Tuesday, November 11, 2014

World War I Memorial at the Tower of London

Incredible WWI tribute in London looks like a river of blood…

But look closer!

By Steve Rushing   
AUGUST 2, 2014 

World War I, known at the time as the Great War, was thought to be the war that would end all future wars.  All sides suffered an incredibly high number of needless deaths and the war devastated an entire generation.  In fact, the sheer amount of destruction and death has only been eclipsed by World War II.
Since it ended, all countries involved have held memorials to remember their fallen dead who sacrificed their lives for the good of their country.  This fact is all the more so in England, where nearly a million people lost their lives.  What they've done to commemorate their fallen soldiers is truly beautiful, while also helping us understand the true scope of these soldiers' sacrifice.  Even a hundred years later, we should not forget their incredible acts of heroism.
The moat that surrounds the Tower of London has long stood empty and dry.  But now, what may look like gushing blood from it's very walls, is actually something beautiful.

 This summer, the moat has been filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial soldier who perished during World War I.

 For the past few weeks, a team of 150 volunteers has been placing red ceramic poppies one by one around the Tower.

The last poppy will be symbolically planted on the last day of the installation: November 11, Armistice Day.

 Each evening, the Last Post will be sounded and a selection of names of the dead read out loud.  It's stunning and sobering commemoration that befits the Great War.

Regardless of why their countries went to war, we should never forget the selfless acts of these brave men.  Please share their story, and help remember their lives, by forwarding this far and wide.

Two of the names on those poppies belong to 
George Slater (my paternal grandmother's brother) who died October 27, 1918 at France & Flanders, 
and Thomas Charbonneau (my maternal grandmother's brother) who also died fighting in WWI.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Photo Shoot with Big Roger

I contacted Big Roger again, to do another shoot, our fourth together.  Since it's still a little early in the year to go outdoors, and we've already done several studio shoots, I asked if he had any locations he'd like to shoot at.  He mentioned an indoor pool, with hot tub and sauna.  He then went on to say that over 10 years ago, he had done his very first shoot at this same location with photographer Ace Bannon.  We both liked the idea of revisiting the pool and paying homage to his modelling career over the past decade.  Roger didn't want it to become a shoot that just mirrored that original one and for me, I wanted the new images to be imprinted with my personal style (and not so secretly I wanted my photos to be better.)  Here are some shots from our shoot with the earlier one beside it.  I truly think that Roger has just gotten better with age.  And if you want to see (a lot) more of him, check out his website: BigRoger.com

Thursday, September 12, 2013

October Cover of GoNaked Magazine

Watch for several jackson photografix photos including the cover featuring the delicious dj Brian Maier in the next issue of GoNaked Magazine.  Here's the cover photo and a little taste of what you have waiting for you inside the magazine:

Friday, August 23, 2013

photo shoot with dallas king

Dirty, sweaty, scratched, scraped and bitten.
But it was so worth it.

model: dallas king
stanley park
vancouver, bc

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Photo shoot with Brian Maier

I first saw this beautiful furry man at the Pride Pitbull! party here in Vancouver.  He had his shirt off and I knew I wouldn't be happy until I had the chance to photograph him.  I asked one of the guys that came in with him (a former model of mine), "Who's that?" and they told me it was dj Brian Maier from San Francisco (the ruff poster boy) who was going to be spinning at the ruff Pride party.  I was thrilled -- this made 2 events that I could photograph him at as I was contracted to shoot both.  I introduced myself and he was just as sweet as he is good looking.  I said that if he could find the time, I would love to do a studio shoot with him.  Fortunately, he made time for me.  Here's the results.  And for what it's worth, I can't wait to work with him again, I am now a lifelong admirer of this talented, gorgeous man.

To hear Brian at work, check out soundcloud.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Photo shoot with Robert Jonas - Harlem Studio 2002

Several images from an old but classic photo shoot with my friend, neighbor, and an incredibly sexy man, Robert Jonas, at his apartment on St. Nicholas Terrace in Harlem, NYC in 2002.  It was a playful session with Robert, the bathtub and Mr. Bubble.  And no, in the last shot, you are not seeing things -- it was HUGE!  By far, the biggest rubber duck I've ever seen.