Model Mayhem #:
Last Activity:
Jul 15, 2018
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Time for Print
May 05, 2006

About Me

...and since I pay my debts with spills of my own blood, I will wash
the canvas of it also, and turn my life of toil into a work of art.

I've been on Model Mayhem for a long time; eleven years. Once upon a time it treated me pretty well. For a four year period from 2008 through 2012, I used Model Mayhem extensively to travel across the country multiple times. I've been to a lot of amazing places, photographed hundreds of beautiful women, and forged dozens of friendships.

In 2013 I pretty much all but gave up on Model Mayhem and turned my attentions towards other ventures besides that of creating my art. I felt that I had at that point pretty much said everything I needed to say, expressed everything that I needed to express. There was also a significant amount of burnout from dealing with flaky unreliable uncommitted models. It was exhausting spending so much time attempting to weed through so many profiles, trying to find passionate individuals that could match my level of creative spirit and willingness to push all our limits for the sake of the creative process.

But that passion, that fire, that parasite that lives inside of me wasn't through with me. I've resisted and defied the desire to retire my camera as long as I can. I'm back. I think.

I don't know if Model Mayhem is still the same place it used to be. I don't know if I'm essentially shooting myself in the foot by attempting to create my art again using Model Mayhem. So much has changed in the last four years. I don't know if I'm up to it. I just want to create. I'm not interested in falling back into the cycle of endless, repetitive back and forth emails, that usually just result in a flake, cancellation, or someone with no experience expecting to get paid.


I don't consider myself a photographer. I never have. I don't take senior portraits, weddings, or product photography. I don't shoot landscapes, fashion or editorial. I don't shoot boudoir, lingerie, or sexy photographs. I also do not have a studio. I rarely shoot in color.

I am an artist and my subject is black and white nudes. That is it. I think my portfolio reflects that more than enough so as to not confuse anyone. Should I message you, asking for your interest, I'd trust that you have taken the time to read my profile and peruse my portfolio enough to know what I am contacting you for.

I take my art very seriously. I'm passionate about it. I could have very easily continued going through the motions of shooting nude women in beautiful settings, but when I found myself not giving 100% to it a few years ago, I opted to walk away from it rather than do it half-ass. It is very personal to me. Every photograph I take tells a story. Be it a story about me, a story about my collaborator, or a story about how the photograph was taken. As you look at my photographs, you might notice a recurring theme or depiction of vulnerability, isolation, abandonment, self-identity and self-discovery. This is not by accident. There is meaning there.


I want to collaborate with artistic, spirited, committed, adventurous, reliable female individuals to create art in and around the mighty Pacific Northwest.

If you look at my portfolio and it resonates with you emotionally, I want to know. I want to photograph you. I want you to share your story with me. I'll share mine with you. Collaboratively, we will turn our life's of toil into a work of art.

Of course, being that I shoot nudes, you should be 18+.


Absolutely no experience required. I can't tell you how many people I've photographed over the years that have no experience. I remember one girl I met at an art gallery in Chicago in January 2009. She was there with her boyfriend at the time. We got to talking. I showed her my work. She had never modeled before in her life. She hadn't even considered it. Two weeks later, with her boyfriend keeping the car warm 1/2 away, I photographed her nude at 6:00am, in the middle of Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago, underneath the John Hancock tower. forty-five seconds later, she is back in the car and we are taking off. We got the shot. A few months later she joined me for a group shot in Chicago. I was with her and two other girls who had never modeled nude before. I distinctly remember her saying; "There is nothing that can prepare you for standing nude in downtown Chicago in February for a photograph, but after you do something like that, you feel like you can do just about anything else."

Everyone that chooses to model nude, does so for the first time once in their lives.

I actually prefer collaborators with no experience, over almost anyone with experience. With experience comes structured ideas of how to pose. I'm looking for people who want to express themselves. People with a story to tell.

You wouldn't know it, but my portfolio consists of doctors, lawyers, and school teachers. Three professions that historically and currently, if you are one of them, you will lose your job should nude photographs of you ever come to light. Professions such as these do not see a difference between the artistry of my work, and the porn of the next persons. I've actually talked some people out of their desire to model for me because I pointed out to them the professional/career consequences of doing so.
I don't intend to scare you. I'm just being honest with you. I don't want the art we create together to ever hinder you professionally.

