February 17, 2013

Alessandro Ansuini's Interview






Alessandro Ansuini
, how did your passion begin ?

 
I always thought about photograpy, since from when I’m just a poet. The using of images interesting me a lot. It’s start when the time is mature. How do I say, I keep photography for the middle part of my life. I want to show what I like to see. Just this. Every place can be interested, you can found a world into a nutshell, but If i had to choose one I choose these with natural light, dawn and sunset.
I always bring with me my camera. But when I feel I become obsessive, I left it, I don’t like to be a slave of nothing.


Who are your great guys in the job ?

 
I discover one just now. Terry Richardson is really amazing.







"The lunch in London"






What is your process of artistic creation ?

 It's a perfect organized chaos. I work really fast, making a lot of pics at the same time. For the work that join two or more pics, I have to try more.


Do you find easily your models ? What kind of ambiance do you install to warm the often shy atmospher of the beginnings ?


 Who found easily the models ? Only Terry Richardson, eheh. I’m a good speaker. I mean, I talk a lot. And when I have hypnotized the model I shot, I don’t like very much the pose.


Do you make many corrections on a long period, or do you find immediatly the sense of your work ?

 
It depends. Inspiration is a breathe of god, then you have to work with the human things. When I say god. I don’t mean a religious god, but some energy that moves the stars and the other things.







"Totem"
Model and Self-Photographer Ladyshave











How do you know when all is finished ?
 
Uh, normal. Let me explain this thing : in my opinion, photography is the most easily and weak of the arts, and when I say weak I mean that everyone can do an amazing photography. Photography is a whore, she accepts all, like the sea in summer.



But at the same time, if you asked me which art makes me feel really emotionated I answer music and photography.


So, when I finish my work I feel normal, because it's not me the artist, but the photography that use me to masturbate himself.


How do you feel when your work leaves you ?

 
I’m not possessive of my works, but I’m happy if my works provocated reactions, of all kind. When all is finished, I feel like Alice in wonderland, a theft in a desert supermarket, like in the movie Zombie.







"The delicate sound of"
Model Ladyshave






What is your artistic dream ?

 
Makes poetry shot, at the limit between pornography and erotism.


Will you soon participate to an exhibition ?


 I made a personal exhibition in Bazzano, into a middleage castle, let me think, in October 2006. And I exposed 2 pics at the Sherer 8 in Berlin, in March 2007, but now the place is closed.


What's for you next ?

 
I have to prepared an exhibition inside a restaurant in Bazzano called Porta Castello. It can be a strange thing because I put also the video in the restaurant, choose the music for the ambient, and read some poems the first day. The date is for October 2007.








"People like slow c."
Model Ladyshave








Do you publish ?

 
Yes, 3 official books, and 12 or 13 with mi independent press. I handmade my books. The first official was "Ronde de la nuit", in 2002, a book of short novels that you can read also at reverse. The second book, published in 2005, is my most big work, is called "Zero". It's a long poem of 256 pages. I don’t put my name on the book. He is anonymous. The last one is "Indagine di uno stalkee a proposito della muraglia cinese", in English sounds like Investigation of a Stalker about the great Chinese wall, and it's a book of poems.


Where can we find your books ?


You can found all this book from my blog, [link]. You can see the images on the right.







"Malegria"
Model Ladyshave






Is there happy professional things in your next future ?
 
Yes ! I want to work hard at my music poems, with my ensemble, Camera mix.


Thanks Alessandro ! What a pleasure !




February 10, 2013

Catphrodite's interview



" I model as a means of expression. I truly enjoy working with photographers to make a vision come to life. I've never looked at this as a way to find fame. I'm in fact quite content to live a quiet existence out of the spotlight. Unless, of course, the spotlight is part of a photographer's lighting arrangement." Catphrodite







by F. Shultz - "A stir of echoes"Post processing by Catphrodite

"I was playing around in Photoshop and came up with this."













by Scott Nichol -
"Hidden"












by Michael Miles
"Taunting"




When did you begin modeling ?

I began modeling in August of 2001. My first shoot was with Olaf Starorypinski, who is a brilliant photographer.


Being an art model was always a dream of mine, and I was lucky enough to be introduced to Olaf through a mutual acquaintance. That first shoot was such a positive experience, it truly changed my life.



It changed your life... So, what do you like about modeling ?

I work for the creation of beauty. I hope I am an uplifting influence. Also, I love all the great friendships I've made along the way. I could stop modeling tomorrow and know that these folks would still be part of my life, and that is a wonderful thing.














by Scott Nichol
"Nothing fancy"









Is there something you don't like ?

