November 21, 2013

Terrell Neasley's interview








" I do photography as an amateur and I improve my skills. I study constantly. I made up in my mind that I was determined to continue in this field and to pursue it in such a manner as to make my living from it. I want to do what I love and this is it." Terrell Neasley

















You'll find Terrell Neasley at his official site, his very active blog, deviantART, Model Mayhem.









"Space Pod"
Art Model Lorelei












Dear Terrell, tell us more about you.

Originally from Texas, I am a former soldier, used to be in banking, and a recent graduate student pursuing two graduate degrees, an MBA (just finished in Dec 06) and a masters in Telecommunications at Murray State University in Kentucky, with one class remaining (to complete online Dec07).


So nothing to see with Photography... Are you a self taught photographer ?

 I completed 4 semesters of photography while pursuing these degrees over the last two years and easily spent 70% of all my academic time in a darkroom. I have recently moved to Las Vegas in early June trying to become employed as a Financial Analyst and continue my work as an artist.








"Stroll in the Grove"





I see your passion in your background. And why did you choose fine nude art photography ?

Basically, due to time I spent in Germany (as well as France and Spain) and my personal experience in modeling.



A tour of duty in Germany changed my perspective on nudity and trees.
Being naked there didn’t have the same sexual connotations as it does here in the US.
I fell in love with nature, the woods and the rolling hills.























Art Model Jacinda





You're telling me you were a model ? 

Yes, and I've loved being an art model.

I've always found the roll as highly under appreciated, yet it has been such a necessity in art since the beginning of time.

This is the primary reason I started the Las Vegas Art Models Group, although I admit I am still trying to get more of a balanced focus on Art Modeling and not so heavy on photography.










Art Model Lissa










"She Wore a Flower in Her Hat"






I know its impractical, but I'd like to see more photographers taking a chance doing this. Experience on both ends of the lens gives so much insight and appreciation to an art model's perspective.






"Lit Softly by the Window"











Art Model Lorelei






I am certain it has served well in my success in working with models.

Granted, I know that not every photographer should be nude in front of the camera. I'm going to go out on a limb and say its probably easier for a female photographer to do it than for males. When you think of fine art nudes, a dude is not the first impression that comes to mind. In many cases, photographers who shoot nudes don't do guys. I think in all, I've done about 5, some of which were part of a couple shoot.

I think you'd be surprised at yourself if you tried it. Besides, many of the greats have done self portraiture.









"Woods"





That's clear and sounds so logical. Make yourself what you're asking to others. So, the question was : why this passion for nude art ? Your trip in Europe has changed your mind and then ?

 After the military, I finished my last under-graduate year in college at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee (1998) where I first began modeling nude for the campus art department. I also modeled professionally for a modeling agency in Nashville for 3 years (’98-’01). I modeled for the nude drawing class for the local art guild while at Murray State as well as for other student photographers over the last two years. Through this experience, I became more comfortable with being nude and being around nude people.









"Intro"
Art Model Tiffiny






I became inspired by an HBO special on Spencer Tunick called “Naked States”. He rekindled an interest I had in photography and artistic nudes.

Most recently, over the 2006 Christmas Break, my inspirations have come from Jerry Uelsmann who creates photomontages that rival digital work. I had originally begun to take a strong interest in drawing the nude female which I did between modeling. A conflict arose when I had to model more than I was able to draw which made developing this talent difficult.

A solution was to photograph the nude instead of drawing the nude. This has allowed me to view life both behind and in front of the camera giving me a unique perspective with relations to models.


It was not a difficult thing for me to get models, compared to my photo peers, so nudes became my forte.








"Emergent"
Art Model Lorelei






Wow... What a life ! And now, between drawing, modeling and photographing, what is your choice ?
I realize that mine is the art of photography. Specifically, photographing the nude form has become my passion and my niche. However, I still have a distinct affinity for figure modeling as it relates to drawing the figure.










"Can Beauty Be a Curse ?"
Art Model Brittany










My association to figure drawing is no longer through the medium of charcoal, conte, or paint, but rather as a facilitator of the sessions. I don't draw anymore, but since I have an extended background as a figure model, I've still held a strong connection to the those in the field of art modeling. That's the primary reason I started my Las Vegas Art Models Group. So despite my particular genre of art being photography, I still talk about and discuss figure modeling.


It's the art model who has captured my admiration and appreciation, whether she poses for drawing sessions or photography.






Art Model Batty










I know you're a film addicted ? Is it easy in a digital world ?

