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Addicted. I didn't know it then but when I first saw that first black and white print bloom in the developing tray, I was already hooked. I've been messing about with images for a while now; still haven't figured out much.
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  • Jayme's form by Ahem

    Thanks so much, John. I truly appreciate your comments.
    • 17 Oct 2021 9:48PM
  • Bobbi by BarrieSpence

    Some off the cuff commentary - as far as Bobbi's pose is concerned, it certainly goes into the "if you can bend it, bend it" category. The soft angularity accentuates "feminine" lines. Bobbi's hair, the tendrilled mass of it, plays in contrast to those lines. I also think her jeans are an unique addition to the image. Peter Coulson could not do better.
    • 12 Sep 2021 2:38PM
  • Further through the wood by whatriveristhis

    This has the feel, to me, of W. Eugene Smith's, "The Walk To Paradise Garden." The dodging and burning of the image is what makes it.
    • 4 Sep 2021 12:05PM
  • Store front by Ahem

    I remember the exposure times seemed awfully long. Tom said the ISO was around 2. The exposure also had to be made within 15 minutes of creating the wet plate. If someone ran over that time, the emulsion could dry and it wouldn't work.
    • 20 Jul 2021 7:14PM
  • Nicole portrait by Ahem

    This community is something else. You've (collectively) offered a whole bunch to chew on and ruminate about...I'll take my time doing so. The age old adage remains, "beauty/truth is in the eyes of the beholder." Thank you very much for sharing your time, attention, experience, and expertise.
    • 10 Jul 2021 2:32PM
  • Nicole portrait by Ahem

    Thanks, as always, John, for looking at this and so many other images far and wide. I agree with you about the Barbie's just too much for me.
    It leads me to wonder about beauty standards and the unrelenting drive to feed that fantasy.
    • 9 Jul 2021 4:09PM
  • Nala monotone by Ahem

    Wow, a comparison to Weston! I never would have imagined. Well, honestly, in my head I did but I never thought anyone else would make that leap. John, you've made my day, my week!
    By the way, I recommend reviewing the film, The Eloquent Nude, narrated partly by Charis Wilson. Here's a snippet:
    • 8 Jul 2021 6:51PM
  • Abstract landscape by Ahem

    Thanks for the vote and award, John! Unshouty is the word for the day.
    • 6 Jul 2021 8:34PM
  • Gemma by BarrieSpence

    I was wondering about the lighting...and then I read your description. Thank you for including those tidbits of information. It's very helpful. The image of Gemma is also wonderful. There's a simple elegance and resonant beauty to your images that I find really intriguing.
    • 19 Jun 2021 11:51PM
  • Anna by Ahem

    Thanks for looking and leaving comments. Peter, thank you very much for the compliment on POV. I am humbled by your words.
    • 10 Jan 2021 4:57PM
  • Flamenco dancers by Ahem

    Thank you, not only for the votes and awards but also for taking the time to look and comment. Happy New Year to all!
    • 27 Dec 2020 10:21PM
  • Body stocking - Ashley by Ahem

    Thanks for all the constructive commentary and the award! John, I agree with you. I wish I saw it sooner but I do see it now, with your assistance.
    • 28 Nov 2020 4:57PM
  • Lilith by BarrieSpence

    Masterful lighting technique on this black and white image. It is a subdued yet emphatic celebration of the female form. I've been looking at it for a while now.
    • 16 Nov 2020 4:17PM
  • Joy by Ahem

    Thank you for taking the time to look and comment on this image, George. Yes, the combination of the word joy and the self-inflicted scars are quite a contrast. She was quite open to talking about herself, her struggles, and her commitment to battle online groups that support the act of self-harm.
    • 12 Nov 2020 3:23AM
  • Vera by Ahem

    Thanks for the critique, George. I think you're right, the pillar looks crooked. Oopsie. It would have been dangerous to walk around barefoot in that warehouse. I'm glad Vera was wearing her shoes.
    • 16 Oct 2020 2:59AM
  • Lilith by BarrieSpence

    There's a "crispness" to this and to most of your images that I assume can be attributed to the Hasselblad. It's an exceptional image. The lighting from the French doors and the fill from the v-flats enhances Lillith's amazing physique. ISO - 1600? It's so clean even at that ISO.
    • 10 Oct 2020 5:00PM
  • Leighann's line by Ahem

    Thanks for taking the time to view and comment on this image, George. Leighann is an incredibly beautiful woman and she's got muscles on top of muscles to boot.
    • 2 Oct 2020 10:11PM
  • Erica window light by Ahem

    Thanks for all the comments..and awards to boot.
    • 26 Sep 2020 6:53PM
  • Afternoon snack by Ahem

    This was an hors d'oeuvres, George. With some tweaks, it could easily slide into the dessert category.
    • 21 Sep 2020 2:50AM
  • Repose by Ahem

    Thanks for the awards.
    • 5 Sep 2020 11:09PM
  • Fully present by dudler

    The fine pieces of dust in this image provides evidence that it is derived from film. I never thought I'd miss seeing those spots of dust. The grain of the film seems to be coming through, too.
    • 4 Sep 2020 2:45PM
  • Ashley body stocking by Ahem

    Thanks, Peter. Thanks for the award, John.
    • 3 Sep 2020 1:38PM
  • Light experiment by Ahem

    Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate you all taking the time to look and to share your voices.
    • 9 Aug 2020 3:47PM
  • I love bonkers !! by Bogwoppett

    The pose is unique but it's the lighting that makes this image pop. The double edge light highlights the contours of Lily's torso but the deep shadows in the middle of the frame lend mystery to her form. In my opinion, it successfully walks the tightrope between sensuality versus overtly explicit.
    • 1 Aug 2020 2:53AM
  • Leighann dancing by Ahem

    Oh, yeah, Leighann's got muscles on top of muscles.
    • 4 Jun 2020 6:33PM
  • Film scan by Ahem

    Thanks for taking the time to comment as always, John. One of the many downsides/inconveniences to this pandemic (just speaking for myself) is that I'm unable to get to a decent scanner. Contact sheets provide a glimpse into what I'd like to print in the darkroom. As I'm looking through the images, I'm trying to decipher which one I should print. Which one captures my attention for more than a few seconds? That's the one I'm going to print. I also try to imagine how much effort it's going to take to print. Is there a lot of dust on the negative? Will there be too much dodging and burning involved? Unfortunately, I don't currently have access to a darkroom. I'd love to be a bit frustrated by the process of making old fashioned B&W prints in the lab.
    • 28 May 2020 7:00PM
  • Nicole portrait by Ahem

    Thanks for the comments...and awards!
    • 24 May 2020 5:46PM
  • Savanna by Ahem

    Thanks for taking the time to look at the image and for leaving a comment, pablophotographer. Yeah, I agree, the image would probably work in black and white. There's something about the desaturation of color in a figure study that concentrates its form, right? I hope that made sense. Thanks again.
    • 9 May 2020 3:56AM
  • "I know why the caged bird sings." by Ahem

    Thank you very much, Bill.
    • 5 Apr 2020 4:18PM
  • Anna by Ahem

    I appreciate that comment, John. Thank you.
    • 2 Apr 2020 3:03PM