September 1st, 2009
An old friend, artist and model is moving away. April is on her way to Portland, Oregon as I write this. We’ve known each other and worked together for years. It’s been wonderful watching her grow from a shy and slightly awkward teenager into a confident artist and accomplished model. And all along she has been a fine friend.
Now she’s off to start a new chapter in her life as an artist. As she was packing to leave she contacted me to make sure we did a shoot before she hit the road. This is one of the photos we did that day last week.
I’m sure this won’t be the end of our collaborations to make art. She will be back to Ohio in the future, at the very least for visits. And the Pacific Northwest is the one part of the lower 48 that I have yet to visit, so it’s very high on my list for future travel. Unfortunately it looks unlikely that she will be able to make it back for the Dirty Show later this month, where the photo of her with Athena and Unbearable Lightness in the post below will be on display. She has been part of my Dirty Show posse for the past two years, and one year caught the eye of Eric Kroll at the show, leading to a shoot with him. We’ll all miss her at the show this time.
I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been on the road myself. I’m in Orlando right now. I brought my daughter down to Tampa last week to start her junior year of college. Then I came over to Orlando to hang out for a few days before heading back home. I had two local Orlando models scheduled for shoots, set up through Model Mayhem. And only one of them flaked on me. That’s better than average for that site. The one who did show up, Noelle Elise, was wonderful. More about her when I get some of her photos ready to post.
I also got to do another shoot with one of my favorite models, JoJo Suicide, over in Tampa. She’s always a sure thing to make some fine photos, and she is a very fine person who is fun to visit with. I’ve looked through that shoot quickly and I know there’s a bunch of good work there. You’ll see some of it here soon.
Tomorrow morning it’s back to Tampa early to catch a flight back to Ohio. Florida has been fun but I’m looking forward to being back home.