Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Work at the Fahey Klein Gallery



Again I'm very happy. Four of my new big prints were delivered to the
Fahey Klein Gallery.
I saw them for the very first time in this giant size and got excited about their quality and beauty.
I signed them and had 3 charming guys helping to handle them.
All images Archival Pigment Prints,
dimensions 43x56inch
Edition 10





















Monday, October 19, 2009

New Cover and Editorial Maxim Germany


I'm very happy about our latest publication in Germany.
German Maxim published the cover and the editorial about the one and only Donna Feldman
in their November issue 2009.


Make Up Bebe Both
Hair Simon J. Miller
Wardrobe Stylist Sabrina Phillip
Wardrobe Designer Cassandra Kellog.
We all had such a great day at the studio shooting the most beautiful lady on earth our Donna Feldman.






Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Cover German VELVET Magazine


I'm very happy the German lifestyle and fashion Magazine VELVET published one of my Big Cat pictures on their cover of the Summer 2009 issue.
As for the first time they show 5 naked girls and a lion on the front site.
Thank you VELVET I love you ...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ariane Sommer Naked for Peta and Me...


This time I'm very happy that my German friend, the very talented, writer, columnist, part time model and super beauty Ariane Sommer took the time to write a blog for me.
We worked together on the Peta Campaign, Nude Against Fur and the latest published Vegetarian Campaign.
Ariane posed nude for me and the Germans went crazy....




My name is Ariane Sommer and I am a published author.
My most recent work "Foreign Affairs", a collection of 34 ironic/laconic contemporary short stories narrated from a female perspective, has just been released on the German markets two weeks ago.
I am currently working on a novel, a twisted love story, set in Rome.

Strength and grace are the two words that come to mind when I think about my first encounter with Sylvie Blum.
We met 2008 at the W Hotel in Los Angeles to get to know each other and discuss possible projects together.
When I first saw Sylvie, she struck me as an awe inspiring kind of a woman, not only because she is tall and beautiful, having been a model herself, but because of the ease with which she owned the room when she walked in and because of her feline, observant eyes which seemed to miss nothing. At the same time she was very engaging andexuded the kind of natural grace that made me feel comfortable quite instantly.
Strength and grace are also the first words I have to think of describing her work.
Sylvie's photography not only of the female body but of the female essence is timeless and genuine to a deep and mystical truth yet completely modern in its vision.

In the meantime I had the privilege to work with Sylvie on several occasions. The last photo shoot probably constituted the biggest challenge yet for me in my modeling career, as we created the images for the PETA campaigns "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" and "I'm a vegetarian". The shoot required me to be completely naked and although I have already posed for magazines such as GQ and Maxim and consider myself far from being a prude, to prance around in my birthday suit in front of a bunch of strangers seemed rather daunting. The first half hour of the shoot I would cover up with a towel in between poses but after a while this seemed silly and since Sylvie had brought together a wonderful, relaxed team of professionals, I quickly felt comfortable in the nude.
Sylvie is a generous artist who welcomes the sort of creativity that emerges out of the synergies of spirits. As her model you never feel as if you merely have to "shut up and look pretty". Sylvie invites you to share your own ideas and if they suit the project she will integrate them.
I completely trusted Sylvie's direction during the shoot and I am so happy I did, as the resulting pictures turned out to be some of the most beautiful ever taken of me.

Sylvie is not only an artist I deeply admire and I feel honored to be part of her work, but she has also become a friend and I can't wait to get creative with her again.


Monday, May 18, 2009

IN GOOD COMPANY

The Fahey Klein Gallery opened in 1986 and is devoted to the enhancement of the public's appreciation of the medium of photography. Through the exhibition and sale of 19th and 20th century rare vintage and contemporary fine art photography by some of the most notable figures including Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Tina Modotti, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Frantisek Drtikol, Man Ray, Irvin Penn, Horst, Herb Ritts among many others ...

