Corie – 18+ Patreon Set

New on my Patreon – a set of black and white art nude work with Corie Shannon, shot in my former studio and at a local ruin approximately 1 year ago!  Corie recently shaved her head and I hope she comes back from Australia someday to shoot new stuff!

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This set is a combo of regular digital shots on my Fuji X-T2, instax mini shot with the Fuji Mini 90 Neo Classic, and my iPhone using hipstamatic (because everything else was dead).  Corie for Patreon pt 2 (4 of 17)

Uncensored photo sets are available at the $5 tier on Patreon, with tutorials, 18+ video art and mailed instax at the higher levels.

 

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Art Model Instax Sale!

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Primordial Creative Goes To NYC/ Hawaii

Instax Mini/ Wide/ Square Sale!  This is only a tiny fraction of what I am selling- more instax will be posted in the days to come.

$10 each

6 for $50

10 for $75

free shipping on instax in US ($10 international)

8×12 prints $5 US shipping on first print ($15 international)

Write me at info@primordialcreative.com with questions and model requests!

 

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Model list:

Maggie (my daughter)

Kacie Marie

Cacia Zoo

Hailey J

Thumbelina

Mosh

Lacheln

McKenzie Eckels

Ana Corbi

Devi

Lauren Ashley

Glass Olive

Sierra McKenzie

Kate Eff

Sky K Blue

Shoshana

Kelly Eden

Shasta Wonder

Alana Schoen

Corie Shannon

Annie Montgomery

Brooke Eva

Hattie Watson

Alysha Nett

Julia Fae

Sparksss

Erin Holmes

Trish Davis

L. Shima

Janette Adriana

Kaila Stone

Ariel Rhinofeeder

Anastasia Arteyeva

Victoria Elle

Wildflower

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Instax Square prints with Kacie Marie

This morning I finally figured out how to print instax squares off the Fuji SQ-10 that weren’t shot on the camera and ran off these images of Kacie Marie – for a long time I resisted trying this because it’s, you know, “fake instax” (says the man who makes music out of 85% samples) but now the scales have fallen from my eyes and I see the creative potential, not just refining higher quality images before I print, but working more with instax collage and mixed media/ creative damage/ write stories on the print.  And really what is the difference between one machine printing an image or another?  Besides more people actually collect instax…

Which brings me to the topic of my upcoming instax sale, which I’m doing to help fund upcoming trips to NYC and Hawaii.  I’ve got images of some of the best indie models out there, including

Ana Corbi

Thumbelina

Mosh

McKenzie Eckels

Devi

Cacia Zoo

Anastasia Arteyeva

Sierra McKenzie

Hailey J

Kacie Marie

Alysha Nett

Hattie Watson

Lacheln

Glass Olive

Kaila Stone

..and some others which I’ve put on sale before.  BUT!  Now I’m able to do some SPECIAL REQUESTS!  Basically any image shot with any model can be made into a specialty square instax.  I don’t mass produce these things so no worries about getting “just another print.”  Instant film is still a singular art artifact that doesn’t take up a ton of space or cost a lot of money and it’s a great way to have some keepsake of your favorite model!

Sale starts April 1st, and by all means send me any requests!  Prints will be made upon purchase.

Here’s the sale prices:

1-5 instax: $10 each

6 for $50

10 for $75

FREE shipping in the US.  Images forthcoming but get in touch at info@primordialcreative.com if you have any questions/ requests and do check out my Patreon where all my full uncensored model sets and tutorials hang out!

Jessie Through The Years- a Patreon Model Set

This week’s Patreon set is work with Jessie, a local model I’ve shot with for nearly 10 years!

When I got into model photography, it was after a decade of shooting other things and deciding it would be a good thing to have a few consistent subjects to follow over a longer period of time.  Jessie is someone who I’ve now shot over 8 years, and these are a selection of a few images during that time- a cool representation how both she and I have changed.

Twice monthly non-nude model sets are available at the $1 pledge level, with an explainer video on how it was shot!

 

So Long Studio

DSCF1342(Starting with an image of my daughter Maggie at Venice Beach, no studio needed!)

I’m writing this in the final few days of cleaning out my studio and moving everything back to my house.  It’s been a year since I had 24 hr access to a shared space in a fashion house startup in Tempe and I thought I would share some of the ups and downs, what I thought I would get out of it and the reality.

