Ballet Dance Fine Art Photography by Italian Photographer Claudio Ciani

Claudio Ciani is a 40 years old photographer following his passion for art nude photography of dancers in his home town of La Spezia, in Liguria, Italy.

While he loves to shoot in color, today we are looking at a sampling of his excellent black and whites.

Ballet Dancer's Feet, Dirt Floor, Dancer standing next to ballet shoes, toes in sand, Black and White

“First of all, I look for the perfect location …

When I find it, I invite the dancer for the shooting.

In real life I am a  Continue reading Ballet Dance Fine Art Photography by Italian Photographer Claudio Ciani

What’s the secret about an image which makes it captivating?

What makes a photography captivating
How are you part of her story?

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” – Diane Arbus

In many great images we find ourselves drawn to,  it may be because of the secret about a secret within the story of the image.

The image will says much, often with so little …  Context, and opening phrase … or jesture …

These hooks will form the foundations of a secret about a secret.

It will be left to us.   We have to ferret out what the image says to us, through its obvious and subtle visual clues …

It’s like the opening phrase of a really catchy first sentence in a novel … which we get to finish …

N’est pas?

Glamour and Fine-Art Photographer D’ Magi Visual Concepts of Los Angeles, California

two afro american girls sensually kissingN. M. Williams of D’Magi Visual Concepts is a Los Angeles based portrait, glamour and fine-art photographer.

If you don’t like his sensual, thematic glamour, and what’s not to like, then there are his pretty cool portraits of celebrities, like Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Neal Patrick Harris.

Soon, soon … soon we will all be there shooting the rich and famous too.  Right ??

Elvira - Mistress of the Dark (The Real One) 2008 Magic Castle Hollywood
Elvira - Mistress of the Dark (The Real One - Cassandra Peterson) 2008 Magic Castle Hollywood

 

Williams recalls an early start to his photography …

“I remember buying my first camera (a Continue reading Glamour and Fine-Art Photographer D’ Magi Visual Concepts of Los Angeles, California

Greg Papazian, Sherman Oaks, California based photographer of music bands and women

Stripes, Striped leggings, striped blouse, striped demi-sleeves, striped socks, batting cage, baseball dug out, The Cage, Greg Papazian
The Cage

‘The Cage’ first drew me into Greg Papazian’s work like a moth to a flame.

What crazy wonderful lines and angles everywhere.

It turns out, Greg was shooting as a professional photographer of rock bands from early in the 70’s.

No wonder he is such a talent.

The move from shooting only music to also shooting models was, in Greg’s case, very recent.

Lucky models, and lucky are we who are lovers of beautiful women in beautiful settings.

Another world, under a pacific peer, Sea Grotto, implied nude, ocean, ocean pilings, muscles on pilings, red bottoms, wet woman, sea, peer, waterDid I mention how cool are the Continue reading Greg Papazian, Sherman Oaks, California based photographer of music bands and women

Painterly Styled Artistic Photographer Bill Resto of Pixel Elegance, San Diego, California

Bill Resto is a photographer and digital artist based in San Diego, California.  His company is Pixel Elegance.

painterly nude, art nude, red print drape, pubic hair art nude, fire in skyThe craft, character and unique style of Bill’s images is immediately obvious and yet of a depth which transcends anything akin to obvious.

unique makeup, face paint, unique hair, art nude, blonde dog ears, nude torsoHow’s it done ??!

Perhaps choice in models?

His sometimes painterly perspective?

Well Continue reading Painterly Styled Artistic Photographer Bill Resto of Pixel Elegance, San Diego, California

Beauty and Fashion Photographer GD Whalen of Asheville, North Carolina

Honey, Drip, Face, Drenched, Sarah RichlingGD Whalen is a photographer of fashion and beauty residing in Asheville, North Carolina.

I became drawn into the beauty of GD’s images, particularly through my attraction for his successful use of various body decorated makeup themes, which recur in his works.

Through this decorative pallet and GD’s creative eye such wide-ranging variety of look and mood are crafted that we the viewer are often left wondering, How can this be, … is this the same girl? 

GD started in photography when he was a still a kid.

” … first camera was a Kodak Instamatic with one of those flash cubes on top.

Bling Girl, Bling Body Decor, Large Bling, Bling Stuck on body, Bling glued to skin, Bling dress, Bling ShoesJust felt natural to me.  Edward Steichen was the first photographer that really impacted my thought process.  He and Edward Curtis both had the ability to light and shoot their subjects to bring out the Continue reading Beauty and Fashion Photographer GD Whalen of Asheville, North Carolina

Photographer of Women, Steven A Thompson of Los Angeles, CA

The sensual allure of Leah Hilton magically ‘floating’ in a darkened bedroom first lead me to explore more of California photographer Steven A Thompson’s work.

Leah Hilton Nude“I’ve been a photographer, in loose terms, for as long as I can remember.

Inspired by the black and white prints of Continue reading Photographer of Women, Steven A Thompson of Los Angeles, CA

Figure Studies and Fashion from Hamburg Photographer Timo Frank

Pale, Nude Dancer, Blonde, Platinum Blonde, Leaping, Timo Le Fronque, High Key, Pale SkinnedHamburg photographer Timo Frank, aka Timo Le Fronque, with this image of a pale skinned dancer, crouched yet leaping, provides us a study in nude whitish tones, which draws viewers in as effectively as bare white light bulbs draw in moths.

For Timo, it all started with graffiti in 1993.

“I sprayed characters so I had to think about plasticity (depth effect), light & shadows.

 After a while, I started to paint in oils and acrylics.”

