September 29, 2015

On PhotoShop

An article by Michael Vasquez, Uda Art Editor

I began my photographic career shooting film and developing my BW work. Slowly I acquired a certain skill set in printing my work. The skill came in the form of manipulating the print while it was being exposed. Those of you who know the process can appreciate how long it took to acquire those skills and then came a revolution in photography when a new skill set was born. Of course I am talking about the digital revolution and all that it entails.

Myself I still love the look and 

feel of film, I like the freedom that it gives with the new films on 

the market and I love the process of exploring the films and how I 

can utilize them in my art.

I now am learning to use PhotoShop to edit my work usually within the confines of my skill set (ie: dodging, burning and spotting) of my print.

I am scanning my old negatives and gathering them into a new retrospective of my work which can be seen at

Here are some examples of my old and pure work :

September 27, 2015

Dave Levingston, "Lost... Under the Banyan Trees" series

" Did some shooting yesterday with Leona Anne who got up before dawn and very capably guided me to some excellent locations for shooting, then added her beautiful form to the beauty of Hawaii. For those of you who are still fans of "Lost" (I think the show jumped the shark after the first season and stopped paying any attention to it myself) that Banyan tree Leona is leaning on in the shot above is the one Charlie hung from. It's near the trail head for Manoa Falls."

"Lost... Under the Banyan Trees"
Art Model Leona Anne

September 23, 2015

Richard Biardeau, Photograper, drawer, painter and philosopher

Member since 2011

Eclectic, humoristic, authentic, full of a delicious and warm kindness. Drawer, painter and philosopher...Crazy, poetic, symbolistic, the universe of Richard Biardeau is full of surprises ! And laughs. I love his (self) dérision. As much as the message he gives us.Fan of Max Sauco and Anton Solomoukha, there is no hazard, Richard has a vision I deeply like.

You know me, I won't talk about his ways to do. I saw and I love. It's the famous wow! factor. But if I could, I would d say that Richard makes me proud to have called this site "Univers d'Artistes". With him, we enter again in another dimension. The fourth or the sixth ? Who knows ? Anyway, a strange one full of truth.

Richard, merci de tout cœur pour votre confiance.

His bio :

When I was a little child I used to spend all my time drawing , growing up in an artistic environment. When I was 20, I (stupidly) used to consider photographs like potential documents for my drawings.

A few time after in an art-school, I made some friends. A lot of them were photographers and introduced me to famous artists I never saw : Les Krims, Duane Michael, Sandy Glosgun, Jan Saudek, Helmut Newton. Then came Max Sauco, I love his work !, Anton Solomoukha. Also Frédéric Fontenoy, Gilles Berquet, Mirka Lugosi who I met. And more (never ending list !)

An evening, dining with my best friend, I asked his girl friend to pose for me. I just thought I had to use my pencils and paper, but he told me :

If she agrees, it's the good occasion to teach you photography.

And he initiated me to the art of argentic photography. As early as I began to learn photography, I had the privilege to work with a model !

Later someone gave me the Minolta SRT 100B (which belonged to his dad). I bought my labotory, and so on, this were 30 years ago ! Now I use numeric, computers and photoshop. I've just offered myself a Leica X1.

Today, I can't consider my life without my camera and my models !

His Images and words. I love that. It's my writer's dream.

September 20, 2015

Welcome William Walsh

William Walsh is one of these photographers you can't miss. He belongs this personal touch that makes a great one, something special beyond the beauty of his models who love working with him.

William Walsh is based in Hartford, Connecticut, and specializes in outdoor and indoor glamour, figure, artistic and light fetish, nature and landscape photography, mainly in the Connecticut area. You'll find his gallery at deviantART.

"Melissa Outdoors 1"

"Melissa Outdoors 10"

"Kendall 13"

Here are some unsolicited comments from his art models :

" Bill, oh my goodness !!!! They look absolutely stunning ! I just went through them, and these are the ones that REALLY impressed me :... breath-taking ! Thank you so much again." (Erin Mae)

"You're someone I really want to keep working with !" (Ania Peach)

"Thanks so much for showing me that awesome shot. You're a great photographer." (Erika)

"It was a pleasure to work with you this weekend. It is photographers like you that make my job so much easier. Thanks again for a great shoot !" (Angelique)

"Tapestry 2"
Art Model Melissa

September 19, 2015

Rob Benson, first time

You'll find Rob Benson at deviantART, Modelcoast.

