September 30, 2008

William Charpe (welsix)

You'll find William Charpe at his MySpace, deviantArt, his blog, Art Limited, Fotothing, his interview and his first feature.

"Rock it 2"
Model Ophélie

"What is love 3"

"Thanks to BreedStock, Meltys, ben-stock"


Scott Church, new exhibition

"Famous people need more help"
Art Model Ashley

"Live like common people"
Art Models Ashley and RaRah

October 10th, New York

Do you see what I see ? by Mark Varley

" What does an image convey ?
What does it say ?
And who decides that ? " Mark Varley

" Beauty is in the eye of the beholder "
, so they say. " Art is in the eye of the beholder ", also true. Art is certainly subjective, never is it more obvious in the art vs porn debate. One mans art is another mans pornography.

So what does an image convey ? What does it say ? And who decides that ?

Limiting the subject to photography of people, there are three people involved in every photograph :

Mark Varley
Art Model Zoe

You have the subject or " model " who is portraying or communicating something. Could be subtle or simple or it could be deep, complex and profound, but the subject of a photograph has, in that moment, the ability to convey all kinds of things.
= Ingredient 1.

The next person in the process is the photographer who is recording what he sees in the way he sees it (or the way he wants it to be seen). This can concentrate on or exploit any, all, or none of the ingredients from the model/subject, concentrating on anything as they see fit, as well as creating entirely unexpected aspects by the alchemy of lighting and composition.
= Ingredient 2.

The final person in the mix is the person viewing the photograph. What aspects of your life experiences or personality or even momentary mindset does this image communicate ? What does it say to you ? Where does it lead you ?
= Ingredient 3.

Mix well and bake for 14 minutes. Serve immediately.

Mark Varley
"God Given"
Art Model Kamilah

I love hearing what other people see in my images.

An amusing example of viewer interpretation I read recently in Banksy's book " Wall and piece " : " I'd been painting rats for 3 years before someone said " thats clever, 'rat' is an anagram of 'art '', and I had to pretend I'd known that all along".

Mark Varley
Art Model Leila

The subject or " model " may think they know what they are putting into an image, conciously they convey something. Subconciously who knows what subtle ingredients are being brought in ?

The photographer may think they know what they are putting in, form a complex lighting layout to a compositional 'ooo thats pretty *click*' but there can be all kinds of subtle ingredients that at the time are not noticed, and may well not be noticed later. It takes a viewer with a particular viewpoint to spot something extra.

When I was shooting my last book, " London Bound ", I spent 6 months travelling around shooting bondage on-location, on-the-fly. I never knew what a location was going to bring until I got there, and the photos I got were 100% on-the-day making it up by the seat of my pants.

When I was compiling the book and going through all the shoots, I noticed a linier progression with very 'dark' content in earlier shoots and much more 'gentle' (is my bondage ever really gentle ?) towards the end.

This mapped a progressive improvement in my mindset and mood over those months that I had absolutely no idea was coming through in my work, ingredients I could not at all discern.

You never know what you are going to get when you push the button.
No matter how much you plan it, no matter how identical your setup.
Somehow, always, something of yourself comes through when you push the button, the more fluid the ingredients of the shot, the more of the 'self' is captured.

As for the viewer ? Thats up to you."

An article by Mark Varley ©

September 28, 2008

Erin (e-string)

I believed Erin was only modeling, big mistake ! Have a look on her photographies.

"Brooke Lynne"

"Every Little Thing"
Art Model Brooke Lynne

"Eight Days a Week"
Art Model Brooke Lynne

Scott Nichol (Silvery Stars)

By the amazing Scott Nichol, a wonderful image :

"Truth, Rock, Sky" - Model Dominique

Scott Nichol ©

Don't forget his brand new book :

in the still air

"Tunick and Uelsmann", by Terrell Neasley

My original inspirations,

" As far back as I can recollect, I've had a fascination with the female form."
Terrell Neasley

" As far back as I can recollect, I've had a fascination with the female form.

