September 15, 2009

Jose Manchado's interview

" The first thing I teach to a new model it's respect. If the model don't feel secure in a shooting, she won't make the things right. The models are always my friends because we work together in the picture and it ends better with two minds on it."

"Under human skin"
Art Model Suse Kew

You'll find Jose Manchado at his official site, deviantART, MySpace, JPG Magazine and his first feature here inside.

Jose, tell us how did your passion for photography begin ?

There is 3 years ago, making portraits for my friends. Then making amateur nudes, I quickly found that showing the sex is too easy and doesn't please to the models. As my models are mostly female, I learned to hide the sex with grace.

I think an elegant nude is really better when you don't show the entire nude body. And when I want some more sensual picts, I never show the body, only the lips, the fingers, the face, only parts who let us imagine much more... It's really funny to watch the face of people during my exhibitions.

Art Model Ana

Did you learn your art at school ?

No, I just kill the photographers asking too many questions, ha ha ha !

"Brito style"
Art Model Alma

You're so prolific !... How long could you be far from your camera ?

No more than 1 week.

Who are your greatest inspirators ?

Well, now I'm trying to improve my skills about the light. So I'm always watching picts, thinking how to make the same light set. And now, working on a new project called "Warrior women", I'm watching at my old illustration books and magazines, metal hurlant, comics, 1984...

"Child story"
Art Model Maria

"Let me wake up into your dream"
Art Model Beam

Your favorite photographers ?

Ufff ! Too much on my list, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Eugenio Recuenco, André Brito...

I know how much this question is difficult, but what words will you use to define your style ?

I don't have style... I think to have a style it's to make the same things, even if it's with different models in different places. For me, that's really boring.

I'm always trying to learn from other great photographers, because it makes the things more funny, more complicated. I never stop learning.

"Nude into a square crop"

"My treasure"
Art Model Alex

What is your favorite theme ?

Outdoors nudes, in the nature or abandoned places.

I often try to integrate the nude figure into the scene so you can view first the scene and later the nude figure.

Is your photography mostly nudes ?

No, the most part of my weekends I shoot at a motorcycle circuit.

What is your process of creation ? Do you plan every details or is it improvisation from the beginning to the end ?

I explain to the model the idea for every shoot, with drawings or picts, with the pose, the light and all things that we'll use (fabrics, masks, etc.). So, we work the most part of the time with a script. Sometimes without, but it's rare.

"Sit down baby"
Art Model Morella

Do you feel particularly inspired by a type of location ?

Yes, I love the old factories and the irish pubs.

"Dead of Venus 02"
Art Models Ana, Sara and Alex

"Dangerous girl"
Art Model Ana

Art Model Elsa

What are your preferences, indoor, outdoor, lights, bw, color ?...

Indoor flash light, outdoor natural light, with soft flashlight or dark with hard flash light. When I make a good balance of color, I leave it into color, if not I transform into b&w. I like making darker or lighten the channels red and yellow.

I know how much you respect your models. Some words about them ?

I try to not work with professional models because they don't work well for my camera, only using one face, they don't express the feelings I'm waiting.

I prefer working with normal people and get the best part of them.

"Bea way of sword"
Art Model Bea

A shooting that you particularly liked ?

The last spring I made a shoot with the best photographer of Portugal, André Brito, 2 days, 6 models, a lot of different sets... It was hard and funny.

How do you feel at the end of a shooting ?

When it's a good shoot, I feel sad because the magic of the light and the model is ended. I feel tired, dirty (many times I have to rest) but with a big smile and wonderful picts into my cf card.

Have you a special project, some challenges you're dreaming about in a near future ?

I'm working on my projects "Wintermute" and "Warrior women". I'm also collaborating into a fashion shoot with 3 designers and a lot of models. It will be a crazy organization but I'm sure that it will be funny !

"Creation 4th version"
Art Model Bollu

"Creating a new world"
Art Model Patricia

Art Model Suse Kew

Is your next exhibition scheduled ?