Around 2007, Timo felt he was unable to create all the fine structures and shadings he required without a sample, so …

Wide Wide Strap White Bra“I started to use photos as Continue reading Figure Studies and Fashion from Hamburg Photographer Timo Frank

Barry, of Bread and Shutter, is a Beauty Photographer in London, England, who trained on movie sets before turning to still photography

Blue Eyed Woman, Mustard Gauze, Bread and Shutter, BarryBarry, of Bread and Shutter came to my attention on seeing his image of the blue-eyed woman sporting the mustard colored gauze, which won the POTD contest on ModelMayhem ( MM ) on October 3rd.

In interviewing Bread and Shutter for this article, I learned he is a man of few words who prefers to let his images speak for him.

He considers himself to have been in photography training for 20 years.

Not at Continue reading Barry, of Bread and Shutter, is a Beauty Photographer in London, England, who trained on movie sets before turning to still photography

Business of Photography from Fashion Photographer and Photography Seminar Leader Charles Lucima

Painfully Beautiful, Gorgeous, Beautiful, Sultry, Black and White, Ideal Beauty, Idealized Beauty

Charles Lucima is a photographer who leveraged a strong business background to propel rapid professional success.

Based in Los Angeles, Charles specializes in editorial, fashion, beauty, and advertising photography.

While the quality of Charles’ images speak for themselves,  more impressive is the story of Charles’ success.

Starting photography as a hobbyist in 2008, buying a Nikon D3 in August of that year … and turning pro a few months later in January, 2009!

At his photography seminars, Charles gives back by educating others on the ins and outs of this business.

To Charles, being a professional photographer means:

Black Beads, Leaning Back, High Fashion Lean“Firstly, a full-time photographer, not just a weekend warrier… and then making enough money to support yourself.”

Charles understates this success,

“Of course, it Continue reading Business of Photography from Fashion Photographer and Photography Seminar Leader Charles Lucima

Thomas Dodd, Painterly Style Photographer & Digital Artist, Turning Today into Yesterday, via Camera & Computer, One Image at a time

Passion Of The Christ, by, Thomas Dodd, Crown of Thorns, Ménage à trois, Menage a trois, Menage a 3, Two Women Loving One Man,  Two Women, Kissing, Man
Passion Of The Christ

Thomas Dodd is an Atlanta-based photographer/digital artist and photoshop wizard whose work blurs the line between photography and classical art.

On viewing Thomas’ photos, we are transported into the realm of dreams of yesteryear, made of course today as we are looking indeed into the mirror world of photographs.

These photographs are of a quality and detail which in yesteryear could not yet have existed … and yet, here in Thomas’ works, our today is made into yesterday …

Artemis, Red Hair, Red Flowing Hair, Woman with Bow, Painterly Style, textured Photo
Artemis

It’s a rather fabulously fun kind of visual nostalgia experience.

Many of these photos may be viewed larger by clicking on the photo images.

For those wishing to see a bit more what the camera sees before the computer fully transforms, ‘Before and After‘ provides a visual peek behind the curtains into our Mr. Dodd’s magic.

If seeing is believing, believe what you will and enjoy.

While it wasn’t exactly his first dance with a camera, in 2005 Thomas jumped in and began his career as a visual artist.

Before that, he was best known as the harpist for the musical group Trio Nocturna.

Trio Nocturna was a 1990s band that put out three albums and enjoyed some cult success in Gothic underground music scenes.

Thomas feels the images he creates

“Are a direct Continue reading Thomas Dodd, Painterly Style Photographer & Digital Artist, Turning Today into Yesterday, via Camera & Computer, One Image at a time

Fashion and Beauty Photography by BorderLineProductions – Chicago, IL

Woman, Cigarette, Running Mascara, Mascara Tears, Seated, Blue Jeans, Smoke, Blonde, Sepia, Black White, Joe  CastleberryAbout 6 years ago Joe decided that it was time for a change in his life and is now photographing Beauty and Fashion as BorderLineProductions.

His photographs of women are stylised by his characteristic touch of shooting mostly in softish, predominantly natural lighting.

“I noticed everyone around me working jobs just to make money, coming home everyday unhappy with it, and during this time, I was too.

I thought about what I wanted to do with my life and remember thinking to myself

‘What are the things I like to do for fun?

… and how can I make money doing them ?’

One of these choices was photography.

White Hair Makeup, White Haired Woman, Hair Slicked Back, High Fashion Female, Wide Dark Blue Collar, Wide Blue Lapel, Dark Blue Eyes, Head Shot, Strong, Expression, White Painted Eyebrows, Full Lips, Female, Having wanting to create stories through imagery, stories that inspire, and promote deep thought,

I then Continue reading Fashion and Beauty Photography by BorderLineProductions – Chicago, IL

Gracefully Wicked’s Broken Doll Photo – Creative Process & Concept Shot in Camera

Broken Doll, concept, white skin, Mannequin, Woman, Doll, Pink Haired, Makeup, creepy, Shot in Camera, Gracefully WickedRegular winner of MM’s POTD (ModelMayhem’s Picture of the Day) Awards, Tiffany Carter is Gracefully Wicked.

Tiffany’s work first appeared here on GP.co pages March, 2011, click to view feature.

Today, our Gracefully Wicked woman shares her technique and creative process for her vision of ‘The Broken Doll‘.

“The ‘Broken Doll‘ concept is something that I had seen done by others;  but, nothing really ever matched my imagination for what I have thought the right mixture of childhood innocence and dark creepiness should be.

It took Continue reading Gracefully Wicked’s Broken Doll Photo – Creative Process & Concept Shot in Camera