I have talked about how I love the movie “Sirens” before. It is a movie I can totally relate to on several levels. I grew up in a small town in Michigan. I spent a lot of time traveling with my family and visiting my grandparents in California as a kid, virtually every summer was in Southern California. From as early as I can remember I have been fascinated by the female form. As a kid I would flip through my sister’s fashion magazines, and growing up with my mom and two older sisters there were plenty of fashion magazines around!
My room was like a haven to the great photographers. I would have pages ripped out of magazines taped to the walls, everything from Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition to Cosmopolitan editorial spreads or just great advertising photos from the greats like Herb Ritts or Helmut Newton. I was in love with photography, especially the photography of women.
The part of the movie I love is how he is an artist and has his own little compound where he has models running around, lives with his wife and kids and the church is against his use of nudity in his art. This seems like an ongoing battle to this day. For some reason, people of a certain conservative and religious nature tend to not get the difference between nudity and sex, let alone pornography and art. I understand what it is to be judged in our society for what I do as a photographer. Especially since I am not religious, I am extremely liberal with the freedom of expression and I don’t see any harm in creating beautiful imagery with willing participants.
My goal in life has always been to have my own little compound where I am free to create art as I see it. Sometimes it may be bad art, it may be something that most people don’t like, or I could wind up doing something truly amazing. The whole idea is just having the ability and the freedom to create whatever is in my head. No rules, no limitations, just inspiration and the space to pursue it. All I ask for is the chance to fail. Let me try, let me fail or succeed.
Life is short and I want to live it to the fullest and do what I want to do, not what a society tells me I should be doing. So when I shoot nudes it is not for shock value or to get attention from people. My work reflects how I see my current environment and how I see the person in front of my lens. When I work I am free to create and express my thoughts and ideas. And honestly, this is why I feel like I have the best job in the world.