Over and over in these diaries, I state the obvious; how big an influence the internet has had on the evolution of my work. The Web provides a forum for me to exhibit my work, a way to fund the creation of my images (through sales to patrons), and, most importantly, it has lead to relationships with models that would never have occurred otherwise (Ingrid and Victoria are probably the best cases in point).
Yvette had first e-mailed me in 1999, asking about purchasing a
print. During our discussions of my work over time, she indicated that
she'd actually be interested in being involved in my work in a more
direct way. Given the distance between us geographically, we both agreed
this wasn't likely to come to pass. When the expedition to New England
was being planned, I got back in touch, to see if Yvette was still
interested in modeling for me. She was, and we began to make plans.
Initially we'd planned to work in the Boston area, close to where I was
to be staying, but when a problem surfaced around the issue of finding
places to work in in area neither of us were familiar with, we began
exploring alternatives. In the end, a week before I departed for New
England, it was determined it was a more sensible use of Yvette's
resources and time for me to fly to Long Island, and work with her on
familiar ground, rather than for her come up to Massachusetts to work
On a sunny Sunday evening, I boarded a 30 minutes
flight from Providence, RI to Islip, NY, where I met Yvette for the
first time. We drove back to her home, and spent the evening looking
through her photo books, my portfolios, and discussing what it was she
was looking for from the process we were about to embark upon. Though
very enthusiastic about modeling, Yvette was pretty nervous about the
actual first steps, and much of our discussions of the evening were
focused upon reassuring her that the sessions we had planned would go
well, and yield strong work worth her (and my) time.
In order to make the upcoming work easier for her, Yvette and I had planned to make some photos that first night, working with candles and treating the session as an introduction to the process. Candle nudes are one of the most relaxing forms of indoor nudes, requiring the model to be still, and as such, they provided a good venue for Yvette to start modeling. The results were as I had hoped, both in terms of the images, which had some real successes, and in how it set at ease some of Yvette's qualms about the next day's sessions.