So now that we’re back to this game of more textual entries mixed with the photography, it’s worth pointing out some things happening around the site and with my social media accounts.
The blog, past and present
In revamping the site to it’s current state, my intention was to bring back the blog from the past as much as I could. I ran into a bit of a snag with thousands of photos in that they’re inaccessible. That made a lot of older posts wonky since there aren’t any photos, just placeholders describing them. So for now, there are a ton of posts and photos that aren’t on here. Mainly, nearly everything from Cost Rica and a lot of content before that. And a fair amount after.
Reaching back, I’ve republished some content but taken most of it offline for now. As you approach the end of the archives, there are a number of posts that have missing photos. Those I’ll update and, as I can, I’ll bring back other posts. It’s just a lot of manual work that I hadn’t anticipated and a lot of content that I hadn’t anticipated having a problem with. Related to this…
Not Safe For Work
I’ve put in place a security feature to only show NSFW content to logged in users. That way, the site is mostly viewer-friendly. Implied nude works -and mimicing how Instagram handles it, naked butts fall into this category- are shown without having to be logged in but anything beyond that requires registration and logging in. Of course, there’s no fee to register.
Those who know me well know that the NSFW content I shoot has been a thorn in my side for a decade now. There is such a stigma associated with nudity and erotica (let alone shooting it), and holy hell it’s a serious issue here in the bible belt. Over the years, I HAVE actually lost gigs from clients who, while first interested in hiring me, decided after discovering my more risqué work that they didn’t want my name associated with their project. It never really bothered me personally. It’s a frame of mind that’s hard for me to take seriously, though it can still sting on occasion. I’m not a god damn leper, after all. 🙂
I have taken it into consideration, at times though, from a client perspective. I’ve “cleaned up my act”, getting rid of what others considered filth, making myself available for Disney-esque consumption. The last iteration of this site was testament to that. I axed the blog, buried a large part of the content, and filled the site with clean sales material, all of which is still accessible through the menu.
But truly, the days of cleaning up my act for the comfort of others are over. Because it takes away MY authenticity. It takes away from me, who I am, and what I do. And not a small part of it, either. So I’m just gonna do me from now on. You do you. If we vibe together, great. If not, that’s fine, too. And if you’re a potential client and want to hire me, super. I can give you outstanding references, both professional and personal. I take my craft seriously.
Back in the early days of Miami when I was running online as ipanemic, Flickr was the photographer’s online hangout. And that’s where I first amassed a following. I was looking a couple of weeks ago at the stats there and views are somewhere around 37 million now. Of course, Flickr isn’t at all what it used to be. Times have changed. I stopped posting daily there years ago, and now post in spurts somewhat infrequently. I share out photography with the most consistency to Instagram, though it’s nowhere near daily.
Now that I’m back on with the site, I’m going to try to get back to the way things were before with whatever I post here photographically running in tandem with what’s on the outside sites, mainly IG, though I’m in a habit now of posting three images at a time. And also, Patreon is a thing I’m doing now, too.
I’ve slowly been making available all of the sets that I’ve been shooting over the past decade through Patreon. These shoots range from fashion to erotica. Some are free, most are not. Being a patron gives you access to everything.
So that’s it for now. I’m sure I’m forgetting something. But here’s to the new beginning.