Friday, July 3, 2015

Sea To Shining Sea

Emerging Talent Images (Mississippi)

One of the joys of working on FH, is not just the artists and models I get to visit, but the places all around the globe I have travelled to virtually though image, and through my imagination. Whenever I profile an artist, part of the research usually involves learning a bit about where they live. Part of this is my own curiosity but part involves the patterns which sometimes occur.

This is especially true when featuring artists and models from America. Many of the artists I profile weave bits of their culture and surroundings into their work. It is more than just photographers from Florida or California shooting more on beaches, it expands to weather, architecture and attitudes about the modeling industry in their area. There are area's in the country in which it seems easier to find models than others. Part of this is industry, there of course tend to be more models in larger cities where there are more opportunities for work.

Tom Clark (Utah)

Some of it is cultural though, it seems harder to find male models, especially models who will shoot nude, in some, but not all, of the Southern States. Before I started this piece, I would have guessed that I had covered pretty much every State in the Union during the last year, but I was surprised that there were 10 States that I had not featured through the work of an artist.

JR Williams (Hawaii)

Although many of the States are represented by models and actors, Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wyoming have yet to be covered by a featured artist on the blog. Between now and next July 4th, my goal will be to virtually visit artists from each of these States and of course share my holiday photos with FH.

Doug Vetter (Virginia)

Stephen Kahrs (Connecticut)

Prairie Visions (Nebraska)

Studio James (Wisconsin)

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