Stealing Souls



“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams


In every word we say,

in every act we do,

in everything,

in everyone,

there is a muse,


in everything,

in everyone

we find our muse.


Our muse can inspire us,

in every way that we can be inspired,

both in light,

and in dark,

and all the shades in between.


Stephen is a muse for me,

for this photo,

which is my F is for Fetish.

I went with an object imbued with magical power,

because that is how I was introduced to the meaning,

of the word,


I chose a camera,

reflected in a mirror,

because both objects,

are given the ability,

by humans,

to steal souls.


But these objects can also,

reveal souls,

return them,

give what they are accused of stealing.


A muse (a female one) once told me my legs were crooked,

deformed and ugly,

something to be hidden from view,

so I hid them,

another muse (a male one) returned this part of my stolen soul to me,

whispering that every part of me was beautiful,

and so I revealed them.

One saw ugliness where another saw beauty,

but what did I see,

in the mirror of their musings,

the camera of their eyes?


A muse to muse upon…

Let yourself be,

your own muse.


“What I find interesting is working in a society with certain taboos — and fashion photography is about that kind of society. To have taboos, then to get around them — that is interesting.”
― Helmut Newton



FETISH2 effectsStephen’s F for Fetish



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