For me there is a fine line between art and entertainment. People have called me an artist, people have called me entertaining. I personally feel I do fall into that whole arts and entertainment category. I am a creative artist in many ways, but I certainly do not take myself seriously. I am a photographer but I don’t think that is the entire reason people come to this site.
Okay, I know some people come here because of the models. I’m not so narcissistic that I believe all these men visit this site because of my wit and technical abilities. Some men actually do read my articles.
I have been told by some people how they like my rants on the photo industry. I have not written a good rant in a while, mostly because I ignore the industry. I was really good at avoiding WPPI. Especially when a judge won a triple master award. Seriously, a judge won a major award. Give me a fucking break. But this is a rant for another day.
Years ago I would struggle with the term “artist” and wonder if I really was an artist. I then started adding my rants, some funny ideas and totally random thoughts into the process and it became entertaining. This got me thinking about not thinking. Because once I stopped thinking about the art, this is when it happened.
I am not a traditional artist. Hell, I’m not a traditional anything. I like the absurd and if my life were to be made into a movie, it would most likely be a B-Movie. And yes, I would want Bruce Campbell to play me. Unfortunately he is older than I am so this probably won’t work, but how cool would that be?
My point is that when you stop thinking and start doing you end up doing what you were meant to do to begin with. I have said it so many times how I wanted to be a landscape photographer but am solidly mediocre at it. Model photography just kind of fell into my lap…. Or did it?
I was going through old photos the other day and I remembered my 16th birthday. Looking back, I think my family may have known more about me than I even did. In my room I think I must have had at least a hundred or more photos of models from magazines taped on my walls. I had a very big room so it wasn’t that creepy.
But they were from fashion magazines, men’s magazines, Sports Illustrated and more. So yes, I was a little obsessed with women and photography from a very young age. But back to my birthday.
My sister got me an air freshener for my first car (which I already had) and it was just a simple little Playboy Bunny air freshener. I definitely think there was more to this than just being a simple gift. At the time I had of course seen Playboy Magazine, but I had never owned one or anything from the company. It is funny that years later I would be at the Playboy Mansion working as a photographer and also happening to be Hugh Hefner’s body double for a major shoot.
I have been around the industry in a very weird way. Behind the scenes, in front of the scenes and have worked with people from A listers to Porn Stars. They’ve all been cool with me. So am I an artist or an entertainer? Maybe I am just me and I happen to write a blog and show the cool images of the models I shoot. The Playground is my life. I live to play so wherever I am is where The Playground is. Yes I call it my home, but it is ever evolving just like many of my series will be evolving. Naked Travels is getting a reboot of a serious kind very soon!
Life is art. I choose to make everyday be a part of my art. Whether it is just blogging, creating new sets to shoot with models or just coming up with new ideas and jotting them down in my notebook. I like what I do a lot! I am super happy with the fact that I get to wake up and be a photographer/philosopher/whatever I feel like being that day. I am a liver of life. Art and entertainment just happen to be a result of it all.
The model in today’s images is Tracy, you can find this entire shoot in The Archives as of today!