In a delightful cabin in the middle of the woods I found a beautiful feather and wrapped it in my hair. It was all I needed to complete my wardrobe for the warm summer day! Finding a feather is a sign of encouragement and means that you are on a higher path spiritually. It also symbolises a lighter outlook on life.
It was a little chilly later on so I dug out this fabulous vintage fur coat previously owned by Adolphine Getty. What fun it is to wear a long fur coat with nothing on underneath!
In love with photographing balloons!! They are so magical. I took this photo at the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. I have many shots of the vibrant balloons that filled the air against the contrasting backdrop of the deep blue summer sky. However, Im more drawn to this subdued atmospheric and dreamy image where the boundaries of earth and sky melt together and my thoughts get lost somewhere in between.
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.
Dustin is 14. It’s one of my favorite times to photograph boys; they are beautifully awkward in their transition from boy to man. Jake is 12 and still has the tender sweetness of boyhood. He adores his pet rat. She just had 16 babies! The boys are energetic and always on the move but I wanted to capture their quiet side (minus the logo shirts and baseball caps). We did simple portraits with no shirts and plain backgrounds. I love their freckles and light skin.
To book a session or view more black & white portrait work of children, please visit Heather Van Gaale or give us a jingle.