My show at the Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo which opened earlier this week.
Due to many inquiries from people wanting to purchase Half-Drag images at lower than gallery prices I have now made available 25 images as poster prints available at http://lelandbobbe.zenfolio.com/ . These are 16×24″ posters at only $49.00. Payment can also be made in Euros, Pounds and Canadian funds.
On Monday, August 13 I was pleased to appear on the first live segment interview on the newly launched HuffPost Live, a new live news stream broadcasting 12 hours a day. The topic of discussion was what drag queens teach us about gender and it featured portraits from my Half-Drag . . . a different kind of beauty project and a discussion with myself live in the studio and 4 of the drag queens that I photographed via remote video chat. It mwas a lively and informative discussion and the feedback has been greaat. here is the clip.
This is my recent portrait of fine artist Jazz-Minh Moore who just had a wonderful solo show of her work at Lyons Weir Gallery in NYC. A glowing review of the show will be coming out in the spring issue of Whitewall Magazine.
I originally met Jazz-min through Facebook when she started a page for 90+year old singer and artist Ilona Smithkin and used two of my portraits of Ilona as her profile picture. I didn’t realize it at the time but Jazz-minh had met Ilona during her appearance as one of the artists on the last season of Bravo’s Next Great Artist which I do enjoy watching. I started browsing through her many photos on Facebook and thought she would make a great subject for a portrait. I asked if she would like to sit for me and she was into it. I went to her opening at the beginning of January where we finally met in person. I saw that many of her paintings had women with long flying hair and since she had long beautiful hair I knew wanted to capture that in her portrait. Armed with my beauty dish and fan this is the result.
I found these two beautiful kids at an upstate NY summer fair in Walton, NY. We approached each kid’s parents, told them we were there to shoot portaitz and the kids and the parents were into it. I love the way they compliment each other. Shot with natural light and a reflector.
Recently I’ve been attending summer fairs in upstate New York to do portraits of interesting looking characters. I found this gentleman selling all kinds of toys and trinkets that he designs himself during the winter. This was shot in open shade using only a silver reflector.
31 of my Neo-Burlesque portraits will be on exhibit at the The Museum of Sex in New York City opening on March 31, 2001. The show, titled The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived will be up for 3 months. In addition to my portraits the show will include, illustrations by Luma Rouge, the film Behind the Burly Q by Leslie Zemeckis and personal artifacts from the collection of burlesque performer/showgirl Mara Gaye. It will be a great exhibit so please come.
Ed’s Place, 7 in a series from a road trip . . . and the burgers weren’t too bad. This joint did not lack personality.