Black And White Nudes

I am right in the middle of my vacation. I went to the beach over the weekend with two of my best friends from elementary school and now I am in LA visiting my girlfriend. Today is her birthday and we are going to some sort of spa or something in the middle of the desert for a couple of days. Fortunately I got a few updates ready to go before I left so I should have two or three updates for you between now and when I finally get back to NYC next week.

I always preferred color to black and white in photography. I shot black and white film in high school and college but as soon as they let me in a color dark room I switched to color. I generally feel like black and white is just an easy way out… if you can’t shoot color you can just make it black and white and maybe no one will notice. That being said I do feel black and white has a place and is just another tool like digital or Polaroid or iPhones or whatever you want to make pictures with.

A few years ago I wanted to sort of get back to my roots and really take the time to compose and manual focus and just force myself to slow down before taking a photo. I dug out the old Vietnam era Pentax that was my mothers that I shot on when I was first learning my craft. I started taking it to shoots with me and just keeping a black and white roll of film it it at all times. I shot a bunch of stuff with it, but a lot of what I was shooting were nudes of girls in bed.

I started shooting all these nudes with a 50mm lens because the 50mm 1.4 was the fastest lens I have for my old Pentax and since you can’t push your ISO much past 800 when shooting 400 speed film at 1.4 was my best chance of being able to shoot in a dark bedroom without strobes. You can ignore that last sentence if you don’t know anything about photography but long story short when you shoot at 1.4 it causes a severe lack of depth of field which makes for really soft photos where most of the photo is blurry except for the main point of focus. It’s a nice effect if done right and people seem to like “artistic” nudes shot like that.

Anyway, the point of this is that I have learned to love shooting black and white again. It’s really nice to see the grain in the film because black and white digital looks like shit to me. Black and white film looks better to me than it has ever in a world where digital is so pervasive. I think you will dig on these photos and after these nudes go up I have a second series of black and white portraits that I hope you will enjoy as well despite the lack of nudity.

Click here to see the NSFW black and white 35mm nudes that I have been shooting from time to time over the last two or three years.

Andy San Dimas Black And White Nudes

Black And White Nudes

Sparky SinClaire Black And White Nudes

Black And White Nudes

Katie St. Ives Black And White Nudes

Black And White Nudes

Black And White Nudes

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Scenes From The Gathering

This is it! The last Gathering of the Juggalos update! For many it may seem that the Gathering is a horrifying place full of scary clowns and drugs and naked fat people, but it’s also very beautiful. Cave In Rock, IL is on the Ohio River on the border of Kentucky and Illinois and it is a gorgeous place if you can look past all the nitrous tanks and stretch marks. My very last gallery from the Gathering is some lovely landscapes and such things that made sense all together in one place. Despite the mysterious juggalaids sickness that I still have I miss the Gathering already and I cannot wait until next year to get back and take more crazy fucking photos.

I guess I don’t have anything more to say that hasn’t been said in the dozens of updates I have posted since returning, so I guess this is it. I am going on vacation. See you guys next week.

Click here to see scenes from the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

The 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos

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Juggalos, Juggalos and More Juggalos…

My 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos coverage is sadly coming to an end. I have one more update after this one and I think we are going to have to save it for tomorrow just because I am currently on a train headed out of town on vacation. I am staying the night in DC and don’t actually leave for the beach until tomorrow evening so I will have time to get the last update done then.

This post is the bulk of what’s left. We have all the shots of just juggalos hanging out. This is the party picture type stuff that didn’t fit in anywhere else. There are a lot of half naked jugalettes in here but for the most part it’s at least reasonably safe for work. If you were at the Gathering and you are looking for the photos I took if you they are probably in this gallery. It’s over 200 images of juggalos, juggalos and more juggalos… and a couple of juggalo dogs. So sift through this stuff and enjoy all the crazy mother fuckers that make the Gathering my favorite event to photograph.

And Juggalos… if you don’t see yourself in here maybe you are in the Juggalo Portrait gallery or if you happen to be a juggalette and you had your shirt off you probably ended up in the Naked Juggalette gallery.

So until tomorrow…

Click here to see all the juggalo party pictures from the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos!

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Juggalos

Juggalos!

Juggalos

Juggalos!

Juggalos

Juggalos!

Juggalos

Juggalos!

Juggalos!

Bushwick Bill On A Mini Bike @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalos!

The Drug Bridge

Juggalos!

 

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Naked Juggalettes

Every year I cover The Gathering of the Juggalos by FAR the most popular post is the naked juggalette photos. In 2010 I gave it the catchy title of “Juggalo Porn” and then I got yelled at because it’s juggalettes so in 2011 I called it “Juggalette Porn” but this year the post is just going to be called “Naked Juggalettes” mostly because I am already on the first page of google for Juggalette Porn so I figured I would try something else. Gotta get those page views!

