Monday, July 17, 2017

The morning after LA

For the first time in two hot months in Tucson then Blythe ovenite I was able to open my window and feel cool air! I had to cut my trip in LA short to go find some family photos for a short documentary film VICE did produced by Chloe Campion. I've had mostly bad memories of Banning, CA the town below the mountain school Idywild where Leah, my daughter, went to high school for a few years.
Last nigth started no different staying at the quaint Stagecoach Inn at the extreme westside of Baning on Ramsey street. After paying too much ($80) I asked where the ice machine was and was told there was NO ice machine. How retarded is that!
This monring I noticed Consuelo's home style Mexican restaurant, parked and went in after awhile Til and Bobby Diligence, the rapper came in and I went over and asked to shoot her hair.




Then we talked and he told me he had gone to Berkeley to studio recording and music. Liked them both a lot. I hope I see them again...seeing how they revived my hope for mankind.

I had gone to LA to attend Victor Lightworship, Steve Diet Goedde and Dave Naz's photo opening at the Garboushian gallery in Beverly Hills which runs through August 11th. But stayed for the beautiful women.

The women behind the men...Susan Lightworship, Yee and Ori Small.


Jenna Cree proud MTF trans woman


Giselle Palmer, a Siegler model


Sarah, who asked to meet me.

I thought for a minute that I would be shooting these three beauties over the three days I was to be in LA but none of that happened. Instead I got to enjoy the TOLEDO show at the Petite Heritage in Hollywood. He and his show was beyond.


Toledo with singer and rapper behind him

Toledo singerdancer

a beauty in the small audience in the small room upstairs at the hotel

photo by Dave Naz

but the most important thing about my LA  visit was reuniting with Susan Smith, my friend and model from 29 years ago! We have stayed friends all these years but this was the first time we were together in a foreign city like LA and it was beautiful.  Her cool dog, Bella, isn't adjusting as ell to the 
move and I hope she is better today










Monday, July 10, 2017

From the Cockettes to raisinettes

When I moved permanently into my mother's house in Tucson I went to the community halloween party in my wealthy seemingly white only gated community. I was the only person in costume and hardly anyone spoke to me. That hasn't changed in 9 years.
Last week my new friend, Jocko Weyland,
David Sherman and Jocko Weyland

had a going away party at David and Rebecca's new Exploded View annex on Drachman and 4th avenue that has a pool. They showed the documentary on the SF crazy 60's group, The Cockettes, so, of course, I went in part drag. An homage. I was the only one in drag!
I hang out with artist/student Sadie Shaw and she helped me customize my Goodwill girl bathing suit top.
me and Sadie b4 going to the pool party

She brought a girlfriend, Erin, recently moved from Seattle.



I took as many shots of people as I could.


two women at the party

I set up a small studio with the available light and wanted a shot with Jocko and wanted us "kissing" and to my amazement he kissed me. Uhgg!



I've returned to the Saguaros baseball games. Great game. In the last three, they have one 3 times. One game they were behind 8 to zip in the 6th inning and WON! I see my friend cowboy (James) and we chat. Steve Romaniello and I went after a fabulous shrimp dinner he cooked (I provided the berry salad). We got there by 9 pm and saw three great innings! One game Sadie came late but brought her sexy legs.


A cow attends a Saguaros game


the raisonettes in the title refers to the fact my doctor Griffin confirms I'm diabetic so what i used to stuff my face with is... no more.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Its 2 eighteen am and I'm between sleeping posts in the Atlanta airport main lobby

As might happen my Delta flight was delayed coming out of LaGuardia in New York and I missed my connection in Atlanta for Tucson, my home. It is 112 degrees where I live so maybe sleeping amongest the travelers and homeless at the airport is a blessing. I fly out tomorrow and arrive in Tucson near noon and I have a reservation at the Shady Dell in Bisbee by 3 pm. Im staying in the 1950 Spartanette and shooting my friend Tatum.


Two days ago I spent the day at Philip Johnson's glass house

 outside New Caanan, Conn, introduced by my sister Lisa

two days before that I went to the Met and saw Irving Penn's exhibit. They had his travelling background and my daughter Leah shot me with her phone in front of it.



none of these things remind me of my El Salvadoran restaurant at the swap meet on Dexler but Im putting it here anyway because its almost 3 am in Atanta.


