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If you're a photographer/artist/painter/sculptor in New York City, you should make every effort to work with Erica Jay.
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I'm a 36-year-old former-professional photographer.
Since 1991, I've photographed everything from collegiate sports to auto racing, aviation to military exercises, landscapes to architecture, fashion to political events. My photography has been published on three continents and in major national publications.
Photography is no longer my profession (in fact, I don't make a dime off of it, these days), but it is a passion, with the fine art nude being a primary focus. (Yes, I do make photographs of people wearing clothes, too, if the nude isn't your cup o' tea.)
I'm highly protective of my work and the reputations of my models, probably to my own detriment. My photographs will never, ever, appear in any format or context that will cause you embarrassment and I will make every attempt to consult with you prior to any exhibition, or use by a 3rd party.
The art nude fascinates me due to it's unique role in photography -- unlike far-off landscapes, whimsical societies, or exotic architecture, basically, everyone is familiar with what the human body looks like -- which places the responsibility squarely on the photographer to achieve something new and unseen, solely by painting with light, lenses and camera angles.
As for a pretentious list of influences, here goes: Cunningham, Weston (Ed and Brett), Karsten, Demarchelier, Newton, Renoir, Matisse, Ingres and Degas. (Did you ever notice that no one ever lists 'Smith'? Well, okay. They list Smith. But never Smith.)
I prefer in-camera crops and generally eschew digital manipulation that couldn't otherwise be done in a darkroom. I prefer the look and feel of film, when I can, but cameras are like hammers; you use the right tool to do the job. If you'd like to examine the full length and breadth of my equipment, see my website.
I prefer to collaborate on a TFP/TFCD (or, my favorite, Time for Burritos) basis. When I actually have money to spare (which, given that my current annual income is less than $6,000, before taxes, isn't often), I'm happy to pay experienced models, they provide a unique look, incredible talent or the means to elevate my work to another level. For TFP shoots, I will split my profits from sales and exhibitions.
Generally, I prefer models with a dance background and a collaborative attitude -- the photographs are as much the result of my work, as they are the model's. I'm equally happy to work with first-time and experienced models.
Here are my modeling release and usage license for your review.
I may have an assistant on-site for my shoots. I'm okay with chaperones, on three conditions: 1) you have to comfortable with them seeing everything, 2) if you consider your escort to be your 'personal security force,' or 'bodyguard,' don't bother -- your safety, comfort and peace of mind is just as important as mine, but an adversarial attitude, from the get-go, will create unnecessary tension during the shoot, 3) they won't mind serving as a human reflector stand from time-to-time.
When I say collaborate, I mean it -- I want models with ideas. My photos are as much about me as they are about the people in them.
If mention that you've read the entirity of this profile, you'll get a sticker.
You're free to leave drive-by friend requests, since I'm equally free to ignore them. I usually only send/accept friend requests to models with whom I have worked, or have a reasonable expectation of collaboration, in the future. Photographers and artists in my friends list are generally people whose work I respect and admire.
If you want to be "internet friends/strangers IRL," feel free to add me on The FaceBook.
If you are interested in modeling for me, contact me via PM, or at
or click the obnoxiously-big 'email' image in the graphic at the top of this tome.