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THE BOOKSTORE where you will find all my books for sale (click on the images to view the content):  www.blurb.com/user/store/johnp… 

 
LATEST NEWS: books now also available as Apps for smartphones IPad etc., ...


KAMILA's BOOK has been re-edited  ..  : www.blurb.com/b/4664202-kamila…

 and in e-book form :  store.blurb.com/ebooks/442236-…


The original, longer version of this book is still available of anyone wants it: store.blurb.com/my/books/39084…

and in e-book form:  store.blurb.com/ebooks/363532-…

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Also published :

1.  STREET NUDES ..
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2. "P R I V A T E - R E C O L  L EC T IO N S  of the girl next door"
    NB.  .. new edition now available ....  www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2…

3.  GABI's BOOK  ..
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4.  "REBECCA's BOOK" ..
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5.   "A N   A P A R T M E N T   I N   N E W   Y O R K"
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6.  "C ON V ER S A T I O N   P I E C E S, my friend Gaia"
      www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail… .. the personal life of a fashion model  ..

You can browse through selected pages of all the books by pressing on the "PREVIEW" button.


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My INTERVIEW:  by Chris St James on "Univers d'Artistes"

universdartistes.blogspot.com/…

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"My photography"

Photography for me is largely about moments, moments that we seize and attempt to hold on to. I have no special aim otherwise, other than to try and produce some attractive pictures of my models. What I frequently enjoy doing is to photograph the girl next door, real persons that we can identify with and imagine that we know, in fact that we so often do. I like to show how they move around and behave when they are alone and natural. Many of the photographs are posed of course, but often when a girl is staying with me, I will follow her around and take  pictures of her at various intervals during the day. They soon get used to it and do not seem to be hindered by the intrusion.

Inevitably, some will always claim that to show a woman in her intimacy is demeaning, but  in that case I think that they have little understanding of the female personality. When a woman reveals herself in this manner, she expresses her self confidence and her power, not just over herself but over others too. It goes beyond defiance, it is a means of asserting her right to believe in who she is. The more sensual and feminine the photo, the more meaningful the result.

As for the models, I guess we choose them in accordance with the result we want. An elegant girl will look elegant in a photo too!  

I suppose one also needs a minimum understanding of the camera, but possibly less than some may claim. I never felt that any of the "greats" of photography were above all technically proficient, other than in terms of lighting and composition. The more I visit galleries, museums and exhibitions, the more convinced I become of this. It's  annoying to those that spend hours fine tuning and perfecting their technique, but that is not what art is all about. When an artist such as Pollock splashes paint on a canvas with a bucket and steps on it or Yoko Ono throws tomatoes on the wall, there is no special methodology involved, yet these are at the forefront of what the world considers art and creativity today. Of course these are extreme examples chosen so as to underline the point, but I think that art has more to do with impact and what feelings are evoked than with any special methods or technique used.

NB. Please do not ask me for the models' names or to send them messages. I am a photographer and neither a model agency nor a matrimonial service .. : -).  


The "cigarettes", the "wine" ..

I am surprised how often people comment on this in my photos. It is astonishing how puritanical and intrusive society has become.

A model will look more natural when she is doing something, holding a book, a wine glass, a cigarette, whatever. A cigarette is of particular interest to me in that it helps to emulate the cinematographic style of the 50's that I like so much (HumphreyBogart/Lauren Bacall). I don't think that any figure in a book by Alan Edgar Poe would feel at ease without one either .. surely that too is understandable.


The "Provocateurs"

I have often wondered what it is that drives some people to measure up to others by provoking them  anonymously on the net. Is it a search for identity, recognition or self assertion? I cannot help feeling that some form of inadequacy drives them to behave in this manner. After all, there are so many "real" challenges to be faced in life by those willing and able to confront them.

As a photographer of young ladies, I occasionally  find myself the target of such attention. I will humour them once, rarely twice, but then thankfully DA offers us the option to block them and they can go and express their frustrations somewhere else .. : -)


"Underaged Models"  and  "body weight"

Needless to say, all my models without exception are above 18 years old and have signed appropriate "release forms". Any messages to this end are a waste of everybody's time, mine in particular. Please stop fantasizing in this respect.

As for their "weight", another frequent aberration in the comments, all the models in my portfolio (other than one that has a metabolic disorder and deplores people being so ill mannered as to mention it),  have a perfectly normal BMI (Body Mass Index). This is a measureable unit that responds to medical criteria and has nothing to do with people's opinion on the matter. Sometimes  the models may seem a little too "perfect" which appears to irritate some people. But this is photography and we tend to idealize the world.