While I am primarily a film photographer, I understand that digital is hard to ignore, especially since I am minus a darkroom and studio after moving to Las Vegas. I want to continue to shoot, so I have my heart set on a Canon 5D because I am better receptive to its full frame sensor. At the same time, however, I will not abandon film. I am not a man who believes equipment is what makes the photographer but my next purchase after the 5D shall be a Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID. I’ll just have to find a way to continue my darkroom endeavors. I miss the photo-manipulations that I began experimenting with after exposure to Uelsmann.









Art Model Lessa













How could you define your style ? At least, I know this question is really difficult, what do you like the most in your art, your preferences ?

I’ve had a long interest in shooting women in their homes while relaxing or going about their affairs as if I were not present. After studying Tunick’s work, my interest grew and I began to take on my own person style of nudes which has evolved into :

- Mainly nudes in a natural environment.
- Non-glamour and unadorned (no makeup or jewelry… as natural as possible).
- Sometimes provocative but not for pornography
- All shapes, sizes, and ages of the female form (ages 18-55 so far).
- Intriguing features, qualities, or abilities (tattoos, body shapes, style).
- Black and  White film images mainly, but color digitals too.
- For artistic uses only, not used for purposes of promoting sex.










"Sincerity"
Art Model Trixie












Art Model Faerie













We exactly love the same things ! Some words about your models ? They seem so natural.

 I love that women are comfortable enough with me to pose for me. I know part of the reason for this is because when they look through my portfolio, they can see themselves in it. Its not full of all the high fashion glamour.


I mainly use the girl you might see driving past your car on the interstate on her way to work at the local Five and Dime. They can identity with what I do, is what I think.


And they respect you because you were a model too... You know what you're talking about. Terrell, what for your next future ?

Although my training is in business, at a minimum, I will do photography as an amateur and improve my skills. I study constantly. I made up in my mind that I was determined to continue in this field and to pursue it in such a manner as to make my living from it. I want to do what I love and this is it.

My current endeavors include exhibitions in shows and contests. Presently, I exhibit my work on my own website and my blog. This website is my main means of exhibition and promotion of my work.










"Find Me"







Ok, but have you some others challenges you're dreaming about ?

My current goal is to shoot nudes in natural environments starting in a 50 mile radius of Las Vegas and broaden it out to 100, 200, 300, and so forth until I hit all the major areas in the Midwest and West Coast.







"Seated in Dynamic Style"
Art Model Lorelei





There are not many black photographers in the world today. I plan to add to those ranks.


In a recent dialog with Eolake Stobblehouse, he mentioned that he did not personally know of many. A friend of mine in New York interning with Essence Magazine made a similar comment as to the demand for good black photographers.

I study my trade because I want to be great at it, not just good. I want to be deserving of any accolades I receive, not because I am black, but because I am the best at what I do compared to any ethnicity or cultural background. Therefore I seek to certainly refine my skills and know my trade, especially pertaining to my forte in nudes and landscape, better than anyone else in the business. I endeavor to do this by engaging my business background with talent and wisdom. I love this thing I do, Chris.









You're working hard for, I know it. But it seems you want to take (temporary, I'm sure !) a new direction in your work. Why exactly ?

 I want to gain more experience shooting other things and then bring some of those new-found skills back to my nude art again.

Right now, I am behind on many of my non-nude edits. I've got other things I like to.

I have a series of work on old scrap metal like rusty cans and I like to shoot odd signs.

I've taken so many other photos that no one has ever seen just because they are still sitting untouched on my computer.








I also want to take another look at the business side of my operations. I don't have a logo just yet. I need to better manage my workflow. I need to improve my backups and storage management. All that takes better resources in terms of equipment and tools.

In terms of skills, I think I can benefit from some better lighting techniques and more photoshop editing. Shooting other things that have different demands from my nudes can help me excersize different photographic muscles to help tone up my photo skills overall. I think its a good way to expand my knowledge of image capture and light manipulation. When I am back to shooting nudes, I am just that much better at it.








"I like the sun too"




I understand. It's always good for an artist to take some distance from his work. A kind of break to start again stronger and better. Before we leave Terrell, a message to send ?

One of the reasons I like what I do is because right now, I don't have any expectations.

I have dreams, desires, passions, and loves. I crave some new equipment. But I don't really have expectations. This is not income driven. I am not under someone else's deadline. I'm not prepping for contests trying to beat submission deadlines.



I have the option to shoot what I like.



You're free ! How lucky you are !... Thanks my friend for your support and your big heart.











