March 30, 2011

Contributing Artists' colour shots





Jarda Balek
"Vera 2"












Michael Helms
"Scar 6377"












Dan West
"Fallen"
Art Model C Kudos












Lara Jade
"Nell III"
Art Model Nell Nabarro













John Running
"Silhouette Series 2"
Art Model Natalia












Minon
"13:14"













Ben Heys
"Black pearls"
Art Model Jody












Pavel Kiselev
"Game with a mirror"












Nick Giles
"Paula flowers"












Akif [HAKAN] Celebi
"I've been dirt 3"












Perry Gallagher
"Darya IV"
Art Model Darya



March 28, 2011

New series of Franck Bergereau




Three beautiful photographs from three new series by Franck Bergereau. To admire the others, go on his official site.

Watch also his First Feature to know more about his amazing work.








With Art Model Sandrine










With Art Model Chantal











With Art Model Valérie








Franck Bergereau




March 23, 2011

John Emrys' first feature



You'll find John Emrys at his official site,
Duclerck, Model Mayhem.














"Original Liisa"Jump"




When I think of John, the first thing I feel is his deep and compassionate kindness. He told me to work a little less ! He's kidding me. And the second one, wow!, here is a talented photographer. All is there. And yet :

"At an impressionable age when the Apollo mission made its historic lunar landing, my first career choice was bio-genetics. Balking at the concept of one plus two equaled three, I kept seeing the answer as a pleasing shape. My love for physics and chemistry prevailed upon a right-brained streak, leading to a discovery of the nature of light and how it plays on everything."










Of course, when he asked me to contribute, I went on his site and I immediatly loved what I saw. So here is he.

He choosed a lot of these photographs, I added some. I hope he'll understand why. Because there is no hazard in this site.



Welcome on board John ! And thanks. Take care.








"Duo DressHorns"



A general bio :

Mostly self-taught, John has spent the past twenty-five years generating commercial photography for such clients as Clinique, ScotiaBank, The Wool Bureau of Canada, Labatt’s, H20 Cosmetics USA, Playboy Lingerie and numerous editorial magazines. He has recently produced a fifth fine-art project for the distinguished Canadian artist, Michael Snow.

His awards : several CAPIC, Nikon, Profoto and PDN Gold and Silvers, many of them for his ‘Body for Soul Lingerie’ LA campaigns and ongoing self-promotional series.



Lately he prefers shooting fine-art nudes more often than not. A belief in the pure difference between perception and perspective has remained, while continuing to make use of metaphor in his photography.








"Alex bedroom chair"











"Alex livingroom solo"











"Alex bathtub"










A more personal approach :


"Crystal front window"





I had my first taste of pro photography given to me by an ex-Franciscan monk who had changed careers, mid-stream. Somehow, he had secured the management position of the black and white darkrooms at the local paper, and later, he also sold me my first Hasselblad. To this day I have no clue how those elements were connected.



It was shift work that didn’t allow much of a schedule for shooting my own stuff or for having a social life but it taught me a mitt-load about film, printing, not the least of all, deadlines. (As a form of stress relief I also learned how to bake and was known to the editorial staff as producing a particularly excellent cheesecake, although that’s another story). I was mesmerized by the shoot, soup film, print process, and how each part yielded unique emotional experiences layered within the same image.











"Caro Cafeteria"











"Crutch"











"Nicole head"





Being mostly self-taught afforded hours of creative fulfillment, which conveniently leaves others blameless for my level of accomplishment. So much so, that the obsession became a life career. It’s a pang that to this day can’t be satiated, no matter how many servings of cheesecake are heaped on the table.

And so, the journey into professional photography, or more accurately, just a plain artistic headlong plummet of never getting the absolute perfection of what I wanted to express, began.

I’ve gathered some amazing things along the way. When I was an assistant learning the craft, one of the pros I worked for bet a client he could make hundreds of chickens look at the camera all at the same time. And then doubled it. The client lost the bet. Maybe it had something to do with that re-furbished monk, I’ve never been sure. I’ll bet the client never forgot it, either.










"Tamsen-full length"










I learned how to rescue E6 roll film from a three-day tropical soak in a leaky Ziploc : how to not trip the teargas canister again in the camera safe, how to make one of those chickens stand like the Rock of Gilbraltar, and much more.



"Crystal white chair"





With remarkable privilege, I’m still here after 27 years. Still fascinated by the whole process; that it’s mostly a digital workflow now doesn’t really hinder either the vision or the concept.


Someone said they found it astounding that I’ve spent most of a lifetime trying to capture moments that when added together, might not amount to a couple of hours of gathered time.

Small price to pay, it seems.
















March 16, 2011

Sita Mae Edwards' interview


Sita Mae Edwards at her official site, her blog, Model Mayhem, Streetwise Art, deviantART.




A Master of Shapes.

You know how much I love women photographers. One day I'll write why but I'm sure you guess. What impressed me in the work of Sita Mae Edwards is her vision of the female body. She goes beyond what I could expect. It's a long time I was looking for a photographer who doesn't hesitate to shoot art models with forms. Done. And so well.




"Love Song To Weston"
Art Model Wenona








"Bella"
Art Model Stella Dean





California native Sita Mae Edwards is an internationally published and exhibited portrait and figure photographer. Though new to exhibiting her work publicly, she has already shown in a dozen group exhibits in four different states, including the San Diego Art Institute's Annual, The Dirty Show, Nude Night Tampa/Orlando and ArtPrize, as well as internationally at Vancouver Photo Haus Gallery's "Eros" February show.

