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“Octo” : eight
October is the month of witchcrafts and sorcellery. Especially the odd-numbered days.
These have been shamelessly taken just because I totally digged my hair and new clothes this day.
Two years ago, I started taking pictures seriously. I posted my Day 1/365 on February 21, 2008. I finished my 365, without missing a day, on February 20, 2009. During the next year, while I certainly did not post daily, or follow any strict rules, I continued to post on a very regular basis. All told, I have over 650 pictures posted to flickr. Of these, 147 have been “Explored,” with my highest at No. 9 (although, between you and me, I think most of these are not at all interesting). I have over 60,000 views or 250,000 depending on which number you look at. I have sold approximately $3,000 worth of pictures through Getty (unfortunately, they kept 80%). Many of my pictures have been pirated and used by bloggers and other web sites, and this simply tickles me pink! My favorite is Genderfork.com, a site that used my picture of me with lipstick and a cigarette.
When I started, I had no idea how to take a picture. I did not know about Depth of Field, I did not know about the Rule of Thirds, I did not know about lighting or noise or textures or b&w conversion. I did not know how to use photoshop or lightroom. I did not know about bokeh, or gaussian blur, or that shooting a man is much different than shooting a woman. I did not know about strobes. I did not know who Richard Avedon was or what made him great.* I did not know about anything. I knew how to point the camera and push the shutter button. I still, to this day, have no idea how to read a histogram or even what a histogram shows.
Which brings me to Flickr. Without Flickr, I would not have learned these things. Without Flickr, I think I would have quickly become bored of my new found hobby. Flickr gave me the opportunity to create and participate in groups. Flickr gave me the opportunity to interact – a necessity in any artistic endeavor.
Flickr has been many things to me over the last two years. An obsession, certainly. A learning tool, absolutely. A source of happiness and of strife – if you are at all a veteran of my site, you know that flickr has been for me a somewhat bumpy ride. I have made and lost friends. And, yet, I continue to enjoy the passion and artistic brilliance of many many people here. I continue to find friends with whom I can shoot the shit, commiserate about our children, talk about the day, talk about photography, encourage mojo. I continue to love the community that I find here.
And, still, I wonder what I want to take from Flickr. Many times, I find Flickr to be stifling. Many times I find Flickr to be an alternate facebook – people playing games and saying hello just for the sake of … I am not sure. I still question whether I am looking for a community of comments or artistic critique and inspiration.
So, when I received my email from Flickr two days ago that asked whether I wanted to renew my pro account – well I seriously thought about it. Do I? Do I want to continue with this? The answer was, of course, obvious. How could I not?
I have no idea what the next year will bring for me photographically or otherwise. I think that I still have a story to tell. And, I fully expect to use Flickr to do that.
Thanks to everyone who helps me see my life through a lens.
I enjoy the contrast here. Peeling paint vs. perfect hair.
Sadly, I didn't put as much effort into my costume this year as I did last year, but I think I still pulled it off!
09-02-2010 Yeah i'm super happy with my tattoos and wanna show them again and again :)
(picture by Galou)
This is the kind of outfit that would make me fall in love if I saw someone else in it. Sometimes I dress like what I'm attracted to. It's a bit silly.
White tank - gift
Purple suspenders - gift
Tie - inherited from dad
Jeans - Bluenotes
Heels - thrifted
Bag - Canal Street
Earrings - Ardene
Apologies for the angry expression. There were some very scary pigeons in my yard & I really just wanted to get out of there.
Surprise! Chance, manly man that he is, was wearing a skirt and tights throughout the entire shoot. I like it.
Studio shoot with Finn von Claret and Chance Koehnen. Starfish Studios, Seattle, WA. July 2009.
Photography by Libby Bulloff.
i sort of broke the light doing this shot, ( note to self....swinging a lightbulb on an electrical cord losens the connections some what and can render said lightbulb ineffective..... ) but i think the result was worth it.
...And a lot more to come, I hope.
Pic created with my wonderful wife Emilia
Please welcome the cute Paprika for the first set we shot together for Zivity : "November Rain".
We shot under the rain, indeed, during my South American trip, since November is the Spring in Uruguay.
Click here to see the whole set on Zivity. Zivity is a paying site, but don't hesitate to drop me a line with your email adress if you want an invite for a trial account !
I went to a costume party last night. I figured I'd have some fun and wear something shiny. I took this picture after coming home.
20-02-2011 Long time not being sick (well by "long" I mean, almost 3 months, a record !)...... But here I am -__-
Outtakes from a future set. As usual we take out the pictures for some reasons (lack of continuity, too repetitive, too artsy for a SG set,...), and often, it's exactly for the same reasons that I find them much more interesting.
Well, Saturn influence force you to ponder about what is essential, and then, to prune. I do.
I'm cleaning out my contacts all over the internet. Enough is enough. It's like making a huge spring clean, except it's fall and it's both in my head and on the web.
Some portraits for you today--trying to capture the spirit of the avatar. Luminis is soft and sharp, an androgyne at the edge of flight.
18-12-2009 Shooting impromptu in a closed parisian park, in the snow, with the awesome Remi Chapeaublanc
08-06-2010 Seeing my new set on Zivity makes me miss this haircut so much. But it's too depressing to wear where I live. Too much troubles.
Une aube affaiblie
Verse par les champs
Des soleils couchants.
Berce de doux chants
Mon coeur qui s'oublie
Aux soleils couchants.
Et d'etranges rêves,
Comme des soleils
Couchants, sur les grèves,
Défilent sans trêves,
A des grands soleils
Couchants, sur les grèves.
(Verlaine, poèmes saturniens)
Format: Glass plate negative.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/collection=Phillips_Glass_Plate_Negative
Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection
General information about the Powerhouse Museum Collection is available at www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database
Persistent URL: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=386429
Acquisition credit line: Gift of the Estate of Raymond W Phillips, 2008
The debut of my 2006 Halloween costume! I put a lot of effort into my costume this year... I hope it paid off!
Andi uses the power of the Force to keep the lake in check. Clearly.
August 2010, Seattle, WA.
09/04/2010 I'm in holydays in Sweden. Life is good. Smoothies, lasagnas, strange videos, swedish metro, pictures, and the prettiest person on earth around me.
picture by Emilia
Finn von Claret of Abney Park in Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. July 2008.
Photo by Libby Bulloff.
25-12-2010 I quite enjoy having my boobs as they are, to be honest, but I love even more being able to switch. I'm everyday more in love with chestbinders !
20-07-2010 Totally cliché picture from my short holiday trip in Brittany, by P_Mod.
You can't tell a giant storm came on us, like, 45 seconds later.....
Something a little different... I shot a set of performer and artist Jiz Lee for her brilliant 'Karma Pervs' website. It's a pay site, and ALL the money goes to a charity. Each month she posts a new set of photos shot by a different photographer. For our shoot the concept was 'Butch Beach Babe', and the proceeds all benefit SFSI - The San Francisco Sex Information hotline, a free call for 24-7 accurate and non-judgmental information about sex, health, identity, etc.
Link NOT safe for work -
27-04-2011 This week we spent a lot of time shooting in the basement...
This one taken by Emilia
28-05-2010 Yesterday I felt just a little bit better. But I also realised how skinny I was, and it scared me. I decided to take pictures to document it, but it turned in a new shooting session to try the new gray background and to picture the new clothes I got from Temper. Here, the awesome shiny breast band comes from Anthracite.
So, great for my ego, I can be hot even when I'm sick, and I don't look that bony on this pic.
Well, what if I go to work now instead of procrastinate whoring myself out on the Internet ?