The Photographic Nude 2017 - LightBox Gallery

I am happy to report that on December 19, 2016 our image from the My Nude Year project Day 228 was selected to be featured in a gallery exhibition. Mr. Kim Weston was the judge for the contest and has favorably selected my work in the past for publication. This contest is dedicated in Memory of Ruth Bernhard and her Creative Spirit. All work will be published in Blur magazine online edition in Spring 2017. The work will be exhibited from February 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017 in the LightBox Photographic Gallery 1045 Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon 97103 503.468.0238 lightbox-photographic.com

If I have any followers in the area I would really appreciate it if you could stop by and let me know how the presentation looks in person. Thank you all so much for your support. 

JW Purdy

Red River, New Mexico trip

Hello everyone,

We recently returned from a wonderful trip to New Mexico. We stayed in Red River and took advantage of some really great fishing spots. We also stopped by and talked with a local gallery owner and enjoyed his work. On our way back to Texas we took a pause for a few photos. It was really beautiful all around us and we couldn’t help but get lost in the cool mountain air.  Here are some of my favorite images with Shannon Purdy.

Thank you,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity – 5 (Still unsure)

On occasion I find it hard to finalize my photo selection. In this photo of Leah Velocity I find that I really enjoy her pose, emotion, as well as the camera angle however the light just sits wrong with me for some reason. I don’t know if it is slightly dappled lighting that puts my eye off or what but something seems to be just a little bit off in the final version. I hope once I print the image it will look okay to me. Printing photos always makes your eye go one way or the other. It seems funny but you can debate forever when looking at a computer screen and then as soon as you print it the decision becomes so obvious that you wonder what all the fuss was about.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity – 3 (Black and White versus Color)

Someone asked me today if I had yesterdays photo styled as a black and white photo. I didn’t reply since I knew I would be posting tonight and could address it them. I style all of my photos the way I see the image as soon as I start working on it. Some people disagree with my reasons for keeping one image color or B&W but I do have reasons for everything I do. I don’t have yesterdays photo in B&W but tonight’s image is very similar, not exact, and lent itself to black and white much better. I hope you will agree that this photo makes for a better B&W than last nights would have.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity - 2

I really enjoy this, the second, photo of Leah Velocity due to it really showing off some of her tattoo work. The slight green toning of the image brings out the greens and blacks in the artwork on her chest and head. Once again the pose if very compact and made to look easy however it takes of lot of balance and self control to make this happen. I love the awesome profile view we are allowed to explore here.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

New Blood (Leah Velocity)

Near the end of my last big project I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Ms. Leah Velocity. Leah and I had been talking off and on for several years but for one reason or another had never found time to work together. Finally the chance came and with Leah adjusting her schedule to work with me late one night we were able to get a shoot completed. She is as wonderful in person as she had been over the Internet. She is so talented that it made my job as a photographer easy and not really like work at all. I explained to her that conceptually I was out of gas due to the 365-project but that I liked stacked lines. She instantly knew what to do and the shoot was perfect. It really pays to work with a model that has so much knowledge of the craft. Amateurs are always fun but nothing beats working with a model that knows what to do and when to do it.

For this first photo Leah was on top of the wire spool I have in a crazy balance posture. I would like to point out her close her feet are to each other. You need to have a lot of time on the yoga mat to hold this pose for any length of time and she made it look as if you could live like this. I love the stern look and expression she held in all of the photos. The emotion or lack of it was the perfect fit to every pose we captured.

Until next time,

JW Purdy