Follow Nick Fancher through a day as a photographer

In this video we will see how Nick Fancher plates some clothes of various kinds at various locations. He works quickly and plates several pieces each day, often usingnatural light and otherwise only small camera flashes.

The video shows you how with simple means and little time to take great pictures justby being able to see the composition and “framing” all over the place.

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“There was a lot of indecision about what color to paint the horse, and they kept asking me what color to paint it. I told them they had to decide, because if they leave it up to me I will make it pink. Finally, Vishnu makes some decisions and starts mixing paint. 

Now, after returning from the trip to Chennai, I learn that the horse has had an accident…there was hearsay that Ravi was involved, and a leg had been broken, (the horse’s) so surgery was in order.”

Lauren Rindaldi: “Stop Drawing at Me”

Alexis Rhone Fancher

Training Bra

A rite of passage, mother says,
even though I’m prepubescent and
flat as Texas.

The saleswoman at Bullocks Wilshire
measures me across the chest, and again,
just below my breasts.
“30AA,” she declares.

On the box it says “Training Bra.”

A tiny rosebud blossoms in the crisscross
between the “cups,”
made of some stretchy material.
Guaranteed to expand as you did.

What if my breasts never grow?
I stare at my naked chest in the mirror and
contemplate that dismal future.

The saleswoman hooks the bra in back,
sticks my arms through the straps,
eases them over my shoulders.

“Lean into it.” She demonstrates,
bending at the waist,
doing a modified shimmy. “You try.”

The bra rides up above my nipples. And stays there.

In training for what? This is a mistake.
I want out,
but her cool hands restrain me.

She adjusts the straps, eases the fabric down
over my breasts.
“Take a look,” she says.

The fluorescents burn brighter as
I grow incandescent, dream breasts burgeoning.
I watch my nipples
contract beneath the fabric.

The girl in the mirror stands straighter,
settles into the harness, reveling in the outline
it makes against her skin.

The bra embraces me like a boyfriend.

I can see my future, the boy who’ll explore
my geography in the back seat of his car,
his eagerness pressed against me like love.

I hug myself and see
the sudden cleavage I’ve created,
breasts straining against the cloth,

see the sweet havoc in my boyfriend’s eyes as
he cups my voluptuous breasts in his hands,
dives face-first into his salvation.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and Other Heart Stab Poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014). Find her poems in Rattle, The MacGuffin, Fjords,Slipstream, H_NGM_N, Bloom Literary Journal, Broadzine, and elsewhere. Her photos have been published worldwide, including the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. Since 2013 she’s been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and a Best of The Net award. She is poetry editor of Cultural

Lauren Rinaldi creates unbiased portraits of woman’s bodies and uses them as a vehicle to explore ideas and conversations about body image, sexuality and self-Identity. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she received her BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in 2006. She is a painter, illustrator and has worked on various projects with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Her most recent visual works have been exhibited at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia and Scope Miami Beach – International Contemporary Art Show in Miami. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and son.

For National Poetry Month, Les Femmes Folles featured a daily 30/30 challenge to write poetry and prose /make art on the topic of on tales of bras and breasts. Check out the full list of prompts here or follow @LFFBooks on Twitter and Facebook. To celebrate the month of writing and creating, LFF also posted a CFP to feature new work in a special feature of Les Femmes Folles: Tales of Bras and Breasts to run in connection with TALES exhibit in May at Monongalia Art Center, themed around the book, featuring art by TALES artist Lauren Rinaldi, with work by 15 other artists from around the U.S. We received fantastic submissions from writers and artists all over the world. We’ll be sharing this feature with you during the rest of the month. Stay tuned for artful couplings and dynamic duos, and writing that is double trouble, double the fun, and sometimes in double Ds.Also, forthcoming from Les Femmes Folles Books, is a new print anthology that is seeking new work. Deadline September 18, 2015. Bared collects art and poetry on bras and breasts by women writers and women artists. Poets and artists bare their best breasts clad in bras, bare-chested, or both to boast their barbaric yawps in poems, in paint, in pictures, and art. Check out the CFP here or follow @LFFBooks on Twitter and Facebook.


Les Femmes Folles is a volunteer organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art from around the world with the online journal, print annuals, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014) and The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Laura Madeline Wiseman/Lauren Rinaldi, 2015). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 available on, including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund

Mrs. Fancher always says how wrong it is….how she feels so ashamed afterward, like I fucking give a shit….after all, I got pictures of us doin’ it that maybe her hub’s might like to see, so suck it bitch….

