January 29, 2016

Interview of Jean Dawson, Art Model

An interview by Michael Vasquez, UdA Art Editor

1 Perspective Photography

Modeling came as an afterthought to Jean Dawson, while enjoying a busy professional life and an even more demanding personal life. She enjoys singing and acting, and Jean has also found time to teach a couple of courses at a local college. In a recent chat we discussed her interest in modeling and the successes she has enjoyed. With that success has come more varied shoots, some in very out of the way locations and with some of the most interesting photographers.

M.: You came sort of late in life to modeling. How old were you when your interest began?

J.D.: The first time I was ever photographed I was 28. It was late in the game. It wasn't anything I set out to do. It was a chance occurrence. I started out doing nude for this photographer who thought my nudes were too “white-bread” (tame) for him. But it was through him that I met Tim Summa who took an interest in me and started promoting me to other photographers. Over the years Tim has taken I don't know how many hundreds of photographs of me.

David Martindale Photo

M.: When Tim started working with you (and myself for that matter), he seemed to be bringing you along to the erotica more from just the nude photography and helped improved your skill level. Would that be a fair statement?

J.D.: Right. I didn't have that much experience and I had to get more comfortable with working with photographers and myself, too, before I could allow myself to branch out and do other things. I didn't know that much about photography so I tended to rely on the photographer because I thought that they knew more about it than I did. Even in posing, I'd try something that I thought would be awesome, then I'd see the photographs and think whatever you thinking.

M.: Did you know that you were interested in the erotic genre then?

J.D.: I guess I never really thought about it before. So no, I guess I didn't know that I'd be interested in it, but then it became apparent pretty quickly. I think I always knew that I like to be naked, and that I always like having my picture taken, so that was pretty natural, I think. I like sex and I like looking at sexy pictures, and it seemed natural to start making them.

Art by K.W.

M.: How did you find a photographer to work with and begin to explore that field, or did you have a genre in mind?

J.D.: I don't think I pursue photographers who are into that, I think that it just happens because once you do something that is somewhat erotic and then people see those pictures, and they know that you do pictures like that, you get more requests to do more erotica in the future.


M.: Photographers are a lot like sexual predators in that they use the same sort of tools to gain your confidence and trust. But the predator has a much difference agenda in mind. Has that ever worried you?

J.D. Not really, because I'm too trusting of a person. It has occurred to me to be more cautious. But I've never really felt worried because every person that I've shot with, I've met or talked with extensively before, so I felt that I knew them and felt okay with them ahead of time. I've never really felt threatened or that I would be put in danger. Everybody I've worked with has really been pretty nice.

David Martindale Photo

M.: In your professional life you seem to have a have a lot of responsibility, and in your free time you also have a lot of responsibility. People count on you to be here to be there, to do things. Do you think that the erotica is a way to take the pressure off?

J.D.: I think so, yeah, especially the bondage or submission/domination sort of thing. I think that it is sort of the appeal not only in photography but with those kind of fetishes. You are not under any kind of pressure. You're just doing what you are told and there is some kind of weird freedom in that. In the photography, one of the other draws to it is like this make-believe world where you are allowed to do things and be things you can't be in real life. It's kind of appealing to take on a new identity I don't have to take any responsibility for. And combine that with the sexually charged nature of someone taking pictures of you naked and taking pictures of you in exposed ways is a very tense state. And yes, I can see how it's a way to remove responsibility from yourself and do things you wouldn't do in a more inhibited environment.

Tim Summa

M.: Speaking as a photographer, we all have out our scratch pad poses or models or situations where we work out ideas out. How do you work out your ideas?

J.D.: I think that most of the time I'm going along with what the photographer wants to do. My job as a model is to help someone achieve this vision that they have. I think that usually the photographer has the grand vision and I am helping them to achieve that vision. I have some small input as to the pose or what I wear or stuff like that. You know I don't want to make it sound like these guys I work with are despots. With Tim I suggested wearing those red shoes and I'm really gad I did because they pop. As for shoot I'd like to do, I would love to be photographed on a railroad trestle. Now, how I'd accomplished that would be difficult.

Michael Vasquez Art

Michael Vasquez Art

M.: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years?

