July 28, 2015

Nikola Borissov, backstage

“Cet obscur objet du désir”

“Jenata dnes” (”Woman today”) magazine, Oct’08
Viktoria Yovcheva@Ivet Fashion
Styling : Djina Sheovska
Hair and makeup : Iveta Petrova
1st assistant and backstage photography : Ivan Manchev

Published :

On stage :

And my favorite since I know Nikola, member of UdA since 2008 :

Svilena Kidess, actress
"Don't smile !"

July 22, 2015

Nudes of 'ordinary' women

 Jane Lancashire
 Written by Alex B
 Read 16678 times, in the TOP 10 since 2011, bravo Alex !

This is a topic dear to my heart and about which I wrote in my personal blog. Following that post I contacted Jane Lancashire, after seeing her website. 

Jane  is a photographer who specialises in doing nudes of women who do not model, either professionally or semi-professionally, and who want such images for themselves, just to feel good about themselves. 

The results are stunning as you can see from the photographs :

Says Jane:

"It is such rewarding work, celebrating the natural, feminine curves and reminding women how beautiful they are. The creative journeys I share with clients make this a particularly enjoyable type of photography.

Clients will find that even if they have some reservations about removing their clothes, this passes almost immediately and almost everyone has commented on how liberating the experience is."
The testimonials on her website, from women who have experienced being photographed nude, often for the very first time, are proof that what she does is amazing, in terms of helping women to feel beautiful and confident.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore it is perfectly possible to obtain high quality images when photographing women who may not be conventionally beautiful, but as people they are interesting and have a beauty which the camera may (or may not) capture, depending on who is taking the photograph. Jane knows how to make a woman unleash the inner goddess which is in all of us.

When I see Jane's images I feel that the only difference between me as a model and any of her clients is simply that I am more used to being photographed and feel very confident in front of the camera, regardless of who is holding it. It took a while to gain that confidence but I have it now and it will never go away. This is what allows me to be a model. There are times when some (male) photographers, usually middle aged,  try to shutter that confidence by claiming that "the best models are girls under eighteen". I look at them with pity, as what they are saying is but a projection of their desires. I am a photographer myself and I know that the camera is but an extension of my eyes. It sees what I see and my images embody my own prejudices. I believe women are beautiful, simply by being themselves,  and it's wonderful to see someone like Jane putting this philosophy into practice.

I can't help quoting here what one of the women photographed by Jane says:
"Thank you Jane for reminding us of who we are, who we can be and giving the choice of who we wish to be"

Thank you Jane for doing what you do!


More about Jane at The Real Does Not Efface Itself

(The women you see in these photos wish to remain anonymous, therefore they are not named)

July 18, 2015

Robert Triboli in his studio

Robert Triboli

 Art has little to distinguish itself from religion. Fundamentally they are both acts of faith and therefore subject to their own uncertainties.

"Yulia 198"
Art Model Yulia

"Isobel 3"
Art Model Isobel

Professional photographer from Sacramento, Ca, USA, Robert Triboli is a wise and devoted Photographer I admire since a long time. Like a very large majority of the artists featured here, his passion began really young. Always fascinated by the light, you can feel today how much he knows everything about her. As I choosed the pictures to illustrate his article, I found many wonderful shots that I invite you to contemplate right now !

Thank you Robert, you're so kind.  See you soon !

When I was a child I could feel light – not just the sensation of hot or cold – but light itself. I can'’t describe it to you, but I know I could feel it.When I was a child l would spend breezy summer afternoons lying under the vine-covered pergola in my grandfather’s vineyard. It was like being in a kaleidoscope and I could feel the millions of possible spectral permutations. It was rapture.

"Lily 158"

"Yulia 318"
Art Model Yulia

"Aedrea 277"

"Yulia 286"
Art Model Yulia

Art Model Yulia

With maturity I lost that facility to feel light. It was like learning the definition of awe and losing its meaning. It’s not that adults can’t feel awe ; they just don’t experience that knock the wind out of your guts awe that a child does.

I was a serious young man. I was one of those people who thought that discovering the meaning of the universe was possible. I experimented with a lot of systems (Eastern, Western, Middle Earth) in search of the Eternal Answers. For a while I even thought the camera would allow me to differentiate between what Takahara calls “the dreams that are true from the truths that are only dreams”. The camera ended up being just another system. Art has little to distinguish itself from religion – fundamentally they are both acts of faith and therefore subject to their own uncertainties.

"Stephanie 3"
Art Model Stephanie Anne

"Kristin 1"
Art Model Kristin

Older now, I concern myself less with answers. Instead, with a conviction that the universe is always presenting our senses with miraculous gifts, I have tried to foster receptivity and appreciation. I have tried to rediscover the awe and rapture I knew when I was a child.

Someday I would like to relive the feeling of light. I don’t know if it’'s possible to find one’s way back, but photography has brought me closer than anything else.

"Stephanie 249"
Art Model Stephanie Anne

"Kristin 2 16"
Art Model Kristin

"AP 162 2"

"S 21"


The great majority of my images include people. While I don’t consciously seek out children I find them in many of my photographs. Perhaps, if I can’t get back there on my own, I can follow them as they instinctually find those paths that lead one up into the light.

July 14, 2015

July 10, 2015

Robert Wagt

I love his work. Robert Wagt is a dutch illustrator. I don't know him but I am sure that Robert is simple and funny. He wrote : I am a coffer-tester in the morning, I laughed, me too. Now, he lives in US. And he is happy, for sure :


Thank you Robert. Your blog is full of joyce and art. Du fond de mon cœur et avec gratitude, BRAVO l'Artiste. Ich danke Ihnen sehr viel.

