Exhibition Announcement: Obsessions – Vintage Prints 1993 – 1998

exhibition announcement for tony ward photography show. Obsessions vintage prints 1993-1998


We invite you to join us for an exploration of human vulnerability and the timeless beauty of the unadorned form. “OBSESSIONS” is an ode to the human spirit, a celebration of the profound authenticity that lies with us.

For more information about this exhibit, link here: https://www.prismartsphiladelphia.com

Understanding the Dichotomy: Infatuation vs. Love

The very sexy Alice Chaillou muse of Tony Ward studio topless in a Paris Hotel
Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2023

Text by ChatGBT


Edited by Tony Ward, Copyright 2023


The realms of human emotions are intricate and fascinating, none more so than the delicate dance between infatuation and love. While often used interchangeably, these two terms represent distinct stages of affection that vary in intensity, duration, and depth. By unraveling the complexities of infatuation and love, we can gain a deeper understanding of human connections and the transformative power of genuine love.

I. Infatuation: A Fleeting Flame:

Infatuation is a state of intense attraction and obsession, characterized by a passionate desire for someone. It is often accompanied by a whirlwind of emotions, butterflies in the stomach, and an overwhelming longing to be close to the object of infatuation. However, despite its initial intensity, infatuation is typically short-lived and lacks the stability and depth associated with love.

Infatuation tends to be based on superficial qualities, such as physical appearance or a few shared interests, rather than a deep emotional connection. It is often driven by idealization and projection, where individuals create an idealized image of their infatuation and assign them with unrealistic qualities. Infatuation can lead to a loss of rationality, with individuals disregarding any flaws or red flags associated with the person they are infatuated with.

Moreover, infatuation is characterized by an intense focus on one’s own needs and desires, rather than a genuine concern for the well-being and happiness of the other person. It is primarily self-centered, seeking personal gratification and validation rather than engaging in mutual growth and support.

II. Love: A Foundation of Empathy and Growth:

Unlike infatuation, love is a complex and multifaceted emotion that develops over time. Love transcends the initial infatuation stage and forms the foundation of deep emotional connection and commitment. Love involves genuine care, respect, and empathy for the other person, fostering a sense of mutual growth and support.

Love is not solely based on external factors but encompasses the acceptance and appreciation of the whole person, including their flaws and imperfections. It acknowledges that no one is perfect, but it chooses to see the beauty and potential within the other person. Love withstands the test of time and remains steady even when the initial spark fades.

Furthermore, love is selfless and characterized by acts of kindness, sacrifice, and compromise. It involves considering the needs and well-being of the other person on an equal footing with one’s own. Love is a partnership, where both individuals actively invest in the relationship, supporting and encouraging each other’s personal growth and fulfillment.

Love is not bound by fleeting emotions but endures through challenges, conflicts, and adversity. It requires open communication, trust, and a willingness to work through difficulties together. Love allows for vulnerability and deep emotional intimacy, fostering a sense of security and emotional connection.

Infatuation and love, though often confused, are distinct emotional experiences. Infatuation, characterized by intensity and obsession, is transient and centered around superficial qualities. In contrast, love encompasses empathy, selflessness, and mutual growth, forming a deep and enduring bond. By recognizing the difference between infatuation and love, we can navigate relationships with greater awareness, fostering meaningful connections that stand the test of time.

Fiction: Night Swim

beautiful brunette shivering after taking a nude night swim
Night Swim. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2023

Fiction by ChatGBT


Night Swim


The evening air was crisp as the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm orange glow across the serene lake. A beautiful woman named Diana emerged from the water, her long dark wavy hair clinging to her wet skin, glistening in the fading light. She stood at the edge of the lake, shivering slightly from the coolness of the water and the gentle breeze that swept through the valley.

As Diana tried to warm herself, she instinctively covered her breasts with her arms.  Her gaze was fixed on the distant mountains, captivated by their majesty and the ethereal beauty of the setting sun.

But in that moment, as she turned her head slightly to the right, Diana noticed a movement out of the corner of her eye. Her heart skipped a beat, and a sense of vulnerability washed over her. She realized that she wasn’t completely alone.

Her instincts urged her to flee, to seek the safety of her clothes and retreat from the unexpected presence. But curiosity mingled with fear, compelling her to stay and investigate. She wanted to know who else shared this isolated lakeside paradise.

Slowly, Diana turned her gaze towards the source of the movement. Her eyes widened in surprise and intrigue as she saw a figure emerging from the shadows. It was a man, tall and muscular, with an air of mystery about him. His eyes met hers, and a moment of silent understanding passed between them.

There was a charged energy in the air, a recognition of the raw vulnerability they both felt. Diana’s initial fear began to transform into a different kind of anticipation. She felt a flicker of desire awaken within her, blending with the lingering sensations of her nude night swim.

Without a word, the man approached Diana, his eyes never leaving hers. His presence was both comforting and electrifying, drawing her in like a magnet. She found herself entranced, her body responding to his proximity.

As he reached her side, the man extended a hand, a silent invitation for Diana to join him on this twilight adventure. Something within her urged her forward, and with a mix of trepidation and excitement, Diana placed her hand in his.

Together, they walked towards the fading light, towards the mysteries that awaited them beyond the mountains. The photograph would forever capture that fleeting moment of connection, a testament to the power of unexpected encounters and the allure of the unknown.






Fiction: The Temptation of Monsignor Luna

Photograph of three actors modeling for a Tony Ward photograph: a monsignor, a nude woman and a woman in prayer
The Temptation of Monsignor Luna. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2023

Text by ChatGBT


Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2023

Monsignor Luna sat at his desk in the rectory, surrounded by stacks of paperwork and an ever-growing to-do list. As he took a sip of coffee, he noticed a photograph on his bookshelf that he hadn’t looked at in some time.