Repeatedly, I receive messages from young ladies on DA who feel threatened by the models on our pages. It is strange how politically correct it is considered to speak out against the pressures brought upon young people by the cosmetic industry, but strangely not by that of the food and beverage companies that encourage people to eat junk food. Apart from some cases, the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world today is not underweight, but OBESITY. Even moderate obesity  leads to hypertension, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer,  not to mention obstructive sleep apnea and infertility in women. The Journal of Pediatrics also reported recently that Obese women have 67% more chance of giving birth to autistic children. 

In July 2013,  thankfully, the American Medical Association finally designated Obesity a "disease". 

Now these are the lessons that should be communicated to young people today, not this hysteria about women appearing to look too thin in magazines,  making others feel threatened in comparison. 


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Not related to Photography:

A. CONSPIRACY THEORIES

I have been reading up on "conspiracy":  

Whenever things go wrong politically or people are unable to cope, they resort to conspiracy theories of varying content and degree. Plato described conspiracy as the impossibility to manage, the standard excuse for failure and inability to overcome weakness. This is particularly true at present in various countries of the Mediterranean, where extraordinary theories are brought forward to compensate for the incompetence and corruption that local governments have produced.

However, as Francois de La Rochefoucauld rightly said, the greatest evil comes from within and what we do to ourselves.  No one is out to destroy us as some claim. We do everything necessary in order to destroy ourselves, and then we blame others for the outcome.


B.  POLITICAL DEMAGOGUES

Political demagogues, such as those that always surface in difficult times, feed on people's ignorance, weakness and stupidity. They express grandiose ideas about what should be done but are never able to suggest realistically how to do it. When confronted, they ignore the facts and hide the truth, while extolling surrealistic theories based on lies.

Equally influential to the extreme left are the right wing mavericks which, alike what happened during the build up to the third Reich, point the finger at the immigrants and other minority groups. They enforce security in the streets under the umbrella of national interest and bring support to the enfeebled with the purpose of gaining power, prestige (and votes) with the general population.

This is how "totalitarianism" begins, by feeding on the stupidity of the masses .. though astonishingly enough, even some educated people get drawn in, not least some I have communicated with on these pages. 

Extremism ... left or right, same thing.

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atomicrick Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
as for the conspiracy theories ... the surest sign the conspiracy is working well is the complete lack of evidence of it existing!
Not really into them, but this is a bit of a point. :? :mib: :abduction:
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
"I never felt that any of the "greats" of photography were above all technically proficient, other than in terms of lighting and composition."

Slight disagreement with you - Ansel Adams and Man Ray were both HIGHLY technically proficient. Ansel Adams was actually quite famous for his technical knowledge. Richard Avedon is another great example of a HIGHLY technically proficient photographer who also had a sublime creative vision. Richard understood black and white film (and good lord, contrast) in a way that most photographers only wish they could. Look up his portraits of Cole Porter, William S. Burroughs, or Bjork. Masterful.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I didn't mention Man Ray (other than as a favourite), I quote Ansel Adams who said that "there are no rules in photography, only good photos", and I agree with him entirely. We are all free to make our interpretation of his and other's people's sayings and their works, just as we all have our favourite photographers, not always for the same reasons.

I have said this before, but I will gladly repeat it here at the risk of boredom, as I think it's relevant to the discussion.

I am fortunate to live in Paris where I frequently visit the galleries, museums and exhibitions, particularly during "Photo Month", a yearly event when many major works are exposed and I become a real groupie! The works are filled with sloping walls and horizons, missing limbs and hairlines, burned out areas, lack of contrast or too much of it, all of which are anathema to many amateurs like myself and an endless source of discussion on these forums ... but which bear little relation to the final "impact factor" of a photo, the only thing that truly matters. I would like to believe that this is in part what Ansel Adams meant through his statement.
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
That's actually a slight misquote - he said “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” He did very much believe in "rules" in photography as an art form, going so far as to come up with Zone System Photography (which is so complicated I gave up on it...which is saying a lot). According to his biography he used Zone religiously. He even wrote a revised, standardized edition of the Zone System in anticipation of electronic (digital!!) photography (in 1981!!!), so my thinking is that he was quite in tune with rule-setting and technical precision as an integral part of the art form.

The general consensus that I've picked up on for that quote is that while there are certain rules and technical details that produce a quality photograph, there's no rhyme or reason to what will actually be considered a "good" photo, since photography is highly subjective. Similar interpretation to yours but a subtle difference, I imagine.

Peter Gabriel actually said something similar about music but I don't have the quote to hand.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Since we are into quoting Adams, I see no difference in the meaning even if the exact wording was incorrect in my case, he also added that "a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words" … an issue we have been discussing elsewhere .. : -). It all has to do with impact and feelings, not Euclidian geometry. Best wishes, John
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