August 30, 2016

Welcome Alexey Nikishin

Member since 2007

Alexey Nikishin is a talented and multi-awarded Russian photographer. He told me yes for this article with enthusiastic and kind words. When I read his answer, I blushed. Dear Alexey, thank you, I am honored.

"Living, delicate, perfect tones, amazing composures, great lighting..." are the comments of some photographers in his portfolio. They are right of course. However they forget the grace, the emotion and the wonderful poses of his Art Models directed by an imaginative and inspired photographer.

His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are part of the permanent collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Moscow Multimedia Art Museum.

"Study with the girl and the trunk (horizontal)"

"Medved II"

"Thus far without the name"

" I am Alexey Nikishin, Russian Photographer.

Member of the Photographers Union of Russia, Member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers Association, Member of the board of adjudicators of the photocontest at and its winner, Teacher of School of the Modern Photo in Moscow.

Exibitions and Printed Issues : author's exibition in Moskow club Ogurets, April 2006, photos at the exhibition "Kargopol - heart of the Russian North", April-May 2005, author's calendar year 2006 along with company EFSI, exhibition of my photos at "TECHNOSILA" booth and in the PHOTOFORUM-2005, April 2005 My photographs are also a part of the private collections of Europe, USA, Canada, Russia and Ukraine.

If you find my works beautiful and you are interested in cooperation please feel free to get in touch with me."

"Katia nude portrate"

"Olya nude 3"

Nude woman's body dressed in more than mere skin is beautiful and unique. Exceptionally powerful vigor is housed inside. My work is erotic art unlike the artificial pictures of plastic models from glossy magazines.

"The Bride"

"Bride's girlfriend"

August 25, 2016

The Art of Dan Van Winkle

Member of Univers d'Artistes since 2007

In 2008, Dan Van Winkle told me during his interview :
"Define my own style ? Never. My style is constantly changing, otherwise I'd be a static and bored photographer. I could never do the same thing over and over.
I guess if I had a style, it would be to attempt to use natural fantastic light whenever possible.
I also have to admit that I love the way that oil/water and skin play together in the righ light."
And that's true ! From 2007 to our days Dan has never done the same thing as you could see it during the years I have exhibited his wonderful photographs. That said, in his last works I saw his camera take a little more distance from his always talented Art Models. And in 9 years, he found some other poses and magic places as the outdoors addicted photographer he still is.

Dan Van Winkle is a warm and friendly man and overall a great photographer I am proud and honored to know. Thank you Dan from the bottom of my heart for your active participation for this 10th article.

Dan has shot landscapes for many years, honing his craft on many hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the environs around his house in Marin County, California and in various places around the world.

About 12 years ago he got the idea (not that original of an idea to be sure) to start incorporating the nude figure into his landscapes and has been focusing on that mostly since then.

The feeling of being out in nature working with a free spirited female (or male) model, collaborating to create an image that evokes emotion, thought or just appreciation for the combined beauty is one that Dan cherishes and will continue to pursue for many years to come.

By trade Dan is an electronic hardware design engineer mostly focusing on high frequency circuit design.  He works at the prestigious SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory where some of his circuits enable scientists from all over the world to do cutting edge research.  Shooting is a way for Dan to relax and re-connect with nature and other likeminded people.

Dan asked me to choose among more than one hundred photographs ! I spent three days to watch them one by one... Thank you Dan ;-)

My latest shoot with Art Model Kaela

For many, many years, I’ve wanted to do a shoot in the High Sierra.  I did one once, but the area I chose to go to just wasn’t what I had hoped.  Plus, I was younger and less experienced at shooting nudes.  So, I don’t really count that shoot.  Just recently (the day after my birthday) I made plans to shoot with Kaela near her home base in Bishop, CA.  The following galleries the outcome of our collaboration over a day and a half.  I hope they are enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making them.

There were basically for parts to the shot, we started at 5:30AM at some hot springs near Mammoth Lakes for sunrise.  We then moved to Convict lake for a short hike around the lake.  We then caught lunch and rested in the afternoon.  Then it was up the mountain towards Bishop Pass with an end goal of Bull Lake just below Chocolate Peak.  Then, it was home, to sleep, and up again the next day to start my new project with my old canoe.  I’ve already done a post on the canoe project, but will include the gallery again here for completeness.  Please, do, enjoy!  I do this for the love of it and to share with others.

One of my favorite locations

Salt Point is one of my favorite places for environmental nudes (that’s what I’m calling them now).

One of my favorite models in one of my favorite places

A special trip to oceano

I end this article by a beautiful and realistic thought of Dan Van Winkle for the young photographers : No matter what difficulties you face, follow your dreams and be true to yourself.

