It all started with a folded slip of paper handed to me on a rainy sidewalk by a half-seen stranger on a gray afternoon in the city. The only thing on the piece of pale pink stationary was a phone number hand-written in red ink. The slip of paper I put on my night stand, and for a month I stared at it every night, trying to devine it’s message before slipping off into dreamland. Until one night, I awoke and found myself calling the 10 digit phone number in the middle of the night. A woman answered, as I had always secretly hoped for. A slightly cryptic conversation followed and I soon enough found myself ringing a bright red doorbell on an unfamiliar street in The Queen’s district. The massive hand-carved door swung ajar, inviting me to enter a dark marbled foyer. I then listened to my footsteps as I followed the plaintive song of a lone violin to the end of a long, chandeliered hallway. Then stepping thru a tall velvet curtain, I came upon a pair of wrought iron gates that parted just enough for me to clearly see a young woman of uncommon beauty sitting quietly in the middle of a grand salon, with a diamond-leashed peacock at her side. For only a moment, I closed my eyes…

Excerpted from my book “Provocateur.”

I’ve been doing this for over 15 years.
I was inspired to do this at the age of 22 by Helmut Newton.
I have a love affair with the kind of photography that I do that is beyond my understanding.
I do beautiful fine art coffee table books.
I’m married to my stylist and the love of my life, Raven.
Oh! And I throw parties for a living.
Large parties.
-JULIAN

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Comments

  • Mike Cressy
    Mike Cressyalmost 4 years ago

    Very HOT!

  • Hey THX for being The First. Come by Anytime! ;-)

    – Julian Wilde

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...almost 4 years ago

    Magnificent!!

  • You know how it is: you drop by Anytime! :D

    – Julian Wilde

  • mjart66
    mjart66almost 4 years ago

    Fab :)

  • Glad to see your feeling better! Here in the Great Northwest, Spring is springing!! :D

    – Julian Wilde

  • frankula49
    frankula49almost 4 years ago

    Oh such wonderful Invitations you get Julian…how do you find the strength for Photography as well…“..fling wide the gates and let the music blow right down inside your soul…” Brilliant work!
    Regards with Applause!
    Frank

  • “How do you find the strength!?” Frank, you Always crack me up! THX Buddy!

    – Julian Wilde

  • ranjay
    ranjayalmost 4 years ago

    oh!! really nice work!!
    spellbound!!

  • THX Ranjay. Nothing gets by you! :D

    – Julian Wilde

  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannalmost 4 years ago

    The story exemplified; had it not been for the peacock I could have almost believed it. ;) Technically terrific as ever and work with narrative adds that extra layer which is what you achieve in your work; that manifests itself in all you do. Roger likes.

  • Roger! You’ve just given me an idea. We may need to collab on something. I’ll msg you. :D

    – Julian Wilde

  • Zane Paxton
    Zane Paxtonalmost 4 years ago

    Loved the story excerpt and wanted more. Great stuff.

  • THX Zane! Don’t we Always! ;-)

    – Julian Wilde

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 4 years ago

    Marvellous!! . . .

  • David Weber
    David Weberalmost 4 years ago

    Who wouldn’t want her phone number! :) Love the styling and capture Julian.

  • Here’s the thing: I didn’t get a good look at her. ;-)

    – Julian Wilde

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 4 years ago

    Beguiling creations…is there a part 2 to the story OR is this the story?
    Love what you have set up here. Especially love the gate, the violin and that peacock…
    Peace,
    sass

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