J.D.: I don't know. I'm going to be pretty old for a model I mean in five years I'll be forty. I've always thought of modeling as a young woman's profession, Though if people are still interest in taking pictures of me, and want to see pictures of me, I like doing it. If you'd asked me seven years ago if I'd be doing this period I wouldn't have thought so. I guess if people use soft focus filters or Photoshop, as far as what type of photography I'll be doing I don't know. I always thought I'd retire sort of, maybe not be in it as much anymore, but as long as people are still interested in taking pictures of me, yeah, I like doing it. Now as far as what type of photography I'll be doing I don't know. I like the variety a lot.


Art by K.W.

January 22, 2016

Art Nude Travel Photography in Central America

Art Model, Covenant, Juayua, El Salvador ©2015 Terrell Neasley

An article by Terrell Neasley, Uda Art Editor

Again, its great to be back as a co-editor of Univers d’Artistes.

In my last post, I covered a little of what I do, but the main emphasis for writing that post was showcasing the gorgeous Art Model, Safia Sarai in her first feature on UdA. I mentioned that I’d go into a bit more detail on some of my travel work and that’s what I’ll be covering in this post, featuring the beautiful Art Model, Covenant.

Art Model, Covenant Tobacco Caye, Belize ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Art Model, Covenant, El Remate, Guatemala ©2015 Terrell Neasley

As a kid, growing up in Texas, I barely traveled more than 200 miles from home. Upon joining the military, I suddenly found myself in Germany serving in my first duty station.

It was a wake-up call for me and showed me what the world has to offer. 

I began to visit some of the countries of Europe when I had time off. However it was Latin America that captured my heart several years later doing jungle training in Panama. Europe was not anything I was used to after growing up in the Southern US. However Central America was something different from anything I had ever seen or experience. The air was hot and muggy, much more humid than what I was accustomed to. The people, the smells, the landscape, and the culture had me hooked. I had to see more and I promised myself that I’d return as a civilian and explore at my leisure.

Art Model, Covenant Siete Cascades, Juayua, El Salvador, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Art Model, Covenant, Matagalpa Nicaragua ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Well, that’s what I did in 2012 and I’ve been back practically every year since. My last trip was March through June of 2015. Sometimes I travel alone like I did in 2014, spending 3 months in Nicaragua where I met and photographed a German traveler. But this past time, I brought art model extraordinaire, Covenant and we hit every country except for Costa Rica and Panama. I am currently preparing for another extended stay beginning in Costa Rica, traveling through Panama, and then sailing to Colombia where I’ll spend a month. I’ll figure out where else I’ll go while there.

Art Model, Covenant, Little Corn Island, Nicaragua ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Art Model, Covenant, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala ©2015 Terrell Neasley

If you visit my blog, PhotoAnthems.blogspot.com, you can get a good idea of how much of an advocate I am to encourage more people to travel, particularly Americans. I see Europeans from every country when I’m out backpacking, but I don’t see as many Americans, and black Americans even less.

It has been my absolute joy experiencing different cultures. And the more you do it, the better you begin to understand human kind. No one is better than the other. 

Some people get advantages that others don’t, but it does not make any one person superior to another. Expand your minds a little and experience some alternative ways to do any one thing. You might actually learn something and appreciate your life, that of your fellow man, and the one planet we live on a little more. You can see more of my travel work on my website, PhotoAnthems.com and Instagram @PhotoAnthems. Thank you.

Art Model, Covenant applying salve for bug bites, Hopkins, Belize ©2015 Terrell Neasley

January 20, 2016

Toulouse Manga School


C'est l'école de ma fille, Senseï Mangaka. Je suis fier comme un pape et épaté... Quelle femme. Si tu te passionnes pour le manga, si tes enfants le sont, voici l'école qu'il te faut.

Un nouvel article paru dans la Dépêche :


"Un Toulousain finira-t-il par créer les Naruto ou Akira de demain ? Alors qu'une école professionnelle de manga ouvrira dans la Ville rose en septembre, la section loisirs, qui existe depuis 2012, attire de plus en plus d'amateurs.

Lorsque vous poussez la porte de Toulouse Manga, difficile d'imaginer qu'une trentaine de personnes vient chaque jour y apprendre les rudiments de la bande dessinée japonaise, tant cet espace ressemble plus à un salon qu'à une véritable salle de classe.

«C'était le but. Nous voulons apprendre dans un contexte familial», précise Claire Pélier la directrice de l'établissement. Au fond de la salle, un canapé sur lequel un jeune homme est avachi, un livre à la main en attendant l'arrivée de ses petits camarades. Il est 14 heures, le début du cours commence, Manon, Sarah et leurs jeunes collègues s'assoient autour d'une grande table et commencent à sortir leur «story-board», un ensemble de croquis définissant le scénario.