I dislike the fact that there are people who feel that the naked human body is vulgar, and that I, or anyone, should be ashamed to be photographed or painted or sculpted or even just seen without clothes.


I agree ! Until now, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment ?

I recently modeled for Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo. I am still feeling the glow of that experience.


A great moment with famous artists. I'm impatient to see the results. A difficult question, for everybody : have you a favourite photo ?

If I have to pick one, it would be "Cell Block Waltz", shot by Olaf Starorypinski at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The prison is supposedly haunted, and I had to stand down that long, dark, chilly cell block all by myself, in the nude. Haunted or not, it was pretty intense. I loved it.










by Olaf Starorypinski
"Cell block waltz"







Olaf Starorypinski's experience and knowledge of light is the primary influence in his photographic work. Using light to "sculpt" subjects he creates images from a unique perspective.

Critics describe his photographs as "dynamic and sculptural", "works of subtlety and power", and "visual intrigue".




by Olaf Starorypinski
"Bethlehem Steel Nude 8"



















by Diane Richter





Modeling is a difficult art, we'll never say it enough. What are you thinking during a shooting ?

I am thinking things like, "Be balanced. Know your center. I hope my hair is behaving."


Your work is absolutely outstanding. The way you pose, you move, your expressions, the emotion you bring us. You go so far beyond your beauty... What makes you so creative ?

Movement and form in nature, like patterns in the snow, fallen leaves, one of my cats curled up in the sun.


Indoors or outdoors, what kind of atmosphers inspire you when you're modeling ?

In the studio I enjoy having music on, and I like if it's a little chilly in temperature. I'm usually sweating by the time the shoot is done. If it's an outdoor shoot, being in nature is the perfect ambiance.








by Dan Unger

"Ireland" " Lounging around on a fallen standing stone out among the sheep on the Beara Peninsula of the west coast of Ireland. Photo by the wickedly handsome Dan Unger."




























by Marcus J. Ranum -
"Somebody get me off of this box"

 Post processing by Catphrodite














And can you feel that your body is in the right place, in the right moment, in the best lighting ?

Yes, absolutely.


It's all about awareness.
In my mind's eye, I imagine that I am watching myself from the perspective of the camera.



Certainly the best way to do. You're working with many talented and very experienced photographers such as Scott Nichol, Marcus J. Ranum, Olaf Starorypinski, Bill Mason, Tiana Hunter... Is there a photographer you're dreaming to work with ?

I would love to work with Gregory Colbert. His images are breathtaking.








Catphrodite's credits :
- model for Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo
- painting ("Odysseus and the Sirens") displayed in the Allentown Art Museum by Eric Armusik
- cover of "Lehigh Valley Living"
- images in several issues of "Lehigh Valley Living"
- images in "Carrie Leigh's Nude"
- images in "Erotic Dreams and Nightmares" by Michael Alan Grapin
- images in "Nu Art en Noir et Blanc" by Jerry Harke
- images in "In the Still Air" by Scott Nichol
- image by Olaf Starorypinski in "Jade Magazine", a UK publication.














by Zeitgeist Photography
"Simply"










I hope he'll read your message... Talking about that, what makes you confident to plan a shooting with a photographer you don't know ?

I look at the photographer's work, and I see what models he's shot with, and if I get a good impression from that I will go for it.


Are you waiting to be guided or do you prefer to be free to move as you feel ?

It really depends on the situation. Some photographers know exactly what they want, and they've planned the shot(s) out in their mind before I even show up. I have no problem with that, I take direction very well. Other photographers prefer to let things flow more naturally, and I am more than happy to go with the tides.










by Angela Pilat
"Rock on"














by Bill Mason
"Yank"











How do you feel at the end of a shooting ? Exhausted, excited ?...

Hungry ! I burn up a lot of energy at a shoot.


I hear many good and bad things about the relationships between photographers and models. Do you find the photographers give to the art models all the credit they deserve ?

I have great relationships with a lot of the photographers I work with, and am pleased that I can call several of them friends, whether or not there is any photo equipment around. So, on a whole, yes, they treat me well.



Thanks a lot Catphrodite ! For everything... I wish you the best.










by Kenneth Volpe
"Harmony"



February 8, 2013

David Winge's interview


" The first time I added the art nude to my landscape photography it was as if I had added a soul, they took on a life and became much more than the sum of each. I was looking over the images after a photo shoot, I could hardly believe my own eyes and the beauty I had captured." David Winge






"Planetary"
Art Model Rebel Smith




















David Winge and Karen
by Bill Helm




David, I know you begin very young and that you're a self-taught photographer. But how did come this extraordinary passion ? I'm sure you remember your first experience...

