These images were “round 2” with Portland model Maryjane McLain, which is to say, the second time I got to work with her in the last 6 months or so. We had access to a dive-y bar which all kinds of psycho stuff written on the walls, and it was a complete blast to shoot amongst the bar patrons and in the creepy, ratty basement. I have been a recent admirer of the South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord who have a similar rat-like vibe thanks to their frequent collaborations with photographer Roger Ballen; it’s not quite the same as shooting with a stylish Maryjane but you can see where some of the influence comes from.
The image up top was shot October 2014 with model Genevieve Liberte in my backyard… image down below, shot 2001 at an Iowa City rave. I’ll never forget the gentleman who approached me with illuminated boobs, or at least, I’ll never delete this photo from my hard drive. Funny what inspired ideas 13 years on.
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The last shoot of my August mini-tour was based around my ace hmua team Laura Buenrostro (hair) and Brittany Moody (makeup/ fx). Brittany runs a makeup blog with several tutorials and examples that I scoured to find a particularly special look- settling on her “decaying beauty” look.
I’ve been trying to do a classical Greek statue vibe for years and my recent trip to Greece got me to a “now or never” point. I even had a model booked for June that ended up not working out. For my mini tour I approached a model who was a friend of a friend, and this model- Annie Montgomery- turned out to absolutely be perfect for the project. Annie is one of those ethereal beings that create and inspire imaginative art, and every shot of her was on-point and awesome. Even the location (Annie’s poolside apartment) turned out to be completely ideal for shooting- some images are very gothy and look straight out of a fantasy film or Depression era, and other ones by the pool are poppy and cinematic. Here’s a few of the color versions of our shoot.
I’ve added 10 new prints to my Etsy store, 7 of the 10 being from 2014 shoots (somewhat censored here but uncensored on the Etsy page). So far I haven’t been making editions of images, which keeps the cost down and makes the prints available to anyone who wants to buy them. Models are Lauren Ashley, Mosh, Ammalynn, Aurora O’Brien, and Victoria Lee.
Mare (pronounced “Mar-ay”) was an old family friend of my wife who we ran into in Macedonia while she was at work at the bus ticket booth. The ticket booths are these green cubes that have oval doors and are really curious looking to an inexperienced American like me. I was able to get a few shots of photogenic Mare inside her booth, which was so chockfull of culture (tape deck radio, patterned curtains, calendar, etc.) I couldn’t help but get some images I loved. I’m really grateful that I have an outgoing wife who knows people, the language, and gets me access to these unique scenarios.
BTS of a shoot I did in Nov 2013 with model Wildflower and painter Jamie Graden (shoot described in further detail in a previous post). NSFW to say the least. Unfortunately I didn’t have the iPad cord long enough to plug in, or I’d have the whole 6 hour paint job as a time lapse! This still gives a good sense of what it’s like to be on set for these kinds of shoots.