WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
Beauty. My first camera was ruined when I dropped it into the ocean, on a beach in Portugal, I didn’t realize water and electronics don’t mix. I see the camera as a tool or weapon to express my ideas and emotions.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
I find it hard to find models who are professional, have good skin, that are adept, and display a knack for posing. I get extremely bored with people very fast. It’s challenging to find someone who I feel comfortable working with and that can keep up to the energy I’m pouring into the shoot.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
Digital, it’s so convenient and immediate. I love seeing the results of the shoot right away. It’s like Christmas. I print all my work with an Epson 7800 Wide Format Printer, and use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, so I’m clearly in the digital domain. I appreciate film, it’s very akin to analogue and digital recording. You can make digital recordings sound warm and scratchy, but you can’t replicate the real thing.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
I grew up very conservative roman catholic, and that made me gravitate against the grain. When I was around 14, I happened to wander into a store called “Cabbages and Kinxs” on East Hastings in downtown Vancouver, which has since burned down. I bought a pair of PVC gloves and Fishnet Stockings and immediately fell in love with High Heels. I watched two Bettie Page Irvin Klaw films, one called “Uncovered,” and the other called “Bondage.” The first one was all her more innocent burlesque cheesecake, and the second was all the more ominous Damsel in Distress Bondage/Fetish. I could not believe it was the same woman in both films. I loved the fact that she catered to voyeurs and fetishists but remained in control. I wish someone would invent a time machine so I could go back and photograph her! I have her tattooed on my right arm half sleeve.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
Can you keep a secret?
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
Definitely with music videos/film, latex is a huge fad right now. It’s really fascinating to me that a whole generation of women are imitating a 50’s Pin Up culture that they were never around to experience. I almost want to make a documentary on the phenomena of “Internet Nude Modeling” and how something that was very taboo is becoming more accepted. Someone I know made the astute observation that Pre 1995, the only way to see Fetish imagery was in magazines sold in adult stores. It’s almost as if the internet has encouraged and homogenized Nudity/Sexuality/Fetishes.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I produce electronic music, mainly chill out ambient synthesizer pad stuff. I want to learn how to make my own costumes and outfits. I paint sometimes and would like to move into Video/Film/ Music Videos/ Screenwriting. I dream about becoming a visionary Director.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Massive Attack/Madonna/Marilyn Manson/ Depeche Mode/Nine Inch nails, the list goes on and on. I am a pretty obsessive music fan, I read all the liner notes, I have to have all the rare singles and b-sides/remixes. I’m the kind of guy that hangs out after a concert to snag the set list or meet the artist. Music is hugely important to me.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I like to go bowling, play tennis, cooking, kayaking and mountain biking. I love to travel to places I’ve never been before and meet diverse people. Basically anything to expand my horizon.
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