The American Desert
February 8-13, 2015
If photography is all about light, shadow, form and texture, it's not surprising that the American West has captured so many photographer's hearts. Dramatic scenes are at every turn. Beautiful, varied landscapes and textures reveal themselves effortlessly as you travel through the land. This wild land is an excellent setting for the nude, and our mission during this midwinter expedition will be to make the most of it.
We'll make our base at the unique 29 Palms Inn in Twentynine Palms, California. From this base we will explore the environments of both the Mojave and Coloradan Deserts and their varied forms. Working at sunrise and sunset, we'll encounter moderate temperatures and cooperative light. Afternoons will offer respite from the desert heat, a chance to discover the shops and galleries of the area, and time to enjoy the company of like-minded photographers and models.
Both our models are proven, talented figure models used to working in the natural landscape. Their artistic sensibilities and enthusiasm for working in the desert are contagious, and are an important inspiration for me when I undertake trips such as this. They're sober, drama-free, and as beautiful as they are tough.
Mary Celeste is the most capable model I've seen working in the natural environment. With me, she has posed for three years across North America and Europe, in the most difficult conditions imaginable, and I have many award-winning, published images to show for it. She understands the nude figure in the landscape and brings a supportive and creative attitude to every session.
Miss Macaroni is newer to modeling but shows an innate talent for our kind of work and has an eager and determined attitude. She's tough too, and like Celeste she's up for the physical challenge of the desert.
Our group is limited to six artists. This allows each of us ample time to find unique scenes and to work with both models during the fleeting moments of good light. We'll travel together, enjoy dinner together, and spend plenty of time talking about photography, discussing image-processing and more. Billy Monday Expeditions are a rare opportunity for those of us working in the landscape nude to enjoy and learn from one another, in a relaxed and productive session.
$1000 covers the costs of guidance, our model's fees, and transportation throughout the week. You will be responsible for your room at the 29 Palms Inn, meals, and transportation to and from the expedition. Twentynine Palms is about two hours from LA Ontario airport, but also is within reach of LAX, Las Vegas and San Diego.
A $300 deposit holds your place, the balance will be due on January 1, 2015.
Questions or comments? Please email me at any time. I hope to meet you in the desert!
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