At a time when I had a problem that could not be solved with finesse, diplomacy or tact (brute force was necessary) I saw a painting of Saint George at a show of Ethiopian Christian art. That was who I needed at my back. More Images here.
How to photograph people like Saint Sweeney 64627, with unusually shaped bodies? Best to get a frontal view as well as a profile. Thanks to Mark Michaelson at Least Wanted for the use of the sign. More Sweeney here.
Corpus is a "you never miss your water till your well runs dry" kind of saint. I was sitting on a stoop worrying about a mischievous body part - and then I started thinking about everyone I knew with some sort of physical problem - ankles, backs, eyes, knees, prostates and immune systems, etc. In spite of the body’s general reliability and its spellbinding ability to provide transportation, sensory experience, sexual pleasure and more - we only focus on what's wrong - taking all the body's miraculous working parts for granted.
Delilah and Peeweewere about to pop. Peewee lectured me about having a kid, told me I didn't know diddley - you gotta do this that and the other thing - buy all the diapers and clothes and bottles and shoes before the kid is born - wash all the clothes and bottles - and a million other things that seemed premature and rubbed my procrastinating spirit the wrong way. But what do I know? Maybe he's right, I thought.
Chastatay is an intensely beautiful girl whom I always wanted to photograph - but as something tough, say, a cop or a criminal. So why not as Saint H, a leather-clad, gun-toting, Black Panther-y female Huey P. Newton?
Beatrice is played by Maya, my friend Kelyn's daughter. She's an irrepressible ham, possibly the reincarnation of a Vaudeville performer. This was a busy month for me, so I plagiarized the outtakes from aCD cover photo shoot for Jason Robert Brown.
If it's the middle of winter and you've been felled by a broken foot and your hanging out on the couch all day, hopping on your good foot over to the liquor cabinet to pour another tequila, maybe you fantasize about getting out of the shack and tripping the light fantastic, like the Disco Bunny, B-Diddy.