I’ve harped now and again about the crime of coercion, as it relates especially to thick-necked cops or private security dunderheads who threaten to have you arrested if you don’t stop photographing or delete photos you’ve already taken.
Well, it came up in an interesting form, where a Connecticut state trooper is seeking to have a judge charged with coercion for refusing to sign an arrest warrant unless the trooper presents a second warrant for signing, too. Interesting twist.
The wisdom and experience is commonplace that artists and models, if both are even the slightest bit competent, will sometimes achieve a synergy that yields special stuff. It’s the “muse” syndrome. That’s what it has been for me with model Edith the past few weeks. Each session yields a richer trove of extraordinary images, and I’m pushed to envision each subsequent session with greater imagination and greater investment.
In our just-concluded fourth session, we had spoken of doing a set in “white face.” Not the racially degrading minstrel show-type white face, but rather mime-style white face, “applied” over Edith’s entire body. When a model like Edith is given a challenge like this, with minimal direction, she runs with it in imaginative directions. One thing we discussed, for example, was that she would draw her fingers across her face, wiping away the white and disclosing the flesh beneath. So this is an image from that set:
President is Above the Law Department
ACLU commentary on the advocacy by Presidential aides between 2001 and 2004, including legal memos, that justify the U.S. President disregarding protections of civil rights built into laws setting up various surveillance regimes. Interesting to read, and even more interesting to “read” the heavily redacted original memoranda.
She has such a beautiful back.