There’s nothing wrong with combining latex fashion with regular clothes. It’s a combination you more and more in mainstream media and even on the catwalk of fashion shows of haute couture designers. And if they can do it, so can I. I had my muse Shannety in the studio earlier this year and we shot cool portraits.
Doctor King was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929 in this house at 501 Auburn Avenue, about a block from the church where his father was a minister. The National Park Services are preserving the house and its surroundings as a National Historic Site. I had been there years ago and I remembered I was impressed. So it was way up high on my list of places to see in beautiful Atlanta.
Doctor King would be in the frontline of the American civil rights movement all his life. In 1963 he organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, AL and a march on Washington where he delivered his famous I Have A Dream speech. In ’64 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Price. In 1965 he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, beautifully depicted in the Oscar-winning movie Selma directed by Ava DuVernay.
He was so important to the civil rights movement in the US that is birthday is in fact a legal holiday in the US.
In April 1968 he traveled to Memphis, TN to support the city’s sanitation workers who had gone on strike in protest against poor pay and dangerous working conditions. On April 4th, 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. An event that inspired U2 to write Pride (In The Name Of Love). So I obviously had to have the song in my travel soundtrack.
After his death he was laid to rest at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA. Later, his wife, Coretta Scott King was buried right beside him.
I totally forgot to share this photo of Annelies I did in March and I shouldn’t have forgotten about it, ’cause I love this photo.
I met Annelies on a model casting 2 years ago. I told her back then that I would love to have her in my studio for a photo shoot. Before we had a chance to make an appointment, she had a little accident horseback riding. Last year, we met again at a casting call and we did make an appointment this time. I wasn’t wrong: she’s amazing in front of the lens. And she’s so lovely off set. She brought brownies to the photo shoot. And I just instantly like anyone who brings food.
I had planned to write a daily blog post about my trip to Tenneessee, but oh boy, how I have failed. Even 3 months after being back home, I still have a couple of photos to process. But hey, I look at this way: taking this long to go through my photos keeps the memories alive. And there are plenty of nice memories.
The Johnny Cash Museum on 3rd Ave in Nashville, TN surely was one of them. I liked Johnny Cash’s music but got really sucked into it after seeing the 2005 biopic Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon playing the role of June Carter. So the Johnny Cash Museum was a must-see place for me while I was in Nashville.
We had quite a bit of fun at last year’s Duxford air show. So much so that my buddy James dropped a list of 2017 air shows to the gang and asked if anyone was up for a few shows. I don’t think he knew what he was getting us into. He had the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (UK) on his list. That would have not been a big deal if it wasn’t for the USAF Thunderbirds coming to that show.
I had not seen the USAF Thunderbirds in 25 years! We had not seen the USAF Thunderbirds in 25 years!
Plans were drawn. Luc, James and I got together, booked a hotel in London and the Eurostar to get to London. Oh wait… We also needed tickets to the air show. And it was sold out! It took us a couple of dozen of emails and some help from friends to get a hold of tickets: “Thunderbirds are GO!”
And not even a little grey skies would keep us away. It was touch-and-go with the weather though. With a cloud base as low as 600ft at some point, some displays got cancelled, but not the USAF Thunderbirds.
Adding to my excitement were displays by the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and the Airbus A400M Atlas. I had never seen them displayed before. Both planes have amazing capabilities. It don’t always have to be fast moving jets to be impressive.
I have totally fallen in love with Nashville! They call it the Music City and I love music. Nashville is obviously the heart of country music. But there so much more. Music streams from every bar and restaurant in the city. Bands playing the honky-tonks on Nashville’s Broadway compete for your attention day and night. Sometimes they even play too loud to have a normal conversation over dinner. But they add to the atmosphere of the city. It is cool to stroll up and down Broadway on a Saturday night, look at the party people, have a drink and listen to the bands wailing under the bright neon lights of the all the bars they play.
There’s more than just waterfalls in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In fact it is probably more known for its wildlife. The park is home to coyotes, deer, turkeys, elk and most notably for the approximately 1600 black bears that live in those mountains. We had the chances to meet 2 of them. Kinda cool to watch a bear climb up a tree to feed.
And it is also known for its scenic views of the mountains, often covered in a little haze—hence the name Smoky Mountians—that gives the Smokies a beautiful blue glow on sunny days. And even on overcast days, when the sky is dark and gloomy, the views are magnificent.
I could have spent at least a few more days in the Smokies enjoying the views, the hikes and the wildlife. But we had a few more plans, so I guess I will have to save that for another year.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee encompasses 2114km2 making it one of the biggest national parks in the US. It is home to about 1600 black bears which everyone wants to see. It is also known for its many waterfalls. Too many to visit in just 3 days. We picked Grotto Falls and Lynn Camp Prong Cascades to hike to.
Lynn Camp Prong Cascades is just a short hike but to get a good shot, you need to climb some rocks and dangle over the river.
You reach Grotto Falls after a steep 2km hike; you need to climb 585 feet. If you’re untrained like me, it is quite the climb. But it is well worthwhile. A person can actually pass behind the Grotto Falls. And you can setup for a pretty cool photo behind the falls.
But, you know, there is cool little falls all over the park. Often they are just off the paved road. We came across this very photogenic fall driving along the Little River on our way to Cades Cove. To be honest, I may just like this little unnamed fall the best.
When the weather is nice, Stone Mountain Park is a great place to be and to make some photographs.
At the heart of the park, there is gigantic quartz monzonite dome of about 251 m above the surrounding area. On its north face, there is a bas-relief that depicts three Confederate figures during the American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. It is said to be the largest bas-relief in the world.
But scenes around the park are awesome too. I set up for a long exposure at their covered bridge and the old gristmill at the park.
And while I was working on the long exposure photos, my buddy Luc shot this amazing photo of the lake at Stone Mountain Park.