Before I left for NYC to see family and a few friends (based on the advice from Kurt Vonnegut's purported commencement speech ("sunscreen") I sent Cy, my assistant, into my local Subways next to the Bashas's supermarket I'm no longer allowed in. I gave him $10 to buy himself lunch and when I joinded him minutes later with his earning there was a man with his young son waiting to order food. The young man behind the counter saw me and yelled "get out....you're not allowed in here. You took a photograph of one of our workers and she didnt want to be photographed."
I was embarrassed and freaked by his reaction. I remember asking and taking one photo of a young blonde woman. I left getting the phone number for his boss. I called the boss and explained I had just been kicked out of my local subways for taking a photo of a worker that I thought agreed to let me take her photo.  He knew of the incident agreed with me that he had no right to tell me to leave.
 For whatever reason this occurrence turned me away from taking photos as I have done all my professional photographer life. Danny Lyons nor Robert Frank could do today what they did decades ago and neither can I. The Subway incident drove me back iinside to my long ignored archive.


my artist friend Kayla when I lived in Silver Lake district of LA.


my friend Maya on Fillmore st in SF before she got married


big Sarah ock climbing in heels



Skye putting on her make-up



Nancy Lewis (part of my collection)

I guess I'll go find me another abandoned chair to sleep on. I dont see myself travelling by plane to New York City for another several years. It bad for my sleeping pattern.







Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From Tumblr to Vice

My good friend (and producer) Nadine Roselle was working with a crew from Vice.com in Aravaca, Az and they were going to be finished with their border doc in time to shoot something else while in Tucson. Nadine recommended me and two days later after Nadine's birthday they came to my house. In the meantime I had been in LA visiting my visiting French photographer friend , Robert Chouraqui and his nephew Yann in Joshua Tree, and going to galleries and slutwear shops along Hollywood blvd with my host photographer Dave Naz. Veronica Fernandez put a shot of me on instagram and my life (in LA) changed. Jeremy Danger
(JeremyDanger and his beautiful make-up artist)


saw it and asked me to be a victim in his vampire film

(note the chocolate on my tender cheeks)shot with my camera by Travis
. Breakfast on Veronica at Fred Segal's. Then before leaving back to Tucson I went to luch with my writer friend Elia Katz at Mandarin.
Most people are frightened of porn. I am not and I find tumblr to be a great source of porn and art.
 I found a shot of a woman wearing a chastity belt under her bikini. It wasnt until later that I learned it was a `doctored' photo of Lindsay Lohan.
. I wanted to do a similar photo and when Vice asked to come film me I thought of Tatum in a chastity belt with a bikini covering part of it. I caught 4 hours of fitful sleep at Motel 6 in Blythe.

then south to Tonopah for the hot baths. This is an abandoned building I have shot many of my favorite models like Katy and Melanie (separately)

and graffiti on one of the walls


then onto Gila Bend and breakfast burrito at Sofie's on the westside of town.





Two hours after I got back from a LA, Billy on camera and Chloe

 producing were at my house. then came Tatum. The shoot went excellent and she looked magnificent and secure in her chastity. I suggested they interview me with Tatum changing
(Tatum in velvet sequenced outfit from Love Lady on Hollwood)

a crazy see thru leotard from Lady Love.


Tatum returning to the set wearing new mesh leotard and heels


Tatum trying on various pokadot bikini bottoms from my collection



Tatum adjusts her chastity belt

outfits behind me. I opened a box of Kroll erotica and a box of Kroll artists and flipped through some while Tatum changed clothes behind me.




Fortunately, Billy had his tool kit

and he was able to length it and it fit her eventually on her waist. Chloe helped to get the lock to work.

Went over to the pool and made some more delicious shots. 


Tatum safely on her way to the community pool

Tatum checks out Fetish Girls

Tatum walks around the pool

Forever the bad boy, I had Tatum read the community pool rules



. After I had shot all I could think of I asked Billy if he had an idea and he suggested she go for a swim. brillilliant. Thanks Billy



postscript: to get your own chastity belt A! please go to freshfetish.net. They are not expensive but she will feel so much more secure.