"50 Models | 50 States"
After over a year of traveling, sleeping in my car, and photographing in every single state in this country, I am incredibly excited to be able to say that I am finally finished with 50 Models | 50 States. This project has been one of the most amazing things I have ever had the opportunity to do, and I think it turned out beautifully.
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I arrived in New Orleans late the night of the 19th with no place to stay and no money for a hotel. I pulled into a local Walmart to rest for the night before my shoot the next day with Nettie, and leaned my seat back to try and get some sleep. Spending the night in the car is normally pretty relaxing for me. I’ve done it a lot. It feels familiar. It feels like the road. But in a city as dangerous and crowded as New Orleans I didn’t sleep well. Maybe it was the no overnight parking warnings, or the police station across the way, but it was a long night. The kind your stomach stays in your throat during.
I woke up early to the sounds of talking outside my window. When I looked out I saw countless government agents surrounding my car having some sort of a meeting. I panicked and shot my seat up quickly. Franco aroused from his sleep jumped up and starting barking at the men in uniform that had my car surrounded, and I ran into the Walmart to grab some breakfast and brush my teeth without them saying anything to me. On my way back to the car one of them came up to me and I finally realized they were FEMA agents. They asked me if I was displaced by the storm. I said no and headed off to my shoot.
Nettie had been up early that day painting homes in the 9th ward, which even in 2012 was and continues to be devastated by hurricane Katrina. She took the afternoon off and we headed down to the coast. Still covered in paint she took off her work cloths, lit a cigarette and we started to shoot.
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"50 Models 50 States"
Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Georgia 2012-2013
One of the hardest parts about this project was finding locations. A lot of times I could find a model for a state, but she would be hundreds of miles away from the location I had in mind, and time wise it just wouldn’t have been possible to make them all work out, so early on I ditched the idea of having a clue where I was going to shoot before hand. This gave me a lot more freedom and ultimately a lot more stress.
Letting go of knowing exactly where I was going to shoot also really helped me grow as a photographer. and really made me more adaptable to a ton of variables I was forced to run into. Sunny days, cloudy days, rain, forests, spectators, deep woods hikes, shoots barely off the trail all came about in the search for locations. I got to learn how to handle tons of less than desirable shooting situations, but still get an image that I was happy with. It also let the book become much more than just nudes in nature.
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Models pictures above Miss Fifi, London Andrews, Najva Sol, and V Nixie.
"What the Horizon Only Tells to Us Ghosts"
Los Angeles, CA 2013
6,00 miles into 50 Models 50 States, probably more, I rolled into Los Angeles. The road, being away from home, is punctuated by moments that feel amazing sunsets, the wilderness, shoots where everything comes together, and moments of loneliness. Its a delicate balance, but without fail LA has pretty much always been one of the worst places for me. Normally I spend more time in traffic than I get to spend shooting, I run into quite a few cancellations, and scrambling to find locations is a nightmare
But it really only really takes one great shoot to pull me right out of that funk of home sickness, and this trip I was lucky enough to get to spend a little time shooting and hanging out with Sash. Sash is one of those people that have a calming presence, and when we hiked up to this beautiful oasis of nature everything really just came together. In between shots of Franco attempting to get into each photo with her, we managed to shoot what I think was one of my best sets on the entire trip. After a month of traveling through snow storms, hail, and the intense heat of the South West it was great to have something that went completely smoothly. Make sure you check out the entire set by clicking the link below, and subscribe to see everything Sash and I do in the future.
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tattoosandmakeup asked: How do you choose/find your models?
It really depends on what I’m doing. For the most part I find new models through one of three ways.
1. Searching on Modelmayhem for models within a certain distance of cities that I want to visit.
2. I see a photo of them on Tumblr and think that we could do good work together.
3. They write me via email, tumblr, modelmayhem.
I tend to be the pickiest about models that I use for my outdoor nudes series. Its one of the hardest series to shoot as unless the model is really good at moving in front of the camera I tend to have to do a lot of direction, and while I’m pretty good at that I only have so many poses that I can think of to put models into off the top of my head and generally speaking I have already taken great photographs of models in them for the entire series.
For a couple of my other projects. Journey to The End of The Night, Temperence, and a few more I plan on working on I’m always looking for new models because typically I know exactly what I want and can direct posing to get the photo. They are more like still lives with human subjects.
Behind the scenes shooting with Marlo Marquise and Porcelain
In my time hiking through the woods to shoot landscapes I have seen so many little interesting pieces of nature. Small pieces of animal left behind or thrown about by waves left to rot, or disappear. I’m not much of a macro photographer detail photos always seem like such filler, but I’ve always thought there was something there, something that maybe Vaunt and I could do with these trinkets, so this year I started gathering them up.
Without a real idea what we could do with them, I just started giving them to her as little pieces to think about, and then one day she started transforming them into jewelry pieces. Deer toe necklaces with sinew, bee hive rings, mussel pendants all created with no idea that they would have ever become these awesome little things.
After creating so many pieces we decided it might be a good idea to try and sell some of these things, so we opened an etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/fromforests If you are into the merging of nature, art and jewelry take a minute to check out what we have available.
We climbed slowly down the slate walls of the gorge. Getting to the bottom of a waterfall isn’t really the safest thing in the world to do especially one that’s sides are hundreds of feet tall and crumbling into the river.
When people think New York they always picture the city, huge buildings, no sky, no nature, but Manhattan is such a small part of a beautiful state. London and I wanted to show a part of New York so many forget, so we climbed down into the river bottom, and waited for hours for the perfect moment where the tourists would be gone and unable to see, for the clouds to come in and block the sun. It took hours, we passed the time skipping stones, and playing around at the waters edge. I’ve always loved working with London, she’s a calming presence and one of the most beautiful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
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These photos were shot while on the road working on my book project 50 Models | 50 States. You can order your very own limited edition copy of the hard back book with the final image from each state or e-book with bonus material by clicking either of the links below.
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"From The Forest Floor"
Washington (50 models 50 states)
Tricia, Franco, Vaunt, Snickers and I headed deep into the woods on the outskirts of Seattle. It was a beautiful cloudy day in the North West, and we spent hours hiking around in the fern and moss covered forest. The way Tricia moves in front of the camera is always amazing. A mixture of melancholy and shape our set is the perfect homage to Washington State, the rain forest, and the constantly clouded skies that blanket my favorite part of the country.
Corwin Prescott - Tricia Mack - See the entire set on Zivity