How am I able to photograph people in professions like this and not have to worry about their day job finding out? Several ways. 1) Many of my photographs are anonymous. You can't see faces. I'm concerned with creating shapes with the human body, and finding way to merge them with the surrounding environment. Faces/identities do not usually come into play under those circumstances. 2) I respect your privacy. That can be anything from not linking you, not using your real name, to not even showing the photographs. I enjoy the process of creating more than the results. If I never showed a photograph again, but continued shooting for the rest of my life, I'd be happiest. You can shoot with me with the confidence that should the public ever see the art we created together, our photographs will be of the highest artistic merit we can create, and will only be shown in the most respected of forums, with all precautions taken.

I'm not opposed to meeting in person to answer any and all questions and queries that you might have, no obligations, to help you determine if we would be a good collaborative match. That isn't to say that we can't just get together and shoot. That is great too. Preferred in fact. But I ultimately want you to be proud of what you have done forever.


Nine out of ten times that I do a shoot, I have no idea in advance what we are going to shoot. Simply, you and I get together at the agreed upon time, drive into nature in whatever direction compels us, and when the inspiration strikes us, we seize it. There are too many factors (ie: weather, sun, passersby, closures, etc...) that always seem to ruin the most well planned concepts. I'm all about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right person. If it happens, awesome, if it doesn't, maybe next time. I've been on shoots in which we explored for twelve hours and I never took the camera out of the bag. I've been on shoots that lasted an hour and I took four thousand photographs. You just never know and I'm not interested in getting in the way of inspiration. The skill is being present enough to recognize the opportunities when they present themselves.

To that extent, you should be into adventure and hiking, and if at all possible, keep your entire day free. There is nothing worse than being out in the world creating, but having that lingering thought of schedules and time frames in the back of your mind.


I recognize time is money. Everyone is busy, everyone needs to make a living. My time is just as important as yours, whatever you value yours at. I hope you respect my time as much as you do yours. That said, I do not pay collaborators for photo shoots. I don't care who you are, how much experience and name recognition you have, or how many Instagram followers you have. If the only way you find value in your creative artistic personal expression is by attaching a dollar amount to it, then we are not going to be a good match.

I don't make money creating my art. I never have, I never will. That said, I do sell prints through my website, and at the random gallery show. To be honest, no one buys art nude prints. Not from me at least. But when people are interested, they are available. In my entire "career", I'd guess I've sold a total of three dozen prints. For the better part of the last six years, everything I've sold, after I subtract the expenses of printing, matting, framing, etc..., I donate 100% of profits to charities. Most recently, earlier this year, I sold three prints and don't the profits to Planned Parenthood and The National Park Service. Without strong healthy vibrant independent women and nature, what would I be?

What I do offer, is that invaluable creative experience, engaging and entertaining social conversations to/from/during a shoot, a chance to get out into nature, perhaps see a couple places you've never been to before (I've been to a lot of places), hopefully a work of art that captures you, both physical and in spirit, and an email containing a zip file with high resolution final edits for you to do whatever you chose to do with them.


I'm starting up my third Instagram account again. The first two were shut down to puritanical censorship rules. My third was wiped clean of 250+ posts by me in November 2016. Last week I started posting photographs to that one again. You can find it at @gardny_the_elder

The bulk of my portfolio can be viewed at my website,

If you are a fan of podcasts, particularly that of author Christopher Ryan, check out episode 164 of his podcast, Tangentially Speaking. It's a 1.5hr conversation with yours truly.

Then there is always here, where I will likely continue adding to this long rambling bio as I continue to think of every single little detail. The goal is to answer all your questions and concerns right here, instead of having to type it all out to each individual potential collaborator every time. I might actually add some newer photographs that I've secretly been taking during my retirement/sabbatical years, but maybe I won't? Who knows?


I am no longer a premium member of MM, and as of right now, I have no intentions of signing up again. We'll see how this all shakes out. The main drawback to that is that I think I'm only permitted to send five emails a day to those I am interested in working with. It might take me awhile to get an email to everyone. I'm sure there are plenty of beautiful women with stories to tell. Please, if you have received a friend request from me, particularly if you are in the Pacific Northwest, consider that friend request a sign of my interest in working with you. Do not wait for me to send you an email if the desire is mutual. Please email me and let me know of your interest.

Let's create!


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"We spent 9 days driving around a foreign land (Newfoundland, Canada) together, shooting wherever the land spoke to us. I learned early on that I had met a kind, gentle, fantastic artist, and I respect him greatly (though if I never hear Pearl Jam again it will be too soon - KIDDING)! I will always consider Shane a friend! I give him my 100% vote of confidence!" Read less

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