WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
My first interest was actually super 8mm movie-making. I began high school in the late 1960s. What I wanted to do with my life changed with every feature film I saw. I loved "Airport" and wanted to be a pilot. I loved the "Bond" series and wanted to be an international man of mystery. I loved "Planet of the Apes" and wanted to be an astronaut. It occurred to me that taking up any of those occupations would be a lot of time and work...then it struck me. If I became a filmmaker/actor....I could be an astronaut one day, a spy the next...the possibilities were endless. So, I set my sights on becoming a movie director.
I made several short films in high school and took a film course in University. It was there that I was introduced to still photography. Let me be clear: I don't consider myself a photographer. I'm no expert at lenses, depth of field, etc. I consider myself more a digital artist. Most of my work is done in Photoshop. I shoot the model against a bare white wall and composite everything else in the shot (props, background, etc.) Everything is built from scratch so to speak.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
This is primarily a hobby for me. I shoot when I have a particular image in mind and when I can afford to hire a model. The biggest challenge for me is to shoot something unique. How do you show something in a new light or from a different perspective. Coming up with a concept is the hardest part. There's nothing wrong with creating a "pretty" picture but when the image has something behind it...it elevates that photo to a different level. I know I've succeeded when you have to look at the picture for a few moments to appreciate it rather than just flip or click past it after a quick glance. I specialize in vintage or period pieces as much as I can. I have an extensive vintage wardrobe and a lot of costumes. Most of my inspiration is drawn from 30's pulp covers and damsel in distress imagery. That said, I try to find models that have a timeless or period look and are good with expressions. I compare my style to Norman Rockwell. I like to create a picture that has a bit of a story to it. I've just happened to capture one particular moment in that story.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I've shot with both and definitely prefer digital for ease of use. I've done the darkroom thing and screwed up many negatives and images (hee hee). Since I manipulate the image anyway and use filters to give it an "illustrated" flavor...digital works best for me.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
As I mentioned, my primary interest is in damsel in distress imagery. That began from a very early age watching "Superman" on TV and countless police & detective shows. I've always been drawn to nylon stockings as long as I can remember as well. Most of my artwork is along those lines and as I've grown...I've broadened my horizons to include: PVC, latex, and more "Fetishy" imagery drawing most of my inspiration from John Willie and Irving Klaw. I'm proud to say I was into Bettie Page in the mid-70s long before she became a pop icon.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
As far back as high school, some of my relationships included light bondage and wearing vintage clothes and seamed stockings. They were happy days indeed. Today, creating videos and imagery is my playtime.
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
Most definitely. You see it in fashion and mainstream movies and television. Sometimes, it's depicted in an unfavorable light but most times, it's shown as kinky fun. As with most things, I believe people are a little more tolerant and open to ideas than they were when I was growing up. The biggest stumbling block is censorship and a few select people making the decision of what is in the public's best interest. There has to be safeguards for underage children, but consenting adults should be able to choose what they want to see or don't want to see. One of my goals is to combine pinup with bondage or Fetish....kind of Gil Elvgren meets John Willie.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
After 1000 or so images, I'm becoming more selective when and what I want to shoot. I don't know if I'm getting bored or just running out of concepts. Lately, I've turned back to the medium I loved best....film making. I've been shooting on video and creating a bunch of short damsel in distress video clips which focus on vintage imagery and wardrobe. It's almost like re-creating some of the old tv shows I grew up with. It's great fun! I hope to open a clip store some day.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I've always been a creature out of my time. I still enjoy music from the 30s to 60s...anything from Sinatra to Glen Miller to the Beatles. I also listen to a lot of movie soundtracks which are excellent inspiration for concepts and ideas.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Most of my time is taken up with my still imagery or video clips. I don't consider it work...so, I guess it's what I do for fun. I like to scour the second-hand stores and GOODWILL shops for unique wardrobe or period clothes. They're also a great source for vintage nylon stockings. I used to do quite a bit of community theater. I think that's where my interest in costumes began. I'm also a ham, and like to act in my videos as well.
See more of A.R. Tiste:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/1610016 (fetish portfolio)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/1092775 (Mainstream portfolio)
Armageddon: Manchester (model)
Bobbing for ballgags: Nyssa Nevers (model)
Capturing the Queen: Nyssa Nevers (model)
French Kiss: Kassandra Love (model)
Living Art: Fayth on Fire (model)
Locksmith: Engel Schrei (model)
Prima Donna: Engel Schrei (model)
Prison Break: Engel Schrei (model)
Scarecrow: Puppet Doll (model)
The Black Swan: Nyxon (model)