One of the finest makeup artists in Tijuana is Anahid Kaloyan of AK Beauty. I love working with her and wanted to photograph something that highlighted her work. These photos are the result of one of our collaborations.
When I met Mr. Coxen he was throwing away a terribly worn out pair of shoes into a trashcan in the park. He was wearing a much nicer looking pair of used dress shoes. In place of socks, he was wearing torn fragments from the sleeves of a shirt.
This is the second set of photos in the ballet series. My friend and model Schalohm is learning ballet. She has only been taking lessons for a few months, but I already love the shapes we are creating.
Several months ago I was honored to be the judge at a modeling contest for Utopia Models located in Tijuana, Mexico. The prize was a photoshoot with me in New York City. The winner of the modeling contest was Mayda Gaytan.
Nayely has a slender figure with long arms and legs, and a beautiful face and presence that seem honest to her Mexican heritage. Immediately I started thinking of using her to create interesting lines and shapes.
In 1923, Paul Strand wrote a letter to students of photography. It echoes my own feelings as a photographer. I have never gained enough skill or knowledge to express my vision fully, and I never will. It will be ongoing venture of experimentation, learning and growing.
Images can evolve. Ever since the beginning of photography photographers have found ways to manipulate the image before and after taking the photograph so that it can reflect the photographer's vision.