In 2015 I spun up a project called Me By Me, where participants draw a life-sized nude portrait of themselves, and then pose next to it. I did about 20 shots in the basement studio, and then packed the whole thing up and took it to the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. Over the course of the event, 80 more people picked up their markers and threw off their clothes to make some art!
Two years later, I decided to restage Me By Me at SEAF. This time, 95 people went through the process. Yikes... that's around 200 since I first started this project!
Since this is now becoming somewhat of a thing, I decided to put together a gallery of sample images. I asked participants if any would like to opt-in to being included, and happily quite a few have been willing to show off their artistic skills.
Want to see the shots? Have a look:
Earlier this year, I proclaimed that this was going to be the "Summer of Sanity," a three-month stretch of blissful calm that I have been trying to realize for the past few years. For the Summer of Sanity to become a reality, I identified four things that needed to happen: no traveling, no house guests, no major house projects, and -- most important -- wildly pulling back on the number of underwater photo sessions. I'm happy to report that the Summer of Sanity was a smashing success, even if that does mean I have few photos than normal to show you.
This season's underwater work was by invitation only, which meant saying "no" to quite a few people who had hoped to jump in the pool. But having fewer models meant I was able to spend far more time with each of them and did not get seriously backlogged when it came time to process the images. I invited a couple models who I've worked with previously, and a couple who were new to the whole underwater experience. All-in-all I'm quite pleased with the way things turned out. Have a look:
I have no idea what the 2017 season will look like. In fact, I'm not even going to spend any time pondering that right now, as I'm about to launch a new large-scale project that should keep me plenty busy through the spring!
I just updated the project page for Lost in the Shuffle with information about the SEAF installation and how to get your grubby little hands on an actual deck of these marvelous cards. Rather than repeat everything here, I encourage you to:
One of the more common questions asked of me is how I get so many people to pose naked for my various projects. I understand why people would wonder about this. Over the years, my large-scale projects and underwater sessions have featured literally hundreds of people sans clothing... why do so many people agree to this?
The short answer is this -- they don't.
Oh sure, they do agree to have their pictures taken, but usually they think they're here for graduation photos or something like that. Little do they know that once they're blinded by the strobes, I quietly add a secret bit of equipment that lets me get the shots I'm really after. I've had a really good run with this over the years, but now I think it's time for me to share it with the rest of the world.
And with that, I share with you my secret for getting naked pictures of people: