June 28, 2011

Konstantin Alexandroff





Konstantin Alexandroff (MrKostas on deviantArt), from Russia, is a talented young photographer who dreams of being a rock star and while he pursues his dream, he produces stunning images.










"She and her darkness"




Let's learn more about him in his own words:

I was born and raised in Moscow. I guess I had a pretty normal childhood but I was a strong introvert so communication with other people wasn't easy or necessary at all. I was always focused on something beyond usual people's interests. I was drawn to maths, physics, cosmology, chemistry, psycholohy, philosophy etc. And I still am. When I turned 18, I began to become more interested in the arts, I started to play in a band as a guitarist, got some tattoos and grew long hair. Before I was 23 or so, I don't think I ever held a camera in my hands. Then I bought some crappy compact Olympus and I pretty much enjoyed working with it, people called me to parties to take pictures which was nice too. Then I switched to the cheapest DSLR and realized all the potential of photography to express my thoughts.

My philosophy

As a photographer I've chosen artistic nude as my favourite genre for different reasons. First of all, I'm endlessly fascinated by female beauty and the power it has over people's mind. But my works are almost never "erotic", they always have some special meaning not everyone even attempts to think of. I don't mind this at all, I never try to explain what I do. Some people have their own interpretation and that's great too. My thoughts are rarely happy, my mind's dark and lonely and all of this bleeds into my art in a symbolic form. Which, in turn, gives more sense to my life and even gives me new thoughts and ideas. Everything is connected.

I have asked Konstantin to choose some of his favourite shots:


Now, regarding the pictures I've chosen. Here's some of my comments bearing in mind that I don't feel comfortable talking about how to interpret them, my words should not be taken too seriously



"Nuit"





I was always a fan of Egyptian mythology and this is kind of a tribute to that passion. A quote I like: "...Nut was the goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies, a symbol of resurrection and rebirth. According to the Egyptians,during the day, the heavenly bodies—such as the sun and moon—would make their way across her body. Then, at dusk, they would be swallowed, pass through her
digestive system during the night, and be reborn out of her uterus at dawn, the red streaks in the sky symbolizing the blood and fluid passed at birth





"Storm"

Hard to pick the right words to describe it. But the contrast between soft and curvy lines of body with cruel environment and with lots of empty space, all of this makes it beautiful to me.






"Place called home"



















This is about my (and anyone's) true home. Which is not where my family is or where I live. It's definitely in my mind, and it's always deserted, always hard and twisted. Though I wouldn't look as good naked as she does










"Belle Morte"



She looks like a doll, she's passive and very appealing. One of the simplest but visually (near-)perfect pictures of mine.




























"Panic Room"

Again, something about inner self, hiding in the dark but actually very exposed and vulnerable. Also a technical experiment with film format.














"Rising tide"




















The combination of different elements and high contrast again. Never tried to explain this one to myself, so cannot comment further.







"Embrace of shade"

This one is about the feeling of being buried under dark thoughts.










"Abyss becomes you"




















I think that Nietzsche explained it well: "When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you"








"Stigmata Diaboli"

Blood is a very strong symbol. And it was shed for far too many symbols and abstract ideas.




Thank you Konstantin for your wonderful work. We hope to see more of it in future.






June 25, 2011

So you want to hire a live Model ?, by Warren Brown


An article by Warren Brown,
Photographer from Australia.
Contributing Editor and Artist since a long long time ;)
His official site, all his articles here.





" I sometimes get requests on how to go about finding and treating live models.
So here's some (non exhaustive) advices on how to make things run smoother when you hire a live model.
"








"Stairway of Life"
Art Model Lady Sio










"Free Me"
Art Model Believe-Hope







" Some of you will know my work from the art nude photographic category. I sometimes get requests on how to go about finding, and treating, live models. So here's some advice on how to make things run smoother when you hire a live model.


Bear in mind that the following is offered as advice only.


I'll point out now that this isn't a guarantee of getting a model to work for you. These things have worked for me, and others, here in Australia. There may be local laws you should check in your area before asking a model to pose for you. This isn't legal advice, nor is it established practice. I'm not a lawyer, please don't treat this as advice from such.










