Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis


Posted in art, black and white, model, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on June 1, 2014


I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from the more rigid structure of my art-making, and focus for a while on a classic motif, the human figure. Among subjects for artists, there is almost nothing more answerable to the timeless question of form or content than the body. For in the nude human form, we see both an object with wonderfully innate aesthetic qualities and a condition that we all closely identify with. Certainly, this is a Modernist direction that moves away from what I typically do, but it is surprisingly comfortable territory, and something that I have always been fascinated by.

In this group of images, Alexandra was an excellent collaborator that I hope to work with again soon. Alex has an amazing profile, bright eyes, and totally put up with my requests to have the human body positioned in ways that are physically impossible. Thanks again, Alex!


The Beautiful Kind

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on March 8, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to photograph The Beautiful Kind for my Identity Project (which I just wrapped up, thank you), and had a very engaging discussion with her as we shot the pictures. She describes her blog as “smut for smart people”, and it is obvious from spending any time talking to her that she is absolutely an intellectual lady. Recently, her blog earned her a designation from the Riverfront Times as one of their “13 Favorite Bloggers” in St. Louis. With all of this attention swimming around her, I thought that it would be a good time to interview her for Hours of Idleness.

More pics and the interview after the jump!

On the Female Form in Art

Posted in art by Jason Gray on December 15, 2009

edvardmunchmadonna“Madonna” by Edvard Munch

The female form is synonymous with art, especially, modern art. Seeing how each artist treats the image of woman is sincere to how each of them approach their own work, or styles of working, respectively. (more…)