Ink, Expression, And The Art of Tattooing

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Awhile back I photographed a model, her name was Jamie Barker. She has been dealing with back problems all her life, and has had several surgeries to try to correct them. I photographed her for a shot to get into Inked Magazine which they denied me. I love tattoos, the art, and the stories behind them. I always felt ink was a way to express yourself, and say this is who I am, and the only person who will change me, is me!. Tattooing has always been a way to express who you really are. Even if it was only a way to rebel, there is always a story behind the ink. I do not think we as people should be afraid, because someone is  different, or they have a flaw. We should accept people for who they are, and what makes them beautiful. We have always been a judgmental society, and we need to stop. If you judge someone because they look different, maybe you should take a look deep within yourself. People who judge usually need to change something about them, because they feel something is wrong with them, or in their lives.

I have watched enough tattoo programs, and been around enough tattooed people, including myself. I have come to realize they are some of the sweetest, and kindest people I have ever met. Usually if you walk up to a person with tattoos, and ask the meaning behind a specific tattoo?, they will be glad to sit and tell the story behind it. The story may be as small as well I wanted a tattoo, or I was a firefighter during 9/11 and this is a memorial to those who died!. So next time you see someone who looks different don’t be afraid. Say hello you never know the person, until you get to know the person!.

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Above Chicago!

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So the one thing I have been told by one of my my friends who occasionally models for me Kat Schrödinger, Is that I am great with Angles. I have found out not only is this true for models, but also when I am shooting Cityscapes, or even just objects of interest. When I was out in the city last week with another photographer friend of mine before a film meeting, I told my friend that we needed to get out of the crowd, and get above the city. So I found a 10 story parking garage, where we went to the top, and I leaned as far over the edge to catch a shot like this. I was not about to sit on the ledge, and I suggest you never sit, or stand on a ledge while trying to photograph, unless you have the proper safety equipment. The reason being looking through the eyepiece of the camera, and trying to balance is not a good idea at all!!!…. I have tried it and nearly fallen, and have learned from those mistakes. A different perspective though can mean the difference between a great shot, and just a good shot!.