In The Desert With “Big T”

I wrote last time about my recent trip to Las Vegas and how I photographed a new model and had dinner with another one. Today, as promised, I’m writing about my visits with my good friend, Terrell “Big T” Neasley.

I go to Las Vegas primarily to visit family that I have in the area, but in the past few years, I’ve added Terrell to my visiting list as we’ve become friends. This trip was no exception. In fact, we were able to get together twice.

The first time we just met for breakfast, as usual, but also did something else – we then went to see “Avatar” in 3D at a movie theater. It was the first time that I’d seen the film and the first of the recent 3D films that I’ve seen that way. It was long but entertaining.

While waiting for the film to begin, we were talking about different things, many of a photographic nature, and I mentioned that I really didn’t know of too many locations to photograph nudes in the Las Vegas area. As we both had the time, Terrell was kind enough to take me to one of the locations he likes to use for photos out in red rock country.

We met again the following weekend, again beginning with breakfast. Terrell had actually written to a number of local models to ask if we could set up a photo shoot, but it was at too short a notice (my fault, as I’d originally thought of us doing something else), so again, Terrell took me out to some of his favorite photo spots. One was a dry lake bed in the Las Vegas area where I had actually photographed a model back in 2003. The other place he took me was in another part of red rock country, which really is spectacular.

So, I just want once again say thanks to “Big T” for being so kind as to share these spots with me. Perhaps one day I’ll actually shoot some photos at them.

You can see some more of the photos from our adventures below.


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Remember how my electronic devices like the television set, computer and MP3 player went haywire on me earlier this year and had to be replaced? Well, the year isn’t over yet, as I’ve had more troubles.

First there was my iPod Touch, which I bought to replace the old MP3 player. I was downloading the new iTunes 10 software and for some reason it failed to install properly. I figured that I’d just use the previous iTunes, but unfortunately, it totally screwed up the iPod. It had to be restored, but then the restoration failed and the thing just became frozen. I couldn’t even shut the damn thing off. All that was visible was the Apple logo and nothing else, pretty much.

Finally, it did shut down, and when I turned it on again, after recharging it a bit, it asked to be connected to iTunes via my computer. This I did, and it was indeed working again, but it had been wiped clean and everything had to be reloaded. I was nearly late for work one day as I waited for a download/synch to finish before I could unplug it and head off to the office.

That story was the good news. The bad is that I finally signed up for Skype but have not been able to get a webcam working. I bought one on Monday, loaded the software and connected the webcam to a USB port. The result? The computer didn’t recognize the camera. It’s as though it didn’t exist.

Well, I figured that maybe the camera was a lemon, but as it was made by a reputable company, I decided to return it today for credit and bought another one of the same model. Can you guess what happened when I plugged in the new one? Exactly – the same thing as happened last time!

This time I contacted HP online and had a chat with one of their tech people. The result? He could find nothing wrong with my system and everything seems to be working fine on it. I checked the spec requirements on the box and my computer more than meets them.
So, I am just left to scratch my head and feel frustrated because I have no idea why the damn thing won’t work. I guess I’ll bring this one back and try another type, then cross my fingers.
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Finally, I’ve got another reason to be upset – “Dancing With the Stars,” which began its new fall season this week. First off, why the hell is Bristol Palin on? What did she do to deserve being called “a star”? Having a kid at 18? Having a mother who couldn’t even finish her first term as governor of an underpopulated state? At least someone like Chelsea Clinton is more accomplished than a Bristol Palin.

Still, that’s not my main gripe. It’s that David Hasselhoff was eliminated in this, the first week of competition. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a huge fan of “the Hoff” or anything like that. It’s just that his dance partner, Kym Johnson, is my favorite of all the pro dancers on the show. She’s a knockout with a fantastic bod and she certainly knows how to shake it to maximum effect. Sadly, for some reason, she was not on in the spring season of the show this year – and now that I was looking forward to seeing her week after week for a while this time, she gets booted off with her partner in Week One. @##$%%&!!!!!!!

On a positive note, Carlos Santana was really great playing “Oye Como Va” to begin the results show, and Kym was one of the pros who, together with the music, were super hot. I think I’ll have to watch it again on the DVR. (I’m not sure about the rest of the season.)

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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10 Responses to In The Desert With “Big T”

  1. The Hoff was really bad, Dave, I mean b-a-a-a-d. And you have to feel sorry for Bristol Palin. How would you like That One for your mother? Bristol has no credentials, of course, and can't dance. You are absolutely correct about that.And, BTW, you and T look like you're having crazy fun or are just crazy out there in the desert. I'll take dessert.

  2. Dave Rudin says:

    No disagreements about The Hoff's dancing ability. I'm just upset that Kym had to go out with him and that she wasn't given a better partner.

  3. You got some great pics, Dave. Not quite sure about the subject matter in some of them though. I gotta get rid of that gut and get my figure back. Your blog IS titles Figure of GRACE. I had just popped over to your blog as I was working mine. I see we had the same thing in mind. I've been meaning to get on this post all week. Glad you got to come visit. How about we get U.L. down here next??!!

  4. Dave Rudin says:

    Sounds good to me, Big T. Are you in, U.L.?

  5. Joanie says:

    Dave, I'd very much like to meet you on one of your future visits to Las Vegas. Terrell speaks so highly of you and I love your work.Enjoying the photos you took of T. Especially the one out on the dry lake bed. Here's to meeting you soon!

  6. Dave Rudin says:

    I'm glad you like my work, Joanie. I thank you for saying so. I will be happy to meet you on my next visit.Yes, I do like the photo of Big T at the dry lake bed, too – but just wait until you see the photos I made of him there with my Holga! (You'll have to wait, as I don't know when I'll get around to developing the film!)

  7. Are you as upset with Dancing with the Stars as I am? The treatment of Michael Boulton was uncalled for. He can't dance for sure but neither can Bristol Palen. And the way they've been publicizing Her Mother is disgraceful!Just wondered what you think about all this.

  8. Dave Rudin says:

    Yes, so much for the supposedly "liberal media" favoring the Democrats, when it's Palen who gets the free publicity.Yeah, Bruno was kind of tough on Bolton – and another of my favorite pro dancers is gone, too. I'm rooting for Bristol to get kicked off next. I've already decided to boycott watching any of her dances.

  9. We almost got our wish last night! Maybe next week.

  10. Dave Rudin says:

    I was thinking the same thing, UL!

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