Thanks to everyone who bid on the auction and helped spread the word! I will be contacting you later today with the results and your corresponding totals.

Behind the scenes with @thebirdbones and @twilajean at a shoot for #trixieandmilo.com #bts #Photoshoot #Pdxphotographer #Pdxmodel #fun times #circusgirl #costume #cigarettegirl #stjohns #coolflasks

Behind the scenes with @thebirdbones and @twilajean at a shoot for #trixieandmilo.com #bts #Photoshoot #Pdxphotographer #Pdxmodel #fun times #circusgirl #costume #cigarettegirl #stjohns #coolflasks

corbis:

Author: Elisa Lazo de Valdez

Oh! It’s me, on the Corbis tumblr. :)

corbis:

Author: Elisa Lazo de Valdez

Oh! It’s me, on the Corbis tumblr. :)

Pair
Models: Shilo & opheliadarkly
MUA: Katie Connolly
Masks: Urban Lace
Styling: Me
Last one from this set!

Pair

Models: Shilo & opheliadarkly

MUA: Katie Connolly

Masks: Urban Lace

Styling: Me

Last one from this set!

Never Apart

Models: Shilo & opheliadarkly

MUA: Katie Connolly

Masks: Urban Lace

Styling: Me

Santa Sangre

Model: Shilo

MUA: Katie Connolly

Mask: Urban Lace

Styling: Me

Doors and Windows of Cusco, Part II

That poor cat in the first photo was screaming it’s head off, and it reverberated down the empty alley like some sort of sound torture. We could not calm it down, and I had to cover my ears eventually. This is one of the only cats we ever saw in Cusco. The street is full of dogs, I’m sure this cat was in a panic trying to get back inside it’s home.

phillipvaldez:

Almost finished with my Holy Roman Iron Knight. I thought it would be fun to put him in a Regiment going off to fight Saladin in the 2nd Crusades. Still have to add some filigree to his boots as well as finish up his Rose Window. Photo courtesy of Getty thru the Metro.UK

My husband is amazing!

Doors and Windows of Cusco, Part I

Cusco is a very small, very crowded city. My husband and I rose at the crack of dawn to take photos of the endlessly beautiful doors, balconies and windows before the traffic and the tourists and daily local life got in the way. It was a glorious, quiet hour, only interrupted by church folk and students straggling off to school. We didn’t even have time to wander very far off the main plaza, but the doors were plentiful.

Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru

I cannot emphasize how amazing this cathedral was. All the religious art inside was created by the local people under the thumb of the Spanish invaders. As a result the art is a unique and beautiful fusion of what the artists thought the Spaniards were talking about, having no inherent Catholic reference point. Local traditions, imagery and concepts work their way into the Catholic icons, paintings and architecture. And it is HUGE and so crazy over the top ornate, Baroque taken to the extreme. The wood carvings alone are worth the trip to Peru.

Much to my continued frustration, you cannot take photos inside the cathedrals. The things I saw in there…wow. The sculptures of Christ are so bloody it’s ridiculous, and the ornamentation of the saints and their shrines are breathtaking.

The cathedral (as with most all the other churches and monestaries) was built over the foundation of the most prestigious Incan temple, Kiswarkancha, as a way for the Spanish to eradicate what they considered pagan blasphemies, and to assimilate the local population.

I had to content myself with shooting the outside of the church, and this little corner hidden in the shadows was my favorite.

I want to mention that I was born in Peru, but had never been in the Andes mountains. My mother had been to Cusco a couple of times before, but she had never visited Machu Picchu. It was a great family trip.

Sacred Valley, Peru

More vacation photos, in and around Urubamba Valley. In the second photo you can see Inca terraces in the background. Some are under archeological protection, but some are still used by local farmers.

Machu Picchu

Here are some super touristy photos from the trip. Machu Picchu was amazing, you really just have to experience it for yourself. Photos cannot convey the scope of it, or the altitude. And llamas of course! Being synonymous with the Andean culture, the government actually trucks them in to Machu Picchu for the tourists. They are very camera savvy.

which fabric did you use for the shooting? — Asked by lfc1987

Hi! I am guessing you are asking about the “Sun God” photos? The model’s face was covered in gold leaf, a rather slow and tedious process that took about an hour. The crown is an antique paper headdress from Bali (I think).

Doors and Windows of Lima

I let my husband take all the family vacation “smiling and waving” photos with his phone. I was mostly obsessed with doors. It became quite a joke by the end of the trip, especially in Cusco. My daughter told me to stop having “doorgasms”.

I have a ton of prints left over, including some from the octopus series. Mostly 8x10 and 5x7.
I’ll be posting all the available prints and the details on the auction in the coming weeks. A great chance to pick up some Visioluxus prints super cheap!

I have a ton of prints left over, including some from the octopus series. Mostly 8x10 and 5x7.

I’ll be posting all the available prints and the details on the auction in the coming weeks. A great chance to pick up some Visioluxus prints super cheap!