Mayhem # 534057
I'm getting back into shooting as I have time, and building a wish list of concepts and collaborations. Message me if you are interested. I usually work with unusual concepts with no need for glamorous models.
I prefer the darker side of art, with emotion, expression, feeling and mood. Beauty has betrayed me, but Darkness has always been true.
VAGUE PROJECTS, INTERESTS & RANDOM PATHWAYS TO HELL:
Art, Abstraction, Experimental, Insanity, Dream, Despair, Excess, Chaos, Anti-Glamour, Alternative, etc.
Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. __Susan Sontag
VARIOUS BORING RANTS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
I do not pay models to work with me. If you contact me for a shoot I will assume it's for TRADE: We both get some images and we both collaborate and contribute the talent we have.
Please do not bring drama and bad vibes to me. Either look forward to the shoot or cancel it as soon as you can. I am drama-ed out. If you think you are the world's best model please do not even contact me.
Some models may want the "dreaded" ESCORT! Well, that's understandable, but please discuss it with me before the shoot. I might need an escort to watch your escort! DO NOT SURPRISE ME with a friend who tells YOU how to pose and tells ME where to position the lights. Your fiance can wait silently in my bathroom, his car, or even better, take a ride and pick up some sushi for us. AND - if other models are at the shoot and object to your uninvited gawking BF, you will both be asked to leave immediately. I need everyone to be very comfortable, including myself. This is not some theory - it has happened to me and many others. However, if your escort is an experienced artist/model/rigger/MUA/stylist, etc., there should be no problem at all, and I will welcome you both. I need all the good help I can get.
In addition to the standard model release, I will need to copy your driver's license or other government issued photo ID in compliance with Title 18 U.S.C. Â§ 2257 as required by law. This is all about age verification to protect minors. Both your model release and your 2257 information remain very confidential, locked and hermetically sealed forever inside a mayonnaise jar underneath Funk & Wagnalls' porch.
Sometimes nudity is appropriate for my work, sometimes not. Let's talk before the shoot. If you are uncomfortable with your body or worried and distracted about what is showing or not showing to the camera, we will not work well together at all. I always wear clothes myself and am very careful to ask if I may arrange even a curl of your hair.
For implied nudes I will create implied photographs.
After our shoot I will select and edit the very best photos according to my taste. This process can take 2-4 weeks or longer, depending on my workload. I will not release photos I don't like, and will not rush the process. And I will never give you every full-size unedited photo I took during the session. That's crazy to me, but I know that some photogs will do this! Please go to them instead of me.
How many trade (TF) images will you get? Usually one or two or three or more. It depends on how things go. No one knows how many good images will come from a shoot - and what does "good" mean anyway? I've never figured it out. I try my best to get one amazing photo per look or concept. Often I fail, and no one sees the out-takes. Sometimes I get so many strong shots that it's hard to choose. Life goes that way.
If your heart is set on getting lots of pictures that your whole family will adore... I am not the photographer for you.
Like most serious photographers, I do not release full-size/printable digital images unless we have a mutually signed Usage Agreement. This arrangement is rare. I can furnish excellent prints but there is a cost.
Images in this portfolio watermarked "CAROUSEL OBSCURA" are my captures with all post production by Elke Dennis. Many of my other images are also retouched / stylized / edited by her and are so credited. Elke is a personal friend and creative genius. Without her help on so many things I would go back to playing blitz chess in the park.
QUOTES AND THOUGHTS:
Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.
__Robert M. Pirsig
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...
_Jack Kerouac, On The Road
So you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
__Waters & Gilmour, from "Wish You Were Here"
Please be aware of my limits: I will not shoot any snuff, non-consensual sex, torture, asphyxiation, animal sex, hardcore bondage with sex or blood, necrophilia, vomit, pissing on people, drinking blood or urine or other bodily fluids, or the crushing of crabs, lobsters, spiders, fish, scorpions, lizards, frogs or children. (However contact me anyway 'cause I know some people...)