"Inner Strength"










"I Want To Be Free"
Art Model Roxy












"Of Steel and Grace"
Art Model Roxy






First off, one of the things a model (and this applies to males and females) wants to know is WHO are you ?

Remember, many internet models get lots of sleazy enquiries, and there are some really weird folks out there who can pass themselves off as being semi-professional. Be prepared to say who you are, e.g. "I'm a part time photographer, but I work day to day as a pastry chef."




Next thing is how much are you paying ?

Most models have fixed rates that can vary from $50 to $200 per hour for artistic nude work if you've got that in mind. Will you be paying in cash ? Can the model cite or show your work in her portfolio ? Are you prepared to pay a deposit up front ? And no- you can't "owe it to them". Payment on the day BEFORE you start work is the norm.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find a model who may model just for the art, with just a few dollars to cover expenses… but this isn’t common, so don’t expect it. And don't offer them $200, and then decide to pay half that if you don't get what YOU want. Set a fee and stick to it.










"Kindred Spirit"
Art Model Niansa










"Force of Nature"
Art Model Ava Adorne










"Gaia Dreaming"
Art Model Niansa










"Time is Ours"
Art Model Niansa





Another thing that many will want to know is are you established ? Do you have a portfolio they can view ?

Are any of your works on exhibition, or have they won prizes ? What this means is basically are you serious about what you're doing, or are you just looking for an excuse to get the model alone somewhere ?



Don't blame the model for being cautious - most of them have been burned plenty of times by sleazebags. YOU have to prove you're NOT one of the sleazy characters.


If you don't have a portfolio, don't despair - say so ! Tell the model that you're new at photographing or sculpting from a real person. Many of the models I know are quite keen to help out folks if they can, but you must say what you expect them to do beforehand.

If you want the model to pose in a cloak with arms folded, say so ; if you want them to pose naked in a bathtub full of ice cream, tell them ! Above all, don't say beforehand "you'll be fully clothed, dressed as Batgirl" and when they arrive, say "Oh, I think this would work better with you in your underwear, would you mind ?" They'll walk out the door, and won't come back. Be prepared to give references as well. If you don't have any in the sculpting / modelling industry, try your boss at work !









" Blue Day"
Art Model Niansa










"Hommage to the Self"
Art Model Candace

Note of Chris : I love it !










" Equilibrium"
Art Model Niansa












"A Spirit At Rest"
Art Model Sutha





Give the model whatever safeguards they require.


For example, if they want to meet you a few days beforehand for coffee, why not ? It gives both of you a chance to say hi and discuss ideas. If they want to bring a chaperone or a friend, give it serious consideration ! I've worked with several models who have brought chaperones, and while they make some folks uncomfortable, I've never once had a problem.


Remember, a model who is relaxed and at ease will work so much better for you.








"World Of Tension"
Art Model Berenice Dorei










"Between the Light and Darkness"







Other things - Where will you be working ?

If it's your home studio, be prepared to give out your address before the day. I don't know of too many models who would agree to be picked up by someone then taken to a place where no-one knows where they are. Be prepared to provide a verifiable home or studio phone number and street address, regardless if you are working at home, studio, or out on location. If it’s a studio, make sure the studio / room is well heated - you don't want the models goosebumps to show on your shots, do you ? And a model who is freezing cold won't hold a pose for long. Likewise if it's a hot day, have the airconditioning going.










"Lazy Days"
Art Model Zoe










"Shadow On The Wall"
Art Model Haywire C










" One World"










Most models advertise what services they offer
,

such as nude, lingerie, fashion, etc. ; ask them to do something they don't do, such as nude work, not only gets you a refusal, but gets you branded as sleazy. Word gets around very quickly - the rumour mill is faster than a broadband connection !








"Catch My Heart"
Art Model Niansa





Make sure the model has somewhere private to change,

and have a robe on hand for them to slip into when they're on breaks. You may be paying them to pose for you, but they aren't there for you to perve on, no matter how much you're offering them.


