I started shooting suggestive landscapes in response to my work getting censored for being “inappropriate”. It was nudity in the purest and most beautiful form. Its absurd that it was considered offensive. It wasn’t porn,violent or meant to demean. It was simply art for arts sake.
Since the 1500’s artists have been commissioned to render nudity in scuplture and painting to illustrate biblical stories. Those masterpieces are on display in many churches and cathedrals. Still people, especially here in Temecula, who claim they are “christian” or “biblical” are afraid to display art that shows body parts even if its entirely innocent or abstract. To me its a small-minded fear based way to view life. It is feared that a child will see it or feared that an adult will be offended, but it is ok to listen to violence on the news and in the theatre for entertainment. Something is wrong with the picture when parents cover their childrens eyes during the sexual scenes yet allow the violence and killing to be viewed.
I don’t display my nude work in Temecula. I was banned from facebook once for showing artistic pics of a topless man (who someone thought was a woman and reported me). A posse of five cop cars tried to arrest me for shooting a topless two year old with her clothed pregnant mom in a field near my home. They wanted to confiscate my equipment and evaluate the images as well (I was shooting film). Luckily, a friend in a high place saved me.
Most of my nude work is personally commissioned portrait sessions by couples and women. I also enjoy occasionally photographing shapes in the landscapes where mother nature exposes her parts. Its fun and its my way of telling the pious conservatives to fuck off. What are they gonna do? Not let me show my work of a tree in public because its suggestive?! Or maybe they’ll cut the tree down when they notice its trunk resembles a vagina.
In celebration of Del Mars 75th anniversay, I wanted to capture photographs with a timeless appeal. I love looking at nostalgic pictures of times gone by when ladies and gents dressed to the nines for mid-day affairs. In order to portray classic fashions in a year where flourescent has made a huge comeback, it was absolutely necessary to shoot black and white photos.
The theme of the event was vintage. Although I didn’t spot much vintage fashion amongst the ladies, I did photograph a few classic beauties and some hats that were over-the-top fun. I seem to be attracted to any hat that has feathers or stripes on it!
Pictured above is the extraordinary hat maker Alakazia with models Christelle Tachon and Kelly Lenahan modeling his wonderous creations. Almost everyone wore hats in recognition of the tradition on opening day.I loved all the crazy hats but I couldn’t take my eyes off of the thoroughbreds. Number 10 was gorgeous. I spotted him in the paddock and had a hunch about him. I loved his gray mane,dappled coat and rebellious energy. The lines were long and the race was starting so I didn’t have time to place my bet.
As you can see he won! I wished I would have placed my bet..but atleast I managed to get a shot of him crossing the finish line.
If you liked this story you may like my photos of opening day at Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club here.
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The Gay Pride Parade in San Diego was a fantastical party drawing thousands of supporters. A plethora of rainbows and colorful people filled the streets. With a mutual vision of a world free of prejudice, many marched and cheered honoring respect, diversity,acceptance and self-expression.
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Party goers lingered after the match with tunes spun by DJ so I did get a chance to mingle and document some fashions. Amongst my findings was a striking six foot two female model with a flamboyant hat, a hip older woman with a wide rimmed feather hat and rad glasses, a celebrity stylist that looks like my son Paultje, and real men that wear pink and pastels!
Back lit cigar smoke and a red carnation in his hat, ads instant sex appeal.
Pictured above left, polo player Roberto Estudillo Esquival, sports classic polo swag. Above right, polo superstar and self-professed metal head Diego Cossio adds a rocker edge to the polo world.
Photographs of Sophia that doubled as a senior portrait session and a modeling portfolio. Sophia has an FMX track that is insane! on her property. I love girls like Sophia who can get on a dirt bike one minute and then rock her high heels the next. Our next shoot of Sophia she’ll be riding her dirt bike keeping up with boys.
My boys are so rad. They have long hair but they say they aren’t hippies. They’re not into the peace and love thing but they are anti-establishment, which makes me so proud.
I really like the meditative quality and quietness of these images. Im putting these on my wall large. No “fire-place” portraits at our house.