This picture is from a very bizarre photoshoot.
Neither I nor the film lab I've used for a dozen years has encountered
anything like it.
When I unearth (from storage) the negatives
and prints from this shoot, I will post them on this website.
What makes them bizarre is the light
that circles my body in almost every shot. Unlike most light
leaks in a camera or during developing, these light rays seem
to eminate from my body and weapons.
I set this shoot up myself using professional
lighting and the neutral backdrop in my home/office/studio.
I try not to get into the hocus pocus
of Qi and energetic healing, too much, but this photoshoot gives
a unique portrayal of Qi energy (or maybe ghosts) without any
This photoshoot was at Tai Mantis in
1982. The photographer was Shifu Rick Bash.
That's another thing I loved about Tai
Mantis. There were other artists and creative people there.
Rick set up the back drop and shot a
bunch of us students who paid a small fee.
Unfortunately, I hadn't been at Tai
Mantis very long. This stance is from the 5 ANIMAL STYLE Gongfu
that I had previously learned as a student of Shifu Douglas Wong
at the WHITE LOTUS GONGFU SCHOOL.
I learned a dark Qigong style from Shifu Wong. It's probably just a shadow in the palm of my right hand, but--
Zhen Shen-Lang, Spirit Wolf of Truth
Patriarch, Shaolin Chi Mantis