Since May 2009 the Gallery represents my work.















In collaboration with Bowhaus Lab we printed a series of Archival Pigment Prints in the sizes 46x56 inch, Edition of 10.
Right now there are 3 Archival Pigment Prints at the Gallery.












"Erdbeermund 2008" Edition 10, Size 46x56 inch, Archival Pigment Print

















"Lauras Arms, 2009" Edition 10, Size 46x56 inch, Archival Pigment Print


















"Ilona Torso I, 2009" Edition 10, Size 46x56 inch, Archival Pigment Print


Also a series of 16x20 inch silver prints, Edition 25 is available for showing at the Gallery.


























signing the big print "Lauras Arms, 2009"












checking the big print ...





FHM GERMANY


NEW PUBLICATION FHM GERMANY
MAY 2009























... it is nice to see another publication of my work in Germany ...











KIM WESTON

KIM WESTON

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009, 8:57 pm

When I see Kim with his blond funky hair, his big hands like bear paws always ready to meter in one corner of a place... his awake and friendly eyes wandering around to spot an area that could be the next creative treasure for him. I like how down to earth this man is, how soft and quiet he directs his models into a pose...I love how he sees light and how he transforms a situation he creates into a piece of art. The days we worked together, seeing him creating images next to me, made me feel this deeply trust that he will capture magic.






He works exact... from a stand, always in frame of the negative size, his meter is placed in a revolver pocket on his belt and he seems to play and plan at the same time. I was excited how he used my space and the props he found in my surroundings.





He captured them in a new and exciting way, only an artist can do. I thought it was refreshing and an inspiration to learn from him how simple things can get alive through a geniously perception.







One day I will ask Kim, the man with the meter, the cool cameras, the film rolls in an oyster cooler, if he takes me to his darkroom and lets me be a witness of the first moment when his vision transforms into a piece of art.







www.kimweston.com

ANGELA THE MUSE











ANGELA THE MUSE

Monday, March 23rd, 2009, 9:24 pm

Angela worked with me the last 2 weeks. We had lot's of fun and have been creative. Angela wrote a Blog for me about herself.

Enjoy it ...










My name is Angela and I am a nude model from Canada. People always want to know why I like to pose nude, and I wish I had some really profound answers, but for me it is just a liberating and challenging thing. It is a way to express myself and I get to exercise my appreciation for the female form.










The nude body truly is a beautiful and fascinating thing, and like Sylvie always says, it is timeless. I started modeling nude nearly three years ago after being photographed just for fun by one of my lovers. I posted the nude photos on a model networking site and a few month later a photographer from California flew to Canada to shoot me. One year later I met Sylvie Blum. Besides Sylvie, other photographers I really admire are Ellen von Unwerth, Paolo Roversi, and Peter Lindbergh. All of these artists are so incredibly talented and have such distinct styles and visions.










Back to Sylvie ... I met her nearly two years ago and she instantly became one of my favorite people. Her energy is infectious and she has such a wonderful personality. I love working with her for so many reasons. She has a huge heart and so many passion for what she does. Sylvie has the coolest visions and such a unique style. I feel I can't possibly do this woman justice so suffice it to say that she is fabulous, hilarious, larger than life, passionate, creative, spontaneous and so inspired and appreciative of the beauty of the female form. She knows her angles and lighting so well, and I know she will always make me look as good as I possibly can. She has the best ideas and I will do pretty much anything I can to make her visions come to fruition. If she tells me she wants me to walk naked through the desert with a lion or a tiger I do it. Or I'll stand in the freezing cold water until my fingers are numb because I absolutley believe in her visions and know the result will be somthing so crazy cool and incredible. I think we work so well together because she knows I trust her, and because I share her vision and her enthusiasm. Also I know she believes in me and appreciates me, and this makes all the difference in the world.


