25 May 2012

Objective: Travel

Art Model, Viki Vegas © 2011 Terrell Neasley
“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” 
– Rudyard Kipling

Despite the fact that I got a late start for the year, all still looks promising. Getting back in the mix after being laid up from 5 months of recovery from knee surgery sure has felt good. I still have a long ways to go, there's no doubt about that. At least I'm busy. Almost too busy, in fact. May has been absolutely crazy as far as months go. Its been hard to even think straight, but I've hung in there quite well. I'm just now getting some breathing room and tightening up my head-space and timing. Holla if you know what that is...

Art Model, Viki Vegas
© 2011 Terrell Neasley 
This late start has yet to impede my adamant plans to do some traveling for a while in Central America this summer. Yeah, this kid is heading out for a while. How long? I don't know yet, but at least clock me out for a month. You get to do an awful lot of thinking when you're restricted to the bed for so long. And I've decided to do some things a little differently for a while. It starts with Guatemala. I'll mosey around Honduras, and finish up  in Belize. Did I say finish? Well, I'll be back temporarily in the states, but folks my goal is to hit the road for a while. How long is a while? Who knows. I can't say. Hell, I can't even say how I'm going to make all this happen. Let's just say that it needs to be done and leave it at that. I'll work out the details later. As for now, the concentration is on Guatemala. This is happening.

What exactly will I be doing? Following a crazy white girl around the jungle and taking pictures, in a nutshell. I can't say I'm all that enthused about EVERYTHING in her itinerary. Home-girl is talking about swimming with sharks. Now I know that I can't have the same imagination in my head to match up with hers. The girl's crazy, but she's not stupid. This is what's in >>MY HEAD<<. And this is more than likely what's in >>HER HEAD<<. I'm hoping she's the one who's right in this. Of the entire trip, these thought are most prevalent. But I'm sure when I get back, I'll have pics and stories of a great time having grand adventures. I've still got to do a better job of learning video on my cameras. I'll be getting an external mike for better audio, that's for sure, but I don't need much else that I don't already have. I'll be making a documentary on this excursion and I think it'll be fun. Totally experimental, but fun.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” 
– Mark Twain

Art Model, Viki Vegas © 2011 Terrell Neasley
If everything goes right, I'll be starting up a new blog that deals primarily with travel and will detail my adventures as I go globetrotting. I'm excited about what's ahead and if I do it right, well...lets just say this is going to be fun and a definite adventure. Can't wait to get the travel blog up and running with lots of content for your guys. You're going to love it!

Here are some newly edited shots of Art Model Viki Vegas, from last summer.

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” 
– Mark Jenkins

13 May 2012

You're on Notice... MERCY'S BACK!!!

Model, Mercy © 2011 Terrell Neasley
Talk about letting the month slip in on me unannounced! Its already May and mid-way through already. Its been cool getting back in the mix of things. The knee is holding up, but still fragile. In other words, I can't think I'm all better and do something stupid. I started physical therapy last week. On day two, I figured I was good enough to add to my load, so I doubled everything they told me to do and in some cases, even more. That was strike one of being stupid. By that evening I hurt so bad, I felt like the first day of two-a-days in high school. That was a reference to the 2 times a day football practice during the summer, just before school started. Once in the morning and then again in the late afternoon to try to avoid some of that Texas summer heat. But anyway, I'm still trying to mend and get used to building muscle again. Its actually an interesting thing to behold for me. As hard as I can flex, I'm just not hitting rock hardness and its funny to watch my quads quiver in response to the exercises.

Model, Mercy © 2011 Terrell Neasley

But what was also another slippage is the fact that I totally missed out on telling you that Mercy is coming back to town! She'll be here a few days from the 14th (yeah, tomorrow...I know) until the 16th, this Wednesday. You saw the work I did with her in my book, A Year in Review of the Nude: 2011. I made her my cover model. And you know what she's capable of and what she's willing to do. Despite the late notice, I say you get in on the act and get your shoot on. She's only here for a few days, but its still a good time and enough time for you to get in some great work with a great model. My bathroom series could have hardly been pulled off with another model. When I suggested it, she was down with hardly a thought and was in on it before I could finalize all my thoughts.

Model, Mercy © 2011 Terrell Neasley

So you basically have 3 days in which to make something happen. I say 3 days, but you also have to understand, her time is limited and filling up quick. She does her own promo work and of course she's coming here for a reason. So its not like she's got 72 hours of nothingness lined up. People have already taken advantage and booked her hour by hour. What I'm trying to tell YOU is that you don't need to spend a whole lot of time with finding the time in your calendar or where she might budget in on your bank account. This is one of those moments where you contact her, find out her availability and simply book it. Take whatever you can get, make that moment happen, and be proud of what you guys put together. I know she's giving her best and she's here. Make it happen. She even takes credit cards now...