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Wonderful Oliveé!

I am still trying to catch up with editing the summers activities. This month I’d like to feature work shot with the sweet Oliveé from New York. I was really impressed with his enthusiasm especially after a hideously complicated flight, which seems to be the norm anymore. Surprisingly he was unfazed with a calm demeanor …

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Zach – the first shoot

I used to begin every working relationship with a new model in a studio session so I could evaluate their performance in front of the camera. After I met this month’s guest model, I quickly learned that the studio was too basic to contain this guys movements. That, combined with beautiful summer weather led us …

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Spring is in the Air

When a great model returns to the scene, you seize the opportunity! Anthony, who had moved away, ventured back to Columbus. This time he brought a friend he is trying to energize from a difficult life. And what a better way than through something creative and totally different. Helping him discover self-worth through creative endeavors …

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Singular

One model, one light source, one session – this is the result. Simplicity in form and figure. Sculptural resonance. Visual treat. Shapes of strength and sensuality. Praises to the male body.

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Obtuse

With this post, I decided to demonstrate the power of the angular viewpoint. An initial lesson which always stuck in my mind was to remove yourself from the normal plane of standing. Combining a low or high perspective combined with radical angle can dramatically influence your image. I have always sought a dynamic perspective to …

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Matt Redux

So, as I’ve probed the archives searching through older black and white works, I found my transitional negatives. These pics are shot on film at the same shoot when I began using a digital camera. They were my back-ups for the digital. Just in case. I remember those early experiences with this new technology. I …

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Misguided Perceptions

Working with models is a tricky thing. Especially when it is an introductory shoot. I direct the session according to what the model is expressing but it still is my interpretation. The images are molded by my perceptions and my emotions but this may not be true to the model. This young man was referred …

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Last Shoot of the Year

It’s been a busy past couple of months. I’ve been cranking out new dimensional encaustic pieces in preparation for an art show in Cleveland. And, of course, the weather has started its gradual winter decline making location shoots difficult. Before that window of opportunity closed, I was able to work with the wonderful Devin from …

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Throw-back Thursday

During down times between shoots, I have started exploring my film archives. It’s terrific to find these shots from years ago and even from my student days. This is going to sound archaic, but in those days you depended on your imagination to influence your images. There were no instant filters to plumpen an image. …

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Abandoned Cleveland

Over the past two years I’ve been exploring my native city of Cleveland as a source for my figurative work. It’s odd that I have avoided it for so long. But now, with every investigation, I find more locations that stimulate fresh ideas and stir more themes of social reflection. This series of images was …

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