This is the photostrip that started it all.
I have been feeding photobooth machines many a dollar and striking a pose for decades but it wasn't until late Autumn 2019 that I found my creative (and illegal) genius.
I was on a recent trip home to Chicago, strolling the back sections of my favourite bookstore in Wicker Park when I noticed a photobooth with a box of masks sitting on a stool. First of all, I had never even noticed this photobooth, but without even thinking I walked right in, closed the curtain, fed the vintage machine $4 and stripped.
Escorts on average spend about 10k annually on our photoshoots. In the lifespan of our careers that's an immense amount of money. After 13+ years I would wager my photoshoot expenses to be near 6-figures...I've flown photographers around the world to shoot me, rented yatches and villas in the Amalfi Coast, been harrassed by Customs agents are the Russian boarder. I have produced portraits over the years that still make my jaw drop when I look at them. And yet, after patently waiting five minutes, when this clankety Chicago photobooth spit out the still-wet-just-processed B&W photo strip into the catch-tray and I reached for it...the coy smile that spread across my whole face; because with all the whimmsy of the horse head mask and imperfect body angles...these nudes are my favourite I have ever taken. And that's saying something.