Spectacular landscapes, inspired poses, splendid models, fantastic lights, the artistic work of Rob Benson is so outstanding that he was awarded six times in International Photography Awards Competition at Los Angeles, California.

Awarded IPA Competition 2007
Honorable mention in Fine Art

" Rob Benson is 45 years old and lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Rob specialises in capturing the beauty of the city's wilderness areas and the women who live here.

Following a move to digital Rob has reawakened an interest in photography that spans 25 years.

Current projects include images for a book showcasing New Zealand's wonderful landscape and his partner.

"End of the Tunnel IV"
Awarded IPA Competition 2007
Honorable mention in Fine Art

"Broken Dreams"
Awarded IPA Competition 2007
Honorable mention in Fine Art

About International Photography Awards

" IPA is comprised of 18,000 members and affiliates from around the world. IPA's mission is to salute the achievements of the world's finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003 IPA has acknowledged photographers’achievements from around the world in various categories."

Art Model Caroline
Awarded IPA Competition 2007
Honorable mention in Fine Art

September 17, 2015

Ulorin Vex, Art-model and Illustrator

" I really love the naked human form, in all shapes and sizes, I think it looks amazing in photography and love playing around with weird poses to create odd shapes, just as much as simple figure nudes."

Member since 2008

by Simon Richardson
"Fire Inside"

 by Mick Waghorne 

Ulorin Vex makes part of this renowned models who are an endless source of inspiration, such as Iris Dassault, Dollybeck or Muse.

We can feel all her passion in her poses :

" I put a lot of effort into my work and trying to be original".

And she succeeds. Her inexhaustible creativity allied to her natural grace bring us always the very best.Working with the greatest photographers, Ulorin Vex is a very experienced Art-model featured on many magazine covers, and, last but not least, a skilled illustrator when her busy planning permits it.

by Michael Helms

My name is Christiane (aka Ulorin Vex), a 23 year old model currently based in the South West of England.

Reliable, enthusiastic, experienced red-headed chameleon. I love what I do, everything from natural art nudes to runway to urban fashion and crazy colourful haute couture. I am especially fond of art nude work on location or creating unusual shapes with studio work.

by Julian Knight

by Julian Knight
with Amalthea

From Incubus' Choice :
" Fetish model with a very sweet sensuousness, glamor and tender eye that knows to be tougher sometimes, as if vector of an inner strength not easily taken in, and who affects mischievous and irritable pouts by a mere movement of the lips."

 by Michelle Roberts

I'm inspired by anything a bit unusual, creative, avant garde, strong colours, makeup and styling.

I also love creating artistic nude images, especially those that explore human form and the landscape, but also enjoy the challenge of studio work !

by Dbimages
"Sol Invictus"

I put a lot of effort into my work and trying to be original. I am creative and full of my own ideas, but I can also take direction if that is what you prefer.

by Russell Coleman
"One day I'll get you"

Ulorin Vex is an illustrator under the name of Malady Charlotina :

"Plague Rats"

As well as modeling, I am also an illustrator under the name 'Malady Charlotina'.

I'm a big fan of body modification and alternative subculture and a lot of my work features pretty girls and/or boys with horns, wings and tattoos, though I also love drawings dragons and other creatures.

I currently keep a variety of pet frogs, tarantulas and a hibernating newt. Unfortunately my arachnid, amphibian and reptile wish list is much bigger than my flat can accommodate !


by Perry Gallagher

Ulorin Vex is an English alternative model from England.

She graduated from the University of Durham in 2004 with a BSc (hons) in Biology, and began her career as an alternative model shortly after, modeling collections for numerous latex clothing designers and appearing on stage at events such as the Skin Two Rubber Ball.

While still one of the more popular fetish models, she has since become equally well known for her non-fetish modelling work, appearing in style editorials for Dazed and Confused and promotional images for global hair brand Tigi, including the cover of award-winning trade magazine Creative Head.

by Ken Pegg
"La galleria"