“Tar”, copyright 2013, Earl Harris Photography

“Tar” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm


  1. Did someone say “darkness”? I really like what your post-process did to the model’s skin – it looks like stone. It makes me think of an unseen gargoyle high on the dark cathedral of Our Lady of Hell; of course this gargoyle would smoke a stone cigarette. :-). I also can’t resist comparing/contrasting with your earlier photo “puckerface”, which seems to represent everything ideal, timeless and perfectly smooth. I would call these two faces bookends of the soul. Thank you for bringing us along on your photographic explorations.


    1. Thank you, Carl. I really like what you wrote here about the “bookends of the soul”. You saw something here I had not; it is only by coincidence that the two photos ended up being posted within the same week/within a time frame one would recall the other. And this cathedral of yours… I’d like to photograph it; can you give me directions?


      1. Herr Doktor Jung would say that there are no coincidences… I *think* he said something like that, anyway… and I may be ‘up in the night’ as we say in Utah, but it seems to me that you’re using photography to choose faces that reflect aspects of our souls. I’ve said before that your portraits are starting to look like Everyman and Everywoman to me; this particular model, especially with the pure black eyes you gave him, reminds me of a putto who has taken the wrong path. Most of us have to dream to see those faces, but you are bringing them into your art. The directions to that cathedral are as follows: live an evil life… in other words, you’ll never see it and that’s OK. 😉


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