hbutz New York

Photographer Male Ronkonkoma, New York, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/hbutz
Mayhem # 22253

About Me


Available work

I hire models for nude, fetish, and erotic images for art gallery and on-line exhibitions.  Offering limited paid work.  I am easy to reach via the Long Island Rail Road at Ronkonkoma Station, usually reimburse travel expenses from most of NYC.  Ongoing weekends, Saturday's and Sunday's Noon until 3pm (typically).  Contact me for my availability.  Shoots usually last up to 2 hours.

Current Projects

Currently exploring erotic sculpting of various body parts using a liquid Latex liquid.  It's anonymous, kinky, messy, and there is no photography - just art.  Visit http://surrealcinema.com/ or write hbutz@yahoo.com for more details.  Location: Ronkonkoma, NY

SCUBA - underwater nude photography.  You supply the water and the model.  I supply the diver and dive gear.  Will travel to swimming pools in Suffolk/Nassau counties.  I am a certified wreck and rescue diver and experienced underwater photographer.

Who am I?

I am a professional artist from Ronkonkoma.  My personal website is http://www.hbutz.com/ where you can see hundreds of photographs of the dozens of models.

I have been inspired by great photographers such as Ed Weston and Robert Mapplethorpe.  My formal education in photography was at Dowling College and I picked up portrait lighting from a former president of the PPA.  Many of my images have been on exhibition in art galleries in Manhattan and the Hamptons.

I follow the path less traveled.  I am not a glamour photographer nor do I earn my income through photography.  Yet, I own my own photography business - as a professional artist.  On rare occasion I sell a photograph through an art gallery or private sale, but rarely do art sales pay my expenses.  Hence, "I am a starving artist."  My [wonderful] day job provides enough income for me to pursue my photographic vision rather than supplying a demand for glamour.

You will note mostly nude images in my portfolio.  There is no commercial value in art nudes as a commodity.  I am free to boldly follow this path of economic ruin because I am not motivated by money.  I just like photography and I like to shoot nudes.  Over the years, I've dabbled in other unpopular genre as well, such as bondage, fetish, .. in fact, I do it all.  If you don't see it here, ask.  The answer is "Yes!  I shoot that!" (except for Suicide Girls)

I might be able to help you with your pursuit of glamour but it's really not my "thing."  I like wet, wild, sticky, kinky, and all things politically and socially incorrect.  Give me shocking and obscene.  That is the language of art.  What makes this country great is our freedom to express ourselves without oppression.  In practice, we are often oppressed.  If we do not continue to fight for our rights as U.S. citizens and the freedom which comes with it we will be lost forever to the large corporations who seek to enslave us.

Power to the people.

My humble studio


For conventional email use hbutz@yahoo.com
To send me a photograph or file in a hurry, visit http://photos.hbutz.com/

What is art?  Art is the conveyance of intangible ideas, concepts, feelings, emotions through a tangible media.  A photograph of an old building which makes you feel sad is artistic as it conveys the concept of sadness through photography.  But, a photograph of a shampoo bottle is not artistic since it fails to convey emotion.

What is fine art?  Tangible media which is created by the artist's hand, such as a painting or sculpture.  A photograph which is brought to life using hand-developing techniques by the artist may be considered fine art.  Photographs mass-produced by machine are not fine art.

What does it mean that art is in the eye of the beholder?  Can a photograph of a shampoo bottle ever be considered art?  How subjective is art?  Art can be defined.  Art is not as subjective as you might think.  Art is language.  Any sequence of sounds may be used to form language, but there is a difference between noise and language.  There is a distinction as to what makes a photograph artistic.

In any language, the speaker and the listener develop an association between sounds and their meaning.  If I speak the sounds "buh-nan-uh", the image of a sweet, yellow fruit pops into your head.  You see the color.  You know the taste.  For you to know the color, you must have prior knowledge of what a banana looks like.  For you to know the taste, you must have eaten a banana at some time in the past.

Art is the language of ideas.  A photograph of an abandoned building can make you sad, provided you have prior knowledge of abandoned buildings and have a sad association with them.  Many people do, so photographs of abandoned buildings are successful vehicles for artistic expression.  A photograph of a shampoo bottle does not work as art since few people have emotional associations with shampoo bottles.

Is it true that the difference between a glamour photograph and an artistic photograph is the lighting?  Does a nude photograph need to be black and white to make it art?  Are all black and white nude photographs art?  Good questions.  Here's the thing.  When you use a high-contrast, black and white photograph of a nude, you accentuate the curves of the body.  Most people have powerful associations between emotion and the curves of a body.  Glamour photographs tend to have more even lighting, less contrast, which highlights the model, not the model's curves.  This makes glamour photography less artistic.

A photograph of a nude woman invokes powerful emotions and memory association in the viewer.  Photographing the nude is like creating art using an amplifier.  It's loud.  It is challenging to divert the viewer's attention away from the sexual associations of the nude body to focus on emotion and concept - happiness, sadness, abandon, joy, misery; or, tell a story or express a concept.

You will know art when you see it.  It will make you feel something.  If a photograph fails to convey emotion, concepts, or ideas, then it has failed to reach you.  Perhaps others will see it.  When a photograph affects many people the same way, then it may be called "art."


1991 - Studied basic photography at Dowling College, Oakdale.
1992 - First Place Fire Island Photography Contest, black and white division.
1994 - Sayville Summer Festival Art Show
1994 - Internet website publication, hbutz.com.
1997 - World Fine Art Gallery Group Show.
1998 - Solo Exhibition, Nicholas Joseph Art Gallery, Penn Plaza.
2001 - Sayville Summer Festival Art Show (expunged because of content)
2001 - Bond Con Fetish and Bondage Convention NYC
2002 - Double Exposure Group Show, Soho Photo, Tribeca
2002 - Through the Lens of 9/11 Group Show, Soho Photo, Tribeca
2002 - Clouds Solo Show, Soho Photo, Tribeca
2003 - EEPG Group Show, Image Gallery, Riverhead
2003 - Reflections Group Show, Image Gallery, Riverhead
2004 - EEPG Spring Group Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
2004 - EEPG Blue Moon Summer Celebration Exhibition, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton
2004 - EEPG Holiday Exhibition, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
2005 - EEPG Waiting for Summer, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
2006 - EEPG Chasing the Light, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
2007 - The Kinsey Institute 2007 Juried Art Show, Indiana University
2008 - Book publication Reflections
2009 - http://giclee.hbutz.com/ fine-art prints for sale
2012 - http://www.henrybutz.com/ Banished From Sayville solo show
2013 - Artist Choice group show, Huntington, NY
2014 - Harvest of Artists, Huntington, NY

Testimonials from Models I have worked with
see http://blog.hbutz.com/


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