Image 58 shows ROOM OF BLUES from the DOUBLE VISION series full out and in tilts, pans, zooms.
DOUBLE VISION followed. When interviewing James he had no particular recollection of any single reason behind the inspiration for creating, via multiple exposures, two Muses of the same model, Cleveland, on a single piece of film. Continuing his explorations on how far he could push creativity through the camera is always part of it, but what else? He only had this idea of creating scenes duplicating his Muse.
Image 64 show ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background. Image 65 of an excavation in Pompeii show fossilized citizens from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD in pans, tilts, zooms, and in full.
Soon after DOUBLE VISION, James moved forward on a new series that had come to mind. In 1996 media attention was given to archaeological discoveries in and around Pompeii when it was added to the World Monuments Watch. The historic Roman city was buried in volcanic ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. This gave James the idea of visualizing his own archaeological dig to sweeping away earth to find beautiful artifacts.
Image 73 shows a rare archaeological find, a sculpture, WILLENDORF, of a female dating back 26,000 years. Image 74 shows the famous sculpture DAVID, by Michelangelo. Image 75 shows Francisco de Goya’s painting LA MUJA DESNUDA.
Taking pause during this interval let me read a statement by James on his use of the nude: “My artwork always includes a female muse, always in the nude, as only humans can be. The human form is the ultimate perfection of creation. From the outset, I’m not photographing fashion statements or period pieces. My artwork can’t be obstructed or dated through garments, or even by tattoos.
The oldest archeological art find, dated to having been carved 26,000 years ago, is a nude figure. The depiction of the nude taps the veins of sin and sexuality, cultural identity, aesthetic pleasure, and the tenet of beauty.
Image 76 shows the streaked color backside of new Muse, Karen. Image 77 shows her in B/W streaked by light while elongated on the floor.
Nearly a decade passed before James could advance his creative photographic art. During this time he had moved to Florida. It took some time to get his life back to normal, and with the help of his sister and brother-in-law, Yvonne and Ken Hannan, he was able to open a studio-gallery in 2007.
A studio is a great asset to a photographer by providing a place where all aspects of taking a photograph can be fully controlled. It is especially vital to the total manipulation of light.
Image 84 shows Jonie sitting in front of mirrors at the onset of the FRAGMENTED SERIES.
Time lapse is a photography technique; in creating art it is also a photographer’s reality; there’s no telling how much time passes before all the ingredients gel enabling a creative idea can be realized.
It was 1999 when Cleveland, the Muse for DOUBLE VISION, ALIENS, and FOSSILS, gave James fifty small oval mirrors, after he told her of his idea of photographing her reflection from collective multiple mirrors.
A Photo Art Joke Discord #1
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY – MARILYN MONROE’S HOME
Another @ Metro-Misguided Museum of Art
This photograph (left) is of my granddaughter, Anna, at five and half months having an early experience with self-consciousness, while looking into her toy mirror. Whoa -look at the concentration and the grip of her hand! This is what sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a wonderful self-awakening.
There is the other point of view of this wonderment as expressed by Ray Bradbury — ‘Self–consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. I can tell you what I think. What do you think?
The TWIN TOWERS: Re-visiting 15 years after September 11, 2001
CUBA: During my ten day stay in the latter part of March 2016 I went to see the historic Rolling Stones concert, enjoyed the Tropicana show, visited areas included included La Habana, Pinar Del Rio, Varadero to Playa Giron, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, and Jaimanitas a western suburb of La Habana. Visit Stock-Art-Cuba on my website for a more complete selection covering the entire visit.
CUBA: Areas visited in the latter part of March 2016, included La Habana, Pinar Del Rio, Varadero to Playa Giron, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, and Jaimanitas a western suburb of La Habana. Visit Stock-Art-Cuba on my website for a more complete selection covering the entire visit. Trinidad was settled in 1514 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site: