Inspiration comes to me from many directions. Sculpture, paintings, nature, and dance to name a few. When it comes to dance, I spend a lot of time going to live performances and searching the internet for recorded ones. One day I came across a performance that not only inspired my fine art photography but also my soul.
The 2007 4th annual CCTV dance contest held in Beijing included the performance “Hand in Hand” performed by Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei. It is a beautiful piece made extraordinary when you consider Ma lost her right arm in a car accident when she was 19 and Zhai lost his left leg when fell from a tractor at the age of 4. It is better to view the performance than to read about it.
I am very fortunate being able to spend my time pursing my passion for creating fine art nude photographs. Along the way I come across stories like this one which move me on so many different levels.
I first came across Carrie Leigh’s Nude magazine while looking through the newsstand at a Barnes & Noble. This quarterly publication showcases some of the worlds best fine art nude photographers. The 96 page magazine contains photographs, articles relevant to the industry, news, and no advertising. The quality of the paper and printing is exquisite.
Publisher Carrie Leigh has extensive experience both in front of the lens as a model and behind the lens as a photographer. She started the magazine in 2007. I highly recommend checking it out.
The Art Nudes blog constantly reviews great fine art photographers. Michael Barnes started this site back 2003 and has been finding impressive photographers ever since. I stop by and checkout his discoveries on a regular basis. Another nice thing about Art Nudes is that you are not bothered by advertising.
The International Photography Awards competition has bestowed an honorable mention on one of Tom Suhler’s nude photos from his (e)Motion collection. The IPA contest is one of the most celebrated juried photo competitions in the world, with this year’s 15,000 submissions originating in 130 countries.
This marks the second time this year that Suhler’s fine-art nudes have been recognized in international competition. “Modern Image – First China International Internet-based Photography Competition” selected three photographs from the same (e)Motion collection for exhibition in the 2010 International Orange Photo Festival in Changsha City in late October.
When you stop getting paid at your job you quit working. When someone can steal your stuff and continue stealing it with no consequences, then you are not going to keep making more stuff. And when your work is stolen it’s hard to get paid for it. Everyone can understand these simple principles. Senate Bill 3804 – “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” makes it more difficult for someone to steal the work created by writers, filmmakers, and visual artists. Better protection will help the proliferation of more work.
There is little doubt that the internet has made copyright infringement very easy. People can easily copy text, music, video, and images that are the products of other people’s labor. But just because it is easy to take something does not make it legal.
People need to respect the ownership rights of the writers, musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists. One way is to have better copyright enforcement. Senate Bill 3804 helps the Attorney General protect those rights by giving him tools take action against websites that are “dedicated to infringing activities.” This will require people to think about whether or not they own the rights to what they post on their websites.
I’d like to encourage you to contact your Senators and Congressperson and ask them to support this critical law.