Yes Dan, the dreams come true. Thank you again !

One of my "old" favorites with Art Model Vassanta :


August 23, 2016

John Emrys' first feature

You'll find John Emrys at his official site,
Duclerck, Model Mayhem.

"Original Liisa"Jump"

When I think of John, the first thing I feel is his deep and compassionate kindness. He told me to work a little less ! He's kidding me. And the second one, wow!, here is a talented photographer. All is there. And yet :

"At an impressionable age when the Apollo mission made its historic lunar landing, my first career choice was bio-genetics. Balking at the concept of one plus two equaled three, I kept seeing the answer as a pleasing shape. My love for physics and chemistry prevailed upon a right-brained streak, leading to a discovery of the nature of light and how it plays on everything."

Of course, when he asked me to contribute, I went on his site and I immediatly loved what I saw. So here is he.

He choosed a lot of these photographs, I added some. I hope he'll understand why. Because there is no hazard in this site.

Welcome on board John ! And thanks. Take care.

"Duo DressHorns"

Mostly self-taught, John has spent the past twenty-five years generating commercial photography for such clients as Clinique, ScotiaBank, The Wool Bureau of Canada, Labatt’s, H20 Cosmetics USA, Playboy Lingerie and numerous editorial magazines. He has recently produced a fifth fine-art project for the distinguished Canadian artist, Michael Snow.

His awards : several CAPIC, Nikon, Profoto and PDN Gold and Silvers, many of them for his ‘Body for Soul Lingerie’ LA campaigns and ongoing self-promotional series.

Lately he prefers shooting fine-art nudes more often than not. A belief in the pure difference between perception and perspective has remained, while continuing to make use of metaphor in his photography.

"Alex bedroom chair"

"Alex livingroom solo"

"Alex bathtub"

A more personal approach :

"Crystal front window"

I had my first taste of pro photography given to me by an ex-Franciscan monk who had changed careers, mid-stream. Somehow, he had secured the management position of the black and white darkrooms at the local paper, and later, he also sold me my first Hasselblad. To this day I have no clue how those elements were connected.

It was shift work that didn’t allow much of a schedule for shooting my own stuff or for having a social life but it taught me a mitt-load about film, printing, not the least of all, deadlines. (As a form of stress relief I also learned how to bake and was known to the editorial staff as producing a particularly excellent cheesecake, although that’s another story). I was mesmerized by the shoot, soup film, print process, and how each part yielded unique emotional experiences layered within the same image.

"Caro Cafeteria"


"Nicole head"

Being mostly self-taught afforded hours of creative fulfillment, which conveniently leaves others blameless for my level of accomplishment. So much so, that the obsession became a life career. It’s a pang that to this day can’t be satiated, no matter how many servings of cheesecake are heaped on the table.

And so, the journey into professional photography, or more accurately, just a plain artistic headlong plummet of never getting the absolute perfection of what I wanted to express, began.

I’ve gathered some amazing things along the way. When I was an assistant learning the craft, one of the pros I worked for bet a client he could make hundreds of chickens look at the camera all at the same time. And then doubled it. The client lost the bet. Maybe it had something to do with that re-furbished monk, I’ve never been sure. I’ll bet the client never forgot it, either.

"Tamsen-full length"

I learned how to rescue E6 roll film from a three-day tropical soak in a leaky Ziploc : how to not trip the teargas canister again in the camera safe, how to make one of those chickens stand like the Rock of Gilbraltar, and much more.

"Crystal white chair"

With remarkable privilege, I’m still here after 27 years. Still fascinated by the whole process; that it’s mostly a digital workflow now doesn’t really hinder either the vision or the concept.

Someone said they found it astounding that I’ve spent most of a lifetime trying to capture moments that when added together, might not amount to a couple of hours of gathered time.

Small price to pay, it seems.

August 17, 2016

Christophe Vermare : his new book is born !!

Member of Univers d'Artistes since 2008
Congratulations !! Champagne !

I met Christophe Vermare at Marseille, France. Time was too short to share our love of his art. He offered me his first book "Distances" with a lot of compliments and thanks. I blushed, it is just my job. I love it. It is in front of my bed exhibited as a jewel.

Here is the pre sale of his second one. Bravo Christophe ! What a talent, what a work.

"Ses cheveux dans mes yeux"

"This new book of 121 photographs focuses on the essence of my passion by presenting only photographs of my wife Anne over 25 years of Art nude Photography, of common life.

This is a Visual Story, the birth of a passion since we met and subsequent evolution along 25 years."

Photographs from the book choosen by Christophe himself :