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Just a few images from our last picture making fun. Just a Nikon FM and my new Composer Pro Lensbaby (so fun!) and some Kodak Tri-X 400. And an interesting studio set up. Plus, some Ilford 50 with my Rollei (my fave).


Title, yeah, I’m a Prince fan. And a Zinn fan! This is why:

I never shoot 6 rolls of film! ha. Had no idea there was color film (Kodak Portra) in my Nikon FM, but sort of like it. All the rest, Ilford panF 50, Ilford Delta 400 and Fuji Neopan 400 with my Rollei. I love my Rollei.

There was a time when I was a fashion model when perfection was forced and instilled into every one of my brain cells that I was unable to appreciate flaws. Especially when it came to photography, because body image was so important back then, the camera had to perfect perfection even more. You could have been a perfectly poised woman with flawless skin and a perfect figure, but the camera had to make you even more flawless and perfect. A hyper sense of perfection. And that was when all photographers shot film. Fast forward to today and the hyper-perfection is on some other trip. I look at photos now and the models look like plastic dolls. They have no hips. No breasts. They are androgynous drones chiseled with photoshop to be made into unreal versions of humanity. I find myself searching for imperfection because of it. Even if I’m photographing someone with a perfect body.

It really doesn’t matter how perfect someone’s body is in the world of art, but I see fashion influencing artists. I see photographic artists utilizing the hyperreal tools of the fashion industry in order to perfect their images. While I would never publish a photograph of a woman in a compromising view to make her seem less ideal, I want her to look good, I’m also not going to do something to compromise my vision for my own art to satisfy the status quo. I love the imperfections in film. I adore freaking out my Polaroid negatives, scratches, solarization, funky borders… they allow me to understand LIGHT what it does, how it feels. The luxury of shadows and the mystery it emboldens.

I can thank the fashion industry for shunning my eyes from their unrealistic version of woman. When I see plastic faces with no pores, I can look in the mirror and tell myself that I’m beautiful for not being a plastic doll. And I can view the art I create and be refreshed that it looks nothing like anything I see in a fashion magazine. I left fashion for a reason.

Enjoy some Polaroids and some Rollei photos I shot of model, Stephanie Anne last month.

Truly. Candace is a ridiculously great model. I know it takes two so I’m not too humble not to pat myself on the back, but it’s pretty insane when you can’t decide what image should be THE ONE from a roll of film. This is from 1/2 hours work. I’m almost terrified to work for longer for fear the decision making will prove to be that much more intense. But after all these years of working with Candace I never get tired of seeing the results. What’s YOUR favorite?

Expended almost the last pack of Chocolate Polaroid a couple weeks ago with Sara.
Here are a couple. Enjoy.

model Sara Liz @2011 Zoe Wiseman

model Sara Liz @2011 Zoe Wiseman

model Sara Liz @2011 Zoe Wiseman

model Sara Liz @2011 Zoe Wiseman

So, it’s the beginning of the year. 2011. (Honestly I miss the 90s. They seemed a bit more carefree.) I guess it’s time to reflect upon what I feel are my best images from 2010. Ansel Adam’s said that if he made 12 good images in a year, it was a good year. I kind of feel the same way. Though sometimes it’s really hard to edit.

The internet has really killed the concept of editing. And I think that’s one of the drawbacks of the web. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a photographers website and just kind of got bored because they’ve put up 20 different images from the same shoot, or sometimes even MORE. Models are even worse when editing themselves. Honestly, if you have 10 great images, that’s all you really need. I say this, not to bitch, but to help. And I’m even guilty of it sometimes. I’ll admit it. The internet makes it easy just to digitally edit, throw EVERYTHING up there, and leave it to the audience to decide what image is THE ONE. But… when you’re trying to sell your work, you need to make it easier for the person interested in it to decide. How can they if they are faced with 1000 images on your website? Let’s face it, their eyes gloss over.

It used to be that one wasn’t able to show their work to as many people. They had to rely on books, magazines and gallery exhibitions in order to get their work out there. So, they really had to edit themselves down. Plus, there wasn’t digital photography so not as many images were being made. I’ve never been one to want MORE… I’ve only wanted ONE GOOD IMAGE from a shoot. Sometimes I’m lucky and every frame I expose is good. But, even in these situations, even when you don’t realize it sometimes, there really is only ONE image that stands out. And that would be the one you would send to be published, mounted on a wall or selected for purchase by a collector. There’s too much of this mentality that you must show it all. Frankly, almost all of it is boring and repetitive. So are photographers portfolios who only work with one model. So are models who only do one pose … over and over and over again. Themes are amazing! Don’t misunderstand my thoughts here. But, unless you are photographing a storyboard (a procession of photographs that tell a story) pick only one. Don’t be afraid to stand out on a ledge and throw the images off a cliff. And don’t hoard your work… by hoarding I mean not being able to let go of an image purely for emotional or obsessive reasons. Step back from your work and be your own harshest critic.

Or, make a portfolio that will only show your best work. Getting rid of the “modeling sets” mentality. That’s only for cheesy websites like Zivity or pay sites made for guys to jack off too. Seriously. Sorry, but I really don’t want someone jacking off to any of my work. OMG I’m so harsh right now, but it’s the truth and you know it is. Send collectors, publishers and gallery reps to your main portfolio with your best work. Try doing 12 for each year. Date each folder that way if you wish. Those in the business will know what you’re doing and why. They know who Ansel is and what he said. If you have other people who are interested in seeing all of your work, I think that’s kind of what a blog is for these days. You get to have a portfolio section, plus blog posts from your years of modeling or photographing. A photographic diary of sorts. A progression. But, those just starting out should delete old blog posts that make their work seem amateurish. Everyone starts somewhere, and that’s OK! That’s amazing! But, don’t leave those “starting out” images up there on the web for people to gasp at after you’ve become the most awesome photographer that you are today. Get rid of them. Hide them. Leave them only for yourself to remember that you too were once a newb that didn’t know what you were doing. Then maybe you’ll help someone else become better when you remember where you came from.

