One woman as a protector of the Sabine women. I have Google it and nothing came up. So this is the name of this image. I looked in art history and have not found a protector of the Sabine women. JESSICA is the protector of Emma a Sabine woman a constant reminder that women can be protectors too. But I may have been to rash there is a portrait painting of Allegory The Triumph of Justice (1558) oil on copper by Hans von Aachen. A German mannerist painter.
I wonder where the line is between PORN and Nude Art. Is it a degree of nudity or the subject matter or both? It is all still a great mystery to me but I continue to keep myself involved in finding out what the real answer is. I am still trying to figure out what is considered art. I was a fan of the graphic arts back in the mid 70’s with the Mad Magazines and Cracked but that was mostly an influence from my step brother. I was never a real big comic book fan and never really bought into that. At the time I was into STAMPs collecting them, well because my father was a Postal Clerk for the US Navy and he had given me [actually my mother did] a box full of unused mint condition stamps from the mid to late 60’s. Even though my father had past away and I had a new step dad it was the only connection to my father I had. Well, back to the subject at hand. I have research much into how Romans had assisted deaths when they did not want to fall on their swords and I thought maybe because of modern times how women are taking on the roles that man use to take on. I though why not have the same problems and same death as men did. Instead of the usual woman death of poison or hanging. That a woman should penetrate another woman wanting to die because of shame or even failure. (Death Before Dishonor) It is what I think is a good subject of which I had the props and again bought some clothing from a thrift shop close by. Red seems to be my theme nowadays. The idea I got from the HBO series ROME and of course the film Gladiator. A quick stab downward through the collar bone to the heart and aorta and you bleed out quickly. It looks gruesome but its over in a mater of seconds.
A hug and thanks for the different concepts! (Alex Harper)
I was thinking maybe red! (Alex Harper)
I loved working with Rose(Alex Harper). She was a trooper she comes from out of state from the “Show Me” state…yup Missouri! Today concept was mainly red but I could not get away from the spirit of Helmut. After about almost a two hour delay and have to stand in the hallway for 15 minutes. I was pretty frazzeled but the time gave me time to cool off. Once started I plan for one idea and was not able to do it. So I looked around and I loved the large mirror. I used a jacket I picked up at the art bump in Oak Cliff for ten bucks and had a great conversation with a nice white dreadlocks big boobed woman who did not mind showing them off and had a fragrance of MaryJane.
These are the words from the very beautiful Emily as I let her hold my sword I had just acquired from the local pawn shop (sword not shown). She was quite impressed with it as she wielded it about for a couple of minutes before I started snapping away. The tie she is wearing I had found it in a thrift store, it has a shield red cross and it look to me at the time a upside down cross in the left upper corner. I looked it up and found it to be the Crest to the city of London England.
Arms: Argent a Cross Gules in the first quarter a Sword in pale point upwards of the last.
Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours a Dragon’s sinister Wing Argent charged on the underside with a Cross throughout Gules.
Supporters: On either side a Dragon Argent charged on the undersides of the wings with a Cross throughout Gules.
Motto: ‘DOMINE DIRIGE NOS’ – Lord, direct us.
I thought it was cool so I bought it for about $2.00 the red cross is for St. George which is a magnificent story of how he killed a dragon to save a princess.
That is the way I think of Emily when I am working with her, a princess…not a dragon. It is my second time to photograph her and she is a complete joy. Last time Emily had told me how she just broken up with her boyfriend of 6 months, just a week before Valentine’s Day…how sad but she had spent V day with friends. We ended our session with the black shaw and she loved it and she really could not get enough of it. She loves lace. Most women do!
As I was leaving the studio as I arrived carrying this huge black and silver sword along with my camera gear. The people I passed never gave me a second look, and there were many. I guess nothing surprises no one nowadays. However, while I was on my way home when I had seen a whole barrage of fireworks go off for several minutes at Fair Park, what was going on there, well it was a fitting end to my evening.
This shoot was in a Hotel and not in the usual studio. I was a bit hesitant to even go but I thought, what the hell…I packed my camera’s charged my batteries and loaded film into an old Nikon F100 35mm film camera…I had lying around. Besides the last time I had used it was back in 2006 to photograph Gordon Parks daughter at the Dallas Museum of Art almost ten years ago. Gosh time flies I really wanted to meet Gordon Parks but he had passed away earlier that year. I do admire his photography, music, films.
Well back to the Hotel where I was introduced to the lovely JordanLehn. I had brought props…a sword, bow tie, lace shaw, a mask (used in one of my short films “Hunting Diabla”). I had laid them out along with my cameras. I always think easy access is always best, since I was pressed for time.
She had asked if she need to put her clothes back on. Did I mention she was nude the whole time I had arrived till I had introduced myself. The whole time averting my eyes in order not to creep her out…Plus I am not as comfortable around naked beautiful women unless I have some sort of romantic involvement….I know it sounds prudish…hey it is what it is, I simply said that there was no need we will just get right into the props and poses. I had researched some that I wanted specific…the one on display was one of those pose. JordanLehn was very attentive and so relax and very professional…again I was a nervous wreck inside. Plus the room was vary cramped. I was snapping away. I had the administrator in the room which really did not give me a chance to speak to J in a more comfortable way also to take breaks every ten minutes to do that. I have found it Creates a bit of bonding when you do that. Once my specific poses where accomplished we kinda played it by ear. I was using a camera with a fixed 50mm f1.2 Zeiss Lens one with a zoom 28-200mm and the Film camera had a zoom 18-70mm with a large soft box strobe. I did not get to use my tripod because of space. I wanted to try a slow shutter to obtain as much detail as possible, but oh well, only hope my hand was steady enough. Used Kodak Ektar 100 color film very fine grain. all the sword poses are on film and will find out later how they turned out when I use the rest of the roll shot only about 15 frames use the other half for something else. I had five minutes left and decided that I had got all the photos I needed. J had told me she had really enjoyed the props most photographer don’t use them with her…me I used to use tones of props when I had worked for National Studio so its a little bit in my blood to do so. As we had some time we talked about B & W developing and printing(J is a photographer too)…that it dose take a while to learn and perfect. I spent many years in the dark processing B & W prints…I do miss it and do long to get back to it but its just easier with digital.