Heatherlee, Watanabe, Photo of the Day, and More – March 2014 Newsletter

Frank Leonard Photography Newsletter – March 2014
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Hello dear friends and supporters,
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IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
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1)  A NEW PHOTOSET – “A DAY WITH HEATHERLEE”
2)  MY GALLERY IS BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!
3)  THE WATANABE PROJECT BECOMES THE FRANK LEONARD PROJECT
4)  EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER
5)  PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
6)  NUDE/BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER 
7)  CALENDAR HALF PRICE
8)  UPCOMING SHOW IN MAY
9)  PHOTO OF THE DAY
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I would like to begin this month’s newsletter with a quote by Mikio Watanabe, the Mezzotint etching artist whose work I so fell in love with just a couple of months back:
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“The nudity of a woman is the center of the visible and the invisible.  Whoever contemplates her nudity is simultaneously a seer and a blind (person), fascinated, troubled, lost, seduced, bewitched.”
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It has taken me nine years of doing nude figure photography to come to the point where I can embrace the truth and power of such words.  It has taken me nine years to unashamedly agree that the nude female figure enchants, fascinates, seduces, and bewitches me.  I have over these past nine years divided and subdivided my work into ever changing categories.  Is an image erotic?  If so, it had better be in its own category, lest anyone stumble upon it unknowingly and be offended.  Is an image implied nude or nude, art or fine art, contemplative or sensuous, studio or indoor?  Does it call the viewer to mindfulness or to arousal?  Is it safe for work?  What category does it fit into, or do I need to create a new category?  As a result of this need to make sure everyone understands what they’re going to see before they see it, my website (not to mention my mind :o) has become more and more compartmentalized and careful.
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And then along came Heatherlee, a woman I recently photographed.
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I came into our photoshoot with a clarity of purpose and an eye for what I wanted that has taken these nine years to develop.  Heatherlee came into this shoot with a simple desire to help me express my vision of the naked female figure in nature and in the studio.  I took fewer photos than I have ever taken before, slowing down to truly see and capture the magical moments unfolding between a photographer and a model who were working in flow together.   I took hours editing each of the images I chose from this shoot, sometimes spending an entire evening or morning getting one image just right.  I find that I don’t want to fit the images of this shoot into categories.   You may see some of these images as meditational, some as figure studies, some as sensuous, but I don’t want to make those choices for you.   I have simply put these eight images into one photoset, with the title “A Day with Heatherlee,”   For me, this photoset is a seamless piece of fabric, with no divisions or categories, just a beautiful celebration of a beautiful woman in the natural world and in studio lighting.  Click On The Photo Above or Click Here to view this awesome photoset.
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Following my show at Pure Pleasure, my Ben Lomond Art Gallery is all back together and ready for you to visit!  Lots of new work to see!  Give me a call at 831-345-5496 to schedule a visit.  Would love to see you here! Click Here to view more images of the Gallery.
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3)  The Mikio Watanabe Project Becomes The Frank Leonard Project  :o)
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I wrote last month of my hopes to create images that instill the same mood and feelings in me as the figure Mezzotint etchings of Mikio Watanabe.  My attempts to do so have left me a bit chagrined and humbled.  No matter how well I recreate the crosshatch pattern of Watanabe’s etchings,  the fact remains that Watanabe etched female figures by hand of top of his hand made pattern, while I am laying a static, computer generated pattern on top of a photographic image.  No matter how good my pattern is, it still leaves the appearance of looking through a screen door at the photograph beyond.  I don’t regret the effort, I have learned much in the process, but the Mikio Watanabe project has now become the Frank Leonard Project.  I have learned that the best thing I can do is to create my own unique effects, not try to emulate someone else’s work, and let my images elicit their own unique moods and feelings in the viewer  :o)
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My photography services business continues to grow, as word gets out that I’m serious about doing event, portrait, and boudoir photography for others.  If you have an event that you would like photographed, please call Frank at 831-345-5496 to discuss your needs.  Click Here to view samples of my event photography.
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Recently I have added new backrounds and spot lighting equipment to my portrait taking capabilities.  I can photograph your portrait here in my studio or photograph you in your home.  “Have camera, will travel.”  Very reasonable rates.  Please call Frank at 831-345-5496 to discuss and schedule your portrait session.  For portrait samples, please Click Here.
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Women come to me for a variety of reasons for a boudoir or nude photoshoot.  For some, it is for their husband, boyfriend, or partner.  For two others it was the wish to be photographed before upcoming surgery.  For others it is something they have just always wanted to do for themselves.  Whatever the reason, you will find in me someone who will work with you confidentially and respectfully, and who will not be happy until he gets images to you with which you are happy.  If you would like a boudoir or nude photoshoot, please call Frank at 831-345-5496 to discuss and schedule your appointment.  I can photograph you here in my studio or in the comfort and familiarity of your own home.  Click Here for samples of my work.
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There are still copies of my 2014 calendar “Finding Our True Home” available.  I am selling them at half price, for $9.95.  Please give me a call at 831-345-5496 or email  frank@frankleonardphotography.com to order your copy.  Click Here to view all the pages of this calendar.
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8)  Upcoming Show In May
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Put the evening of Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th on your calendar as the tentative dates for the next show at my gallery, “Ben Lomond Art Gallery.”  This show will feature 3-4 outstanding photographers from our area, with a very wide range of subject matter.  Much more on this in next month’s newsletter.
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Finally, I have added a “Photo of the Day” to my website.  In actuality, there will be a minimum of 2 to 3 images posted on this page per week.  After Clicking Here To View The Photo Of The Day page, be sure to bookmark the page, so that you can come back frequently to see the latest and best examples of my photography art.  Hope to see you there often!
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Well, that’s it for this month, good people.   As always, I truly do appreciate any feedback that you might have.  Please be sure to write and let me know your thoughts.
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Love,
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Frank.
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