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.
RIP Tom !!!!