Speaking of page views I think I know why this stuff does so well. When I post photos of hot naked chicks a ton of people look at them but they don’t show their friends because sharing porn is creepy. But with the juggalettes there are enough fat ones and crack headed looking ones that it’s funny to share them with your friends even though we all know you are secretly jerking off to this stuff. Don’t lie. I know you.

So get fucking excited because today I am finally bringing to you 91(!) photos of naked or at least topless juggalettes for your pleasure and horror. This is the post you have been waiting for so show your friends this madness already. Tweet and Facebook this shit and do whatever you must to show the world these clearly life changing and of course photos. Make sure you send these not safe for work photos to your friends while they are at work. Thank you for your time. That is all. And now without further ado…

Click here to see all the uncensored photos of naked juggalettes from the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Pepper Kester @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

Naked Juggalettes

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Backstage At Bloodymania 6

I grew up watching WWF Wrestling Superstars in the 1980s and then again in the late ’90s I watched a little more wrestling when WCW/NWO were having a Monday night ratings war with WWF or WWE or whatever the fuck it is/was but by 2001 I was pretty much out of wrestling. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the sport and I certainly could talk wrestling with someone relatively competently. I just don’t have the same interest in it as I did as a kid.

The Insane Clown Posse has their own wrestling league called Juggalo Championship Wrestling or the JCW. They host a main event called Bloodymania at the Gathering every year (I shot Bloodymania 4) and I was tempted to photograph this years chapter but by the time Bloodymania 6 rolled around on Sunday I was pretty much over taking photos. I shot nearly 7000 shots in the 5 days I was at the Gathering so I was ready to call it quits. I had an idea that I would hang out backstage and maybe get some wrestling portraits.

I didn’t know what the rules about photographing wrestling behind the scene, I know it would be terrible etiquette to photograph the heels and the heroes next to each other and I didn’t know enough about the events of the evening to figure out who was who so I asked Upchuck the Clown, the host of the evening, what I should do.  He decided to introduce me to an old wrestler who was running the promotion who then proceeded to yell to all the wrestlers that I was from the Insane Clowns and I wanted to “make their picture” and put it on the “Psychopathic Internets”.  He also told me that when I got the photos developed I should send him 8″x10″s.  He kept calling wrestlers by their wrong names insisting, for example, that the Headbangers were called the Head Hunters. At one point in the evening I was trying to photograph a wrestler in the pitch blackness that was the back stage area and I hit something on the camera which caused the auto focus to fail so I went back in the tent to get some light. The promoter saw me there and when he realized my camera wasn’t working he accused me of not being a professional and asked me where my photography shop was. The whole thing was sort of amazing and three hours later when I was losing my mind with exhaustion I couldn’t stop laughing thinking about him. One of my fellow journalists actually started crying laughing when I told her the story. The dude was bad ass though and introduced me to some wrestlers to get some pictures.

The last thing I will say is that it’s pretty depressing seeing what wrestling has done to some of these older guys. To anyone who doesn’t think professional wrestling is a sport spend an hour back stage before a wrestling match and you will see the pounding these guys have taken over their whole careers and see what athletes these guys really are. This gallery is pretty small because I was just taking a few shots here and there but if you are a fan of wrestling of any era you will recognize a bunch of these guys.

Check out all the backstage shots from JCW’s Bloodymania 6 at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Violent J & Scott Steiner

JCW Heel Colt Cabana

Vader

JCW Bloodymania 6

Reby Sky

Shockwave The Robot

The Headbangers

Ricky Morton Of The Rock & Roll Express

Violent J And Former WWF Wrestlers

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Juggalo Portraits

This is my favorite post of all the Gathering of the Juggalos posts this year. Yeah the naked juggalettes I am going to post tomorrow will get the most traffic but this gallery is my favorite portraits from the festival. I decided to shoot a lot of these day time portraits at F 2.8 so it would give a low depth of field and blow out the background just like I would if I were doing a proper photo shoot. I probably should do that whenever shooting day time event stuff because I am really happy with the results.

Juggalos are one of my favorite subjects and a number of these people I got to talk to for a long time before or after I took their photo. I met a number of people who had helped destroy a guys car who had been kicked out of the Gathering for stealing. One of those guys was homeless and he had spent a month and a half walking from Oregon to get to the Gathering. While he was at the festival he had all of his belongings stolen and was walking around with the catalytic converter from the thief’s car so that he could sell it to help fund the next leg of his journey. I talked to some juggalos who came all the way from Poland to be there and they were so excited to make the pilgrimage to The Gathering. I talked to people I had met in years past who were now fans of my website and couldn’t wait to see the new shots. I talked to a kid who was on work release and told his parole officer he was “working” the festival. The last time I saw him he was drunk driving a limo through the festival grounds. And I talked to a lot of interesting people who came from all over to be at this festival for the best five days of their year.

