September 28, 2008

"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.

1 comment:

TLNeasley said...

My goodness, Chris.

This is even better than my ORIGINAL post!

Thanks everso much for the mention, my Friend.