November 16, 2013

John Peri's interview


"I really consider myself a backstage snapshot photographer. I like to take things as they occur." John Peri




"Gaia"










John, could you tell us how did your passion begin ?

As a child, I used to take my father’s camera and shoot street scenes. I was sometimes able to capture shots of children playing which an adult would have had more difficulty in doing. Some of these were my first pictures published at around age 16.

Ha, I was particularly pleased with a photo that I sold to the Sunday Times. My father with whom I share the same name and forename was horrified at the idea that his name may appear under the photo!









"Sharing the housework"





So young... And how did you learn photography ?

 I am a scientist and researcher by training (Medicine and Science faculties) and have no official schooling in photography.

In fact, I still only know the basics and have never been to a studio.


I did however belong to a photo club in university days and learned to do my own developing and enlargements.


Self taught ! Bravo. Who are your greatest inspirators ?

Yousuf Karsh, Man Ray and Helmut Newton. I spent years searching for a cello player to photograph her nude with her instrument like Man Ray did ! I finally found her last year and took some shots while she was playing nude indoors. Our next project is to do it again in the street !





"A pause during rehearsal"




Sincerely, how long could you be far from your camera ?

 Other than during vacation time, photography until recently was only an occasional weekend activity. So I have gone through extended periods of time without the camera, sometimes months at a time.





" Big City"





"Where are you my love ?"




"Midsummer night blues"




You have many indoors and BW shots, but do you feel particularly inspired by another type of location ?

Yes, definitely. I like to photograph in a natural setting. As Newton rightly said, people don’t live in front of a white sheet of paper.










"Untitled"









I have always thought that to capture your subjects looking normal, they should preferably be photographed in a natural setting with as little artifices as possible.






"Untitled"









"Untitled"


And I love that ! And about your lights ?

 I use available light mixed with flash light attached to the camera. Sounds primitive, it is so but it works quite well occasionally.


Some words about your models ?

 Less than five per cent of the models in my portfolio have anything to do with the modelling world.


I mostly photograph people that I meet in every day life and those that they introduce to me.


I particularly like a model that does not suffer from the prejudice of experience. They are also less demanding, more tolerant and less critical of my amateurish approach.





"Last minute touches"




"Last preparations"





Amateurish approach ?! Are you kidding ?... Your modesty is honorable. By the way, what is your process of creation ? Chaos or order ?

 I really consider myself a backstage snapshot photographer. I like to take things as they occur.


Ideally, my models would not know that I am there and I would just follow them around with the camera. Surprisingly often, they get used to my presence and I end up in large part doing that.


I prefer Chaos definitely in comparison with order ! That being said, anyone that has studied even basic science knows that there is no such thing as disorder. Even the most random of events respond to some level of predictability.





"Another backstage shot"









"Just her"











Do you make many corrections ? Are you a perfectionist photographer ?

Sure, I make some basic adjustments occasionally ; but I get quickly bored with an image that is over with and I move on to the next one.


I understand. Have you a special project you're dreaming about ?

Countless projects, but they involve more individual people than situations to place them in. That being said, I do like to vary the location whenever possible, otherwise work tends to look the same.


Maybe a next exhibition ?

Well, I do have a friend that is very well introduced in the art world on both sides of the Atlantic and who has suggested helping me with exhibition. But I am admittedly very lazy.







"Reclining nude"





I wish you to find the energy ! By the way, you have published two books. Is there a new one to come ?

 
Actually, yes, I do have a couple of books published by Blurb.com.


The first, "An apartment in New York", of these is the result of a month spent in an apartment in New York, during which I photographed several young ladies that passed through, they were eight in total I believe !







The second, "Conversation Pieces", is devoted entirely to my friend Gaia, several photos of which appear in this article, including the first two and the last two. Elsewhere among the photos selected by your staff is another model and friend "N" whom I plan to make a book for soon.

I have also contributed to a number of teaching books on photography, ranging from portraits to glamour and nude.

Finally, I have published several works in various reputed photographic magazines. I was admittedly especially pleased by one apparition among others in PHOTO which was in consequence to a competition entitled "charm" that the magazine organized in honour of Helmut Newton. He was a member of the jury which adds a little spice to the event.





"TheTriangle of Love"









"Forever"





Congratulations ! And what for your next future ?


To remain faithful to my style. I do not believe in change just for the sake of change. Too many people do that and forget what they are good at and set out to do in the first place.


A message to send ?

Sure, remember that there are no rules in photography ! If so, who wrote them ?


