printing is very high, even before adding a profit margin – and I have tried to keep mine fairly low.  Therefore, if people are really interested in my work and in buying a copy, I want them to have several different prices as options.
So, how much is it?  The large version with the ProLine Pearl paper is around $200.   The smaller version with the Premium Lustre paper is around $100 – but if you act quickly and order a copy today, you can get a 25% discount!!!
The code to enter is PIEDAY25, but again, it is only valid today, March 14.
So, please go to Blurb and take a look.  You can see a full preview of all the pages.  (I hate it when people only show a small percentage of the book’s pages.   Who wants to buy a book when you can’t see all of what’s in it?)
Even if you’re not planning to buy a copy now, I’d like to have your feedback, all the same.
Thank you.
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Fire Lava

Nude, Iceland, 2014

We’re in the middle of a blizzard here in New York City, so what’s a more appropriate place to write about in such weather than Iceland?
Actually, the area of Iceland I’m writing about this time did not have its origins in ice or snow, but in fire and ash – hence the name of the place, Eldhraun, meaning “fire lava” in Icelandic.
This lava field came about from one of the greatest natural cataclysms in recorded history – a volcanic eruption that lasted from 1783 to 1784, triggering a disaster of disease and famine in Iceland that decimated much of the population.  By sending up a cloud of ash that drifted over Europe, it may have also contributed to the French Revolution through the crop failure it brought there.
These days, though, the huge lava field is a fairly quiet place, and is covered by nice green moss.

I had wanted to photograph here on my trip in 2013, but weather and other circumstances didn’t permit it.  However, I was able to do so in 2014.  As we were there in the middle of the day, I was hoping for some cloud cover to soften the light, but instead we had sunshine.
Still, I managed, especially with the help of Nadine, who – as you can see – did a good job working with the landscape here.

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The pyramids beyond the hotel grounds, Giza

“We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping                                                                                                               This is the land where the Pharaoh died”     
          – The Doors                    
I recently returned home from a trip to Egypt.  I had not been there since August of 1980, and I had been wanting to go back for some time, so I finally did.  (I’ll write more about why I decided to go now in a later post.)
Needless to say, when one goes back somewhere after 36 and a half years, you can expect some things to change, and certainly some things have.  Yet, in a place as ancient as Egypt is, it seems that many other things remain the same.
Photographically, things seem to have reversed.  In 1980, you were not allowed to photograph in museums but you were allowed to photograph in tombs (that of King Tutankhamum being the exception).  Now, with the purchase of a pass for a few dollars, one can photograph in the major museums (some of Tut’s items and the royal mummies being the exception) while photography in tombs is now prohibited (though making a “donation” to the attendant can sometimes change the policy).
One of my other photographic concerns were x-ray machines.  On my trip to China last year, I made at least half a dozen airplane rides and not once was my film x-rayed.  In Egypt, however, they would not hand check the film, and to make matters worse, you have to go through the machines twice for each flight – once when entering the airport and again when approaching the gate.
So, my film went through at least seven times, with some rolls even more.  My hopes laid in the lead bags into which I put the film, though some were put through with the bags a couple of times.
The good news, though, is that I’ve gotten a dozen of my exposed rolls developed and as far as I can see, even on high-res scans, there is no noticeable damage.
However, I’ll post my film images later.  For now,  I’m just posting some photos made in the north in the area of Cairo, Giza and the pyramids that I made with my pocket digital cameras.
Oh, regarding safely, I don’t think I or anyone else in my tour group felt threatened, and the people in Egypt seemed happy to see us.  About the most dangerous thing we did was crossing the street on foot against the chaotic traffic – which is, admittedly, taking your life into your hands!

Pyramid sitting, Giza


I’d walk a mile for a ……


Church detail, Coptic Cairo


Church interior, Coptic Cairo


Ben Ezra Synagogure, Cairo


King Menkaure with two goddesses, Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Three canopic jars from Tomb KV55, Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Goddess figure protecting a shrine of Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Old building, Cairo


View toward Muhammad Ali mosque


Interior of Muhammad Ali mosque


Bent Pyramid at Dahshur


Red Pyramid at Dahshur


One of the friendly dogs seen at many archaeological sites, Sakkara

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Two Hits (To The Body)

New Mexico Nude, 1998, #4

New Mexico Nude, 1998, #4

I found out two days ago that two of my photographs had been selected to be included in the jurored exhibition, Body/Image, at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont.
The show will run from March 30 to April 23.
The two images were made in the southwestern United States, though a dozen years apart.  The earlier image, “New Mexico Nude, 1998, #4,” was made late one afternoon at a ranch outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I had photographed the model at a workshop in Santa Fe the previous week and arranged to photograph her at this location a few days after.
The lighting, as I like to tell people, is pure late afternoon New Mexico sunlight.  The sun was so low that the shadow it cast was almost straight to the side, as you can see.  I did not ask the model to place her hand over her face, but she did so herself to shield her eyes from the bright sunlight, and when I saw her do that I knew that the photo was perfect.
Nude, Nevada, 2010, #1

Nude, Nevada, 2010, #1

The other image, “Nude, Nevada, 2010, #1,” was made early one morning in the desert outside Las Vegas with model Fiona Flowers, who was modeling for the first time.  The content of the image was very much a collaboration, as it was Fiona’s idea to get behind the column of rock, and after she got there, I asked her to raise her arms into the position seen.
You can see all of the photographs selected for the exhibit, including two by my good friend Dave Levingston, at the gallery’s website (here).
I have already had two other photos selected for exhibits this year – one at the Lightbox Gallery in Oregon and one at another Darkroom Gallery show – so I guess that having four pictures chosen for exhibition is a pretty good way to start the year.
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Patricks Court

Patricks Court, Killkenny, Ireland, 2015

Patricks Court, Killkenny, Ireland, 2015

It’s back to my 2015 trip to Ireland, and this time we found ourselves looking at a short alleyway going underneath a building in the very nice town of Killkenny.
I liked the look of the alley, so I made a photograph of it.
As it happened, that picture was the last frame on the roll of film in the camera, so I began to change the film and put in a new one.  While I was doing that, or perhaps just after I had loaded the new roll, a man happened to walk toward me through the alley.


He saw the camera and seemed interested in what I was doing, so I asked him if he wouldn’t mind going back and posing for some photos at a few spots in the alley as he walked toward me again.  He agreed to do so, which is how I got the photos with the shadowy figure here.
The reason I asked him to go back and walk toward me again is that I often feel that having a human element in a photo makes it more interesting, especially when the figure is not well lit and brings a sense of mystery with it.


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