Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Aborted Surgery photo by Gail Marcus Orlen



moments after I was told that an urinary infection cancelled my surgery Gail took this telling photo. Me looking like a soccer mom or a rejected Vanity Fair transgender cover.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First a Canyon brush fire two canyons to the west of my house, then a heavy monsoon rain

and down came the animals. First two scrawny coyotes in front of my gate to Craycroft, then a proud roadrunner who didnt run but rather posed on the top of my chaise lounge, then a small gaggle of havalinas (they had been roasted by the evil HOA but two years later were back coming single file down a wash in back of my house. Then last night a fat gila monster who was gone by the time I turned my car around. Love them animals.

I feel fine. People keep saying on the phone that after my (August 18th) surgery I'll feel much better EXCEPT for the fact I FEEL FINE. C'est la vie. I leave everything to my two daughter , Leah and Willa, though both have made it clear they dont want my important collection of smut. When I was circa a elevenb years old my father, Boris, at the formal dining room table, asked us three kids who will come into his (textile) business he had made from scratch into millions and a fine reputation for elegance and mid century style. I said I wanted to go off on my own in some other field. He was furious and vindictive. So much for hiding behind youth.


I've been shooting Sarah P. since I met her through my daughter Leah at Idylwild high school



after she hit her dashboard of her car


shot again at the Mint on their 4th anniversary for the "Wild Girls"





Nite at the beach in the Mint


this is the one (the founder) I never grow tired of shooting















Saturday, July 25, 2015

THIS ENTRY IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. everyone else go away until the next blog entry

I am reviewing all the piles of cds and DVD's of jpegs I have done since leaving NYC. That's eleven years in San Francisco, 3 years in LA and 6 years in Tucson. What follows is a strange and wonderful
shoot I did with my rope bondage expert JD in his apartment off a small park north of Market st in San Francsico at least10 years ago. The 6 women were from different parts of my life. Amy was my Masters student from Oakland, another was a visitor from Tennessee and a substitute teacher, 2 were women I had shot b4 and two I hadnt known b4. The fellow "belonged" to Skye and he I had shot previously.
Most of the props-wigs and vintage girdles, came out of my closet. I loved the light and colors. It took hours to suspend the fellow and bind the women. I woman fainted. JD orchestrated beautifully. That is his girlfriend with the raven hair and camera.


about to be suspended (not from school)


he wears a male chastity belt



JD at work


This woman I met at a club in the Tenderloin. She was dancing. not a dancer.


That's Skye in the background. I wonder where she is tonight.


I would have never tired of shooting this woman and now I cant remember her name.


I felt like LaTrec on the sidelines of a club.


This young man had zero fat and reminded me of David Bowie's body when I photographed him doing modern dance for a Nam June Paik video piece.


watching from the sidelines. Affection between models.


My Tenessee friend in borrowed girdles...shooting.


human upside down sculpture




how about the pychedelic rug?




she fainted. she was fine in a minute.


Skye loosens the knots



Amy, my grad student, helps



more knots


JP directs the action


a normal nite in SF




































Thursday, July 16, 2015

absolutely no commercial value

I used to do this all the time but not in Tucson (conservative). I tell everyone I studied cultural anthropology in college and I use it as I did yesterday photographing Nadia, a model mayhem model from Houston. She arrived from El Paso, Tx and before that Albuquerque, NM and started in Houston, Tx. She's a naked vagabond like other young women I have met through MM. I was pleasantly surprised she had no quams taking her clothes off in front of Jorge and me. He and I had pulled clothes for two days for this shoot. Her young boyfriend didnt even bother to come to the house to introduce himself. He went to the pool.
Neither of them had any interest in where they were. She had another shoot in three hours in Tucson then on to Phoenix then on to LA and up into the northwest. And Matt, her bf , didnt even like the road.



wearing a Syren rubber `spank' skirt


poolside with small lampshades


cowboy Kroll and cowboy Rico b4 the shoot


Nadia looking like Yvette Mimieux. vintage bathing suit from Diamond Lil's on River



photo by Jorge Rico


Jorge shooting Nadia


Jorge reaching for size 10 boots for Nadia

the boot spurs dig into her flesh

nothing I love more then a ponytail and a ten gallon hat

when Nadia first walked in off the road

one can never feel safe enough in the Ventana Golf Villas

Matt, Nadia's boyfriend gets some shut-eye while she is being photographed

Jorge shoots Nadia with havelina looking on



this moment re inforced my belief in God and country. Go team!

Nadia in the women's rm wearing a torn Fashionista piece


Nadia finds backyard comfort with my (fireman's) dummy. She is wearing a vintage PLAYBOY manufactured bikini.