Après avoir jeté un bref coup d'œil sur les feuilles de papier, le professeur commence à prodiguer quelques conseils, toujours dans la bonne humeur. «L'école de loisirs est ouverte à tout le monde, on a un programme qui permet à n'importe qui d'apprendre les fondamentaux des mangaka (dessinateur de manga), avec à la fin de l'année la réalisation d'un ouvrage collectif», explique encore celle qui sera à la tête d'un tout autre projet à la rentrée 2016

Une école professionnelle

Pour comprendre et maîtriser toutes ces techniques spécifiques, cet établissement dédié à la culture japonaise va plus loin que le simple apprentissage technique. «Je viens ici pour prendre des cours de Japonnais aussi. C'est important de bien s'imprégner de la culture. En plus cela servira, si un jour je deviens Mangaka professionnel», confie par exemple Louidela Nutakor, un jeune homme qui n'a pas hésité à traverser la Méditerranée pour s'inscrire à cet institut. «Je viens d'Afrique, uniquement pour suivre les cours que l'on propose ici. Pour moi cette école est très bien structurée, ça ne m'étonne pas qu'elle ouvre un nouveau cursus plus professionnel», ajoute-t-il. Dans 6 mois, Toulouse Manga changera de nom pour devenir «L'Eima», la première école supérieure du sud de la France spécialisée dans la formation de «maître manga».

«Nous allons créer une école avec un diplôme reconnu par les éditeurs et la profession. Cela n'aura rien à voir avec la section loisir. Il faudra un investissement total», 

annonce encore Claire Pélier qui a déjà reçu plusieurs centaines de candidatures. Les heureux élus devront tout de même dépenser près de 6 000 € pour accéder à cette formation atypique. «Mais, il y aura aussi un système de bourse au mérite», précise la directrice.

Que ce soit pour le loisir ou la profession, en 2016 Toulouse sera donc aux couleurs du Japon."

Rémi Buhagiar

January 11, 2016

Terrell Neasley and Art Model Safia Sarai

Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Its been quite some time since I've been back with Univers d'Artistes as an Art Editor. I'm Terrell Neasley of Photo Anthems, LLC. of Las Vegas, here in the USA. I'm glad to be back and working on the one blog that noticed my work and helped me along when I got started. Chris provided, advice, mentorship, and encouragement with my photography and helped give me direction when I started my blog, (now called Photo Anthems Blog) in the same year Univers d'Artistes also began back in 2007.

Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley
Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

The art nude is my specialty. Its what most people know me for and that's always been the case. But since I was last on UdA, I've turned pro working out of Las Vegas and the majority of my work now consists of Commercial, Travel, Portraiture, Fine Art, and Street Photography. And yes, some of my nudes are sprinkled in amongst each of those categories. For the last four years, I've been doing extended stays (two or three months) in Central America and this year, I'll be there again in the next few months hopefully, but I'll proceed further south into Colombia.

Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

I'll do one more self-promoting post a little later to outline some of my travel work and other work, but for this one, I was more interested in showcasing a new muse, Safia Sarai, whom I met a few months back and we've been shooting regularly every since. We concentrated on hotel nudes as it got cold here in Vegas a bit early this year. She's turned out to be a perfect model for me and she's been a great inspiration and a fabulous subject for my art. This is a new thing for her so she doesn't have a website or online profile just yet. I hope I can continue helping Chris and the Uda family put out interesting and intriguing content that you can enjoy and keep you informed.

Check me out at my main website: PhotoAnthems.com, as well as my blog: PhotoAnthems.blogspot.com. You can follow me on Instagram @PHOTOANTHEMS, too!

Art Model, Safia Sarai, ©2015 Terrell Neasley

January 9, 2016

From Spain, Jose Manchado

Member since 2007

"Ezra revenge"
Art Model Yolanda

Born in Canary Island and living in Aranjuez, Spain, Jose Manchado is a self taught photographer, who learned his art watching pictures of numerous artists.

Self-called wildlife photographer, Jose Manchado is one of this incredibly prolific creator (more than 150 000 photographs with male and female art models) who is thinking night and day about photography. A devoted passionate...

Have a look into his huge portfolio and you will discover a talented photographer, working sucessfully on a wide range of themes.

"Binda Pict"

"Family walk"

"Cuckoos nest"
Art Model Ana

" 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."

Art Models Yoko and Lau

"Under Aphrodite's influence"