WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
It started back in high school when I became a staff photographer for the school newspaper. Printing my first B&W image in the darkroom, once I saw that image slowly develop, I was hooked. I carried a camera with me everywhere. As an artist as well, the camera was an excellent tool for capturing references. I have never separated art from photography since.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
At first, finding models, until network sites made it a little more convenient to advertise, trying to find the model for the image I was trying to create was very difficult which kept me shooting editorial and fashion most of the times. Other than that I find it just as challenging as any photography or art that I do. Keeping myself challenged is what keeps me doing this every day
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I love digital, I am an artist and an illustrator so being able to use my computer to combine photography and art together is what drove me straight to digital. The possibilities are always endless, and the quality is so much better now. Plus being able to print high quality prints at home so quickly is a great benefit.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
I love the look, the clothing, the attitude that goes with it, the boldness of colors. The confidence that the models have when we shoot. I love the sleek look and the crispness, everything in that image we get tells a story. The image has power over the viewer and that is what really interests me most.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
Personally I do not partake in it other than capturing the images and creating art, but none the less it’s still fascinating and is an art form into itself.
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
I think more and more it’s becoming noticeable, everyone is pushing it out a little here and there. The wide web has helped to make it so accessible to the viewer it’s not just hidden in the corner anymore. I’m finding more people willing to view and hang my work, where not too long ago it would not have happened as easily. Models are looking to get a little more creative and artistic work in their ports and that is giving me the opportunity to get a wide range of images and push my work a little further. Everyone is becoming a little more open and accepting of different types of art, things are definitely not being viewed the way they once were.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I do a lot of pencil illustrations but now mostly it’s digital. Give me photoshop and Corel Painter and I’m hooked to the pc. However I always make time to sketch.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I have a wide range of appreciation to music, classic rock, blues, rap, classical, there is something from all of it I take. Most of the times music is what inspires me while I’m editing and creating especially if I’m working on dark images.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Anything that has to do with art, from photography to painting. Now I love driving everywhere and photographing the oddest things for use as backdrop elements for my images. The city can give you such great ideas and inspiration, and now I’m putting together a book of my work which is a lot of fun.
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