WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
I started out just documenting events and occasions in my life that were interesting or fun, but when I went digital in 2002, I was able to really start exploring creatively since the cost of image acquisition dropped to nothing.
I am a very visual person, but rather than motion capture, I love capturing a moment in time with still photography. I think a photograph or portrait is so much more imaginative as the viewer is forced to fill in the blanks. They need to come up with their own back story or pore over the details in an image to try to determine what the objects and people are contributing to the overall composition.
I used to plan out concepts in advance, visualizing them first and then trying to create whatever I was thinking about, but lately, I am just trying to be more improvisational. I have the good fortune of working with great models, MUAs, body painters, wardrobe stylists, etc and together, we make some pretty cool images. Either that or I just shoot a thousand frames in order to get a few good keepers :)
I am still just doing this as a hobby - I am a software developer by day - so this is still an artistic outlet for me. I want to continue to enjoy creating images that others like as well.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I have no interest in film. I respect photographers who can create great images with film, but to me, acquiring the image is just the start of my workflow process, so I don't see the advantages. Film and digital are just tools, as is Photoshop. I like that different people can produce different things with different tools. I do like to improve my in camera skills - if I can save extra post processing time by improving exposure or getting the exact depth of field, that's great, but I really enjoy post production work. I will take an image and rework it dozens of times. It is never finished for me.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
I think my own inhibitions get in the way at times when I am working with the models. I have been complimented by other photographers I have worked with at networking events at how easily I can establish a rapport with models and how I can make people pretty comfortable when we are shooting, but I still feel a lack of confidence at times and when doing erotic shoots. There are things I want to try but I need to improve my vocabulary to better communicate what I am visualizing. Working with models who are comfortable with eroticism clearly makes that easier.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
I am fascinated by a lot of the ropework shots I have seen. I like the textures in the materials ad the way models can be suspended in creative ways. It appeals to me visually as well as emotionally. I feel the same way about latex - the way is hugs the body and accentuates body curves is amazing. I love inked up models. I have no tattoos myself, but I love great designs. They provide so many cool photographic possibilities.
I don't know that I would characterize my work as fetish/BDSM - I do a fair amount of pinup and body paint work. I would say, however, that I am interested in doing more fetish/BDSM work, just because it is new to me and I like to try new things and have new experiences - so Chicago models, bring it on and contact me if you are interested in creating something new and creative! You're just gonna have to teach me stuff though...
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
Ummm, see above about my own inhibitions getting in the way too much :) In general, I think whatever people are into is great and I am open to it. I think I draw a line at knives and cutting and stuff though.
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
I think what is acceptable with sexuality in general is becoming more mainstream. Sex and eroticism pervades popular culture and advertising. Subjects or interests that were once taboo are now commonplace. Classic pinup styles are pretty tame - I love those, but I would really like to do modern edgier pinup work with inked up models and wild hairstyles. But you need to keep the elements that make pinup work - the tease is more important than just showing a naked body. I love a naked body, but implied images can be so much more effective when they leave you wanting more. Plus, I can post those on Facebook :)
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I pursue my fractal artwork more commercially than I do with my photography. I am a featured artist at DecalGirl.com http://www.decalgirl.com/gallery.view/David-April where you can have my designs as vinyl wraps on mobile devices, laptops, game consoles, etc. Fractal art is no longer the hideous, garish "make you eyes bleed" designs that they were 15 years ago. New software tools let you produce amazing color gradients and textures and modern fractal artists are creating amazing images.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I like mellow singer-songwriter types - Martin Sexton, Patty Griffin, Chris Isaak, DarWilliams, Jack Johnson. I like surf guitar - Los Straitjackets, the Halibuts, Insect Surfers. Other favorites - Jonathan Richman, Bedouin Soundclash, Jimmy Buffett, Aterciopelados, Laurie Anderson, lots more.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I like to eat - Chicago is a great foodie town.
I like to travel - surfing in the Dominican Republic, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, scuba diving in cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula
I like watching Dr Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with my daughter.
Oh - and taking great pics of hot models and interesting people...