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At Behind the Mask Creations, we specialize in photography and Photoshop assignments within the gothic, horror, fantasy, medieval and renaissance, and artistic nude genres, and we love tattoos, piercings, & motorcycles.
I look forward to networking and working with makeup artists, body painters, models, hair stylists, and wardrobe artists. MODELS: I am accepting paid shoots and looking for some TFCD projects. MAKEUP ARTISTS, BODY PAINTERS, HAIR STYLISTS, and WARDROBE ARTISTS: I want to trade with you, offering you a TFCD, giving you images to use in your portfolio, showing your skills and the project you helped me to create.
I'm looking to add to my portfolio and yours in each of the genres I shoot--gothic, fantasy, horror, medieval and renaissance, artistic nude, and tattoo/piercings. I have an in home studio and also love doing on location assignments at parks, beaches, playgrounds, run down/urban locations, wheat fields, flower fields, and on, and on.
I'm so excited to announce a new portrait project called, "Secrecies & Self: Naked & UnMasked". Check out the MM album to see some images from this project.
The purpose of this project is to explore who we are on a deep & intimate level. Each participant will select 1 or more of the four project questions to answer with their portrait set. As people sometimes use clothing to mask who they are or change the way others perceive them, this project will include little to no clothing. To better reveal the participants' true self & answer the question(s) in a very controlled way, the creative resources will be limited in the following unique way: each participant can represent their answer with their choice of Mask, Hair Style, Pose, the Manor in Which they hide or display their full body, possibly Location (primarily in studio against a white backdrop, but may include some outdoor or other special locations, too), and a few other variables. The questions are as follows:
■"Who Are You?"
■"What is Your Greatest Accomplishment?"
■"What is Your Biggest Fear?"
■"What is Your Darkest Secret?"
■"What is/was your biggest battle/struggle in life?"
■"If fear/illness/etc. wasn't an issue, what would you want to do or be?"
This project is very dear to me, and I look forward to being photographed for this as well. I intend to begin this project locally and expand it to include various places & people around the US. I will ultimately share the work in an art showing & as a coffee table book. To help fundraise for this project, I will soon be launching a Kick Starter campaign & would be truly honored and grateful to have your support--including sharing this with anyone and everyone! I find this project a valuable way to help further accept and embrace ourselves as we are and want to be, heal from abuse and reclaim ourselves, and share our voices...and also share my vision and photographic and storytelling passion...despite partial blindness in BOTH eyes.
I want all types of participants--18 and older, youthful, elderly, tattooed & pierced, various shapes, sizes, colors, people with injuries, people who are amputees or are crippled, people very active in dance, yoga, martial arts, are fit, overweight, all different hair styles & types--beards, moustaches, mohawks, bald, people who were or are abused, LBGTs, Suicide Girls, Ladies of Metal, Famous People...anyone and everyone that is legally old enough & wants to participate! Down the road, I may do a clothed version for children to see what fascinating perspectives and responses they add to the project.
To assist in getting participants, funds, and spread the creative word about this, I intend to share it & have it shared on Facebook & all other social media sites, in blogs, podcasts, within clubs & organizations, newspapers, radio, TV, and more. Hell, a partially blind photographer who continues to heal from past abuses and battle with depression, is bisexual, grew up in the rugged Gary, IN, and wants to tell the stories of many through nudity and masks in "Secrecies & Self: Naked & UnMasked"...
Contact me if you want to learn more, arrange an interview, make a donation, or participate in this unique Behind the Mask Creations project!
Thank you, So, So Much! I look forward to hearing from you & working with you!!
Brandi "Durga" Banks