portrait of NY performance artist Shelly Mars is dated 1/1984 when Shelly
was living in San Francisco, some 27 years ago! I am posting it in honor of
was shooting black and white film in low light and over-processing it to
give it a very grainy quality. I
love how intense and alive Shelly's eyes and lips are in this
photo. We had done a photo shoot with Cleo Dubois and her snake Momo and
Shelly had helped. I was really fascinated by Shelly. Just a few months
later Cleo and I did a performance piece called Dark Scars at Studio Rhino
with bondage, monologues and Momo to boot.
When one of the performers
quit after the first show, Shelly filled in on the 2nd night with dancing
and a performance that was driven, dark, mysterious, funny and somewhat
insane. ;) Shelly was fabulous.