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Last activity: Aug 28, 2014
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Eye of Ra

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Vienna, Virginia, US
Eye of Ra Photography

Mayhem #125719
Photographer


MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/eyeofra

About me
THIS is why I LOVE my "Scars" project.  This feedback brings me joy!

I used to dislike my scars and the messed up features of my back. It took me a long time to accept them and an even longer time to be comfortable with them. And now, thanks to the immensely talented photography skills of @EyeOfRa...Well...now I think they are beautiful, and for that I owe him gratitude I may never be able to fully express. <3

Upcoming showings at the Dirty Show, Detroit and 12 Inches of Sin, Las Vegas

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I am a photographer with an aerospace engineering background.  I approach photography as a melding of art and science.  With my engineering background, instructions and rules are always on my mind.  The complex cameras of today require technical proficiency and understanding of the digital negative.  This is contrasted by the creativity inherent in visualizing the scene, manipulating the model, still life, or myself, and capturing or generating the most pleasing lighting.  The art and science come together when I recreate in print what the mind saw at the time of the photograph.

I am not opposed to digital manipulation.  The true challenge is capturing the essence of reality.  All photographs start as a physical manifestation as opposed to digital creations.  Manipulating the capture of the manifestation, whether in a darkroom, or on a computer only builds upon reality to make a statement.  Success is an image that is thought provoking or generates an emotional response.

TF*
I don't say I charge, and then "waive" my fees for you in some attempt to draw you in.  If you like my work, and feel you'd like to collaborate, I have several projects that I'm currently shooting on a TF basis.  All require at least implied nudity.  If you're interested, I can let you know more about them.  My style focuses on the figure and is generally darker or more quirky in nature.  I also do pure figure work as well.  Experience is always great, but enthusiasm and reliability are more important.

If you ask me about shooting, I'll assume that you're looking for a TF shoot on one of my projects.  Please keep my style in mind.  I do not shoot TF fashion, beauty, swimsuit, or lifestyle.

Commercial Work
If you're looking for creative commercial work, I have very low rates for shooting what you want.  Check out my website for rate details.  If the project is high profile, extremely creative, or for a great cause, my rate may drop to $0.  Feel free to inquire.

A good read on why photographers can't work for free...

Paying Models
I pay models only if I'm getting paid for the shoot myself.  Otherwise, I do commercial sessions, TF*, or tears if I'm doing a commercial shoot pro bono.

Friend Requests
I love having friends here on MM.  However, I'd love a tag mentioning why you want to connect.  Doesn't have to be earth shattering, but I just like to know if you want to work together some time, just like my work, or are just trying to drum up business.  Please take the time to drop me a tag smile

Lists
If you find that you're on one of my lists, it means I would like to collaborate with you some time in the future (or that I already have!)  This is a list for me to keep track of people and I'm not leaving some sort of subtle hint that you should contact me.  I'd welcome you to contact me first if you'd like, but hopefully some time in the future you'll be hearing from me.

