I try to post to my blog regularly, its a useful tool to stop and think once a week - what do I want to say?
I've been very busy lately, so found myself here again, without an outtake, shoot update, etc that was ready to post. How did I get to be here, what brought me to this day where I'm so busy doing what I love, being a photographer. And I remembered the first time I saw a piece of art that really affected me, made me feel different, think differently, and so setting me on the path to here today.
It was a Rothko, part of the main collection of the Tate (britain) I must have been about 15 on art trip to London with school. I walked into this small corner room, and was confronted with a massive Rothko. I was a little dumbstruck, and spent about half an hour staring at the huge flat canvas, alternating between thinking of absolutely nothing absorbed in the painting, and wondering how on earth something so seemingly simple could have such a powerful and profound effect on me. Here it is.
This is from a beauty shoot for the upcoming Black Magazine #15, out very soon! A fabulous shoot, and really hard to edit, sometimes too many good images really can make you life very difficult. Looking forward to seeing the published story in print!
Sometimes you cast a girl, that completely blows you away the first time you see her, and this is Melissa Stasiuk @ Next. What an amazing face, this girl will go far, I can't wait to shoot her, the force is strong in this one!
Editing is one of the hardest things about being a photographer, to not publish beautiful images because they don't fit into the layout etc, is very hard.
For these images to never be seen is a great disappointment so I have decided to start posting some of these images to my blog as a way of giving them some life, and to share them with you! (how lucky!)
First up: here are a couple of images from an upcoming editorial for the new issue of Black Magazine, with Milagros Schmoll!
I was 17 when I saw an exhibition of Jan's images in france. It was the most amazing thing that I had ever seen. I was hooked, I bought every postcard that the gallery had of his work. This was the beginning for me, this was it, I wanted to do what he did. I was fascinated by Jan's images, they were like nothing I had seen before, they were photographs but also like paintings, they had texture, they had bizarre and unusual subjects, and for years my 'ideal image' the photograph I would strive to take, was I see now, my version of a Jan Saudek photograph.