Truth is a Matter of Perspective

The misadventures of a girl and her camera


Belated Happy New Year!
models, portraits
thenakedartisan
Let me start by giving out a belated Happy New Year. It's been a while since I've had either the time or the images to post. I've been working through some images this weekend that I want to share. The first is a single portrait that was actually taken a year ago, but just now got some love. It was from the Gamer Girl shoot last January with Elena. This is now one of my favorite portraits ever.

Goddess

Next, here are some of the photos I took of a Muay Thai fighter named Paul a few months ago.  I'm very pleased with the way these came out.

Paul



Paul



Paul



Paul



Paul



Paul

Another set of images off my plate...but so many left to go.  Back to Photoshop with me.  Until later!

Image of the Day
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Unmata Rodeo

Playing Catch Up
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It's been a while since I've posted and since I've been playing catch up with some old events, I thought I'd post my faves.

The first event is SubZero Street Market. This happened back in June. This was the second annual event showcasing performers and artists from all over the Bay Area.

SubZero Street Market

SubZero Street Market

SubZero Street Market

SubZero Street Market

SubZero Street Market

SubZero Street Market


The other event was Dancin' On The Avenue in Willow Glen. This event is Willow Glen's version of an Art and Wine festival. Here are my faves from this event:


Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue

The Fear That Binds
dream, inspriation
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We all have fears that bind us; prevent us from moving forward, taking chances, pursuing our dreams and goals. Some are concrete and some are abstract. This project exposes the fears of 11 individuals, bringing a little light into the darkness.


Arachnids

Betrayal

No Healthcare

Personal Judgment

Letting Go

Loneliness

Abandonment

Complacency

Deception

Plane Crash

Silence

Models: Megan, Chris, Janet, Kim, Lara, Karissa, Leilani, Danielle, Me, Shannon, Katherine

This was a special photo project shot during the opening party of the annual UpRoar art show hosted by Heart of Chaos at South First Billiards in San Jose. Special thanks to Salon Blu for providing beautiful hair for many of the models.


Behind the Scenes: Where this project came from.


Heart of Chaos hosts an annual group art show in San Jose.  The 2009 UpRoar art show is the third annual show.  Uproar provides a great opportunity for those of us who don't show often to get our work seen for a couple of months.  During the opening event, there is always an invitation for artists (usually painters and graphic artists) to come do their thing live during the party.  This year, I thought it might be neat to try a photo shoot, and luckily for me, the kids at HoC thought it was worth a try as well!  With the help of some friends, models, and the girls from Salon Blu: a photo shoot was born...or pulled off  in the back corner of South First Billiards during the busy UpRoar opening party.  It was a fun time.  Much love to everyone who participated!  I


Call for Models: Live Photo Shoot at UpRoar
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thenakedartisan
Hello Friends,

This is a CALL FOR MODELS to come participate in a live photo shoot with me at the opening reception for the UpRoar art exhibition in San Jose on November 6th.  (See details at the bottom of this post.)

UpRoar has always invited local artists to do live demonstrations during the opening party.  Generally, the artists have been painters, but this year, they have agreed to try the idea of letting me do a live photo shoot.  Can't hurt to try it once, right? 

The secret to the success of this evening will be YOUR participation.  I am inviting anyone over the age of 21 to participate in this one-night, themed photo shoot. 

It is likely some of the photos we take during UpRoar 2009 could end up displayed at UpRoar 2010!


The Theme: The Fear that Binds
 

To Prepare:  Your job is to think of the one or two words that represent something that scares you.  We will apply those words to a non-adhesive binding and apply that binding to you.  This shoot is about honesty.  It is about confronting that fear that holds you back.  It's about YOU.

Ladies may wear as much or as little make-up as they like.  My only request is that participants "dress simply" meaning stay away from complicated layers, designs, and patterns when you choose your wardrobe.

All participants will be required to fill out a basic model release which will be provided to you before your shoot. 

For your participation, you will receive a copy of your final image via email as soon as possible after the event.* 
(*Speed of processing will depend on level of participation.  The more people who participate, the longer the editing process.)

If you're are interested in participating, please send an email to info at thenakedartisan dotcom




Opening Party:  November 6, 2009 8pm-1:30am

Location: South First Billiards, 420 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(21+ venue)

Opening Party Voluntary Donation:

Guests attending the opening party will be requested to make a $5 voluntary donation at opening party.


Facebook Fan Page
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The Naked Artisan Photography | Promote Your Page Too


Ok.  I've finally done it. I've finally decided to create a Facebook fan page for my photographic self.  I have started having more and more models and dancers and wonderful people that I don't know in person wanting to add me to their networks, so I decided it was time to create a fan page where some of those people can land.  It makes me feel a little less "collected" while still allowing new people access to me and my work.  I will do my best to keep it interesting without it being overwhelming.  Hope you stop by and become a fan. 

ASMP Seminar with Photographer Eric Kroll
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Tonight, I got to attend an ASMP seminar which featured renown fetish photographer Eric Kroll.  This was my first time going to an ASMP meeting.  My photo mentor, Ed, has been pushing me to join as an emerging photographer, and attending this puts me one step closer.  Of course, coming up with the dues is what's really giving me pause, but it is what it is.