Memo to the ICC: Put up or shut up about not targeting Africans by Mark P. Fancher

June 5, 2013 - The ICC has managed to indict only Africans for crimes against humanity, “while ignoring numerous civilian deaths caused by U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan and other crimes committed by non-Africans.” The U.S. military has been blamed for training Congolese soldiers who raped scores of civilians in the little village of Minova. As a consequence the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) now has a new opportunity to dispel the widely-held belief that the court’s mission is to target only Africans and to ignore the crimes of imperialists. Many would likely be shocked if the ICC prosecutor were to investigate and interrogate any U.S. military personnel who trained the soldiers who committed the rapes. The ICC was presumably established to pierce the sovereign shields that have historically protected soldiers and government officials - including heads of state - from efforts to hold them individually responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and criminal aggression. The fantasy of a U.S. President standing before the court having to answer for imperialist crimes may never become reality. That’s because unless a country has signed on to the “Rome Statute” (the treaty that created the International Criminal Court) that country is usually beyond the court’s reach.

President Clinton had reservations about the court, but he nevertheless took the first step toward signing on. President Bush later withdrew from the court altogether. Since then, the International Criminal Court has indicted a substantial number of African government officials while ignoring numerous civilian deaths caused by U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan and other crimes committed by non-Africans. Some have characterized this as international racial profiling, and it has caused considerable resentment throughout Africa. Acknowledgment that the U.S. provided training to soldiers involved in the wanton, mass rapes adds another dimension to these crimes. A special United Nations human rights report says that at least 135 women were sexually assaulted by members of Congo’s army as troops fled from a battle with the M23 rebel group. Reuters news service quoted a U.N. official as saying: “We do know in the U.N. which are the two battalions [involved in the rapes]. Interestingly, one of them was trained by the Americans - that’s what the American ambassador himself told me.” It has been reported that U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) also acknowledged that the U.S. trained a Congolese light infantry battalion in 2010. The UN report says: “Some of the human rights violations documented in this report may, as a result of their type and nature constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity as defined by Articles 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute.” It remains to be seen whether there will be an ICC investigation of these crimes, and if so whether it will delve into the U.S. connection.

If Congolese soldiers are prosecuted, it is important to determine the U.S. role, if any, in the commission of these crimes, even if the prosecutor concludes that in this case the U.S. is not subject to ICC jurisdiction. This is because Article 28 of the Rome Statute provides in relevant part that a military commander “or person effectively acting as a military commander shall be criminally responsible for crimes committed by forces under his or her effective command and control as a result of his or her failure to exercise control properly over such forces.” The court’s perspective on these crimes could be significantly affected by evidence of what these soldiers were ordered to do - or not do. It has been reported that the soldiers were drunk and openly planning to engage in mass rape. Were AFRICOM advisers on the ground with the troops, and did they know any of this? If so, did soldiers infer from the conduct of these advisers or other commanders that there was a green light to commit the crimes? It may well be that AFRICOM personnel were nowhere near the scene of the crimes, and they had no direct knowledge of what happened. But an honest criminal investigation demands at a minimum that AFRICOM answer questions about a battalion that it trained. If AFRICOM personnel were not on the ground monitoring these troops, given past experiences with trainees and client soldiers who have gone rogue in Mali, Libya and elsewhere, U.S. military advisers should have known the risks of leaving such soldiers unattended. An impartial prosecutor should be willing to ask these hard questions without fear or hesitation. The Obama administration, which claims that it has moved the U.S. from hostility to “positive engagement” with the ICC should be willing to allow military personnel to answer the prosecutor’s questions.

In response to the pointed assertion that the ICC will not try British prime ministers or U.S. presidents, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said: “..our job is not to violate the due processes of law or to pick on individuals, as to who to prosecute or who not to prosecute. The office of the prosecutor is there for all the 121 States Parties, acting in full independence and impartiality.” If that is true, it’s time to put up or shut up. Even if in the end there is a determination in this case that an indictment of U.S. military personnel is not legally permissible, there are many Africans who would find it gratifying to - for at least one time - see AFRICOM confronted, interrogated, publicly exposed and made to squirm.

[Globalresearch; Black Agenda Report]

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