July 7, 2015

Lost My Palette by Michael Vasquez

With the advent of digital photography I have lost my palette of colors, textures and hues. With the closing of Kodak so too it’s films, we have suffered lost so much its unimaginable. Both commercially and artistic values are gone and no one have produced the same type of films. From tungsten film, to high-speed film like Ektachrome with all its lovely grain patterns and depending on processing various tones and hues. Not to mention Agfa films with its own characteristics, I was just getting used to what to expect.

For many years I’d use these films like they were intended to, then I started using them for figurative studies for the different effects. My lab-guy asked me when I was cross-processing the films and wanted contacts, “what color do you want, I mean you could get anything”. I loved that flexibility to let my creativity go wild. I settled for skin-tones, get me the best skin-tones you can I told him. And skin-tones I got with lovely background textures and hues all in one film. As I used different films I got different results, some I like some not so much in this case or with this person. I’d just made that distinctions when I had the stroke and all experimentation’s turned to survival mode.

After two years of trying to get back to normal I had a friend come down and pose for me. She seemed as nervous as I was. I looked at that camera that I had gotten so used to, saw all those dials and setting, then the lens with more settings. 
 Add to that she was losing more clothes as we went along and getting more and more nervous. I had to get control over myself, subject and the situation in general. Then I had a physical reaction to her completely unbidden, I thought huh, followed by this is a model and friend, you are not supposed to have these. And then I thought that I was human and that this overall was a good sign and now concentrate.

Then I got that model/photographer equation, I remembered the creativity we had here, got 

myself back in control. The rest of the shoot seemed to flow naturally, because we were comfortable with each other I could concentrate on the camera and the model, I could see that we were getting some good stuff and I wanted to see on film what I’d gotten. That was part of the joy of photography in those days, the idea of what have I got here on film. Part of the magic of film was the unknown. I felt the magic of the shoot in me but I didn’t know exactly what I had gotten.

 Add to that the film part, what had I captured, what did the film look like and say about our shoot. 
Three or four rolls of film is a lot of exposures, in every shoot I look for that one or two remarkable exposures that tell the world a lot about you, the model and what the shoot was like. It tells the world what your eye is like, what it see’s, what questions do you have of the model. Not simply that she is naked, she has thought, feeling of her own..., what is she feeling, what has she experienced and what oh what is she thinking. The type of film that you use is important to telling part of the story, setting the mood if you will. The hue and grain add to the story you’re trying to tell. That was part of the message of film in my opinion, part of the craftsmanship of telling a story, part of the who, what and where of the messages you are trying to convey.

So I am going to miss my film. Those are important details I, we have lost for good it seems. I’ll take grain over pixels any day of the week.


An article by Michael Vasquez

July 4, 2015

A little of bad taste : Madonna sexbook

Maybe you have the book on your coffee table. Maybe you like it. I am for the total freedom between consenting adults. And I loved to make love. However her numerous fantasms are too much for me and I never realized one of them. It's not my cup of tea and that's it. And I always made love, not sex.

During my writing of my last book Fake Art, to compare the proportions of her body to her fakes, I found these pictures of Madonna. I never saw them because I don't care of her. She is too egotic.

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Gretchen   
Released on October 21, 1992, to accompany Madonna’s fifth studio album Erotica (released a day earlier), Sex is a coffee table book like no other. Filled with soft-core pornographic images, she wrote the book as a character named “Mistress Dita”, inspired by the 1930′s film actress Dita Parlo. Shot  in New York City and Miami, the locations ranged from hotels and burlesque theaters, to the streets of Miami. The photographs were even stolen before publishing, but were quickly recovered. In spite mass controversy related to its release,  it was a commercial success with over 150,000 copies sold on the first day. Warner Bros was reluctant to allow Madonna to publish such a book, but gave in after forcing Madonna to sign a contract that forbade her from showing child pornography, bestiality and religious imagery.  Much to their surprise, Madonna founded the entertainment company, “Maverick” shortly there after, giving her total artistic control over any of the work released by Maverick, thus making the agreement she signed with Warner Bros obsolete. This is still one of the most sought after, out of print books, and Cloud 8 Records is proud to sell this mint condition copy here in the store.  

Someone understands ?

Madonna Louise Ciccone
Bay City, Michigan
113 fakes

J’ai compté que Madonna a montré plus de douze de ses pratiques sexuelles dans son livre Sex : sado et maso, groupe, bi forcément, bondage, exhibitionnisme, pieds et d’autres que mes mains refusent d’écrire. Les symboles sataniques de ses photographies dans son Sexbook devraient lui paraître étrange depuis qu’elle s’est prise d’engouement pour la Kabbale. Grand bien lui fasse, mais je ne suis pas sûr qu’elle ait tout compris. Trop d’égo. 
Wiki :  Madonna
SEX est le titre d'un livre écrit par Madonna sorti en 1992 accompagnant son cinquième album Erotica. Il contient des photographies de Steven Meisel et d'autres issues d'un film tourné en Super 8 par Fabien Baron. Le livre présente des textes et des photographies dépeignant des actes sexuels et BDSM. Les images sont soit des assemblages de collages en noir et blanc, couleur ou sépia, parfois retravaillées ou laissées à l'état de simple négatif. Elles dépeignent des scènes de lesbianisme, sadomasochisme, anulingus, viol. Aucun de ces actes n'est véritablement photographié, mais suggéré ou simulé, parfois de façon crue.

How many fantasms do you count ?