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Diary: Rooftop With a View of Beauty

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Rooftop With a View

 

 

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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DIARY: ROOFTOP WITH A VIEW OF BEAUTY

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It was an unusually clear and cheerfully sunny day in Amsterdam when I called upon a local modeling agency that I was working with to cast models for an upcoming book project.  The agency sent over a  21 year old Dutch beauty for the casting. After a brief talk with the new subject in my apartment, we proceeded up a crawl space  via a  narrow set of wooden stairs to the rooftop of the building that overlooked the Warmoesstraat, a bustling street in the Red Light district of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, loaded with tourists from all walks of life as they window shopped for prostitutes who were legally selling sex for a fee down on the famous street below.  Fortunately, the roof of my apartment was on the top floor of a street that ran perpendicular to the Warmoesstraat.  The model and I felt secluded from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood teeming with sex seekers even though one could easily here the constant negotiations that were underway by the tourists who were soliciting the “window girls” down below.

Dutch women in general seem to be more comfortable with their beauty and sexuality as was the case with this lovely young native who innocently laid on a steel girder that was often used by tenet’s in our building  to hoist large pieces of furniture up to and through the windows of the old apartment complex. The small winding staircases so common to Dutch apartment dwellings in this section of town made it nearly impossible to deliver large pieces of furniture into the comfort of one’s home without the use of a hoist and a large open window. On this day the girder served a much more noble purpose. The locals in the vicinity who lived in taller apartment buildings benefited by the castings that took place on my rooftop on days when the weather put everyone in the neighborhood at ease, and in the mood to enjoy the simplest pleasures of man and his irresistible nature to enjoy beauty.

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Diary: My First Shoot With Alice

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Alice Chaillou: Paris

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017
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DIARY: MY FIRST SHOOT WITH ALICE

Like many of the people we meet on social media we sometimes wonder if we will ever get a chance to meet our newly discovered cyber friends. Alice and I became acquainted on Facebook in the fall of 2014. Our communications took place over a period of several months. I mentioned in one of the correspondences that I was planning a visit to Paris to meet with my dealer, Pascal Vanhoecke who was storing a portfolio of prints at his gallery in Cachan. Alice and I looked forward to meeting in person, and so we arranged a photo shoot at the Alba Opera Hotel in the heart of Paris, where she was working as a receptionist. Alice’s friendship with the hotel’s owner enabled her to book a quaint room for me to stay in overlooking the old cobblestoned street in front of the hotel where Louis Armstrong lived for a year early in his career.

In anticipation of my visit, the accomodating hotel owner sectioned off a part of the hotel’s ground floor for us to photograph in. The full series of pictures from Alice at the Alba Opera Hotel can be seen exclusively by membership . To become a Club, Box or Executive member of TWE, sign up here: http://tonywarderotica.com/category/membership-account/

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Diary: Devil’s Bridge

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Devil’s Bridge

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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DEVIL’S BRIDGE

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When I first met Mia she looked like any normal young woman visiting my studio on a go see.  A little on the thin side, but not unlike many of the models I had photographed previously who were suffering from anorexia, an  eating disorder prevalent in the modeling industry.  It wasn’t until I noticed the scars and the track marks along both arms  that made for a much different picture that was originally intended.  Her deplorable condition immediately made me reflect on the temptations we are often faced with in life that challenge our reasoning,  the choices we make between  good and evil, which often shapes our destiny.  

Mia’s heroin addiction progressed to the point where the usual veins in her arms that fed her habit had recently collapsed, and  her emaciated frame began to show the signs of failing health.  Yet, despite all of the danger signs, she remained defiant and unfazed, as she proceeded to utilize a mirror in order to properly steer the needle containing the devil’s drug  into her bloodstream for a momentary,  yet deadly high. 

 I had never witnessed  a person shooting heroin before and for this sitting she agreed to repeat the scenario in the form of this picture.  Two additional models were cast  to represent good and evil, a symbol of the choices that we make in life of which in Mia’s case the latter prevailed.  

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Picture of the Day: A Chance Meeting With J Alexander

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Center of Attention: New York 1995

 

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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A CHANCE MEETING WITH J. ALEXANDER

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I first met J Alexander at Elite Model Agency in Paris in the Spring of 1994 during one of my many visits to Paris during that time period.  While I was waiting in the lobby of the agency to meet with a booker to arrange test shoots with models, J walked in wearing all black. He happened to be visiting the agency at the same time and we struck up a conversation while waiting for our appointments.  I had a sampling of my work with me and he glanced over my shoulder to gaze and offered a few compliments about the pictures.  I was already familiar with his work as a model trainer, as he was already appearing on various fashion related television programs in the states, so I recognized him right away.

We exchanged contact information and a few days later he invited me to his apartment in Les Halles  where we had lunch to further discuss the fashion business and how we might collaborate in some way.   J. mentioned that he would be in the states relatively soon,  so we agreed to meet up again once he arrived state side.  During one of his trips to New York, I invited him down to Philly to train a few models from one of the Philly agencies I was working with.  It was the first time that I saw J. work with an aspiring cat walker and I was quite impressed with his grace and delicacy in handling fragile model egos.

While I was working on the production of the book of Tableaux Vivants, I asked J. to model in a scene to be staged at a friend’s apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  The title of the picture is “Center of Attention”.

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TWS: Portrait of the Day

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Dyana With Melting Clock Hat

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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 Upenn: Photography & Fashion – Highlights

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Dyana sat quietly in the back of the class listening intently as the students were engaged in a conversation with Heidi Lee, the remarkably talented hat designer from New York City.  Heidi made the short train ride from New York City to Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station during an evening when it was raining sideways and unseasonably cold.  Undeterred, Ms. Lee began to unpack one by one her artful pieces of handmade millinery that brought her talents into the news and the New York spot lights.  Dyana like the other models that attended the session at the University of Pennsylvania’s Photography & Fashion class was eager to model the unusually designed millinery pieces. 

After Heidi Lee gave her talk about the evolution of her work and her having been honored by a highly bestowed millinery award from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the class broke into groups to photograph models from Main Line Models & Talent, a Philadelphia based agency, wearing the artists masterpieces.  I made this portrait of Dyana as part of lighting demo for the session.

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Editor’s Note: Next Photography & Fashion class at the University of  Pennsylvania is being offered in the Fall of 2017.

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