Once I realized the word "valid" held little to no sway over me, I began to experience life, art, and image making differently.
What I presently see is that a collaboration can help bring together and create a sum much greater than it's individual parts.
My wife acts as my assistant and a valuable extra set of "eyes" and ideas. My subjects bring not only themselves and wardrobe, but a lifestyle and way of looking at the world that I dont' always have for myself.
When taken in total, my ideas blended through the aid and help of my wife, and amended and expanded through my subjects leads places I could never have otherwise envisioned.
One such case was when Irish Heather Collins asked if we could do a Pin-Up photo-shoot for a calendar she will be in next year, 2011.
I think the results speak for themselves.