This gallery also has some nude juggalette photos in here so it’s properly not safe for work but those photos will show up again in the massive NSFW gallery I am going to be posting of nothing but naked juggalettes tomorrow. Every year that is by far the gallery that gets the most traffic so get excited about it. I still have one more gallery to post later tonight but until then…

Click here to see all my favorite portraits of juggalos at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Juggalo Portraits @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

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Backstage At The Gathering Of The Juggalos

One of the main differences between this years Gathering of the Juggalos coverage and years past is that I was actually working for the festival as their photographer. After covering it for the last two years I convinced them that it would be a good idea to have an in house guy and I was that guy. My all access pass got me backstage so I got a lot of shots that no one else had. The problem was that on the main stage the backstage is just a field with trailers in it so there is almost no light back there so every photo taken at night had to be just shot with flash with no fill light in the background or anything. I still got a lot of cool shots but they probably aren’t as nice as they could have been if we weren’t standing in pitch black darkness. Just saying…

Highlights for me were shooting the Geto Boys in clown make up with ICP, meeting Onxy and  The Pharcyde, getting to shoot George Clinton and having Bushwick Bill spray me with spray paint. Okay, that last one might not have exactly been a highlight but it was at least really weird. Anyway, there is a bunch of cool stuff in this gallery and you should check it out.

Click here to see all the backstage photos from the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Insane Clown Posee Backstage @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

DJ Paul & Juicy J - Three Six Mafia @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Insane Clown Posee & The Getto Boys @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

George Clinton @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Onyx @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Danny Brown Backstage @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

The Pharcyde @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Bushwick Bill @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Twizid & POD @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Tech N9ne Backstage @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Raekwon @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

 

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Violent J’s Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash

Even if you hate the Insane Clown Posse you have to admit the Gathering of the Juggalos is a pretty cool thing of them to do for their fans. Juggalos get five days of their favorite bands, mixed with a ton of huge nationally touring acts, comedy, nudity and a BBQ all for $175. It seems like a pretty good deal. How often does your favorite band feed you hot dogs and hamburgers?

By day five nothing at the Gathering of the Juggalos is surprising but if you take a minute to realize what is happening at Violent  J’s Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Bash it’s pretty surreal. You have this hugely famous musician in full clown make up wearing a god damned lei with his Air Jordans serving free food to half naked juggalos while DJ Clay spins a mix of Beach Boys songs and Psychopathic Records hits all leading up to a Michael Jackson cover band.

Seriously, there is a Michael Jackson cover band who played called Who’s Bad?  That’s not a question, that’s just the name of the band… and they were bad ass. Violent J claimed they were his favorite Michael Jackson cover band which I would imagine is not a huge stretch, although I also wouldn’t be surprised if Violent J runs a Michael Jackson tribute band review blog on the side. At this point nothing about ICP surprises me.  So yeah, let’s recap… Michael Jackson cover band, clown rapper serving hot dogs, Beach Boys and “wicked” juggalo music being spun by a DJ and topless girls on stage being sprayed with water guns full of Faygo. Oh, I didn’t mention that last part yet? Yeah we can safely mark this gallery NSFW.  Moving on…

Click here to see all the mildly surreal photos of Violent J’s Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Violent J's Beach Boy BBQ Blowout Blast Bash @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

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Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA

Let me start off by saying I don’t know a damn thing about Mixed Martial Arts. I have a few friends who love it and I must admit that I enjoy watching people kick each other in the face but I am much less interested in submission holds and dudes rolling around on the ground. Muay Thai kick boxing is really great, but the judo ground moves are pretty tedious to me. I am sure if I gave it more of a chance I could get into it, but I haven’t.

So when I heard that there was going to be MMA at the Gathering of the Juggalos I was not even in the slightest bit interested. But when I got to the Gathering it just so happened I had some time to kill during the Warrior Xtreme Championship fight and I decided to check it out… Holy shit MMA is fun to photograph! I jumped up there right next to the cage and pushed my camera right in the fence. I talked to another photographer who gave me some tips to covering it and I started clicking away. I have no idea what happened in any of these matches or who the dudes fighting were but god damn it was fun to shoot. I will say I got a little too close to a few too many scrotums being pushed up against the cage, but other than that awesome. I hope I get a chance to shoot it again as I figure withe some practice I could get a lot better at it. As of now I am not really a action sports photographer. Anyway…

Click here to see all my pictures from Warrior Xtreme Championship Mixed Martial Arts at the Gathering of the Juggalos.

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warrior Xtreme Championship MMA @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

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