Jesse Richards

Photographer Male New Haven, Connecticut, US My MM URL:
Mayhem # 231896

About Me


I'm a published photographer, filmmaker and painter (and formerly a member of Stuckism) based in southern CT (mostly) and NYC. I specialize in lomography, pinhole, medium format, fine art iPhoneography, DSLR/digital photography as well as Super-8, 16mm, VHS and digital filmmaking. Becoming fond of toy digital cameras and have been shooting with the Digital Harinezumi (version 1 and version 3) and the Monogram Sq30ML.

Interests: authenticity, undefinable small moments, addressing the shadow, improvisation, photogénie (Jean Epstein), sculpting in time (Tarkovsky), Theatre of Cruelty and Antonin Artaud, impressionism, German Expressionism, capturing internal energies and states of being- religious or sexual ecstasy, madness, other extreme emotions; self confrontation, and the aesthetics associated with Remodernism.

Other specific interests: atmospheric gothic horror esp. vampires (think Jean Rollin or FW Murnau rather than contemporary gothic); impressionistic moody/emotive erotica, doppelgängers; 19th & early 20th century maritime imagery- sailors, shipwrecked ghosts, mermaids; Georges Bataille; Leopold von Sacher-Masoch; Knut Hansun; duration, the inhabitants of Dostoyevsky novels; Rainer Maria Rilke; the accursed poets (Verlaine, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, etc), fin de siecle decadence, memento mori... I'll stop here for now...


GENERAL- All are welcome, but I especially value models that are into improvisation, and are interested in expressing situations, that are interested in exploring moments- whether brief or extended... I'm very particular about the projects I do and the people I work with at this point, and am not interested in boring commercial/editorial type projects, or working with people only focused on money. See above for my interests.

NUDES- If we are shooting nudes (and nudity is involved in the majority of my current work), I work with women and men with natural bodies- meaning having natural body hair and not having plastic surgery. Tattoos and piercings are great, but I'm less interested in sleeves and that kind of thing.

Read the article about my work in Filmink magazine here: … -from.html

PLEASE READ BEFORE MESSAGING- I know this is a bit long, but I think it's best to communicate things well from the start...

Contacting me
It's definitely best to contact me via email. I don't always check this and sometimes I'm not alerted when there are messages here. jesse . richards . film @ gmail . com
Just remove the spaces.

Please include:

* Date/Time of Shoot

* Location

* Shoot Length

* Shoot Type

I'm located in southern New England, but am willing to travel anywhere in the world depending on the project and providing that my travel expenses are covered- but other than that I won't accept payment from a model.


At this point I'm only seeking collaborations on here that are purely artistic, and am not interested in money coming into the discussion. Therefore I am offering to trade my time and energies for those who are collaborating with me as models- so TFP only. However- if money comes about after the project (as opposed to being a focus of the project), I will ALWAYS split everything evenly with anyone I work with.

Friend requests

Up until now I had basically approved all friend requests, but from now on I'm only interested in accepting them from people who want to collaborate or who are interested in my work- and on the flipside I'm only going to send friend requests to people I wish to collaborate with or who's work interests me. If for some reason I've sent you a FR but have not messaged you or commented on your profile (usual due to an interruption from my cats or something similar) it's safe to assume that I think your stuff is interesting and wish to collaborate.

Please Don't Contact Me About...

Wanting me to pay to shoot with you. Please see above. If we are shooting together, I will always assume it is TFP.

Recent News, Articles, and Interviews

And another new project: an experimental adaptation of Rilke's only novel THE NOTEBOOKS OF MALTE LAURIDS BRIGGE:

You can read more about me on Wikipedia:

and the film movement that I initiated:

Feature article in Filmink Magazine

Roger Ebert tweets about my manifesto

New interview for iNews (Bulgaria)

New interview for Sofia Live (Bulgaria)

Article in Bright Lights Film Journal about "In Passing" and Remodernist film



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