For a long time I've been a frustrated artist, I could never paint or draw as I never could find the way to transfer what I saw onto paper. Photography solved that problem and allowed me the freedom to compose.








"Down To My Last Teardrop"
Art Model Pearl





As I grew into doing more and more with photography I would read all the books and articles I could find, I tried many different techniques and worked in all aspects from shooting to developing and printing images.

My passion for photography has always been, I enjoyed sharing the places and scenes I would capture, I loved landscapes and candid photographs of people on the street. But the first time I do remember well, the first time I added the art nude to my landscape photography it was as if I had added a soul, they took on a life and became much more than the sum of each. I was looking over the images after a photo shoot, I could hardly believe my own eyes and the beauty I had captured.


At first I didn't believe what I saw, I stared at those photographs for a long time, it was a rush of inspiration and ideas that just started to flow though my mind, at that instant I felt I had found my calling.







"The Light In The Doorway"
Art Model Amy
















The Revelation ! What a wonderful moment in a life... Who are the photographers who have a special meaning for you ?

William Mortensen and Edward Weston come to mind immediately. Edward's use of light was amazing, I've seen work that he most likely shot in early afternoon, quite stark and just amazing. William Mortensen, another genius in photography who I like for many reasons, his whimsical work is fantastic and his desert images are absolute favorites, but he was also ahead of his time and the photographic purists of the day disliked him, to the point Ansel Adams once called him the devil. Even after Mortensen's death Mr. Adams tried to keep his work out of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

Also looking over this site, Univers d'Artistes, there is so much amazing talent here, I spend hours reading the insights and viewing the amazing images, it's an honor as well as humbling to be included among such a group and I want to thank you so much.










"Breathless"
Art Model Charlotte










"Eternity's Sunrise"
Art Model Conundra












"Ruby"
Art Model Rebel Smith
















Thank you to you ! You're the artist, I'm just the scribe.
That said, many people talk about you as a Master, but you're talking of photography as a full time hobby. So it's not your every day job ?


I would hardly think of myself as a Master, unless it is in regards to the effort and work I put into creating photographs, I take it seriously because it is so much fun and so rewarding.

There is amazing joy in the doing, pushing yourself to turn the ideas and concepts into a reality, the collaboration with other artists, and all the memories and photos we create, I would do nothing else if I could.

I found this out about myself too late in life, now I have too many obligations to chase this dream, but that isn't to say I'm not trying, I just need to remain realistic however. Should the opportunity arise where I received a commission or some type of support I would love to do this full time, but it must be in art as I'm not cut out to shoot weddings, children or boxes of breakfast cereal to pay the bills.










"San Pedro"
Art Model Rebel Smith










Maybe late, but you found it, with success. How could you explain your so deep passion for the desert landscapes ?

This was born in the early 90's after I moved to southern California. For a couple of years my sister and I would go out and spend weekends in the desert. She loved the desert plants and would buy books about them and learn all their names. I would bring my camera and photograph them, along with landscapes, I feel at peace out there, I feel safe out there and I feel better physically out there.


I'm not sure if this is due to the climate or the solitude or both, the remote desert is where I am most at home.







"Glory"
Art Model Erzsebet





Do you plan every details of your shootings or is there a large part of improvisation ?

It is mainly improvisation and dependent upon what we may find out there. I will have some ideas in mind mainly regarding locations I want to use along with some ideas for emotion and poses, I try to explain as best I can what I am after as far as imagery.

Although I am but half of the equation, the models bring their own poses and emotions to the photo shoot as well and I feel many of the best images are a full collaboration of ideas. At times not much more is needed but to introduce a location to the model and allow them the freedom to explore, to discover. I will offer direction when I feel I can enhance the images.


Otherwise I only use my perspective and sense of composition to capture what is before me.








Mission Santa Clara, California





Except nude art, is there another genre you enjoy ?

Desert landscapes and historical sites & locations. I did a series on the 21 California missions I called my "Mission mission". I get great many wonderful comments from school children who are using the photos and information for their reports. It's wonderful ! But it is difficult to compare to being out in nature.

There was one time I was in a remote area of Joshua Tree with Model Jade and we were waiting for the sunrise. It was so quiet and surreal. I asked her if she was feeling the inspiration of just being there and she said she was. I could see it in her eyes. Ever since transitioning to working with art nude models, landscapes just aren't the same without them.










"Golden Morning"
Art Model Pearl










I know your wonderful respect for the models you're working with. Some words about them ?