So anyway… These are my favorite 12 from the year 2010.  I hope someone got something out of that diatribe up there ^^^



I’ve spent a lot of time in the desert. It’s fun to walk around and see pictures, make pictures and be away from society. It’s quiet. Wind and critters are all you can hear. It’s always nice working with someone who likes to look for pictures too. Meghan’s like that. No jabbering on, just looking with me. It helped tremendously when she saw a Manzanita bush and commented on how cool it looked. I wouldn’t have paid it any attention. I did though because I’ve learned to listen to what I like to call “desert magic.” Subtle hints that lead you to something profound or magical. Her mention of the manzanita bush was that. There was a dragon there in the shadows.

The Dragon - @2010 Zoe Wiseman - model: Meghan Claire

One of my friends made a movie of the Fiat Lux opening reception. Thanks Greg!! You can see his YouTube stream here!

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YouTube Link to  Fiat Lux Movie

I have always wanted to print a book of my work that I could be satisfied with. When I think of art books I envision each page to be a representation of a print that I would make. So many self publishers fall short of this goal and really don’t care about the quality of each page, but more so the quantity of books they can get through their printers which aren’t usually calibrated frequently. When the printers aren’t calibrated frequently this causes each book to be printed different from the next which could be one of the issues, but there are several. As you can see on my site I sell a book printed by Blurb. I’ll be taking that down and “discontinuing” sales of DISCONTINUde as the quality is not up to my standards. They missed my deep blacks in ALL of my prints. There is no detail. It’s just black. One of the prints I’m attaching in this posting … Achilles Knee (model, Stephanie Anne)… none of the trees to the left of the picture even show up in the book. They are just a black blob, as are each of the prints in the book. And that’s a shame because the size of the book is really cute and square (5×5) like my photos and I wanted it to be a nice little book one could keep. And many of my sepia toned images turned green. So, even if I used a little color to try and get their printers to behave in a manner that would look good for my prints, nothing worked. I even calibrated Photoshop to use their color calibration. It was really disappointing. This was also to be a book that they would showcase at an event so people could see the quality of their work. It was so disappointing for me that I told them they couldn’t showcase my book. I spent days and weeks putting that book together too.

Achilles Knee - ©2007 Zoe Wiseman - model: Stephanie Anne

Achilles Knee - ©2007 Zoe Wiseman - model: Stephanie Anne

A&I had printed a couple of my photographs in their books for group shows they had which I was a part of, and both of my photographs looked excellent inside of Nude X and I Spy With My Plastic Eye. When asked to do a show of my work and a book, I went into the book making process with a lot more optimism and was not sorry for it. Creating a book is a lot of work. It’s much more than just slapping an image on a page. It takes time to create a flow, work out where you need to put type, what font to use, which image should represent each theme. So when you spend that much effort to layout and creating an art piece with your photography and then paying for it, it’s so nice when it all comes out perfect. My book Fiat Lux is beautiful. And I’m not tooting my own horn or A&I’s because they gave me a show. I’m blunt… if something sucks I usually say so straight away. I’m not getting paid to say this either. They aren’t sponsoring me, I’m paying for my own publishing. They really do care about quality and it’s obvious that they all enjoy seeing a great product come from their lab. In fact, I’m sure they would be embarrassed if something subpar ever exited the building.

I’m very excited for people to see and purchase this book during my opening… and will not hesitate to add my signature to it because it is something I definitely approve of. When I held it for the first time yesterday, I turned into a giggly little girl. See you all next Thursday the 18th!

Fiat Lux - fine art nudes by zoe wiseman

Fiat Lux - fine art nudes by zoe wiseman

Fiat Lux - Fine Art Nudes by Zoe Wiseman

Fiat Lux - Fine Art Nudes by Zoe Wiseman

I will be exhibiting 10 years of fine art nudes at A&I Photographic in Hollywood. Opening reception is February 18, 2010, 7PM to 10PM. A&I will be producing a book for the show, as well as a special limited edition book titled Fiat Lux.

50% of all proceeds will benefit The Weingart Center. They help many people here in Los Angeles transform themselves from being homeless to productive members of our community. I lived in downtown Los Angeles for a year at 4th and Main Streets directly in the midst of skid row in a refurbished artist loft. The brutal inhumanity of it all affected me. I have decided to give 50% of all proceeds to an organization which focuses on transforming these lives and helping them get off the street.

A book signing, beer and wine bar, catered food and over 30 prints from several of her series. Models on the wall include; Ida Mae, Candace Nirvana, Jazmine Dominique, Natasha Kay, Marketa, Carlotta Champagne, Madame Bink, Muse, Kat Love, Ivory Flame, Stephanie Anne, Larva X, Rebecca Lawrence, Vassanta, Rei, Pash, Niecy Moss, Rebecca Fox, Jessamyne, Zinn Star, Soph and Maria Erickson.

A&I Photographic

933 N. Highland Ave.

Hollywood, CA 90038

Please come out and celebrate! To keep up to date – please subscribe to Zoe Wiseman’s personal website feed.

A&I has posted my exhibition online on their website. You can see all of my prints here. The Weingart Center also posted a wonderful webpage about my show on their website. I’m really looking forward to helping the homeless on Skid Row.

Coma - @2008 Zoe Wiseman - model: Ivory Flame

Coma - @2008 Zoe Wiseman - model: Ivory Flame

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