December 31, 2016

Art Model Vassanta is a Muse

Member since 2009


Vassanta :

I am passionate about creating great art. 

The wonderful images you see in my portfolio result from collaborating with some very talented photographers as well as my reaching deep into my soul and giving all my emotions to every shot, every time.

"On the Beach"



"Stand tall"

And viewed by

K Leo

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Andrew Kaiser
"In My Living Room"

Scott Nichol
"Field of Burrs"

Vernon Trent
"Vassanta II"

Vernon Trent

December 27, 2016

Art-Models, Muses, what makes you beautiful

Muses, we love you and wish you the best for 2017
With admiration and love, Chris and the Photographers

Written by Isaac Fowler
Pencil Artist and passionate art lover.

St Merrique

Gerhardt Thompson
  " Perchance to Sleep"

Gerhardt Thompson :

" Regarding the models there are not enough words. Without them there would be just a landscape, without their passion and expression there would be just a pretty face and for me the beauty of a woman is not in their physical attributes instead in what they have to share through self confidence, expression, understanding and trust.

Each of the models I work with share natural beauty, there is never any make up and I have to remind them not to do their nails, there is nothing artificial just body language and it is my job to look closely at feelings, light, mood and to integrate the sum of these parts.

These ladies are bright and their abilities should never go unquestioned. The models work hard and give 200% of themselves. It is for this reason that I must do my very best for them each time I pick up my camera. They have my utmost respect !"

Isaac Fowler
"Another Faceless Woman..."

This is the first Literary post I have made. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the art-models (as well as clothed, and partially nude, male and female) whose galleries I watch and art I enjoy.
Thank you for sharing and thank you for your bravery, honesty and commitment to your craft. I tip my hat to you all.

David Le Beck, in loving memory
"Naked Ambition" series

What makes you beautiful is not the nakedness of your form or the suggestiveness of your pose.
It is not how close the lens zooms to the most prized and priceless areas of your anatomy.

It is not the illusion of whatever suggestion is conveyed by your expression and the ambiance of your setting, nor is it the way the light falls across your frame to cast a symphony of shadows and highlights which seem to play in perfect harmony.

"The Water Maiden"

"I work with people that are more than models, they are truly the main subject of the image - these people bare their soul, more than their bodies, they explore their boundaries, their freedoms and freely give of their emotions as well as their poses. Without these wonderfully understanding artists, there is no hope of Art ever being created." Beau Nestor

Though all of these things have their place in the art you create, what makes you beautiful is something far more innate

It is your knowledge of self and freedom to express
It is the way you make confidence seem natural and effortless
It is the vulnerability you are not afraid to show
It is the union of your mind, body, spirit and soul
It is how your image transcends the lust of undeveloped minds
And portrays the elegance of a form ordained before time

Anne Duffy
Darren Phillips
"Before the Storm"

Erica Jay
Steve Lease

Sissi Rose
Photographer unknown

What makes you beautiful is something much deeper than skin
Than your arms, breasts, thighs and unspeakable gems
It's what you show but don't speak, time and again
It's something much greater… It's the you that's within

Thank you.

December 23, 2016

The merry Christmas of Simon Shadowshow !

Member of UdA since 2016

I just received the best wishes of Simon with this photograph ! Thank you dear Simon, you make my  day. Receive mines too.

December 22, 2016

The self-portraits of Harizma

"The stolen bride"

"To sink"


I have not found many informations about Harizma (Alexandra Parhomenko). She is born in 1987, she lives at Kiev (Ukraine) and she works as a designer. And that's it... Because I don't speak russian and, maybe, she doesn't speak english. So...

Harizma is above all a creative photographer, and often her own model (self-portraiture is a tough exercise !).

Her inspiration is incredible and many of her pictures look like paintings. No need to talk about her talent, you see it in each of her photographies.

" Harizma is a true renaissance woman. An artist in every sense of the word. Her illustrations touch my heart, her photographs challenge my mind, and her beauty inspires my thoughts. I am in love with her portfolio."


"Desert Rose"

"Taste of tea"

" I just discovered her portfolio and I am in awe. She has a wonderful eye for beauty and art, in addition to being a great model - her self-portraits demonstrate her charm and beauty in addition to her photographic talents. Her photos and artistic flair will captivate all."

"oops ! a little mistake"

December 16, 2016

A wonderful "amateur" photographer Mike Cary

Art-Models BRD and Tilly McReese

Mike Cary wrote me with simplicity :
- I am an amateur photographer.
He means it is not a job but a passion. He means he photographies for the pleasure, not to be famous, published or awarded, even if he deserves it. That said his talent is as great than the professional members of UdA.

B and W addicted, Mike Cary works successfully with renowned Art-Models such as St Merrique (her 11 articles), Keira Grant, Ella Rose, Brooke Lynne (her 5 articles) and Madame Bink, often published in the mag. Their talent allied to the art of Mike Cary to capture the best of them in beautiful compositions give these splendid photographs I am happy to show you.

Thank you Mike for your friendship on Facebook and your kind cooperation to this article !

Art-Model St Merrique

I am a 55 year old amateur photographer who resides in the state of Virginia. Have been interested in photography since my early teens initial started out shooting landscapes and some sports. Became interested in shooting people to include models about twelves years ago. Initial started out shooting mostly glamour and lingerie in studio or on location using studio lighting.