And bear in mind that unless you're working with "life models" who often pose for art classes, most models can't hold a pose for more than a few minutes.


Even with life models, give them a break every fifteen minutes, and have coffee / tea / cold drinks / juice etc. available for them. (Hint : I haven't met a model yet who didn't love chocolate !)









"Coming Out Of The Dark"












"The Escape"
Art Model Roxy





Important : don’t offer your model alcohol !


It will probably give the impression that you’re trying to get them drunk, which will brand you as a sleazebag.



Do NOT engage a model who is under legal age in your area !


And if you're not sure, check the model's ID to ensure this ! Regardless of how many friends / chaperones, etc. they say they'll bring, DON'T DO IT !











" Shame On You"
Art Model Audrey Lynn











"Into The Mist"










If you're engaging a model to pose as Lara Croft or Dracula, tell them how many people they'll be posing for.

If you lead them to believe it's just you, and they turn up to find seven people in the room, don't be surprised if they refuse to work, and hand your money back. Let them know if you're holding a class, or it's just for your own work.









"Contentment"
Art Model Sutha





Finally, if the face of the model is going to be recognisable in the work you're doing, you may need a Model Release
,

which both of you sign otherwise trying to sell your work, or exhibit it anywhere other than in your portfolio, may be illegal ! Again, check your local laws. Samples of these model releases are available on the Internet, use your favourite search engine and type in "model release" to get a few. If you're going to adopt a model release, get it checked over by a good lawyer first. Laws in Australia differ from other countries, and they vary from state to state.

Oh yeah - make sure the name the model puts on the release is her real and legal name. Many models (quite sensibly) use a pseudonym for dealing with people over the internet.










"Worship of the Sun"
Art Model Anj






I suppose what all of this boils down to is BE HONEST AND OPEN in your dealings with models, and TREAT THEM DECENTLY.









"A Last Goodbye"
Art Model Zoe





If you hit on the model, embarrass them, ridicule them, or act sleazy, you not only may never get another one to work with you (the grapevine among models is incredible) but you may also get a visit from the local Police, and deservedly so.





REMEMBER : To have someone turn up and pose for a total stranger is a very courageous act.

If you're a relative unknown, the first time most models work with you, many will want to bring a friend or chaperone, or will ask for references to make sure you're on the level. Be ready to provide them !




I hope this is of some use to folks out there.
Like I said, this should be taken as a guide only !"










"Time after Time"
Art Model Nsaia











"The Colour Of Life"








Warren Brown ©




June 21, 2011

OnePixArt and Art Model Sindy Kat


Just for us ! In exclusivity ! Wow.
How proud and honoured we are... All red.



And last but not least, Mosa joins the UdA Art Editor's Team... Same comments with a huge WELCOME.


All began simply, as usual with him :
Mosa : This is a new style of work for me... Hope you understand !
Chris : If I understand ? I tried so many styles in my writings ! Indeed, Mosa, it's different. B/W before, then less post-processed (correct ?) (... he told me yes). With a really expressive art model who deserves to be in front of your camera. I like. All. The Series and the courage to try a new way. Bravo Mosa !


And Mosa is waiting for your comments. Truly. ;)











You'll find OnePixArt at his official site, his blog, his first feature, his wonderful interview full of passion and love, and all his articles here inside.








OnePixArt and Art Model SindyKat

"Again she manges to take my breath away with her amazing performance and presence on stage. With each look she would transform to a different person, right in-front of my eyes/lens. Thank you my china girl."






























"This set was shoot last time SindyKat visited me. Once every other year when she is in town, we get together and make art.

Occasionally I do some experiments as in this set. The DSLR camera was set to JPG/BW with high ISO, trying to imitate old times film cameras and the whole set was shoot in less than 30mins. None of the images have been cropped.

Since she is coming to for another session in a few days, I feel the images reflect my anticipation of working with her."
















































"I believe that the human body is a temple containing Spirit, it is a gesture of the vibration that is Universal Consciousness.

If God made the human body in its own form, I feel that the body – as a sacred vessel – should be looked upon respectfully, with the utmost reverence.
"