In the photo, a woman stood behind him in prayer, her head bowed in reverence. In front of her, a nude woman sat on a bed of nails, legs and wrists shackled while looking away from the priest with dark eyes. Monsignor Luna shook his head, trying to clear his mind. How did this photo end up on his bookshelf?

He remembered the day it was taken. A woman had come to him for confession, seeking guidance and comfort in her faith. She was in tears, overcome by guilt and shame for her past sins. Monsignor Luna had listened with compassion, offering words of wisdom and hope.

As they prayed together, the door had opened and in walked a nude woman, claiming to be a model for a local artist. She had been drawn to the rectory by some unknown force, compelled to be in the presence of the popular religious leader.

At first, Monsignor Luna was taken aback by her presence. But then he felt a strange sensation, a feeling of power and control over the situation. He saw the women as two sides of the same coin, one representing sin and temptation, the other purity and faith.

He asked the women to pose for a photograph by a famous photographer friend who  he commissioned to capture the vision in his mind for posterity. Now, as he looked at the photo, Monsignor Luna felt a sense of unease. Was this a moment of weakness or strength? Had he given in to temptation or overcome it?

He closed his eyes, praying for guidance and forgiveness. He vowed to use this photo as a reminder of the power of faith and the dangers of temptation. Monsignor Luna knew that he would never forget this moment and the lessons it taught him.


To access a gallery of Tableaux Vivant’s by Tony Ward from 1994- 1996, click here: https://tonyward.com/portfolios/tableaux-vivants-1994-1996/

Diana Desiderio: Women’s Extreme Wrestling

Text by Diana Desiderio, Copyright 2023


Photographs by Tony Ward, Copyright 2023


Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten


I know you have read about my evening at the Satanic Temple last Halloween; and what I have been up to the past 15 years that led up to reuniting with Tony for our “Night Swim” shoot in 2021. Now let me shed some light on how Mr. Ward and I came together for our very first shoot. Women’s Extreme Wrestling; that’s how. Anyone in Philadelphia knows that wrestling is just about as die hard as the fans, especially in these parts. I had been working for a few years in the sex industry locally at that time; and had become fast friends with Annie. Man, as I sit here and type, I am literally smiling from ear to ear thinking back on it all. What a wild time; we were off the rails and getting into all sorts of mischief. We became as thick as thieves and chasing all sorts of adventures together; as well as on our own. Annie had proposed that we join forces and create one hell of a tag team. She had already done some matches and training, and I was always one to dive in head first. We started training together and the birth of “HELLS BELLES” had ascended from the pits of the slums you told your kids to stay away from. (or so we felt) If you had ever watched GLOWW in the 80s; we def were the hardcore version of the heavy metal duo, Chainsaw and Spike meets a hint of ECW’s Sandman with a dash of Stone Cold. 

Women have always had a place in the sport. The public’s appetite for professional wrestling was enormous and had been gaining since the 1930s. Exaggerated movements giving rise to over the top body slams, and costuming and masks. This emphasis on entertainment developed as the years wore on, moved on from live events to television. And what better way then to implement the presence of bosomy bombshells in bathing suits and flamboyant costumes to add to the circus. A documentary entitled Lipstick and Dynamite provides a wonderful portrait of these early female pioneers of the wrestling ring. As far as the matches go this is purely staged choreography and the winner IS in fact decided prior; but the hits are very much so REAL. That is the part which suck a lot of viewers in, THE BEATINGS! What no one else sees is also the vicious cycle of training. Throwing yourself on your back a hundred times in a row perfecting “taking bumps”. Training is all about the repetition of the moves to get them down and perfect for showtime. In some way, it def contributed to my sado/masochism cause I very much so enjoyed the pain as well as dishing it out. Honestly, another reason as to why I was ready to dive in head first to the idea when it was first proposed to join a tag team.

At that point we were gearing to do a lot of projects, pay-per-view events, random appearances etc. One in particular was our guest spot on the “Howard Stern Show” which was coming up in the early spring of 2006. One day my tag team partner, AKA Annie Social; said that she had received an opportunity for us to shoot for Hustler Magazines Taboo for the January 2006 print edition and that we would be working with Tony Ward. We wound up shooting at our training facility in the ring we took hits in on a regular basis. The issue came out and we were on such a high from the exposure to the fans and everything in between.

Here’s were this story takes a turn. It was better for me physically  but worse for my wrestling career; you see, “it’s a mans world”, or at least it was way back when. It was so hard to be taken seriously by our colleagues, folks we did matches with and shared the ring with. Why? There will always be a stigma; or at least back then, that women in wrestling are just ring rats with ZERO talent. Ring rats are just groupies of the wrestling world for those who are familiar with the lingo. For a woman like me with the temper I did have in those days, that type of ridicule was not flying. And just like that, as I speak of “flying”; I had done a match were I jumped off the top ropes and wasn’t caught correctly and suffered a pretty decent injury to my neck and upper back. Nothing was taken care of medically cause the waivers for a lot of indy matches left you up to your own “you wanna take hits then take em” vibe if you catch my drift.

Do I regret it? ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY NOT! I would do it all over again and not trade any of it in for the world. Every path I have journeyed down has taken me to where I am right in this moment. Everyone I’ve met along the way and all of the experiences both good and bad kept paving the way to today. I definitely back what Hunter S Thompson said in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; “No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride… and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well… maybe chalk it up to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”


About The Author: Diana Desiderio  is a motion picture production manager based in Philadelphia. To access additional articles by Diana Desiderio, click here: https://tonyward.com/night-swim/