A Kindred Inspiration No MoreTuesday, December 06, 2016
When my Argentine painter friend, Juan Manuel Sánchez died a month ago in Buenos Aires I mourned not only the loss of a very good friend but also of a kindred spirit with whom I shared an obsession with the image of the undraped female. His advantage over me is that he could paint from memory. A photographer needs a real subject. When Sánchez and his wife Nora Patrich were living in Vancouver, BC (I still live here) I found many a woman who would pose for the three of us. We had a huge output of work.
Now pretty well alone in a Vancouver that does not seem to appreciate the unfettered female figure and cites that often used word (here) of inappropriate I find that I too must live from my imagination. Unfortunately I cannot work with a canvas and brush as Sánchez did.
Because of my age of 74 I find that my interest in women lies in women who are closer to my age, or at least over 40. The problem is finding a free spirit willing to pose in this age of perfection. The Fuji 3200 Instant b+w Print Film, its scanned negative peel, is now alas discontinued.