Each one of these people are extraordinary, loving and wise people. It has been my honor to photograph each of them for this series. Here are two more finalized images and their stories: Kyra and Eric.
....more to come...
Journeys with Grief..
There are not enough -or- the right words to truly explain this photo series.
I can only hope that the images (...ongoing series...more coming...)
speak for themselves.
So much heartache and pain. SO MUCH LOVE.
NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE.
I have just collaborated with an absolutely amazing soul and talent: Beth Nicole Dodge. (IG: @beth.nicole.dodge ) She came to me with her idea of a photo series all about BODY IMAGE.
We wrapped this last Sunday. She is a strong, powerful, and truly beautiful Model & Concept Designer. Read ON.
Photographer & Artist: Jady Bates // IG: @jadybates
Model & Concept Designer: Beth Nicole Dodge // IG: @beth.nicole.dodge
Title: BODY IMAGE: NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE
This series puts on display the thoughts and words women often deal with in society today - when coming to terms with themselves and their body. How do we think of our body? How do we compare it to others? How to we end the negative cycle of comparative thoughts and belittlement? Which words empower us as we view ourselves? Reflections upon this subject is an important, sometimes, lifelong endeavor for women today. Transitioning from a negative body image to a positive one is difficult and often scary, but the journey is well worth one's acceptance. May positivity reign.
Old Hollywood Glamour is a series I have had immeasurable fun shooting, and yet this will take a long while to complete as the glamour outfits and vintage designs are more expensive than other wardrobe detailing. So, in due order, I am taking this series step by step.
You also may have noticed that I do not do series in film as I've evolved my photography...HOWEVER I always have my film camera with me and take shots from it during any series I do.
Here are a few outtakes from the three models I have so far collaborated with on the Old Hollywood series to date!
(Kyra Giddens, Michelle Dimplez Benton, and EL Goodwin modeling here.)
THIS IS AMAZING.
i HAVE READ HER BOOKS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
I am re-training my brain how to think ABUNDANCE and POSITIVITY. -and literally fall in love with life, myself and the universe--
...read on a tiny bit...
It's working !
Blessings to all of you !!!
The best ones were done on FILM...because well, film rules.
Fantastic models: Neryssa Gladden //IG: @neryssagladden & Nicholas Finchum // IG: @shanti_fire
A mime and a unicorn walk into a bar..
The unicorn asks, "Do I exist?" ..
And the mime says, nothing..
This is all art - for so much fun.
In this small/outdoor/urban shoot, I partnered with wonderful Mime & Artist: Nicholas Finchum (IG: @shanti_fire ) -- These images are a combination of black & white film & digital.
DON'T WE ALL CURRENTLY FEEL LIKE THIS?!
First time ever - I mixed my fixer wrong.
Do you know what you get when you develop your film in not enough fixer?
Negatives that look like they have been dipped in milk.
As I've said, I've not yet experienced this before. I know, I know. You are asking why didn't I
simply read the instructions on my fixer bottle's inner label? Well, my vision is challenged and
I cannot read (nor can many other "unchallenged" visionaries) the tiny print on those stickers.
I looked up how much fix to put together but got on some weird website that told the wrong
measurements and, well, here was my result.
My images were not completely LOST from this one roll, however. I was able to save one that was pretty alright. I'll post the negative with the bleeding the lack of fix left on each negative and then also the cropped, processed image.
I think this is an interesting look. Ultimately, I might try to do a series with a less-that-totally-fixed film aspect -- could be interesting.
Mixing new fix. :-)
I hobbled to Walgreens a couple of days ago and invested in a heating pad and Salon Pas. But now that my show is hung and ready for the opening TOMORROW (Tues. Dec. 6th) -- I'm worried.
My back is killing me.
The pain never goes away unless I'm knocked out and sleeping deeply.
The problem is...Well there seem to be lots of problems looming..
But the biggest one is that my body's first reaction to pain is to get nauseous. (Seriously nauseous) And another problem is that my kidneys are failing. My last reading was function at 22% - the conversation went from "Let's prolong your kidneys as long as possible.." to "we need to take steps to get you on the list.."
And here's another looming worry.. If I begin to throw-up because of the back pain...I immediately get into a loop where I cannot stop throwing up and soon begin throwing up blood...and then my kidneys really might fail...while I'm in NY.
Not at home with my beloved partner (we just got married); he is the love of my life...oh my gawd...I need to get home...
SO this is a snowballing worry. I need to take a specific medication to completely knock myself out for a day. And then...just throw in the towel and fly home.
I make the call. Call my airline, make the arrangements. Change my apartment rental. Let people know at the gallery... WHAT A COMPLETE BUMMER! I will not be at the opening of my own show! I won't even be able to celebrate with the really wonderful model of the series on show, Mandy. (Who flew in from Portland!!) Augggghhhh....It's too difficult to explain all this to everyone. I just say that I threw my back out and need to get home.
An ice storm in looming in Portland, and the city usually goes crazy in such a scenario...Will the flight get cancelled?
Will the plane be able to land?!!
I don't know, but I have to try. I feel compelled and feverish to get home to my LOVE and to my known doctors, etc.
Take the knock-out medication...And when I wake I hope to be better just to get to the airport, etc. What an adventure, eh?
I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me. I am with the force and the force is with me...
Will I ever get this completed photo-story out?
Here is one more step, er, post toward completion.
By this time, it's Sunday. It is "hanging day" at the gallery, for all the new shows that are to go up for the month of December 2016.
I take the subway over, which is always delayed coming from or going to Brooklyn because of various/continuous construction on the lines to Manhattan. AND...small hiccup...I threw my back out the night before helping to take down the main gallery show in November. But! I nabbed some Salon Pas at the local pharmacy store and slathered it on (whew! I smelled like Salon Pas to "high-heaven"!) before getting to the gallery. (I hereby apologize to everyone who sat next to me on the subway rides.) My frames and work were all put together, so hanging the work was straightforward. I also thought it would be easier because I had smaller frames. You see, my show was to be upstairs this month. I only had 13 images to hang...I figured I could do it fairly quickly and get back to my heating pad at the apartment.
Hanging 13 photos/frames is more difficult than you would expect, but with help from dear friends at the gallery...SUCCESS! The December show was up and ready for the opening! Here is a photo I took of our trusty sign hanger, Neil, doing his magic!
NEXT...Back to the heating pad in Brooklyn!!
Once in awhile, well, BAM!