I have been staying put a lot, but I some free time on some Mondays and Tuesdays coming up. April 29th and 30th; March 6th and 7th. I am willing to travel to LA, Reno, Sparks or Sacramento. [Based on where the Megabus goes to!] Let me know if you are in one of these areas and want to book me.
Last Monday, after spending a Sunday hiking to the black hole of Calcutta waterfall, I met up with Phil in Sacramento to shoot some tests for the erotica he is just breaking into. It is obvious that we are going to work together wonderfully. I can't wait to work with him again!
Last week, I went with Deal to Redwood Regional Park above Oakland for a shoot. It was my first time there, and he was not very familiar with it either, so we got to wander around finding the spots we most liked. It's placed high in the hills and provides fabulous views of the city and the bay on a clear day. We were there on a clear day. And the weather was terrific! Sometimes I can get pretty nervous about outdoor nudes because my body hates being cold. Recently I told someone that I would rather die than be cold. I have sacrificed myself for photos often in this realm, but was happy to not have to do so this time.
Here are some of the photos we created. It was such a good shoot and I'm really looking forward to working with Deal again. He is in Monterey and if anyone reading this is a model in that area, I highly recommend him!
Hello wonderful people who read my blog. My past week has been crazy and I am so tired! Please check my modelmayhem portfolio for new images. I will post some updates and more images in here ASAP, but it might be a few days. The craziness continues.
...Couldn't be happier, but I'm pretty sure the mothman is patterned into this wood ceiling in my room. Not the moth/fly-looking mothman like in the movies or in the statue, but the fuzzy owl-looking headless mothman.
I love my job. I love that I work when I want, with whom I want, for the pay that I want. I love living in the bay area, too, and driving with people I just met through the hills, looking at a view of the bay, going to the redwoods and getting naked. What a day, and it's not nearly over. I am pretty pooped.
I was consciously taking some time off from shooting for the past month or so to finish up a music album I was working on and just to nail down some other parts of my life that were flapping in the wind. But now I'm back at it. I had some cancellations last week, but I have a lot planned for the next few weeks. I have a shoot tomorrow, hopefully another during the week, one on Saturday, and one next Monday in Sacramento. I am excited about each of these shoots for different reasons and I can't wait to be able to write about them for folks to read here.
Just an update, because I want to be posting here more often.
Recently I had the pleasure of working with Light Writer on some lifestyle stuff. We met at my favorite frequented co-op cafe, stopped to say hello to my vanhome, and walked around for a few hours. Light Writer sometimes would ask me what I thought of the displays in windows of shops, or poster advertisements in them. I am an anti-capitalist and minimalist. I think he knew this. I soon found out that he was asking me questions at time specifically to get a reaction out of me and then photograph it. He would take these photos and immediately have a deep meaning to explain to me. A true artist, quicker than I'll ever be.
And here they are: My loving home.
Also, I read while walking around a lot. This time it's Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren.
..Just not on the internet as much as is the norm these days.
Thank you for continuing to read my blog in this age of twitter, tumblr, instagram, facebook... etc.
I am still here with just this page and my modelmayhem page. If you like me, or hate me but like my work, or think I look weird, or think I write weird stuff, please tell your friends.
Someone a few weeks ago read my blog and told me that since I had not updated since I wrote about Matthew Grogan, that I was "letting him win." I noted that and planned to update much sooner than I am doing now. It's so much easier to find importance and a good story in negative things than in positive things for some people. I am one of those people.
But let's rewind a little to a lovely shoot I did not post about in a timely manner. It was with Tim and was supposed to be a TFP shoot, but he ended up hiring me for additional time after we'd finished shooting what we'd planned for TFP. He was an utter joy to work with and I am so thankful. The day started with a storm and BART train failure and me being hella late and him not being able to find a spot to park by the station I had to exit at and ended with a sense of fulfillment and a new connection. [We are going to work together again in a few weekends.]
Another thing that came out of this shoot was a complete surprise to me.
Tim was renting studio space in a warehouse in which regular group shoots called "Glamour Bash"es happen. I had gone to one of them... gosh, probably almost three years ago. It had been okay, but weirdo art alternative model that I am, with a non-traditionally beautiful body and strange ink blots and doodles to adorn it, I felt pretty out of place there. I don't usually do glamour, you know. Or if I do it is definitely weirdly slanted. So, I had an alright time at the bash and I liked everyone, but I felt like it wasn't for me. Alan, who runs them, never really contacted me again afterwards and I felt pretty insecure.
Then, when I was walking through the glamour bash, following Tim to the studio we were to shoot in, Alan yelled "Wynd! Why have you been ignoring me for so long?" [He didn't really mean it. He's a goofball.] It took me by surprise. I look way different than I did the last time we saw each other, so I wasn't expecting him to recognize me, and also I didn't know he'd wanted me to contact him! [Which, actually, is how it works. Models contact him to get slots in the shoots.] Some of the photographers who attend the events regularly recognized me, too. The fact that I was that memorable and that Alan wanted me to come back was a huge self-esteem boost for me.
I went to my second glamour bash last weekend, now in a different studio, and I hope to go again soon. More on that later.
Here are some images from my shoot that day with Tim!