Most things we write come out of a moment of enthusiasm
So a little while ago I did a shoot with an absolutely wonderful photographer called Andy. I have shot with him a few times now and each time I thoroughly enjoy myself, mainly because he is a nice guy who offers great conversation and a brilliant photographer. You can visit his website here.
Anyway, we were talking about how I want to be a writer and he asked why I don’t write about my modeling. My initial answer was that I didn’t think people would find it interesting. Andy was kind of bewildered at that. I suppose it is quite interesting/obscure but I’ve never thought of it that way. It is just something I do as a hobby. In hindsight I have learned a lot from doing it, including photography. I can tell you a little about lighting and how it affects a photo. I don’t know all the technicalities, but I’ll get there I guess.
So why do I model nude anyway? I do nude modeling because I love meeting people, and a special kind of creative beings tend to shoot art nude. I’ve met photographers who are martial arts ninjas, who need medical transplants, who do accounting in Africa. I’ve met people who work in mental institutions and people who have frog cakes tattooed on their arms. I do art modeling because I suck at other kinds of modeling, and find satisfaction when a photo is created that is somewhat beautiful and makes people pause for a second to consider the slopes and curves that are created by an incredibly imperfect body.
One thing I hear is that women feel empowered when they model nude. I personally don’t get that. I don’t feel more powerful because I model nude. Maybe because to feel empowered you have to have felt powerless at some point…