Great models I've worked with:
A3L* | Alison | Allie Vokalo | Alyx Carbon | Amber Rowland | Amelyn Rouge | Anguissette | Anna Steasya | Angelique* | Autumn Clemens | Barb | Bianca P | Blueriverdream* | Bonsai | C-Fresh | Calla Lily* | Ceara Blue | Celeste Undressed* | celicagrryl | Chastite | Cherry GQ | CleverTroglodyte | Clockwork | Creatrix* | CulturalEnigma* | Danielle | Dawn Davenport | Dawn Desiree* | Dawn Pearson | Deanna Deadly | Devonny Sandrick | Eerie Twilight* | Eryka Soleil* | Eryn | Evenstar* | Firefly Sky | Frederica | FreshieGaia Phoenix* | Ghost Orchid*Gypsy Lady | Gypsy Ris | Hannah Wendylin | Honey* | Infektsia | Isis* | Ixi Burlesque | Jade Marie | JennaKellen | Jessica | JessicaAH* | Jussica Pariah | JessAngel* | Jillian Ryan* | Julie Loewinger | Just Megsy | Kallia* | Kat Kalashnikov | Katlin Sumners* | Katlyn Davis | Kelly | Knave Karina | Kori Lei | Lara Turkopuls | | LadyLori | Lauren Nelson* | Leanne | Leila Licole | LiiLii* | Livia17* | Lolo* | London | LoRo | Lovely Little Creature | Luciana | Luciux Luna  | Mae* | Mallory Quinn | Mandi Manic | Mara | Mary Celeste* | Mary Elis* | Maura | Marzi Marz | Meagan G. | Mina Lee | Miss Redrose* | Misstress Miki | Ms Tasty Cakes | Muse for Misery | NatashaNacre | Nicollina | Nikatrina | Nikki Sebastian | Painful Kitten | Pandora Rose | Perysh Paradigm | Poi Nico | Quesera* | Raachel M | Rayne Tupelo | Rayofsunshine | rhus* | Rhus brutalis* | Rogue* | Sadie Magnas* | Sangoire* | Sara Bonato | SarahJ | Scarlett | -scuddle- | Sharon Andersen* | SheaBear* | Simone21 | Sky Donohue | Sondra Gillions | Sophia Wilde | Sunna Divine | Sunshine* | Tabitha Hale | Taylure | Tendu* | Thuan | TophatMC | Tracey | Treat | Valdyr* | Vanity Kills* | Vanity Sigh* | Ventur | Wara | White Russian | Winged* | Xiao Tuzi | YvonneEmilie

Other great industry folks I've worked with:
Auxilliary Magazine | Brush with Beauty | ColorGaloreMUA | Edgy Expressions | FTKL Illustrations |Mike Lado* | NadiaPabis | Phil Neff | PickyMe | Purkinje Shift | Sunshine Bodypainting 

* indicates multiple shoots

My F A C E B O O K   P A G E

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Additional photos and information on my website:
E Y E O F   R A   P H O T O

More of my work on other people's profiles

Credits
Art
Form & Figure: Fine Art Nudes, Washington School of Photography juried show, Oct 2013
LE SALON DES REFUSÉS DU PÉCHÉ, international juried competition.  Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, 2013
"12in of Sin",international juried competition.  Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, 2013
"Geek Love", book, published 2013
Dea de los Muertos, Target Gallery, 2012
One of five "Notable" Artomatic artists as selected by the Washington Post Express, May 2012 (out of over 1000 visual artists)
Kinsey Institute Permanent Fine Art Collection (12 Pieces), Indiana, 2011-Present
RAW:Artists Featured Artist, 2012
Ephemeral Ink, Marian University, 2012
Mulberry Arts Studios, Lancaster, PA, 2011
"Censored", Lustine Center, 2010, 2011
Solo show at Asylum DC, 2009
Artomatic 2009
Honorable Mention (Top 3) "12 Angry Women", The Soundry, 2009
MOCA DC, 2008-Present

Commercial
Juxtapoz Magazine
Petite Alternative Magazine
Auxiliary Magazine
Lip Service (Lethal Style)
Alt Fashion Magazine
fIXE Magazine
Radioactive Music
DC Tribal Cafe
Skin & Ink
The Hill Rag
naimahdances.com
Taboo Inc.



Testimonials

"What a gorgeous, evocative photo!"  Jacqueline Carey - Author of the Kushiel series

"I absolutely love this picture! Like bounce up and down, squeal and drop the phone in the middle of Target, love this picture!"

"I freakin love them [photos] and don't think I've ever had a shoot to date that I've been so pleased with..."

"Working with you was a dream!!! Feel free to invite me back ANYTIME!! The images were absolutely stunning, I almost felt like they were someone else. Can't wait to do this again! You ROCK."

"...one of the photographers I've been MOST comfortable doing work with. He knows what he's doing, and he's quick and to the point. The photos you get back are of GREAT (and I do mean GREAT) quality, and he's definitely someone worth driving to see."

"I think the phrase that I couldn't stop saying was, 'sweetbabyjesus!', over and over again."

"Omfg!!!!!! These are unreal!!!! Wow!!!!!"

"omgomgomg"

Lists
Denver-ish   24 pics
Ink I want to capture   74 pics
Interesting New Figures   49 pics
LA-ish   4 pics
Models I'd like to work with   30 pics
NW-ish   6 pics


Casting Call
Dec 1, 2013 Scars Project

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