Some people will go on ad nauseum about straight walls and horizons, missing feet, ears and all the rest. None of these things have much impact on the success of a picture. A photo is either good or it isn’t and that is the only thing that matters.


"No rules" is the best rule. Thank you dear John ! For your time and all the beauty you give us !




"The shower 6.00 PM"


November 10, 2013

Thorsten Jankowski's interview


 Member of UdA since the beginning


" From the very beginning I had this style in mind, without any doubt. I planned my studio to realize this style and from the first shootings on I tried to achieve my vision of nudes. You can call this addiction. But it's also a result of studying design : you have to think about your goals before using the pencil." 







"Body Tension"












Dear Thorsten, could you tell us how did your devoted passion for photography begin? Do you remember your first experience ?

I studied industrial design – since the age of 14 I knew that I want to become a creative or designer. My first approach was to become an automotive designer, but later I saw the full range of my creative potential.

Even at the age of 14/15 I held cameras in my hands, and I developed my images in black and white darkroom.
With the documentation of design objects which I created during my studies I got contact to photo studios. The wide range of studio lighting fascinated me.



The later beginning of nude and people photography came from the wish to be creative without any customer's presetting.








"Pose"
Art Model Anna





The first real awareness of photography and the importance which it could take for me I noticed with maybe at the age of 15. It was the period when I went around through my hometown Braunschweig with a friend both with analogue slr cameras taking images of people, architecture or only even dust bins. Later in darkroom I found deep satisfaction in seeing my inner images develop on paper.


All the vocations begin early... Before to become a teacher (a Master !) and to organize renowned workshops, where did you learn your art ?

I studied Industrial design at Braunschweig University of Art from 1991 to 1998 – 7 years to find an inner concept for design and my own approach on it.

Later I taught architects at Braunschweig University how to use flash and how to build websites (as I later worked in a new media agency). There I could test my didactic skills and found out that I got a special connection to people – which as I know today is one of my central skills. This knowledge I am still using today in my workshops.










"Still Missing"
Art Model Jessica










"Medusa"
Art Model Janina












"Sym"





Passionate as you are, do you think you could make something else ?

I don't do Photography as my main Job, even if it would be nice if editors and art buyers would share my vision for combining my style of photography with product photography for example.

For me there is a visual connection between the purity of a nude human body and some high-end product groups, for example jewelry, cars, food, just to name some.

But to answer your question : I am a creative thinking man.

I have a passion for photography, but I also want to develop other related topics to photography, as you see in my workshops, which I want to expand to other topics next year with my friends Marc Hoppe and Michael Papendieck. I love the idea that things are going on.










Art Model Akira Sun





I want to realize "Star-Workshops" with photographers from all over the world.
I want to realize Exhibitions, and create a cultural/photographic highlight in future.



And, yes, I could think of doing something completely different if I got the option for it.










"Cottonwood"
Art Model Stana





I was so sure of the contrary... But I'm sure your dreams come true, you're in the good way with your future school. Anyway, I insist, you are a compulsive photographer, isn't it ?

Related to my topic : yes ! I can't get enough of human forms. I can't get enough of the scapes of the human body.


There's always a new scape, always a new light on it, always a new reflection.

You could say that I found my Walhalla : it's the human body.


If I just think of dancing poses, of dancers and space in my new studio, I just feel deeply satisfied of future options and images.










Art Model Aneta












Art Model Anne





You make part of what I could call, if you agree, the "Sculpturalist" group (or school or movement...), sharing the same passion for the forms and the light with André Brito, Igor Amelkovitch. What brought you to choose this way ?

You forget Waclaw Wantuch, Andreas H. Bitesnich and the wonderful Howard Schatz !

It sounds strange but it's the only topic which interests me on nudes.


I am not interested in eroticism,
I am interested in forms and light.


From the very beginning I had this style in mind, without any doubt. I planned my studio to realize this style and from the first shootings on I tried to achieve my vision of nudes. You can call this addiction. But it's also a result of studying design : you have to think about your goals before using the pencil.










"Remake"
Art Model Jani






Is there a message you want to express through your so particular work ?

I don't have a specific message which I want to transport.



I want to show the beauty of human forms, that's it.
I want to achieve a graphic impact with my images.






"Nordost"








After a long dive in your portfolio, it clearly seems that you have a large preference for BW and studio shots ?... Outdoors and colors don't attract you ?

I really really love outdoors of other photographers like the images of Gregory Prescott or Sylvie Blum in Arizona desert ("El mirage"). I also like the color images of Andreas H. Bitesnich or Bruno Bisang. I don't do this, because I am just not through with studio.