Sometimes I meet photographers and I don't see their vision or share their ideas on beauty, no matter how hard I try. With Sylvie, it's different. I just get her. I always see what she is talking about and trust her completely. It's cool too, because she is spontaneous at times, and at other times she works for month and month to perfect her vision-like with the Big Cat shoot. She's totaly genius and part of the reason she is cool in my eyes is because she is a female photographer. Woman see woman differently than men do. Sylvie creates images that show the beauty, power and versatility of woman, where as many male photographers focus more on the sexuality of a naked woman. Sylvie's images are classic, timeless and unique. My favourite pictures in my portfolio are the ones I created with Sylvie. She always manages to get the best out of me because I believe in her, and because I'm inspired by her. If you don't have inspiration when it comes to art, then you don't have anything. With Sylvie I'm always feeling creative and energetic and I really believe in her wholeheartedly. I feel so fortunate to have met this cool lady and created such great photographs with her. I know there are big things in her future and I will always be rooting for her. She's an inspiration and best of all, she has become one of my dearest friends in the world. Yay Sylvie Blum!


ANGELA'S PORTFOLIO



PHOTOGRAPHING WITH KIM WESTON

PHOTOGRAPHING WITH KIM WESTON

Monday, March 16th, 2009, 11:42 pm

Since the first time I saw Kim Westons work I was in love with his style and this was many years ago. His classy vision of shooting the nude is timeless and balanced, the story behind his work is true and beautiful. Kim Weston is a master of his genre and I'm very honored to have had the opportunity to spend 3 days working with him at my white box studio in Los Angeles.









I met Kim and Gina Weston about a year ago at their beautiful place in Carmel. This was also when we decided to do a photographing project together.









Kim has been a Black and White fine art nude photographer for over 30 years specializing in large format photography. His main body of work consists of silver contact prints made from 8x10 negatives (large format). For the past 7 years, Kim and his wife Gina have been sharing a passionate, artistic and unique photographic vision with a select group of participants at several workshops held at Wildcat Hill, Edward Weston's former home in the Carmel Highlands which is located on the Central California coast 100 miles south of San Francisco. Each workshop combines practical, hands-on instruction with informal lectures and field trips that immerse participants in the history of the Weston family's contributions to fine art photography. To see Kim's New Work please visit

Kim Weston


OUR SHOOT








This is us getting prepared for a fun day.

Right in the picture is Ed Martin, a dear friend and one of the most creative people I have ever met. He is 83 years old and during our 3 day shoot he was with us, photographing and celebrating life.

Ed used to be a cinematographer, that is now a still photographer, he creates fabolous colorful photographs mainly flowers, seeds and object he finds in his surroundings and place them in his scanner to make the image. Ed is a true artist !!!

You can read his fascinating bio and see his work at martingallery.com







Kim came with his exciting cameras, I was magnetified by his working style.






Gina Weston Kims wife and muse is filming Ed and Kim while they are shooting the models, using the head light in the studio.






Kim came and brought those crazy props. he prepared them for the shoot by waxing and cleaning them.we used these very organic things for a vision we named "Birth and Art" or something else....













some first results with model kat



German GQ Magazin

GERMAN GQ MAGAZINE

Friday, February 13th, 2009, 5:30 pm 

Lastest Publication of German online GQ Magazine. Showing my Big Cats and Nudes from the Body Perfect Project. Check this out...

GQ-MAGAZINE.DE














COVER OF GERMAN FOTOMAGAZIN 2009

COVER OF GERMAN FOTOMAGAZIN
Thursday, February 5th, 2009, 7:24 pm 

I'm very happy about my latest publication of my Big Cats in German FotoMagazin
January issue 2009.



















Among with others like Annie Leibowitz, Bettina Rheims and Peter Beard in the big Nude Special Issue.













you will find more backstage informations and pictures about the shoot at fotomagazin.de.   For all those people who speak German.

