A great picture should make you want to touch it.
Coming Fall, 2013 Model Photographer is a book about my first year and a half in model photography. It's not a how to, rather a description of the people and personalities that make up the photography scene of Southern, PA. Along with my photography I will offer my observations and experiences of the models and photographers I worked with and admire. Who are these people? What are the dynamics between them? And how do they go about creating their work? I will take a honest and straight look at the complexities that I feel make their photography so strong. Scott Church, whose sheer force of personality would be enough in it's own right to justify a book, creates art on a daily basis that is both commercially successful and masterful. Even after over 20 years and rightfully assuming a point at the top of a pyramid of photographers, he is still evolving, still searching in my opinion for the next perfect image. How does this powerful personality translate into his work? Other photographers whose work I will discuss include Randy White, Bill Earle, Rick Huff, Adam Alexander, Arthur Steele, Steve Lease, Bob Sleeper, Jenna JMac McDowell, Al Morrison, Mark Wiles, Benoit Barbe, Chris Carroll, Carl Miller, Harry Connor, Jason Mahaffey, John P Dunnigan, Tim Prendergast, Paul Vasiliades, Jon Jaephotography, Christopher Hann, Jeff Bangert, Chris Davis, Pete Koop, Mike Gainer, and Bob Bossinger. Most importantly for me I will also talk about the models I've worked with, how they moved me, inspired me. Trinity Chevalier, who I think the world should know about; Alexandria Adair, classic beauty, seemingly effortless talent; the celebrated Cherry Pye; Bonsai Tree, the most beautiful man I've ever known and freakishly powerful in emoting on camera; Skelly, passionate and beautiful; Calypso Sky, consummate professional with a classic hollywood beauty; sweet, young Alexia Pik, and others to be named later, plus a few I hope to get to work with before the book is finished. It's a personal story; I did often get wrapped up in the person I was shooting, trying to figure out who they were by taking their picture. I did this with varying degrees of success. To me, if a model isn't your muse at the moment you are shooting them, there is no point. At least in part, this book is my way of putting into words what I was trying to capture on camera. It's part confession, part celebration, but it is the only way I know to tell others about this remarkable group of beautiful people both in front of and behind the lens. It's a story about the pictures I made, some of which may be decent efforts, but it's also a story about the failures I experienced, the mistakes I made. I suppose I could just paint a pretty portrait of things, but life is much more than that, and the failures are part of the picture.