In 2016 I had a string of music video shoots and had germs of ideas for web series.  It seemed like having a space and employees and being a full business was the next step.  The opportunity came to have a former tv studio in the basement of a new fashion startup- potential to do work with designers, stylists, all sorts of industry types.  I hadn’t shot fashion in a few years but knew I could do the sort of weirder fashion that everyone says they like but no one will pay for.

One of the two managers of the space already knew a photographer, so I was brought in as the video guy, which wasn’t much of a significant difference except I wasn’t allowed to teach photography classes in the classrooms, which is something I’ve successfully done for 10 years.  The photography classes that were supposed to be offered never came about, making my inability to teach a topic because someone else was gonna do it pointless.  This was probably the first sign it wasn’t going to be a great fit.

The first 6 months of being in the studio meant a lot of clean up, painting, model shoots, filming myself, meeting new people and generally having a great time.  There were even a couple paid opportunities though nowhere near what I imagined.  Many scenarios involved me being recommended as  videographer to a company or person who didn’t have any interest in creative stuff, they were looking for a commercial for their video screens or whatever.

I think during this time I made pretty creative use of the studio- playing more with colored backdrops that we could totally trash, lasers, smoke machines, sets, nudes.  Since many of the models I like to work with are out-of-state, I thought it would be just as easy to bring people here and shoot in the studio all set up instead of my traveling, renting a car, booking a place, dealing with strict time limits etc.

Unfortunately there’s only a few people I shoot with regularly in the Phoenix metro, and when I looked into shooting with agency models I found out pretty fast that I’d be asked to do a bunch of trade and within a tight creative box.  Also I only ended up bringing a couple of my favorite model/ actress collaborators, and after I put a guest room in to do it more frequently, my sister moved in and STILL hasn’t left.

By the time summer hit, a variety of things changed.

I had started an art gallery job that, while it doesn’t pay much, was super convenient for me- 1 mile from my house and I do a lot of my computer work there (including writing this).

My car air conditioner died and the car itself was leaking oil, neither of which have been fixed, but that meant I wasn’t driving into Tempe if I didn’t have to.

I had a couple jobs through the studio that turned out to be a lot more trouble than they were worth, involving missed payments and chaos.

People in the building were asking me to come lecture for free and also to do big slideshow presentations etc.

Adobe was sending me to San Diego Comic Con to give a panel on their new mo-cap animation software, and the fashion head said it wasn’t going to be mentioned in the studio newsletter since it wasn’t fashion related.  That might not sound like a big deal but to me it was like “a cool thing that is related to the businesses here”.

By the end of the summer, I came to a few conclusions of what was working out and what wasn’t- based on

A. what I wanted to do

B. what I had an audience for

C. what people would pay for

D. what companies supported me

…and what I ended up with was

trippy Instant Film

Character Animator

dark video stuff

stuff I do with my daughter Maggie

stuff I shoot with like 6 specific models

As far as poppy, bright fashion stuff goes- I think there’s a lot of it out there, and people who build their entire portfolios around it, with Halloween masks and children’s toys etc.  And I think tonally it’s not something I want to pursue and I don’t think what audience I have is into.

But here’s the thing about that list- I don’t need a studio for any of it.  Or to be more specific, I don’t need a studio shared with others, where I have to drive a distance and deal with ASU traffic and pay for parking to get walked in on by a tour group and have $50 insurance come out of my account every month while owing a large $ of services to the building manager.

Oh, I’m not happy that I quit all my local art center teaching so I could schedule classes for a company that wouldn’t let me teach what I successfully teach and whose signup process is so difficult to understand that customers told me they couldn’t do it.

So it’s a mix of disappointment and relief that I’m moving all the stuff back to my 10×10 backyard workshop and in a couple weeks, room that my sister is soon to be vacating.  I still don’t know and don’t care about anything involving fashion and it seems the feeling is mutual.

But in the end – the aesthetic of Primordial Creative is to be very organic, even when glitchy; to have some involvement of the elements or nature, not be in some controlled box.

Design + the dancer

I wanted to post a few recent images I did with dancer/ stuntwoman Alana Schoen in LA.  Probably my favorite styling to work with is a black turtleneck and leggings; I’ve done it many times with many different models and it always comes out with a super clean design that appeals to me.  Alana (228 of 513)-Edit

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Documentary Portraits, 20 Years Later

Hello out there! This time I’m showing you some of my earliest work- portraits I took while working in developmentally disabled group homes circa 1998-1999. It was my early college years and I was full of social crusading juice. These were all shot with the blessing of the clients and their families, and I describe what I’ve learned in years since about what makes a good documentary portrait project. I also show you some of my recent work with my daughter Magdalena.

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