21 October 2008

Hear Me Out...


"Just because you have a Mercedes doesn't mean you can't look at a Beemer every now and then." - Lilia

I'm going to make a statement in a sec, and I don't want anyone to freak out. You may want to sit down. I am going to stop shooting nudes for a while. Okay, I said it, but be cool. Operative phrase here being "for a while". I guess, I should qualify that statement with a disclaimer. So let me add that I still have a few committals to take care of and I am certain there will be some spontaneous opportunity shoots. I'm just not actively searching for models for a particular project. Make no mistake, I am not tired of it. I have not changed my passion for it and I certainly have not given up on it because there's no money in it. I don't do it for the money anyway. But since you bring up the money thing, let's me settle there for a minute or two...or more. One of the reasons why I am making this call IS in fact for the money, in a way (I'll get into the other reason next time). I think I'd like to stop shooting nudes to try and refine my trade a bit and do something that might help me pay for more shooting of nudes. My art nude work is like a crack habit, but I am in control of it enough to where I refuse to steal or sell my body in order to do it. Instead, I am going to try to make my photo work pay for itself.

Canon has released its new version of the EOS 5D, the 5D Mark II. I want it. Maybe you don't understand me when I say, I want this camera. In fact, I'm not going to even go into trying to articulate the magnitude of "I WANT", in that sentence. This is one time words simply don't do it. I wish you could see my face when I say it. Then you'd understand me better. HOWEVER, I'd like to NOT spend my own money for it, or borrow to get it. I've got a 40D. Its a good camera and I've paid about two and a half grand for it and some lighting gear. That's a nice investment and you know what...it can pay for its own damn self AND my new Mark II. I have a tool with the ability to work on its own and I'd like to keep my camera from being lazy. So, I'm going to defray from my passion that makes no money and subsidize it with some common sense. That was my plan when I originally bought the thing. I've made it work, doing a bunch of free stuff and a few gigs here and there, but its not doing enough to burn off the fat....know what I mean?

And the 5D Mk II isn't all. You get serious into photo and you will spend more on accessories, software, backups, etc. than you will on the camera. The Mk II is a full frame system which is the main reason I wanted it. I've got to be full frame. As a former film purist, its the closest thing to it. But other than the camera, you have to compliment it with good glass and what's better than the superb (and expensive) L-series of lenses. Well, I can just say the costs are mounting (along with switching to a Mac) and while I am more than willing to pay, I know my current equipment should be up to the task. And you know what, it will be. I will whip that camera body into shape so fast, it will make your head spin.

Ah, but let me introduce the beautiful and most gorgeous...Brittany! This Sunday will be my next and probably final outdoor workshop for my Las Vegas Art Models Group. After this Sunday, we'll probably be indoors til the spring. Brittany is one of those models that makes you feel highly inclined to stop looking for anyone else after you've found her. Its always been tough choosing a model at times, but then you run across someone like her and the day just seems to brighten up, birds come out and sing, and little rabbits come up to you and offer you fresh daisies as butterflies dance a crown around your head. She's a professional model. This IS her day job. I haven't worked with too many pro's, and while I've had success with the non-pro's, Brittany makes you contemplate whether or not you've been missing out. These are a few simple shots I took of her just the other day. I can't wait for Sunday, but I'm already looking past then to more adventures with her in the future. Thanks Brittany.

4 comments:

Dave Rudin said...

Nice photos of Brittany, Big T - and enjoy your time off. Sometimes one needs it every now and then.

Lin said...

There are a lot of photographers stopping shooting nudes for a while, Rich included. This is recession-driven more than anything. He'd LOVE to shoot as much as possible, but economically, things are a bit rough around the edges over here, and as you say, Rich is after a major new equipment upgrade too. This "hobby" or vocation doesn't come cheap.

So we sympathise and totally identify with your decision, because we're in exactly the same boat. I can't help feel for the models though, as they are increasingly seeing their work dry up too.

BTW, you're a wonderful photorapher. Whether you shoot nudes or not, we will always love looking at your work.

unbearable lightness said...

Big T (I like that!)...I just posted about taking time off between shoots, but my reason is more on the side of preserving creative energy. This weekend is my first multiple shoot engagement since Sept. 20, and I am ready to go!

For whatever reasons, financial, creative, there is no reason to let fine arts nude drive us. I am glad to hear you're in the driver's seat.

Chris St James said...

Your passion is still alive ! And that's the most important thing.
I understand what you feel, and live. If i wasn't ill, I couldn't afford to spend so much time, for free, talking about artists. So... I understand you. But I'm sure you'll come back soon in this genre where you become better and better,what you wanted...
I'll wait for new wonderful shots my friend...