Here is another one that has never been published for my passionate Facebook and Blog Zombie fans. As most of you know, I was on the location of Dawn of the Dead as a journalist for two nights and have published many of the better images on my commercial site.
This is George Romero directing his principal actors between shots on location in Monroeville Mall in 1978.
There are millions of fans of Zombie Films and thanks to The Walking Dead and other movies the genre is stronger than ever. What is surprising to me is the number of fans that exist for a movie made almost 40 years ago. Not only that but the fans are passionate! I was on the location of Dawn of the Dead as a journalist for two nights and have published many of the better images on my commercial site.
However my Facebook fans keep asking me to publish all of them so I am starting that process even though most of these images have degraded in quality and were not that good to begin with. This is a picture of Jeanie Jefferies the blond beauty that doubled as an extra and make up artist on the film. She is almost as popular as the film itself. Normally I would not have published this because you can’t even see her face but this is history and besides Jeanie looks great even from the side.
This weekend (March 28-30) is Monsterpalooza at the convention center in Burbank California. Among many others, my friend Jeanie Jeffries(Jeannie Brown,The Blond Zombie) will be on hand to sign autographs and meet with fans. Of course a number of cosplay attendees will be wearing costumes and makeup which makes it even more fun. In the future I hope that Jeannie will have some of my images like the one bellow for her autograph.
Earlier this week I posted a portrait My Favorite Model, who just happens to be my wife of 42 years so I have taken a lot of pictures of her in the different stages of her life. Here are a couple of snapshots from the old days. She still has the ability to look through the lens rather than at the lens so at some point I will have to do a retrospective of her look through five decades.These images are not for sale.
I have published a number of images of fashion models that I worked for back in the day however have never posted any images of my favorite model. My wife, now of 42 years was always my best model. She had the ability to look through the lens rather than at the lens. Most good models have this skill but most of them are professionals and she was not but she did have the skill and appearance to pursue that career had she wanted to. In any case, this is a portrait I took of her in 1977 and it is still one of my favorites. This image is not for sale.
When I first started to shoot portfolios for fashion models it mostly was done in the studio. Early on though, I was fortunate to meet a real pro and she wanted to go on location. It was an education. I have published another image for this shoot as All Aboard. I picked her up and she loaded clothes in the back of my car and told me to drive to this old deserted train station in Greensburg. She understood the “derelict” look decades ahead of Zoolander This is another image from that day long ago.
OK, now this is a personal thing. I am a photographer, not an artist. I try to do artistic photography and be creative in my work but that does not make me an artist. Picasso was an artist, Monet was an artist, some of the students I taught photography to are artists. An artist starts with a blank canvas and from their minds they create an image. Artists believe that primary colors are red, blue, green and yellow. They teach this to children in grade school. Photographers use light. They understand that human beings have red, blue and green receptors (cones) in their eyes. There are no yellow cones in your eyes. Photographers understand that yellow along with cyan and magenta are subtractive primaries and the basics of printing ink or toner on paper.
It must be magical to have the skill to look at a piece of canvas and use a brush to paint an image. I tried it in school and I sucked. The only thing I have ever painted that I liked is this image. I used Doctor Martins Dyes and brushes to hand color a monochrome print. It took forever! I never tried hand tinting again and went back to the camera, darkroom and now lightroom where I belong. You can see other images and buy apparel and prints at my commercial gallery.
I once worked with a Cheryl, a model that owned a horse. She wanted some images of her with her horse. We took some pictures around her barn which was what she was after. She thanked me and then said she was going for a ride. There was a large meadow adjacent to the barn and I asked if she could wait for a minute because I wanted to take a picture of her riding through the meadow before she went down the trail. I knew I would have only one chance for the “pan” motion shot that I wanted. Here it is. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
From 1975 through 1978 I was employed by the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh PA as a Photographic Instructor. With the help of students and staff we constructed darkrooms and studios. I was fortunate to have some great students who turned out to be successful photographers and illustrators and most of them also turned into great people. Our field trips were legendary. Thanks to social media we have reunited and the Facebook group now has over 170 members. This weekend a lot of them will meet for an annual reunion, which unfortunately I can’t attend.
Some of my students have not survived though like the stunning Becky Richardson who was kind enough to model for the class on one of our field trips to an old barn. Rest in Peace Becky, I am sure you will be well remembered this weekend. You can see other images and purchase prints and apparel at my commercial site. This image is not for sale.
A long time ago I used to shoot photographs for model’s portfolios. Most of these were done in my studio under controlled lighting. Kim was a model that I used for my Photography classes in Pittsburgh and she wanted to have some fashion photographs in exterior locations. We found this old deserted barn and did most of the shots outside the barn where there was decent light. I have always like this one the best however and think it is one of the best back-lit images in my collection. You see other images and buy prints of this one at my commercial gallery.