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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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two men in embrace, eyes closed

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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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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close-up portrait of man

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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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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shirtless man looks out from porch

New Muse Blake

Vaccinations complete, ready to move on! After such a long pause, I’m back behind the lens with new work and a fresh face to photograph. This post features a new Ohio model who I had the good fortune to meet and start his portfolio with some amazing images. I quickly discovered that my model, Blake, …

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Why the Male Nude?

The image that prefaces this post is one of the first male figurative photographs I ever took. Accomplished at my school’s studio, it was a nervous attempt to reckon with my sexual awakening. This was the early ’80’s, when the male nude still elicited strange looks and whispers. But it felt appropriate. As a shy …

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Two men in white muscle shirts stare at the camera

A Vision from the Heart

As a photographer, you sometimes are fortunate enough to connect with the right people. In the case of this post, I met two of the most loving and sincere young men that I’ve ever encountered. It’s one thing to have two individuals unfamiliar with each other pretend to like each other. Or it might be …

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