“What is of greatest importance is to hold a moment, to record it so completely that those who see it will relive an equivalent of what has been expressed.” Alfred Stieglitz, 1922. "Winter-Fifth Avenue" - Legend has it that in 1893, Alfred stood on the sidewalk for hours taking photos and then for years after he created a lot of different variations using different developing techniques.
Almost immediately he dropped my hand and headed off, grunting something that sounded a bit like “Tailor.” Even after he let go, my skin still tingled. “What did you say?” I called out. Then I had to run to catch up, as he was already way ahead of me again. He didn’t stop until he stepped up onto the foot-high rim of a circular concrete structure.
The day I visited the Gap a busload of tourists helpfully turned up to give me a typical example of how conservatively dressed they were. Little did they know they would inspire a prominent aspect of my book. Lol.
Had to include this! I was thrilled (and surprised) when "Caught" placed equal third in the 2011 Rainbow Awards for Best Contemporary Gay Romance. Because it's a judged competition (not popularity) that meant a lot to me. It may not be a best seller, but it's still getting good response on Goodreads.
I'd needed something for my characters to talk about and came up with the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. A man who is often credited with being one of the main people to establish photography as an art form. Books of his work sell in the range of three to four thousand dollars, so I thought it would be a suitable drawcard for Danny to get to know Taylor better.
As preparation for writing the book which is set up at Watson's Bay and The Gap in Sydney, one bright sunny day, I took my camera and set out to see what my protagonists would see. I loved this shot I took of the lighthouse. And the fence surrounding it offered up other possibilities for a scene.