Maybe I will search the rest of my life for the perfect combination of body, light and space. But to tell you the truth : I am planning outdoor shoots next year, and color is always an option, it just don't flashes me so much as BW does.









"Panda"
Model Jani





I'm impatient ot see that ! Except sculptural nude art, I constat that you enjoy B&W portraiture ?

I love taking portraits, but this is a complete different discipline.

From time to time I do a portrait session, but I am through with studio portraits – like in nude photography I have a special vision what my images should look like. This style I only can achieve on location.

Next year will be a good year to expand this idea, then I will have a new studio on a wonderful industry location to realize all my ideas in people photography. Plus : I need a new camera !










Model Henrike










Your images are perfectly composed, and Bryon talks about your perfectionism, but is there a part of improvisation during your shootings ?


The funny thing is : nearly all is improvisation !


You can call it ad-hoc composing or just-in-time-perfection. I never have a 100% idea of where I will go during a shooting. I have a main theme, like you can see in the wooden bar images of Stana, and then I see what the model and I can do with that idea. Mostly the result is that what you can see in my work. You need a good instinct for images to work like this – its about analyzing forms and composing extremities.










"Wooden bar"
Art Model Stana










"SMRK"
Art Model Stana













"Ring Ring"
Art Model Madlen





Your imagination is quite amazing... Where do you find this so creative inspiration ?

I am a visual driven person.


I always see interesting details during the day and I want to integrate some of this details into my work.

This can be architectural details, furniture, forms, but also inspirations from print adverts. Due to my genes I want to express myself in a creative way.








"Space"





"Creative" is your favorite word. And you succeed so beautifully. How do you direct your models to make such beautiful pictures ?

Mostly I let them pose. And sometimes I interfere those movements telling the model to do it again and to differ it. This way I can develop my poses very intuitively.


How do you feel at the end of a shooting ?

I feel nothing special, it's a creative job for me and if the results are the way I expected them I feel satisfied.

To be creative is a job that can be learned, so there's not a deep black hole after a shooting, but the knowledge that the next step, the developing in Photoshop is the next very important part in my work. (But to tell you the truth : sometimes I am overwhelmed about the results of a shooting)









"The God of Light"
Art Model Stana












It's what I was thinking. Could you tell us more about your future school ?

Oh yes ! As you know I organize workshops in my studio which found the attention of many national wide photographers.

In 2008 I found partners like Calumet and BronImaging for my workshops which do the fineart printing and the lighting part in my workshops. 2009 will be the year where we (Marc Hoppe, Michael Papendieck and me) want to expand this business.

We will offer various topics about photography from people over nature, table top, and macro to architecture photography. Plus we will offer theory workshops for digital workflow and fineart printing.

Additionally we will organize events around photography like exhibitions and inhouse fairs. But the most interesting thing will be the so called "star-workshops", based on my photography network. I want to cooperate with André Brito, Sylvie Blum and others to work with them also for workshops !



So tell it to the world : Braunschweig is the center of fine art nude photography. But we also need sponsors for our plans, it will be a challenging year 2009 !










"Unity"
Art Model Isatu










I tell it ! And you know how I'm ready to help you ! Thorsten, your next exhibition is planned in Hamburg. When exactly ?

The exhibition starts in March 2009 in Kulturforum am Hafen in Buxtehude near Hamburg – a wonderful place to exhibit photography ! News for the exhibition you will find on my new website which will be launched in near future.








Art Model Madlen





Nice ! I'll check. Have you some other challenges you're dreaming about ?

I am dreaming of getting commercial jobs which let me integrate my vision of body sculptures with product photography, like jewelry or other high-end goods.

Plus I am dreaming of expanding my workshop offers to Spain, which I would like to become my second home base.


What is your best way to promote your work ?

The best way to promote my work ? Publish it ! Tell every editor in the world that I got a special vision on aesthetic nudes ! Tell Agents that I exist. Publish books !


I'll tell it !!! As often as needed ! By the way, where can we purchase your prints ?

I am not a friend of prints, although I offer them by myself. I much more like the idea of high end portfolio cases with 10 or 15 fineart prints. I am offering such portfolio maps by myself, printed on Canon IPF printers on Hahnemühle Fineart papers. Anyone who is interested in this should send me a mail.


Any message you'd like to leave our readers ?

I want to thank all those people who contact me and send mails to me. Thank you for your feedback on my work ! Please never stop it...



Thanks a lot to you ! For your wonderful support, your kindness and your trust.










"Two"
Art Models Jani and Julia