FRANK DE BLASE ON NEWS STANDS NOW:
MY "FRANK DE BLASE'S TEASE 'N' PLEASE" IS FEATURED EVERY MONTH IN LEG SHOW MAGAZINE.
I HAVE REGULAR PHOTO SPREADS AND EDITORIALS IN REBEL INK, REBEL PINK, URBAN INK, AND SKIN & INK MAGAZINES.
I POP UP IN HOT ROD RAGS LIKE OL' SKOOL RODZ AND CAR KULTURE DELUXE AS WELL
LIVE BAND SHOTS WITH MUSIC PREVIEWS AND REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND EACH WEEK AT WWW.ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM
CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE BATHING BEAUTIES, NUDIE CUTIES, BEACH BUNNIES, HOT ROD HONEYS, BATTLING BUXOTICS, AND SWIVELING EXOTICS...PLUS LOADS OF BEHIND THE SCENES CANDIDS.
...IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING, THE MAJORITY OF MY WORK IS 35 mm DONE WITH VINTAGE LEICA CAMERAS AND ASSORTED TOYS. YEAH, I SHOOT HI-END DIGITAL TOO, BUT LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES --- IT JUST AIN'T THE SAME.
I'M CONSTANTLY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MODELS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS. FOR INSTANCE:
-A SERIES OF NUDES SHOT ON A BEAR RUG I CALL "BARES ON A BEAR"
-BUSTY MODELS FOR AN ON-GOING TRIBUTE PROJECT TO RUSS MEYER
-HEAVILY TATTOOED MODELS FOR PUBLICATION
-NUDE MODELS FOR LEG, FOOT FETISH, EDGIER MATERIAL FOR PUBLICATION
-NUDE MODELS FOR A STRIPTEASE SERIES FOR PUBLICATION
... I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE CONTACT ME AT FRANK@FRANKDEBLASE.COM
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....I'LL LET THE FINE FOLKS AT LEG SHOW GIVE YOU THE WHAT FOR. THE MAGAZINE HAS FEATURED ME IN ITS LEG SHOW LIFESTYLES SECTION IN ITS FEBRUARY 2009 ISSUE INCLUDING A SEVEN-PAGE SPREAD. IT'S COOL AS HELL. BELOW ARE THEIR QUESTIONS AND MY ANSWERS
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Frank De Blase and I am a musician, pulp-fiction novelist, good kisser, hot rod enthusiast, burlesque booster, tattoo collector, subâculture contrarian, and last but not least a photographer of beautiful women.
How did you get started photographing beautiful women?
I guess it was just a matter of time before I started shooting beautiful women. Hell, Iâd been a fan all my life. And after slinginâ a guitar around the globe for the last 20 years, it was time for a change. But whatever Iâve set out to do has always had to burn cool from the inside out, and photography is no different. Itâs always had to be direct, immediate and relentless --- all things Iâve found in the classic type voluptuaries Iâve captured so far and the beauties and cuties I still seek.
Before they can purchase "real" nudie pix, boys sometimes spend time with the Sears catalog or Victoria's Secret. Did you have any special visual aids when you were younger?
I was a sneaky little bastard. When we were about 10 years old, a neighborhood pal and I found his dadâs girlie magazine stash under his workbench. It took my breath away. I would cut out my favorites and keep them in my wallet. His dad got wise eventually so I graduated to stealing copies of PLAYBOY and HUSTLER from the barbershop.
LEG SHOW readers will love the vintage feel of your photographs. What is it about that style and era that makes the women so sexy?
The sensuality and subtlety in classic pin-up photography is infinitely more powerful than cheaper endeavors that clutter magazine racks and coffee tables everywhere. Nudity --- Implied or actual --- just seems a little more illicit coming from the âgood olâ days. It was more transgressive, suggestive, salacious, bodacious, and frankly just really cool.
Genuine gorgeousity tempered with a tease is undeniable in all its 35 mm knock out appeal. I think the number one thrill is that classic eraâs forbidden nature, itâs taboo alure. Itâs like youâre getting away with something. Youâre seeing something youâre not supposed to; people giving into lust despite the social stink-eye of the time. Yesterday tries hard to project this wholesome, puritanical image when in fact thereâve always been freaks. And whether itâs a charade or not, I still love a little tease with my sleaze.
How do you find your models?
Through several modeling sites or referals from other models. A lot of girls from the rockabilly scene, already have the look and attitude but Iâll also approach girls that donât, if I see potential --- a femme fatale lurking beneath that sweatshirt and jeans, a buxom beauty just waiting to bust out. Iâm fortunate at this point, through my website and published work, that modelâs are approaching me. My calendarâs full.
[If this applies.] Have you ever met a woman that you just had to photograph? If so, how do you approach her without scaring her off?
Everyday. I always conduct myself as a professional and not a hard-on with a camera. If you work your pitch right when approaching amatuer women --- âpleaseâ and âthank youâ --- theyâre usually quite flattered and willing.
I have a few well-intentioned friends that approach women and give them my card or tell them about my website. Sometimes this can backfire but generally I prefer shooting amatuer beauties or undiscovered talent. Thereâre a lot of models --- especially in the pin-up category --- that have been shot to death,.
[If you're single and dating] How do women react when they find out about your photography?
Iâm happily married. My wife runs the business end of things and loves what I do. She is very supportive The reaction now is more from men wishing they were me.
There's a wonderful sense of playfulness in your photos. As a photographer, is there anything that you do to make your models feel comfortable?
My sets are very comfortable and fun. The model gets whatever she wants. I have a non-stop sense of humor and besides retro-inspired pin-up photography is always fun, in that the scenrios can be kind of goofy. And though I shoot a lot of 35mm, I always kick off digitally so when a model sees the first few shots and how well the session is going, she relaxes and itâs a breeze from there.
Do you prefer the women to wear stockings and garter belt or pantyhose? Why?
Garter belts obscur the derriere, though theyâre a good accessory if Iâm shooting a boudoir strip tease series. Pantyhose swell at the ankle when the model farts. So I gotta say I like thigh highs that stay up on their own until itâs time to roll âem downâ¦
Describe the ultimate tease outfit -- and the ultimate woman wearing it.
See the above answer and add some open-toed heels and Iâm a happy guy. As far as the ultimate woman, I know better than to try and limit myself to just one type. But if I did, I would have to say a 5â8â curvacious, Australian blonde with cute feet and in this case wearing a see-through nightie and a pair of mirabou mules.
There's a section of your photo gallery titled "Battlin' Buxotics". What was your inspiration for this?
Irving Klaw definitely. I like photos that tell a story or convey movement. What better way than a couple buxotics pulling hair, spanking each other, and grappling on the floor while the viewer chews his nails waiting for something to pop out?
How did you get started with your website?
My wife fired up my first website as a basic tool, really: a vehicle to get my stuff out there. But I think my photos, especially the vintage style prints, should be experienced in person and held.
What can readers expect to find on your website?
Drool-worthy dames thatâll make a bishop kick out a stained glass window.
How did you discover you liked womenâs feet
I was 10 years old (right about the same time I was stealing girlie mags) and was riding in the back of my dadâs station wagon with the girl that lived next door. She used to babysit my younger sister. She was wearing purple shorts with a matching top and was barefoot. I couldnât stop staring at her feet. It was my first boner and the first time a girl busted me for staring. Itâs 30 years later and nothing has changed. I almost always include a modelâs feet when composing a shot. Iâm not as concerned with big boobs or long legs or round backsides as I am with beauty starting from the floor up; the galâs gotta have cute feetâ¦ and red toenail polish.