Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Lost Gina Velour Pics

In 1999, I shot a roll of film with my long-time collaborator Gina Velour. Either I fucked up the light reading or the lab severely underdeveloped the roll of film, but the negatives were virtually useless. I tried my best to print the images in the darkroom but no matter how many times I experimented with the contrast filters and exposure times, I could NOT get a decent print.

Now in 2005, I decided to scan the negs with my new Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 film scanner. The scans turned out perfect. I didn't even have to adjust the tones afterwards. I am amazed at the amount of tonal depth from a negative that basically has none. In these scans, the dark areas show just the perfect amount of shadow detail and nothing is over-exposed in the highlights. I am in awe of technology right now!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Shien Lee

This past weekend I went to Ventura to shoot Shien Lee from Montreal. I was going for that 1960s Shanghai look which I'm so fond of, especially after seeing the Wong Kar-Wai films In the Mood for Love and 2046.

Wedding Photography?

Last week I took some wedding photos at two friends' wedding. I would never want to do actual wedding photography but this was for friends, AND we even got to tie up and suspend the bride afterwards!

The bride tosses the bouquet

The knot has literally been tied!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Jesus Christ! A Holiday Burlesque Revue!

Last night, I went to the Jesus Christ! A Holiday Burlesque Revue! at El Cid in Hollywood featuring a number of my past models (see below). I've seen a lot of lame burlesque shows in my time, but this had to be one of the best. I ran into quite a few people I hadn't seen in awhile. Good night indeed!

Desire D'Amour, San Francisco 1998
I hadn't seen Desire since 1998 when I shot the above photo of her for So Hip It Hurts.

Lucy Fur, Los Angeles 2002
I shot Lucy Fur a few times when she'd come and visit from Portland. Now she's made the big move to LA. Besides being a model/performer, she's also a really good photographer with her own book coming out next year.

Do the Bambi - Stereo Total

I took this photo earlier in the year for the German band Stereo Total. They've always been one of my favorites. For the release of their Do the Bambi album, they asked artists and photographers to contribute interpretations of Bambi. I had this amputated Bambi for many years so it was no problem setting up this shot for them.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Steve and Ivy in SF

Self portrait with Ivy Red during one of our shoots last weekend in SF. I decided to use my ol' Yashica T4 that weekend. I shot most of the color in The Beauty of Fetish: Volume II with that camera (the black and white is all medium format). That Carl Zeiss lens is so god-like. For a point-and-shoot, that lens serves up the most amazing tonal range. No wonder why so many photographers use it.

Monday, December 12, 2005

PSPporn.com Podcast

Another podcast. This time with MPSPPorn.com. The audio's a little weird since it's a phone interview. Low (14MB) and high-res (38MB) audio versions available. For those who want visuals and don't mind downloading an 180MB file, there's a video version (which I haven't seen yet cuz I'm too impatient for that big of download). BTW, my interview is after the Fionna Apple segment at approximately 13 minutes into the podcast.

Thursday, December 8, 2005

Gallery Show & Book Release Party this SAT in LA

Madison Young, Los Angeles 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Esperanza Studios
3620 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023


Release Party and Gallery Show
for the New Book The Mammoth Book of Illustrated Erotic Women (Carroll & Graf)

Featuring the photography of
Saryn Angel, Ivana Ford, Perry Gallagher,
Steve Diet Goedde, Jimon, Stephen McClure,
and Dave Naz

Buy the book HERE

NOTE: Because of a previously scheduled event, I will not be in attendance of this event. My apologies.

Sunday, December 4, 2005

The Germs / Chicago Punk Rock Days

Went to see The Germs last night at the Key Club with Mr. Naz. It was the 25th anniversary of the last show they performed before Darby Crash died. The show's musicianship was great. Unfortunately the set was marred by the new singer's insincere attempt at trying to be as Darbyish as possible. It just came across as annoying and obnoxious. Everyone I talked to at the show agreed. I still I had a great time though. I don't get out to too many shows these days. The last live show I saw was Flogging Molly back in March.

Steve and Danni, Chicago 1985
The show last night made me reminisce about my old punk rock days in Chicago. The photo above is from 1985 and is of me and my then-girlfriend Danni. Her and I contributed the Chicago scene report to Maximum Rock-n-Roll Magazine. Danni wrote the stories, and I took the band photos. We also booked and promoted a bunch of local shows. Soul Asylum was our biggest band. My photos of them ended up being used for their Time's Incinerator album and also resulted in my first nationally published magazine photo - a two page spread in the Village Voice.

Soul Asylum, Chicago 1985

Friday, December 2, 2005

Joel-Peter Witkin

Local shooter JACK took this photo of me and Joel-Peter Witkin at his show at the Fahey/Klein Gallery this past summer. I had met Joel back in 1986 when he was hanging his show at Columbia College in Chicago, and he was very nice to talk to one-on-one. He's just as nice and personable now as he was back then.