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I built a new LED  light for my studio. You can sorta see it in the reflection. This is one of my first shots with it. I pretty much love it and am probably gonna build another one but make it more portable ... Maybe even one I can Velcro to a frame, then take it off, roll it up, and pack it away easily. We'll see. This is my actor friend, Warren G. Hall.
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Getting ready for "KINBAKU Photography workshop" - with Master K, Miss Mosh, and Marica Hase.  

Mark your calendar = Sat. April 11 - 9 AM to 5 PM.  

Details coming soon.  (this will be a limited entry class)
Priscilla0795 by Pelicanh
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My friend and client for many years, the lovely, funny, and VERY bright Priscilla Taylor (Google her). We always have such a great time when we shoot.
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Shai4883Alogoweb by Pelicanh
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Another version of the shot of my dear sweet friend, Shai. I like this version better.
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AH yes...social injustice... a familiar bell ringing in my old hippie ear. Shall I wade in?? Well...I'll go in ankle deep here, OK. 

This is no a problem that has a solution. It has only agreements to disagree. 

I disagree profoundly with the KKK but I defend their right to free speech and, yes, even when it points it's boney finger of vitriol my direction because of some of the beliefs I hold dear. 

I have an idea..."Hey, Muslims, if you don't like Charlie Hebdo cartoons, don't fuckin look at them" because there are MILLIONS of your brothers who are peace loving, free speech defending, and TRUTHFUL practitioners of your "faith". Matter of fact, a French police officer that these guys murdered was Muslim.


In a society, we have to have rules, laws, and boundaries. I could possibly drive 50KPH in a 25KPH zone but there are laws against that because at some point in time, lawmakers decided the risk to reward balance was too great to drive faster than 25. Even though I am (confession alert!) a bit of a voyeur and even a bit of an exhibitionist, I don't have or watch sex in public because there are laws against it (damn!). I SHOULD be able to freely fuck on a city fountain, but some Bible thumper took exception to it when someone did it once, so lawmakers did their thing.

This silly analogy can be extended to the extreme, as it was/is with Charlie Hebdo. 


The French have laws against veils, crosses, etc etc for a just that particular social reason. Frankly, I'm iffy about it, but if I were Muslim, I'd abide by that law because it is the law of the land I choose to live in. Don't like it? MOVE, or get involved in the accessible French system to try and change it. Terrorism has historically not worked and now the Muslims have an even BIGGER PR problem. Even folks who disagree with some of Charlie's provocative tactics, have now come to defend their "right" to publish what they will. Millions of dollars have now poured in to keep that magazine running and people are flocking to want to work for the publication.

So perhaps nocturnaliss.deviantart.com is right, "And as I write this, I get this feeling the third world war has already begun, and nobody has quite understood that yet (and I also hope I'm wrong)."


The hope I maintain is that we are now coming into an age where people are more informed, more educated, and more world aware. With education, statistics suggest, religion dissipates and it's power shrinks. Not in my lifetime I know and probably not even in the lifetime of my children, but if humanity survives, my hope is a larger awareness of the consequences of actions will precede the actions themselves. That is my HOPE. 


In the meantime, I turn 65 in March and am able to see more clearly the scope and limitations of my own sphere of influence to make this hope become flesh. But as I have produced two children who now share this hope, Mr. Jihadist just had a litter of 7.


Rather than take up more space, I will simply refer you all to the Bard, who said it best.

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Act II, Scene VII   www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/yo…

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tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
damn, those nudes should have been the key! have a nice day ;)
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MattCharrouf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You did a picture once that I'm in love with and can no longer find and I would seriously just love to look at it.  It's an image of a woman's behind and not much else and she is wearing like some sort of sheer dress and has a clitoris piercing.  It's like the most beautiful picture I've ever seen. Anyway, I'd love to see that again.  Thanks.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wish I could repost all my nudes but it was too much hassle. NOT a place to post nudes if you want mature responses and respect for your work as an artist. But a dandily place to get attention if that's the objective.
If I knew which image it was, I'd email it to you. 
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jfahrlender Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
If you come to Houston and do a workshop, I'm good for lunch. I said the same thing to Ed Reed with the Ravens and he showed up....:)
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
well, the challenge is always having a place to shoot and getting enough participants to make the trip worth it. Although lunch sounds great! :)
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jfahrlender Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Well the deal stands. I'd love to have a chance to learn from you

John
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kokueisakana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Congrats on the kid! He's precious ;D
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you. We sure love him!  :)
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35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I used an image of you that found on google
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If you don't like I delete after

Anyway I gave the credits
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35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I did the same with one of raphael francavilla plastic skin
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this one might work  www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHW8zy…
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
a little story on burning man  www.facebook.com/
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Such an amazing place. I SOOOO bummed I can't go this year. I'm going to Japan....happy about THAT but bummed about BM!
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Yolenn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Thanks for posting more photos still, Michael.. I hope you're well. I still check out your stuff here and there when you upload it.
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buggytj Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Hey, Michael... 
Been awhile since ol' bugg has been here. 
Just looked through some of your recent stuff.

Fantastic as always.

Congrats on Family. beautiful child.

Enjoy, my friend, enjoy...
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much! Just don't say anything about where I'm focusing or I'll ban ya!! LOL LOL LOL
NOT

Good to hear from ya!

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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
they grow up so fast!!!! it's a whole new word!!! great shot Michael
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
INDEED! You'd know, eh!
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
mine is still crawling!!!
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
LOVE Squi's pic at 1 MPH :love: :heart:
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL....thanks so much Bernie. Hope all is well there.
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methodfordisaster Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
How the hell did you manage to move around in that suit? Courduroy is so stiff! :(
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lol.   Too long ago for me to remember! 
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Come on man! That suit ROCKED at the time. I can still see in my mind the Gar-animals and corduroy outfits my Mom put me on me in '73.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...good stuff!
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