Over the past five or six years I have transitioned to shooting mostly artistic nudes using natural lighting rather then studio lights. Currently I shoot a mix of landscapes, artistic nudes, candid and street photography.

Art-Model Anoush Anou

Art-Model Amy Marie

Art-Model BRD

Art-Model Erika Jay

Art-Model Keira Grant

Art-Models Anna Catherine and Erica Jay

Art-Models BRD and Tilly McReese

December 6, 2016

Dan Van Winkle's Interview

" Define my own style ? Never. My style is constantly changing, otherwise I'd be a static and bored photographer. I could never do the same thing over and over." Dan Van Winkle

"Sublime Nudes 17"
Art Model Iris

"Lily 02"

"Hard and Soft"
Art Model Sarah Ellis

First off…a definition : sublime, adj.
Characterized by nobility ; majestic.
Of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth.
Not to be excelled ; supreme.
Inspiring awe ; impressive.
Archaic : Raised aloft ; set high.
Obsolete : Of lofty appearance or bearing ; haughty : “not terrible, /That I should fear . . . / But solemn and sublime” (John Milton).

So, I guess that seems a little bit arrogant. I’m really not an arrogant guy, but I try to make my nudes sublime.


That is… inspiring awe, or impressive. Whether or not I achieve that is solely up to the viewer. I have created images (with the help of awesome models) which I feel are tasteful, artistic and an exploration of the form.

"China Camp 015"
Art Model Kat Love

Dan, tell us how did you get into photography ?

My passion began in watching my grandfather who was a professional photographer. Unfortunately, he died when I was fairly young so I was never able to learn from him.

I really began in earnest in High School when I bought my first 35mm SLR and was the photographer for the school newspaper. My mom has an article from a local newspaper form when I was in high school which quoted me as wanting to be a photo journalist.

Somewhere along the way, I lost my way and ended up being an electronic engineer.

That's life... So you didn't learn photography in an art school ?

Nope, I am completely self taught.

"Sort of Classical"
Art Model Sarah

Who are your greatest inspirators ? And your favorite photographers ?

For nature work in my opinion there is none finer than Ansel Adams, although I am also a big fan of Galen Rowell's work. For nudes, I'm drawn to some of the work of Kim Weston, but I really enjoy the work of Andreas H. Bitesnich.

Are you a compulsive photographer ? Sincerely, how long could you be far from your camera ?

Not long. 1 week max.

"Day with a muse 22"

"Day with a Muse 2"

Dan, you shoot indoors, outdoors, in color or BW, your palette is very wide... But do you feel particularly inspired by a type of location ?

I love the outdoors. I find the challenge of shooting nudes outdoors to be particularly fulfilling when I'm able to pull it off.

"Marin Headlands 013"
Art Model Kat Love

Something more about your preferences ?...

I have two preferences. Outdoors in wild locations and indoors with natural or artificial light.

My jury is still out on whether I prefer black and white or color.

I find color nudes to be of a more erotic and sensual nature and black and whites to be more of a fine art style (something you might hang on your wall).

"Sublime Nudes 16"

I agree. A difficult question : could you find some words to describe your style ? How do you see it ?

My own style ? Never. My style is constantly changing, otherwise I'd be a static and bored photographer. I could never do the same thing over and over.

I guess if I had a style, it would be to attempt to use natural fantastic light whenever possible. I also have to admit that I love the way that oil/water and skin play together in the righ light.

"Even the most uncomfortable"
Art Model Lily

Don't guess : you have your own style !... By the way, is your photography mostly nudes ?

No, I would say the vast majority of my work is outdoor landscapes. I get the most positive feedback on my nudes though.

"Day with a muse 28"
Art Model Iris

What is your process of creation ?

I rarely am able to pre-visualize what I'm going to end up with. I pick a location, time of day and model and hope for the best. Usually this process works pretty well.

And your favorite theme ?

Yes. I have a big fantasy of one day doing a backpack into the high sierra with 2-3 models and doing a fantastic study of nudes in extreme locations. I doubt it will ever happen though.

"Day with a muse 13"
Art Model Iris

Many dreams come true. Some words about your models ?

I have throughougly enjoyed working with every single model I've ever worked with. I'd like to think they think the same.

Every model has taught me something and been flexible and fun to work with.

I think my favorite shoot to date was with Iris in Oahu. She was pretty expensive and would only reduce her rate if I hired her for a day. So I did. She was fantastic, and we had ton's of fun dodging surfers and working in the studio. It was a fantastic shoot.

"Second Shoot CRW"
Art Model Sarah

"Marin Headlands 001"
Art Model Kat Love

How do you feel at the end of a shooting ?


I can understand. Are you working on a special project, maybe a challenge you're dreaming about ?

I mentioned it above. But other than that, just to keep working my craft and getting better and better.

Have you scheduled your next exhibition ?

I wish. I am showing some nature shots in a local art guild show with my local camera club and that's very exciting for me.

A book to come ?

I have not... though, one is in the works. I started it but have not had the opportunity to finish it yet. Soon, though.

I know how it's a tough job... Keep us informed ! Besides shooting, have you another passion ?

My latest passion is climbing at the indoor gym with my son. My wife and family though, keep me pretty busy, so I guess you could say they are my main passion !

"China Camp 020"
Art Model Kat Love

A message to send ?

No matter what difficulties you face, follow your dreams and be true to yourself.

A wonderful message... Thanks a lot Dan ! I appreciate your support.

"On the edge devart"
Art Model Kat Love