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Book of Blue

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East Kingston, New York, US
Book of Blue | Blue Studio

Mayhem #1109095
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MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/bookofblue

About me
I sometimes describe Book of Blue as a front operation for a science fiction novel. It's a cute joke but that is how my life often feels. Blue is a book wherein fictional concepts morph into reality and reality takes on its own unusual kind of fiction.

Blue Studio is about more than the photographs; it's about the people who come through, our mutual growth process and the network forming around the world. Many of us know one another through another worldwide network and organization, Planet Waves.

My studio in upstate New York is in a forgotten city called Kingston. I began the current phase of my photographic work in Paris in 2005, then moved onto Brussels and came home to the Hudson Valley about a year ahead of the 2008 presidential election. I've been working in my studio for a little more than a year, Easter to Easter.

What you might call the springtime spirit infuses my work: I enjoy looking at women with young eyes, and I use photography and interview as a way into understanding the inner nuances of their perception. My subjects get to see themselves: many of my photos are created in mirrors, which is about the underlying foundation of my photography and the associated writing -- cultivating self awareness.

I come from news journalism and my work often has a documentary feeling. I've been getting into abstract photography for a couple of years, also involving mirrors. In this way I've brought silver and etching back into the photographic process, though my work is often digital all the way through the process.

The articles sometimes read like my diary, sometimes like news, sometimes like human potential missives from the 70s and sometimes like transgressive fiction. In Book of Blue as contrasted with other projects, I take the liberty to blur the line between 'the story' and 'story'. Some of my photos are developed into fiction and nonfiction accounts of existence and change.

Credits
I serve as a staff photographer for Planet Waves, an international website, for which I have photographed across Europe, Canada and the United States since 2005. I have inter-agency credentials for the European Commission and various other governmental agencies. We are always looking for new photographers and provide some compensation for photos that are published.

I am the same Eric Francis who is an internationally-known astrologer and horoscope columnist; the same as the investigative reporter who covers environmental toxins. My journalism (astrology and environmental related) appears or has appeared in The Ecologist, Harper's Bazaar, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, People, Flaunt, Lemonade, Hola.com, The Village Voice, Sierra and other national and international magazines.

A few other websites I currently write for are Sasstrology.com, BettyDodson.com, SexGenderBody.com and Chronogram.com. My writing and photographs appear daily on the cover of http://planetwaves.net/

Here is my Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Francis

Here is an article summarizing 10 years of my publishing work, basically a process of growing up with the Internet:

http://planetwaves.net/10years.html


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