Sunset in Vegas

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About 10 minutes ago there was this amazing sunset here in Las Vegas. It really made me feel good to shoot it. I’m so tired. Running on no sleep. It’s pretty unlikely that I’ll make my 1,000 photos uploaded before I leave goal (I’ve only got 456 online so far). And then I feel really kind of creeped out right now. I’m not sure why exactly. It probably has something to do with taking a side trip away from CES today to shoot the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. It was interesting but I’m all conflicted about shooting it. I’ve admired Larry Sultan’s series The Valley for a long time. The human depth and emotion that he gave to the porn world in the San Fernando Valley. But I’m no Larry Sultan and the interaction with the women while shooting today seemed so strange. So fake and lukewarm on the outside, posing for the thousandth time, while hard and tough on the inside. I’m still not sure what to do with images of that that I shot today. Some are explicit and I don’t think I’ll put those online. Others are not — but what am I really doing with them other than just getting them up for perhaps all the wrong reasons.

Anyways, the sunset felt really good for me to see and shoot tonight because it is something safe and warm and comfortable for me and even though sunsets are cliche it makes me feel a little less hollow for now.

Back to editing photos.

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  1. Raouls says:

    Hey Tom, hope this doesn’t sound trite or cliche, but that’s your conscience speaking. Perhaps in the quest to get interesting photos, you stepped over your morality line. We each have our limit. When we go over, we know it. You have a wonderful family and children. Don’t mingle with the wrong crowd, even for art’s sake.

  2. Hi Thomas
    The fact that you were thinking and reacting as you did indicates that you are on the side of good. Your work shows the beauty, and your words show how you are in touch with the reality of the situation. That illuminates and informs your work as a photographer. It’s worth it.