No. My last exhibition was at Nimes, France, in a gay pub, just for meeting friends, not for sale my prints.

"My name it's madness"
Art Model Virginia

"Paradiso perduto"

You still don't have published a book, I believe. Maybe have you been published in magazines ?

I have picts into magazines of bikes, music, but they're aren't very known. Today I'm collaborating with the venezuelan magazine Exo2.

Besides shooting, another passion ?

My house and my girlfriend ! But I don't have many time with my 2 works. My personal life is really complicated !

A message to send ?

Work hard, check the lights, see the model expressions, work the composition, the background, and shoot !

Thanks you very much Jose !
I appreciate all your efforts to speak english...

"Present to god"
Art Model Mamen

Jose Manchado ©

September 13, 2009

Summer trails (and trials !), by Howard Nowlan

Summer Trails and Trials in England

by Howard Nowlan (Unison Photo Arts)
UdA Art Editor

"Connection, when expressed in an image, is deep and true."
Jock Sturges

"Breaking Light"
Art Model Joceline Brooke-Hamilton

It's always a challenge working in England. This summer, for example, the sun pretty well refused to shine through most of July and August, making it feel, aside from the temperature, that we jumped pretty much from Spring to early winter!

As someone whose first love is the nude in the landscape, this causes several quiet moments of frustration, as once again, you find yourself limited to working with a model in a pretty confined space, trying to create something new, when your heart is yearning to get out amongst the wide spaces of the coast or the moors.

This frustration hit a high mark this month (that story is coming), but thankfully, the summer here usually starts in June, and the 'blanket' of gray forgot that this year...

"Twixt Earth & Sky"
Art Model Magenta

June proved to be the gem of the season, allowing Magenta, Joceline, and I to work together over a few days of truly glorious weather.

Teaming up with some other photographers for most of this, we were able to engage in a small run of shoots along parts of the North Cornish coast and across an area of the bleak but stunning Bodmin Moor.


Art Model Joceline

A week later, and the sun was still keeping Magenta and I busy, this time once again close to the moors amidst some of the splendid wooded valleys of the region.

"G O L I T H A"
Art Model Magenta

Of course, it wouldn't last, so when the first model I ever worked with, Natasha Himpson, tracked me down last month to work with me again, Magenta and I knew it would be back to the studio.

Art Model Natasha

It was superb to work with this wonderful young lady once again after almost five years. Natasha is now returning to modeling, so I hope to have more about her here in the near future.

And so, to the big (bad weather) story.

Magenta and I have been planning all summer for a major outdoor shoot with at least one other model. At first, it looked as though
we might be able to do this in the South of France, but events worked against that, so we settled upon a camping trip in Cornwall. Joceline was keen for a return trip, so we put together a one day workshop for a small group of photographers on outdoor nude photography in the midst of the trip.

Art Model Joceline

The weather literally turned some 36 hours before the off, meaning I had to re-work the entire workshop day into an indoor event (quickly finding a venue we could hire and use) and canceling the camping trip.

Well, the week away never happened, but the workshop proved to be a true success...

The one good thing about all the poor weather is that it's given me lots of time to work on my new project - a very special 'coffee table' book of the very best of my nude photography over the last five years...more about that next time !

September 12, 2009

Around a bulb

Kiran Patil -


Nikola Borissov -
"Cet obscur objet du désir 1"
Sony World Photography Awards 2009

"I forgot you Paris"

Alexey Nikishin -
"Three plus 2"

Thorsten Jankowski -
"Ring Ring"
Art Model Madlen

A.J. Kahn -
"Starfield 2"
Art Model Anya -

André Brito -
"No title 51"

Abe Taltre -

Aeric Meredith-Goujon
"Trouble's Braids"

Nad Iksodas -
Art Model Lela Rae -

Dave McAleavy -
"Modelling Light"
Art Model Charlotte