The images on these pages represent about 1/100th of one percent of the images created by me while working with various companies over many years. Some are displayed as "educational samples", meaning that they were never sold (never were for sale) and were created expressly and only to show what's possible with digital composite technology. Some were client orders. Basically, if you can imagine it, it can be done digitally, and my hope is to inspire you to imagine more.
Some of the images below are "digital makeovers" (before and afters). I note that, nowadays, since digital tools have become so easy to use and "automatic", many photographers and artists use these programs to create or enhance all sorts of imagery without knowing anything about compositing; it's like saying you're a race car driver without having a clue how the engine works. I was one of the first, way back in the 1980s, to use digital compositing techniques in everyday studio workflow. Using today's easy-peasy digital tools feels very much like cheating.
On this page you'll find images that make fat people thin, thin people fat, old people young and also age progression works. None of the people portrayed here as bald were really bald. I like animal composites and head swaps. Many images on these pages, with the exception of the some of the "before and after digital makeover" shots and a few others, are composites, meaning that one (or possibly all) of the heads or faces and/or backgrounds weren't contained in the original photograph.
I've done work for law firms in which my composites were used to trick adversaries into admitting they were lying, and I've worked for police departments making composites that tricked criminals into confessing. There's a shot of a coyote in a darkened warehouse, for instance. That was first composited to be a crook in the warehouse, caught on security video, robbing the place. Of course there was no security video -- but the crook didn't know that so he confessed and cut a deal.
What about all the composite images shown below? Is that "real photography"? Do I "retouch"? Yes. Every chance I get.
I've narrowed my workload down to the few things I enjoyed most about photography and digital manipulation, and it includes the photography of mostly women, mostly portrait or full-body work.
Will I do weddings? Nein, nos, nyet, jok, oya, aniyo, le, mi, min, Hell no. I'd sooner gouge my eyes out with finger-cactus. Is there good money in weddings? Of course. Are weddings like Chinese water torture? Of course. Buy the coffee and ask me why. And now that I've said that in print, I keep getting requests to do weddings. Ok. Maybe I will. But only under my own terms and conditions! ;-)
Sessions with children are only rarely welcome, and then only provided they are calm and polite (sedated and preferably unconscious). Any studio is teeming with very delicate and extremely expensive equipment. I refuse any longer to chase little hoodlums (monsters, demon seeds, future-criminals) around the studio and it's hard to duct-tape them to the sitting stool. I can afford not to subject myself to this torture, so I don't. And now that I've said THAT in print, I recently find that I really enjoy working with children but only if the parent is present and keeps the little buggars well in line!
I'll always opt for tasteful over vulgar, refined over base, polite over rude, spiritual over material, gentlemanly over boorish, quiet over raucous, mystery over revealing, alluring over brash, logic over chaos, dignity over sleaze....
Honestly....I prefer to shoot people I've come to know a little, and people who to some degree I consider friends (who, whom, kill me please because I somtimes forget).
I don't like the meat-grinder or assembly-line approach found in busy studios, which is why I'll no longer be associated with busy studios. The longer this whole process takes, planning the shoot, discussing expectations, exploring possibilities, the more I enjoy it, the more fun it'll be for you, and the happier you'll be with the results.
Am I the best photographer in the world? I'm not even on the list. But I'm a "good" photographer and I'm a "more than just good" digital manipulator, which is what I love most, and which is how I can now live on royalties.
In any case, for me, it's not about money. It's about art. Art should always be fun, and it always will be fun to the extent that money is not involved. Politics and religion don't mix; love and money don't mix; neither does money and art.
Want to do a shoot and see what we can create? Just say exactly that and I'll take it from there.
But what do I charge? I don't charge. I have that luxury, finally. I can finally afford to do this for fun. I am, therefore, more than a little picky about which projects I choose. Show me some face and we'll talk. Seriously, send me a snapshot or five and if it strikes a chord we might create something wonderful. For free. And it'll be fun.
AMERICANS CAN NOW DETERMINE WHERE TO SHOP AND SPEND THEIR MONEY
Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics
Price Club/Costco donated $225K, 99% went to Democrats
Rite Aid donated $517K, 60% went to Democrats
Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean) donated $22K, 100% went to Democrats
Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K, 73% went to Democrats
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K, 99% went to Democrats
Estee Lauder donated $448K, 95% went to Democrats
Guess, Inc. Donated $145K, 98% went to Democrats
Calvin Klein donated $78K, 100% went to Democrats
Liz Claiborne, Inc. Donated $34K, 97% went to Democrats
Levi Straus donated $26K, 97% went to Democrats
Olan Mills donated $175K, 99% went to Democrats
WalMart donated $467K, 97% went to Republicans
K-Mart donated $524K, 86% went to Republicans
Home Depot donated $298K, 89% went to Republicans
Target donated $226K, 70% went to Republicans
Circuit City Stores donated $261K, 95% went to Republicans
3M Co. Donated $281K, 87% went to Republicans
Hallmark Cards donated $319K, 92% went to Republicans
Amway donated $391K, 100% Republicans
Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K, 100% Republicans
B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K, 97% went to Republicans
Proctor & Gamble donated $243K, 79% went to Republicans
Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K, 73% went to Democrats
Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. Beverage Business and considerable media interests) donated $2M+, 67% went to Democrats
Gallo Winery donated $337K, 95% went to Democrats
Coors & Budweiser donated $174K, 92% went to Republicans
Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel Wines, Lenox China , Dansk and Gorham Silver) donated $644 K -- 80% went to Republicans
Sonic Corporation donated $83K, 98% went to Democrats
Triarc Companies (Arby's, T.J. Cinnamon's, Pasta Connections) donated $112K, 96% went to Democrats
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K, 100% went to Republicans
Outback Steakhouse donated $641K, 95% went to Republicans
Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) donated $133K, 87% went to Republicans
Brinker International (Maggiano's, Brinker Cafe, Chili's, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel's, Corner Baker, EatZis) donated $242K, 83% went to Republicans
Waffle House donated $279K, 100% went to Republicans
McDonald's Corp. Donated $197K, 86% went to Republicans
Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze) donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans
Heinz Republicans $64,000 Democrats $21,300! John Kerry's wife's company!!!
Traveling and/or dining
Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which 80% went to Democrats
Marriott International $323K, 81% went to Republicans Holiday Inns donated $38K, 71% went to Republicans