Every Fucking Minute

I am about to partake in a new adventure with my work.  I have no clue if it will be considered, art, porn, fashion, glamour or whatever other title can be attached to the work I do.  But nonetheless, I am doing it!  So fuck it.

There comes a time in your life when you realize that you are who you are and if people don’t like it they can just piss off.  If you have not realized by now, I am kind of an extrovert and have a really difficult time keeping my mouth shut on many topics.  I love many different styles of photography and love making a real connection with my subjects in life and in print.  To me it just makes the images come to life when there is a real connection there.

But then there are shoots where it is strait up sex appeal and a level of inhibition that just simply rocks!  These are fun shoots too.  I can’t lie, when I work with some models who are just all into themselves and love to build up their instagram followers with sexy photos, it is kind of fun.

Lately I have been going on kind of a spiritual journey with my work and my life.  There is something I have come to realize, I am kind of an asshole and kind of shallow.  And don’t get me wrong, I don’t really look at these traits as bad ones.  In my line of work I kind of have to be an asshole and I most certainly have to be shallow.

There is a fine line to drive over every now and then.  The trick is to not give in to the whole sexploitation and rape culture involved with the industry.  This is why I love Helmut Newton’s work.  He can have a tied up, nude woman surrounded by 4 men and she is definitely the one in control.  This isn’t porn, this isn’t sexual exploitation, this is a definition of power and showing how strong a woman can be.  That is sex appeal done right!

Desirey by The Average Jim

There is also a confusion of what sex appeal is.  It isn’t just about looking “hot”, and god dammit if I don’t hate that fucking term… Photographers, don’t ever say to a model or any woman “oh, you look so hot” it makes us all look like idiots.  But that is a total side note, do with it what you will.  While I do take the kind of photos I do, and love it, there is also a huge amount of respect involved with each photo shoot.  This is why I can get some of the images I get!

But I’m not going to go into all of that, I’ve done that before so keep reading my blog and you’ll see many posts and rants about this type of stuff.  I guess today is just me being me, rambling on about life, work, art and my little spiritual journey which has led me to realize that I am a nice guy, I do think we are all connected and I do believe that we should all be a little kinder to others.  But I have also realized that I am not some pot smoking hippie who wants to play drums in a circle, use massage techniques as a way to touch a woman without her knowing my alternative motives and claim to be a feminist just to get into a girls pants!  You know the type and you know if you are one!

Chelsea by The Average Jim

I am a pot smoker, I am a feminist, I am an asshole, but I am not that kind of asshole.  I dig women, I like women, and when I say “like” I mean I like who women are and a strong powerful woman is something that is fucking amazing!  So this will also be more prevalent in my work in the coming future.

This little spiritual journey has helped me rid some of the bullshit from my life, and helped me understand some of my own personal bullshit.  I’m still learning, still figuring things out.  I’m still putting together art books, prints and some killer stuff.  I just now need to figure out how to make it all happen with my crazy schedule.  But that will work itself out.

Sydney by The Average Jim

Today I’m loading a recent shoot to The Archives, setting up a few more shoots and seeing where life takes me on the journey.  Life is one hell of a ride, and I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy every fucking minute as much as humanly possible!