Q OliverPhotographer Male Atlanta, Georgia, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/QDot My Website
Mayhem # 1264739
About MeUpdate -July 2013-
I now post my work primarily on my blog ([url]http://qoliverphoto.com[/url]) If you would like to see a more broad selection of my photographs, please check there.
"...It's that I don't like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room."
My name is Quintavius, but many just call me “Q” as Quintavius can be a bit of a mouthful some times. I grew up in Atlanta, Ga with a fairly conservative family who would have certainly preferred if I had become a doctor, lawyer or pastor than a photographer but when passion develops, there isn’t much else the rest of the world can do to stop it. I couldn’t tell you when I picked up my first camera or what kind it was but what I can tell you is that I seldom ever went anywhere without one. Over the years, what I regarded as a simple hobby slowly started to consume my life. Around the age of 17, I started photographing local b-boy battles and hip-hop shows (REAL hip-hop, not that stuff on the radio!) at The Atlanta Bench. Shortly after things picked up there, a few colleagues and I decided it would be fun to start doing graffiti on models and photographing it. After all, painting on trains is illegal! That’s when things started to take off for me as a photographer. I found myself unwilling to leave home without a camera for fear that I would miss that pivotal moment in human history. After the Atlanta Bench closed in 2010, I decided to reinvent myself as an artist. I experimented with different styles of photography as well as many different cameras before enrolling at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In my second year as a student, I decided to try something different. I bought an “antique” canon SLR camera and a couple of rolls of film and that’s when I had my “eureka moment”. Over the years, in using all of the fancy new expensive digital cameras, I had completely forgotten why I fell in love with photography in the first place. Modern digital cameras were actually hurting my creativity. Digital photography made me lazy with the ability to shoot thousands of pictures and fix all of my mistakes on my computer later. A roll of film made me slow down and really think about what story I wanted to tell with a model. I’ve since sold all but one of my digital cameras and now shoot almost exclusively with analogue cameras. In my film photographs, you'll find no photoshop, no airbrushing, no added sweeteners or fillers. What you see is what you get. I enjoy having something real, tangible and intimate instead of just meaningless data on a memory card. I develop my own film, scan my negatives and yes, I still spend hours in the darkroom making prints. Photography, now, isn’t just what I do. It’s a part of who I am.
Oh and just so we are clear- If you are contacting me because you'd like me to photograph you, GREAT! Very rarely do I turn down a shoot. But do NOT contact me stating YOUR rates. Film is not cheap and if you're asking me to come out and photograph you with a Leica or Rolleiflex or a Hasselblad, then go out and buy chemicals to spend time developing the film and then scan/print the negatives... you're out of your mind ^_^ ...unless, of course you're agency represented or have been published in a WELL KNOWN print publication. HOWEVER, every model I work with will receive a print from our shoot (yes, if I say TFP, I actually mean "TIME FOR PRINT")
To models: When I contact someone for a shoot, I’m not looking for them to get all dolled up with a million different colors of eye shadow. I’d prefer if I didn’t have to ask you to move 20 layers of weave out of your face. It’d be nice if you didn’t bring your ENTIRE closet and all of yours and your friends shoes. …seriously, I’m a simple photographer and I like my work to reflect that. When I contact you for a shoot, I just want to photograph YOU! The shoot is about who YOU are and how beautiful you are without the aid of makeup and designer clothing. I am NOT a fashion, glam, or editorial photographer. I consider myself an ARTIST. that means that I do not care whats hip, trendy, or sexy…The reason I photograph women nude is because to be nude in front of a camera is to present ones self simply and exactly as she is. No added sweeteners, fillers, colors or preservatives. I will not photoshop out scars, bruises, tattoos. I will not make you skinnier or airbrush your face. The imperfections on your skin represent who you are. BE PROUD OF THEM! It requires complete confidence on the model’s part to allow the world to view her just as she is and I respect ANY woman, short, tall, black, white, skinny, fat- who thinks she is beautiful enough from head to toe to want to share herself with the world through art.
I contact women that I think are genuinely beautiful regardless of shape, skin tone, hair color, or anything else that the rest of society places so much emphasis on. If I contact you, don’t go ranting on about how you need to get your body back or you want to get better weave… if I thought you were anything less than perfect, I wouldn’t have bothered to ask to photograph you.
Just wanted to put that out there. :-)