Where Did Our Love Go, Farm Boy?

Ruth_Where Did Our Love Go, FarmBoy

I decided to do something fun and silly as as part of a photo challenge group that I’m in. We had to use the bucket and the sky somewhere in the composition. It was fun to just play a little bit.

“Where Did Our Love Go, Farm Boy?’

Model: Ruth S McCleskey
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Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

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A Time To Keep And A Time To Throw Away

A Time To Keep And A Time To Throw Away
My photography. Model: Sara. Additional content from Teddi Rutschman, Kim Klassen, Katie Pertiet and Anna Aspnes.
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El Abrazo Cerrado (The Close Embrace)

El Abrazo Cerrado

Tango is such an amazing dance.  Becoming proficient takes a long, long time.  Its a real ego buster for a guy – trying to learn tango.

Tango requires the leader to project where he would like the follower to go even before he takes a step. Its a torso centered kind of thing.  It requires use of the arms in the embrace, the shoulders and the legs and feet obviously, but the drive and invitation all derive from the center of the torso – near the solar plexus or breast plate.  It takes quite a while to learn to do that.  Add to that, a few tango dance movements to keep the dance advancing around the dance floor. Add some other dancers in your way and, well, let me tell you, its just plain old hard.  I’ve seen many a frustrated look on the lady I just danced with while she suffered through my trying to figure it all out.

However, when the fella gets the hang of it, there is nothing – nothing in the world of dance like it.  Two people, in a close embrace, in a ‘hug’ embrace – pressed together, moving, holding each other and ultimately dancing and improvising to exactly what the music is offering.  Put that all together and you’ll understand why very few people are able to dance tango but also, you’ll understand why they love it.

While dancing tango, I typically watch the dance floor for other dancers and openings where I can add some nice moves, like ochos, paradas or molinetes. Every now and then, I  glance down at my partner.  Most often, the ladies dance with their eyes either closed or  watching the man’s chest or floor.  When I look down, these are the kinds of things I see.  A beautiful lady, a face that’s focused on the interaction between us and occasionally a slight grin of delight.

This is what I see in my Close Embrace.

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The Light Within


My photography.

Additional content from Caroline Julia Moore, Julie Mead, Brooke Shaden. Lantern by Grant flic.kr/p/q6Wyu2

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And I’ll be beggin’ you, Baby…Beg you not to leave

I'll be begging you

And I’ll be beggin’ you, Baby…Beg you not to leave

Model: Ruth
Lyrics from Sugarland ‘Stay

Ruth gave me so much to work with in our photo shoot last week.  She’s a seasoned actress so when I asked her to portray various emotions of loss, sadness, grief and dismay, Ruth would transform herself right in front of me and made me believe she was really loosing a lover.  Often I had to stop shooting to recover because her ‘performance’ was so realistic, it kept bringing me to the point of tears.  Here, I could feel her heart calling out, much like the song ‘Stay’ by the Country Western group, Sugarland.



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Like Breathing

Like Breathing

You just can’t imagine how hard it is for me to do abstract art. I love it and I want to make it but inevitably I tend to head back to my more familiar ground of crisp photography and more clearly defined images. So, I made a folder of my favorite abstract art photographers and tried my best to adopt their styles but not be a total copy cat. This canvas is a collaboration with Stephanie (interior designer and the same yoga gal from my previous post). She will be taking this picture, having a 20″x40″ canvas print made and then adding multi-media including metal wire twisted into or around glass pieces, possibly adding some oil dabs and perhaps fabric pieces. We haven’t gotten that far yet.

“Like Breathing”

Model: Stephanie
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