Goodwill likes me. They don’t love me, but they like me. I buy a bunch of stuff there and I donate a bunch of stuff there. It’s a win-win. Most of my most unusual costume finds have been there.
I am obsessed with finding weird costume items for models who will eventually wear them. I don’t necessarily know the models or what they will wear, specifically, but I do know that it will be from these interesting and unusual costume items.
I would like to introduce my friend, Tracee. She is a new model with some experience with performance and modeling. We have talked about working together in the past, but it has never happened. Now, I’m proud to say, I have some great photos of her.
Tiffany W in canyon, posing for photos, wearing creative post-apocalyptic gear.
For this project, I decided to create a new world using story as a creative (and motivating) force. In this case, I came up with a short story – really just an origin story leading to the character “Danika.” The name means “Morning Star” in Slavic. Morning Star being the representation of beauty via Venus.
Great Photos and Amazing Talent at the SASCO Mines
So I had a great photo shoot out in the deserts north of Tucson. 5 miles west-southwest of a little town called Red Rock is a long dirt road called Sasco Mine Road. The mine is gone now. It hasn’t been there since the 1940s. It’s an interesting story and a fun read. I love it for all the amazing graffiti and it’s a great location to shoot models and create awesome and incredible image experiments.
So I thought I would start going through much of my previous photography work. Along the way, I’ve discovered some photo shoots I though I’d lost ages ago. I found some I didn’t even remember shooting.
For this one, Sarah (model) was over for some video shooting. I was shooting for stock and I wanted some practice. She was fairly paid.
So the videos wound up being mostly a bust because she had tattoos which are a big no-no for stock agencies. I didn’t know that. Why? Tattoos are a work of art and are the copyright of the tattoo artist. No joke. I have to get property releases for every tattoo visible in an image or video. More often than not, this is simply impossible. Imagine tattoo artists from all over just the Southwest (let alone the rest of the world) signing property releases for every single tattoo. Most of the time, the talent doesn’t remember the artist or when they got it. So, basically, I have to cover everything up, fix it in post (forget it), or take the hit and learn the lesson.
This one was a lesson. So, I can still use these for self-promotion so that’s what we’ll do.
When I found this image it was using the Flat Shooting Picture Style. The image had almost no contrast.