It wasn't until my military tour in Germany, however, that I was freed from the mindset which prevented me from separating the idea or concept of the nude with the notion that sex had to be implied.

This then brought on a new and more liberating appreciation for the female nude, unencumbered by the notion of lust.

" I just create shapes and forms with human bodies. Its an abstraction, its a performance, its an installation."
Spencer Tunick

"Seated on a Fallen Trunk"
Art Model Trixie

Next came the introduction of Spencer Tunick, via his HBO special, "Naked States". He is best known for his installations of using thousands of nudes in a single photographic work. Prior to this, I had no creative outlet for my appreciation of the nude because everything that I saw that depicted the nude form was either in a museum or associated with the adult industry in some fashion.

Photographic artistic nudes just did not exist to me before Spencer Tunick, who followed the original HBO special with his next one, "Naked World". I admired his sense of dedication to his artwork at the risk of his own freedom. There was one point where the cops in NY were waiting on him to release the shutter on a nude model. He gave quick instruction to his assistants on what to do while he was away in jail, took the shot, and was immediately hauled off. Good thing he had a good attorney.

Art Model Jacinda

" Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk."

Art Model Trixie

"Find Me"

That was my outlet. I wanted to see more. Who else could be doing this ? The answer to that question brought me to Edward Weston. There is not another photographer that I identified with more than Edward Weston, but I have already given him several mentions on this blog. You can do a search on his name in the search box for this blog.

This allows me to get to my next inspiration, Jerry Uelsmann. If Spencer Tunick was responsible for my interest, Jerry Uelsmann was responsible for my commitment to it. I shoot digital now, but I was a film purist up til right at a year ago. I was seeking my place in film and wondering what was the next step. I wanted to see something different and I wanted to do something different, but I thought I had already reached the limits of what could be done in film.

"The Cradle"

" For me to walk around the block where I live could take 5 minutes. But when I have a camera, it could take five hours."
Jerry Uelsmann

Art Model Trixie

Over one Christmas break, a few years ago. I studied photography day in and day out, particularly darkroom explorations. It was while I was looking through an interesting photo book of digital artwork in the library that my commitment to photography solidified. Paging through the book, I saw interesting photos, but I knew that digital manipulation did not appeal to me. I felt the creative process was somewhat diminished with the addition of computer-based filters and processes. The thought crossed my mind that if there was a way to do this with film, that would be totally magical.

Art Model Batty

As I lifted the book to return it to its proper place on the shelf, the word "darkroom" on the back cover caught my eye. I retrieved the book once more to peruse the book's back cover summary and to my utter amazement, read that all these images were done using ONLY darkroom manipulations through mulit-negative exposures ! The creator... Jerry Uelsmann... I couldn't breathe, I tell you. When I began to see what was actually possible IN the darkroom, IN film, IN photography, I knew that my creative outlet could be boundless. I was released to explore again...

At that moment, photography became more than a hobby or a past time : it was my thing.

A tribute to Yuri Bonder

Yuri Bonder at : In memory,
Photodom, photosight,,
usefilm,, Lens Art...

His first feature here inside.


"c Nude"

By Tony Dummett, photographer :
" To me the strength of Yuri's main body of work lies in his use of saturated colors as integral elements of his composition and the unusual perspectives he has taken on his varied subjects. A refreshing change indeed.

He demonstrates a confidence with his medium and a quirkiness of visualization that is both motivating to his fellow photographers (to get out and take some more pictures), and interesting to look at in itself.

Look closely at Yuri's images. They are what photography is (or should be) all about : use of your eyes, reflexes and your mind, all combined in one instant of capture to communicate a worthwhile idea."

"In Paradise Garden"

Rest in peace. Your images live on forever.


Abe Taltre

Shooted by Abe Taltre !

"On the stool"


"Washing out"

"Rear ended"