Also my favourite Gallery Lumas made some beautiful big prints of my Big Cats. 
Check it out at Lumas.com

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Workbook

Behind the scenes ... some big cat pics ...  some models in the desert... my legs and some funky shoes ...  China the cat and an old b+w  TV 
Little movie like a sketchbook ...
kind of shaky, kind of cute, kind of chaotic, but I love the vintage look ...

Workbook from Sylvie Blum on Vimeo.



Sunday, February 8, 2009

Big Cat Shoot Behind the Scenes

BIG CAT SHOOT BEHIND THE SCENCES
Saturday, November 8th, 2008, 9:17 pm


It all started with this painting from the Belgian painter Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) titled "The Sphinx or The Caresses" 1896. I saw it when I was a little girl.







I was so very much impressed by the woman who was a cheetah and all my life I wanted to find this woman or the cheetah.













Many years later, when I was a photographer I planned my trip to South Africa and Namibia in 2004 to find a cheetah. I drove many lonely roads throughout this beautiful country till I found a cheetah who might could be a part of the picture of my dreams.















It was very difficult to find the right woman who could have the quality of a sphinx, so I decided to shoot a selfportrait with this wonderful and fascinating cat. This was the first step to get a little closer to the picture of my dreams.



















In 2007 after I moved to Los Angeles I found Randy Miller from Predators in Action, he won the first Award in 2001 for Best Animal Stunt in the movie Gladiator.



















I started to shoot with his Cougar and one of my favourite models Ashley, to find out, how it would be to work with a big cat. What I didn't expect was the snow up in the San Bernadino Mountains. I was shocked and all the setting didn't look like I wanted to have it, but I wanted to shoot so badly, no matter how cold and wet it was.















Ashley and my team worked very hard for me on that day. As for the fact that the circumstances have been extremely nasty .











The cougar was beautiful, but he never did what he should do, to look great in the picture.











I knew an animal would be very hard to photograph and I wanted to keep everything as natural as possible. I just wanted to be able to capture the magic of this moment. After a whole day of extreme hard work I was able to have had captured 3 images which I liked.




















































Still...my dream picture was not made.

I discussed with Randy about his Tigers and Lion, I made sketches about the final pictures which I had in mind and send it to him, to find out what could be possible to shoot with his animals and I wanted him to understand what I had in mind....


















































He loved it and got prepared for me.

We all got so very much thrilled about the shoot and I planed the next session for Mai 2008.

We did castings to find the right models, I wanted to have 5 strong and beautiful models which I personaly liked and could trust, that they could handle to work with this powerful animals.














We got everything organized, the shooting date was fixed, including all permits, insurances, hotels, flights, team, catering, equipment, logistics, production RV and so on...

One week before the shoot Randy Millers Cousin got killed during a training with his bear. This was a tragic accident and Randy had to cancel my shoot.

I was desperate and deeply sad, as we also had already organized everything and I could not step back any more...I had to shoot, so I found Joe from Jungle Exotics, he made the first Tarzan with Bo Derrek and I was in love with him the first time we spoke.


















He and his trainers worked with us in the heat of the desert to get closer to my dream picture.


















































We spent days in the dry lake bed and had much fun. We were dirty, dusty and sandy like crazy at the end of a week shooting in the wilderness.

His big cats have been beautiful and fascinating animals, but still we had to be very concentrated and careful to work with them.














We had to know when to stop or the animal was not in the mood any more to do something. I wanted to have everything in real.













































There is no postproduction or fake done in one of the images, everything happened in real.















This was how I wanted to have it, even it was harder to get, but for me the only way to go.
I have shot more that 6000 images on that production.

Everything about this shoot was magic. the landscape, the models my team and at the end I came a little closer to the picture of my dreams....











All those people have been part of this shoot:

Dieter Haban, Lisa Amico, Brandon Nooman, Joe and his Trainers from Exotic Animals, Randy Miller from Predators in Action and his Trainers, Phillip Haban, Michele Arns, Jacqui Jordan, Angela, Cynnamon, Kerstin, Evie and Ashley.