When I arrived, Ed made sure I got introduced to several people including  Mr. Kroll and ASMP chapter Vice President,  Robert Adler.  I brought a portfolio of  subject appropriate work on Ed's urging.  Mr. Kroll took some time to really go through the book.  He asked me questions about why I composed images the way I did, gave me some critiques on things I could have done better, and told me that although my aesthetic wasn't in tune with his own, he thought that I had some good images and seemed to be off to a good start.  Mr. Adler was a little more intrigued by my book.  My aesthetic appealed to his a little more.  After discussing my images for a few minutes, he invited me to keep in touch and even join him for coffee sometime to discuss my photographic direction and goals.  That was very exciting, and I'm pleased for the opportunity.

Mr. Kroll spent the evening showing his photographs, discussing his journey into and through erotic photography, sharing his stories and lessons learned.  I was intrigued because several of his models came to the event to support him.  It was very interesting to listen to what came across to me as a very male perspective on producing erotic/fetish imagery.  I wish I had known about the previous workshop which featured an all woman panel discussing the topic of erotic imagery.  Hopefully they will do another one in the near future. 

All in all, it was a good evening.  I picked up an autographed Kroll 4x6 image that is more sexy and mysterious than kinky or erotic. It is a lovely image of a glamorous 50's-styled blond beauty kneeling on a luxurious bed dressed in black lingerie and heels looking at various postcards.  It's just the right image for me.  Not too kinky or blatant or blunt.  I now need to find a nice simple frame for it (and an appropriate place to hang it.)  We'll see what comes of the contacts I've made.  There was talk of an emerging photographer's show that I might be able to take part in.  Who knows?  Hopefully something wonderful has started brewing.  Only time will tell.


Belly Dance Magazine
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Belly Dance Magazine Tear Sheet

While I was at TF9 this past year, I was approached by one of the staffers at Belly Dance Magazine about using some of my images of the flagship group, BlackSheep BellyDance, in their review of Tribal Fest 9. Well, here's the tear sheet! My first official publication in a magazine! It looks so good and feels even better. Thank you to Belly Dance Magazine for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to seeing my images in print again because this is just one of the most exciting things ever!

(All the images in the tear sheet shown here were taken by me and published with permission by Belly Dance Magazine.)


...and now it's time for a kitten...
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Harvey, originally uploaded by MisterPeter!.

because no matter how good or bad I am feeling, a kitten always makes it even better! I found this kitten in the "Not My Cat" pool on Flickr, so I'm sharing. On a cuteness scale of 1 to 10, this photo is an 11!


Celebrating "The girl on p. 194"
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When I was checking my email today, I found my weekly update email from PopPhoto.com, the website for Popular Photography magazine. What immediately caught my eye was this photo



Glamour and the Photo of the Real Girl
When Glamour ran a 3-inch image of a woman whose body doesn't come close to fitting the high-fashion archetype, they were hit with a storm of positive feedback.

Needless to say, I was instantly intrigued. "The real girl" is a topic very close to my heart as a woman and as a photographer. As we are all more than aware, the perception of perfection is a real demon for many of us. My experience as a dancer when I was growing up made that markedly clear when my body decided that I was going to be a shorter, curvy girl instead of a lithe, lean, dancer like many of my peers. I have heard "Lose weight," "Watch your thighs," "You're a beautiful dancer, but...[you're too fat]" and my all time favorite comment, "You're such a  pretty girl, but I hate seeing all that weight on you." GAH! I can't even express how much I HATE that one. For me, body image has always been one of my biggest personal issues. When I was in shape - active - fit...I wasn't seeing the curves I had for the beauty of what they were. I look at old photos now and WISH I had that body again. The body that I was convinced was fat and ugly. Now I am actually "fat" and I am struggling to find my solution just to be healthy and fit again. Dealing with weight issues is more than just a struggle with willpower, it is all out psychological warfare against one's self (and often, one's demons). I will admit, just the thought is exhausting, but I haven't resolved myself to "big girl panties" for the rest of my life just yet.

Because of this personal body image challenge, I have really striven to remind the average women around me just how beautiful they are. Imperfections are real. They make us human. They make us beautiful. Nothing is more beautiful than a person who is comfortable in their own skin. If I can help give that sense of ownership of personal beauty back to someone by creating a photo that she can pull out and remind herself that she really is beautiful, then I feel that I've done my job. Average girls, alternative girls, curvy girls...they are all beautiful even if the fashion magazines don't agree. I think we all need to be reminded that the package is not the sum of the person.

So...this article (the one that is actually linked to from the PopPhoto.com article) is well worth the read! This is the second time in the past couple of weeks that "plus sized" (which is a whole OTHER discussion) models have been celebrated (well...or at least talked about in a positive light) by the main stream / fashion world. The other item was the release of the book "Hungry" by model Crystal Renn who describes her struggle with weight in the world of high fashion, and how she has eventually came to embrace her body's natural curves as a plus sized model.



www.youtube.com/watch

Hopefully all this is signaling a trend shift in the world of beauty and fashion that has been long overdue.  Only time will tell.  Until then, celebrate yourselves and the women in your lives for who they are.  Remind them that they are indeed beautiful.  And women, remind yourselves that the demon in the mirror doesn't have to be that way, not matter how difficult it is to believe.  Strive for healthy, not "perfect" as there really is no such thing.  It is in our imperfections that we are most beautiful. ^_^



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