Here’s a brand new never before released pic of Veronika taken by Tom Millea back in 2002. Tom worked with Veronika only once as I had stated in a previous blog posting to generate some source material he could produce platinum prints with … he considered Veronika an “interesting subject to photograph” as he told me when I met with him several years ago. Seeing that the platinum printing process was both dangerous and time consuming he only produced a handful of prints from that photo shoot with Veronika. This left many images never to see the light of day. Luckily I managed to purchase all the 1500+ images which Tom shot that day of Veronika a few months before he passed way (RIP). Here is one of those hidden treasures for all to now enjoy … a truly angelic pose of Veronika … the only thing missing are the wings 🙂
It is with sad news that I discovered just this weekend that photographer Tom Millea had passed away on Feb 16, 2015. Tom worked with Veronika back in May of 2002 and was responsible for the very tasteful and artistic Set 215.
Tom’s mark on the world came as a result of his work with platinum instead of silver to produce very unique B&W photographs. His work stills hangs in several museums around the world. He printed a handful of platinum photos with Veronika after his photoshoot with her. When I went and visited Tom at his house in California a few years ago he had told me that he decided to work with Veronika because he felt that:
“she would make an interesting subject to photograph”
he certainly had a very artistic eye for capturing the true beauty of his subjects through the use of B&W, unique lighting and poses. I did have a chance to view the entire set of approx. 1500 photos of Veronika he shot that day and all I can say was that they were breathtaking. He only ever released a handful of photographs from that photosession with Veronika.
During my meeting with him I did purchase one of those wonderful platinum prints and several of the unreleased photos from that set for my private collection. In honour of Tom’s passing I felt it was warranted to post a couple of the better photos from that photosession which I had purchased. I hope that you will all agree that Tom’s work was among the best if certainly not the most artistic work of Veronika.
Tom’s obituary can be found here if you care to discover more about his life
RIP Tom !!!!
2 more rare Tom Millea platinum prints came up for auction today on ebay. Have attached the previews here:
If you don’t own one of these gems, this might be your last chance. Tom stopped producing platinum prints shortly after he produced these of Veronika in 2003.
Hey Fellow VZ fans. I did some searching on ebay and found this listing of an original Tom Millea “platinum” print (Set 215 on the VZ index). The starting bid is for $499.99. See the pic which was attached along with the bid below:
“Update — See reply by t-man for a link to Tom Millea’s” wesbite and a description of the “platinum printing process”