I cannot say enough. Without them I would be taking photographs of flowers and rocks.









"Say It Anyway"
Art Model Karen







One thing I have noticed also, and this is with everyone I've worked with, please forgive my generality, but art nude models as a group seem to me to be well above average in intelligence.










"Sharp Whisper"
Art Model Kat Love















I feel this translates into self awareness.


Very rarely I have found difficult to convey an idea during a photo shoot, and many times I have been surprised at some of the ideas conveyed to me. And unless I simply can't do the shot being suggested I almost always try shooting a model's concept, and quite frankly they are some of my best work.

Direction is very dependent on level of experience. At every level I will sometimes make minor adjustments to a pose, hands, feet or direction of the look. But there absolutely have been times my direction was not needed, I just did my best to capture what I saw.

If I had the time and the space available here I would list every model and tell you about them. I owe everything to them.







"Finding Beautiful Country"
Art Model Jade




With who are dreaming to work ? Models or photographers...

Several names come to my mind, but I really have had the opportunity to work with some phenomenal people already.

I have been extremely fortunate and blessed with the people I've met.








"I Want To Believe"
Art Model Nora



















There are a handful of people I would really love to meet and work with, who's work I only am able to see online : Rachel Lovitt and Aislinn Eire in Washington (US), Kristin from Essex (UK), Mahée from Canada and Nikki in Pennsylvania (US).

If given the chance I would take a trip to OZ to meet Andre Jaf, Darren Phillips, Scott James Prebble and Ari, hoping some of that amazing talent would rub off on me. And two models from there that blow my mind, White Peach and Nikki. This list could go on and on !


It means a long trip ! Now, a difficult question : could you choose your own favourite photo ?

I like various images for various reasons and it is very difficult to choose just one, not only does every picture tell a story but there is a story behind every picture.
I could choose a favorite of each model easily, not only from the beauty in the image but the story which lead to creating it.

I'm not sure if many photographers feel this way, but I find more often than what is my favorite image is not well liked by the people who watch my work. And vice versa.


What I may feel is not my best work is sometimes the most commented on favorably. I would like to think my best photo may be in the future, however I am particularly smitten by "Splendor".










"Splendor"
Art Model Lady Nymphadora












"The easy"
Art Model Pearl





What is your actual project ? Have you some challenges you're dreaming about ?

I have several including a road trip I would like to take to a ghost town in central Nevada. I am also going to continue to shoot in my favorite deserts and take a weekend trip or two to Death Valley and Anza Borrego.


If anyone reading this would like to go camping and shoot for 2 days in the desert feel free to email me !

I am hoping to take a few beginning photographers, and models too, out for a photo shoot and some adventure in the very beautiful areas I call home. And who knows, perhaps someone will feel the passion for it like I do.









"Rock Me"
Art Model Rebel Smith





The message is sent ! When and where will be your next exhibition ?

I am working toward this, I have never done one yet.


I believe you already have published a book, "“Desert Nudes". Is there a new one to come ?

I am dearly trying to. I have a book finished and I gave it to a local graphic designer a couple of months ago to edit and compile. Because of various issues I am now in search of someone else to do this. I have tried to do it myself but I have never published before, not only am I unfamiliar with the format I don't have the tools needed to publish. If anyone reading this would like to offer their services !...









"By The Light Of Day"
Art Model Pearl















What is your best way to promote your work ?

I am quite inadequate at promotion and even less so at business, I only want to take photos. But if you find something that works Chris I hope you share with me the secret.

What I have done is joined many online forums and social networking sites. I write bulletins and announcements. Beyond this I am simply at a loss of what else I should do. Also working full time only leaves me a few precious hours each week to edit images.


You're probably inadequate at your own promotion like a large majority of artists... But, yes I/we have some ideas in progress. I'll let you know on time. Talking about that, where can we purchase your prints ?

I have some selected prints available worldwide at RedBubble.









"Steel Skies"
Art Model Rebel Smith











Is there a question nobody ask you and you would like to answer ?

I can't think of one, but I would like to say thank you Chris, for all your hard work putting this together, and your passion in keeping it alive. This is a very valuable resource and a shining example of the best in art nude photography. I'm so thankful I found this calling, this passion, and as you said to me, I am glad to not be alone.


Once again, thank you !... Any message you'd like to leave our readers ?


There are all kinds of roads to follow, life is a highway. With any luck there will come a time when each of us figures out what we are most passionate about. Then follow your heart, do the right thing and never let anyone tell you it can't be done.




That's the simple truth, and so good to hear. Thanks a lot David, it was a immense pleasure.