Photography, like any other art, is subjective. You’ll hear lots from people about “doing it right” but I don’t really buy into that. I think a good finished image is a good finished image. I don’t care how you got there. Whether you used film or digital, whether you got it “right in camera” first or you’re a digital photoshop wizard… a good finished image is a good finished image.
I’m a strong believer in content over technique. A perfectly executed photo of something boring is a boring photo, and a slightly out of focus, strangely lit, half cut off composition of something interesting is an interesting photo. Pretty pictures with text book lighting schemes against plain white or black backdrops are nice exercises in math, but are you saying anything interesting? Because that’s where art happens and photography grows beyond just a skill set. Were you creative?
On Sexuality in Art
To me, art is an expression of the human experience. Sorrow, loss, excitement, quiet contentment, etc are all valid aspects of the human experience and valid aspects of art. Sexuality is no different. Sexuality and artistic merit exist independently, and one neither legitimizes nor delegitimizes the other. Very little annoys me more than hearing “Oh that nudity is totally artistic because it’s not sexual nudity” because it presupposes nonsexual nudity is more artistic.
Sexuality and artistic merit are not mutually exclusive, and I make no apologies for the sexuality in my art. In fact, I make no apologies for my own personal sexuality being in my art. Art is an expression of the human experience, and my art is an expression of my own human experience.
Why Female Portraiture?
I shoot things other than female portraiture from time to time, but it’s definitely my main focus and subject. It’s what I’m enthusiastic about, and I make don’t feel bad for getting less excited about other ideas. I was sent a tumblr ask once upon a time, and my answer addresses this better than anything I could write now, so I’ll just copy and paste that for you to read.
“Every single woman I’ve worked with is stunning in some way of their own or another. I’ll go a step further actually and say that every woman I’ve ever met is stunning in some way or another.
It’s a huge part of why I do what I do. I’m in love with the concept of womanhood. I don’t mean “oh man I love women because boobs.” I mean the very idea of the feminine blows my mind. Women are beyond my ability to comprehend in an wonderful way. Like the way you feel when you look at the Great Pyramid. That “this is too amazing to actually exist” feeling is what I feel. I mean holy fuck, have you seen them? Have you talked to them? Have you felt that indescribable rush when their head turns ever so slightly so that their eyes meet yours and they let a subtle little smile pass their lips? I don’t know if I’ve ever met a woman that I didn’t fall in love with for at least five seconds.
It’s that feeling in myself that I try to express in my work. I want the audience, but most importantly, my subject herself, to feel the awe about herself that I feel, even just for a few seconds. And feel I fall incredibly short. I can only hope to make a feeble mortal attempt at creating images of these goddesses before me. My photographs pale in comparison to the actual power and beauty that is woman, and I can only hope to inch a little closer each day to better exemplifying that in my work.”