So what happens when a model you enjoy talking to and reading posts of but didn’t like shooting with moves near you. Stylistically you mesh well, run with the same group of people but had no chemistry on camera. To forgive her it was a last minute thing, but looks like there will be an adventure coming up.

Been a few days since I have posted here, don’t have much to say. Spent most of the weekend in my jammies and a little buzzed. I did cook which is so good for the soul. There are few things I truly miss about the domestic life, but cooking I do. It is a whole nother chance to be creative and if it doesn’t turn out you just toss it away and forget it.

Lucky gal here not only got a Nikon D5000 but also a killer little 35mm this Christmas. However now that we are back in Michigan and being buried snow cabin fever is killing my photo opportunities. A girl can only take so many shots of her dog and a glass of wine. Last night fishing lures were my inspirations. HELP ME!!!

Note though my dog is super freaking cute!!! As you can see here.

Icebox Studio – Howard Christopherson

I had a really good question come my way from a fellow blogger, is it all worth it? He was referring to the risk that is taken by posing and shooting nudes. I answered with a yes and a no.

For me personally being an art model is a part of who I am, like being a runner to some. You don’t have a choice in doing it because it makes your life whole. I how also been victim to the bad sides, I lost a job, lost a promotion and have nearly been assaulted. Just a little note, the fact that I pose nude does not in fact make me a whore. You can by my time but not my body. I know shocking, right.

For those who are seriously in the business they all have been discriminated against in one way or another. A dear friend lost a very good job, with a camera company no less, because he shot nudes. Agencies turn away models, promotional companies let girls go and the list goes on and on. For the most part I am referring to people who shoot just plain ol‘ art, this does not count those that dabble in fetish. That gets even messier, unless you are the light master like my dear friend Southbound, good luck not getting type cast.

If you stop by David Swanson’s blog at all you will hear about the “little old ladies”. Those with too much time on their hands. He is a very special person in my life and I have even been contacted by some spouting horrible lies. It is frightening the lengths that some go too.

I am sharing with you a controversial image taken years back. This gets misinterpreted so much, this was shot by Southbound at the Hyde House in Milwaukee. It was the collaboration of a group of people and a lot of love. We chose to do this after someone had just recently lost a huge contract over a bikini shot they put on the web. The subject is that we do nudes because we want to and damn the consequence. You want to persecute us and try to hide it that’s your deal.

So is it worth it, to take a photo like this, I think so. But after this shot came out I was put into the fetish model bucket and dropped by an agency. And yes I am really hanging there.

For the four of you who followed this blog when it was all about my modeling I am sure you have noticed a switch to mostly beyond nonsense. I will still be putting up art or at least my thoughts are art but I am using this as a very personal space as well. I currently write for six blogs all of which the content is very censored. This will not be one of the those. This is about me, the joy of living a happy and eventful life.

I would like to challenge readers to post links in comments for images they would like me to give me thoughts on.

I am stepping to the front of the room am admitting I have an addiction. I am no longer able to control my urge to Blackberry. Haha, like this is news to anyone here. For starters is there a model out there that can be parted from her cell phone. Actually some of us have then surgically implanted. Last January I just had my Blackberry molded to my hand.
This does remind me of a story, the first time I went to New York to model I forgot my phone. Like many web models my trip was laced together by the generous help of others. Kind of hard to catch your ride when you can’t call them. I am however a savvy traveler and a planner. I had a phone card and called my voice mail for all the info I needed. Just a heads up airports and large commuter hubs still have pay phones.

Ah, adventure!

I was given some terrible news today by the kind gentleman behind the counter at Starbucks today. They will no longer be serving Tazo tea, something I live by!!! Well he did clarify this statement. Tazo, owned by Starbucks, will only be sold in loose leaf form. The Starbucks Cafes will continue to serve a very small selection, a black, a green and an herbal. Hopefully me lifeblood, Awake, will be the black that wins out. However honestly I prefer loose leaf and this opens the door for other yummy brands to be available at hotels.

Yes, I know this is obsessive, Starbucks is a very comforting place for me. The smell is always home, for us road warriors we need these little things. And it’s my blog and I’ll rant if I want too.

What does that mean, healthy mind… Hmmm. For me it is being able to carry on an educated simulating conversation. How does one get there? I read, listen to music, watch tv and such but I stay stimulated by creating art. When modeling it is a little more obvious what I am doing but I think my photography is art as well. I can make a semi truck look lovely and interesting. I can make it look in place in its location.

Do resolutions ever work, for me they do. I always pledge to live healthier. The whole meal deal too. Body, mind and soul; I get my food consumption under control, exercise my tail off, do yoga and read. However for only about half the year, then I see all the results and start to slack off. By December I am back to my old habits and the holidays do the works on me.

So again I will pledge to live healthier, body mind and soul. Think I will write this post again in 52 weeks?

I am officially un-retiring, well sort of…. due to my job I can’t got to shoots but I will again try to do shoots while I am in areas.

There are some updates. I have gained weight and cut off my hair but hey I can still pose.


David Swanson