Additionally, Sita Mae’s work has been featured on a full page of the January 2011 issue of French PHOTO, as well as two issues of UK’s Filament Magazine, including being featured on the January 2011 cover with a feature interview with her, as well.

One of the few photographers currently exhibiting almost exclusively on sheets of aluminum, her photography has been called “lush,” “fresh,” and “strong.” She is represented by Streetwise Art.







"Swan Dive"
With Art Models Mischief Vixen and Eden Eris









"Sarah"
Art Model Sarah

"This is one of the most accomplished art models in the country at the moment. She's got images hanging in museums around the world. To say that I was nervous about working with a model who has experience with some of the best photographers around is an understatement !
She was wonderful, though, and we had a great time."










Dear Sita Mae, tell us how and when did your passion for photography begin ?

I was convinced that I had no art in me until I met Jason Fassnacht, a wonderful artist and figure photographer, in 2004. By 2005 he had seduced me to the dark side, and almost without my realizing it, he turned me into someone obsessed with photography.


So, impossible for you to do something else ?

Oh, no. When I was younger I tried singing, dancing, poetry, short stories, painting, pottery, charcoal, and even stone sculpture. I was abysmal at everything, which is why I became convinced that I didn’t have any art in me, despite my lifelong yearning toward expression. It’s a terrible feeling, being an artist without an art.





"The Penthouse"
Art Model Nerlande






Ho yes ! More than terrible. But let's forget this nightmare we all cross. So film or digital ? Contemplating your photographs, maybe both ?

Both ! I learned with digital, but I spent about a year with no access to a computer, and in that time I was forced to learn to shoot with film, which turned into a torrid love affair. Tri-X 400 is my favorite film, and if I were independently wealthy that is all I would shoot with. Practicality dictates that I use digital more often than film these days, however.











"Afua"
Art Model Afua








I knew it ! Your style is very original, personal, there is something different. We feel your passion for the woman as she is since the beginning of time, like in this photograph which remembers me some wonderful prehistorical sculptures. I know how difficult it is, but how could you describe it ?


"Venus"
Art Model Mischief Vixen





I have often been told that I ‘shoot like a man, which I think means that people expect women to shoot softly.


And I often do, with portraits, but with figure work I more often aim for the visual equivalent of Beethoven’s 5th – all crashing drama and a sense that it’s all just a little bit too much.











Modern Primitives Series


"The Bride"
Art Model Sarah









"The Queen"
Art Model Jessalyn













"Modu"
Art Model Modu







In what themes do you find your most prolific inspiration ?

With figure work, my abiding inspiration is the male form. I rarely get to shoot it, because it can be difficult convincing male subjects to do figure work, but if I could shoot men every day, I would.


The dramatic angularity and lines in the male form are incredibly beautiful to me.










"Atlas Defeated"
Art Model Style












"Sarah's Portrait"
Art Model Sarah






You seem to have a preference for the studio ?

I have historically favored working in the studio, because it allows me to focus on the subject to the exclusion of all else. Due entirely to necessity, I have recently been broadening my visual horizons to incorporate other elements, and have become fond of shooting in hotel rooms. I think every photographer goes through a hotel room phase, and I am in the thick of mine !


Tell us some words about your incredible art models ?

I am incredibly lucky in my subjects. I have had the opportunity to photograph many of the best art models working today, and quite a few have become friends. There is a wonderful, collaborative, creative magic that happens when making photos with art models that is difficult to describe. It feels less like subject and creator, and more like a creative endeavor in which everyone pours themselves into making something beautiful.


With who are you dreaming to work ?

I am dreaming of dancers and gymnasts and acrobats, those who live in every inch of their body, and are aware of it and in control of it from the soles of their feet to the tips of their pinky fingers.








"The Gymnast"
Art Model Nicole B










"Defying Gravity"
Art Model Nicole B











I understand. They know how to act, how to pose, in such difficult positions ! Another difficult question : what is your favourite photograph ?

The way that Edward Weston approached his peppers – with all that adoration of texture and shape and sensuality – that series is an enduring favorite of mine that informs almost everything I attempt to do with the human figure.






Until now, what do you consider as your greatest photographic accomplishment ?

I recently found out, thanks to a kind email from a photographer in Venezuela, that I received a full page feature in the January/February contest issue of French PHOTO.
Considering the open-mouthed, drooling awe I feel about that magazine, to be included in it is a thrilling accomplishment that hasn’t yet sunk in.



Bravissimo !!! Sita Mae, have you some challenges you're dreaming of in a near future ?

I think I might jinx myself if I’m too specific in answering this question, but I will admit that I am dreaming of the few publications that regularly publish fine art figure work ! Fingers crossed for 2011 !




"Jessalyn"





All the dreams come true ! It's just a question of faith. I didn't see any book about your work ? Is there one to come ? I'm sure.

Someday, I certainly hope so ! However, I will be contributing to a German tattoo anthology set to be released in the near future, and I’ll let you know when it comes out.


Don't forget ! Where can we purchase your prints ?

My website has an easy ordering system. At the top of each photo is a little icon of a shopping cart that you can click to order that print. If you would like anything special, such as aluminum prints (which is how I present my work for exhibits), just write to me at sitamae@gmail.com !


Last but not least, what advices would you give to someone who wants to work in your genre ?



"Cat B's Bedroom Eyes"
Art Model Cat Bee





Find a mentor. Being able to talk regularly with someone who is talented and experienced in the genre you are looking to pursue is invaluable.


We might not all be able to get a formal photographic education (I don’t have one, either), but many wonderful artists are incredibly generous with their time, knowledge, and feedback. Take advantage of that !


Thanks a lot Sita Mae ! For your kindness, your patience, your talent, and your trust ;)