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.





















Thursday, July 9, 2015

Willa and Luke are getting married

Luke called from Montana saying Willa had seen a grizzly. He kept telling me stuff about camping and fires and I asked where was Willa (fearing she had been mauled by a grizzly). He said she was inside the restaurant. Then he said he was going to propose to her when he went back into Willa and wanted my blessing. I gave it. wow! soon maybe I'll have a grandchild and then...



a re enactment of the proposal


Looks like a well organized pow wow in the back

Same day I found a surgeon at Mayo Clinic to rmeove my skaghorn kidney stone from my left kidney-Dr. Humphreys at the end of this month!!

Same day I started reading the lead story in the Sunday New York Times on Robert Frank.
( I had pressured Luka and Willa) to come with me in May to see Robert Frank. He was at the opening of his wife, June Leaf's,
(she's in the middle. born in Tucson)

painting and I wanted to see him again. I said Frank was the greatest living photographer. Two months later that's how the Times described him. Vindication.