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Ansel Adams, of course. Anyone serious about photography, particularly B&W who hasn't read The Negative, The Camera, and The Print hasn't actually started their education as far as I'm concerned. And don't think they've become irrelevant in the digital age. The "hows" may have changed, but "whys" and the wisdom certainly haven't.
In the field of nudes, there are just so many: Andreas Bitesnich, Herb Ritts, Jim French (particularly Opus Deorum), Christopher Makos (particularly the stiched series), David Morgan, François Rousseau (the original Dieux du Stade was ground breaking), Richard de Chazal (Luxure), Douglas Cloutier, Mark Henderson (truly stunning erotic work), David Vance, the list goes on and on.
In general photography Galen Rowell's nature work is truly awe inspiring. Annie Liebowitz really captures the character of her subjects in her portraits and her Olympic series was just stunning.
Traditional artists Tom of Finland (of course), Paul Cadmus, Sadao Hasegawa, Glen Hanson, Erotic comic book artist and friend Patrick Fillion (http://www.patrickfillion.com/), and my friend sculptor Kira Od (http://www.kiraod.com/).
Freed of huge lab bills or the need to have one's own darkroom, digital has been such an equalizing force. Combined with the ready venue of the internet, many photographers who would have gone unnoticed in years past, are now having their work seen. With that, there is a amazing crop of new photographers arising. There are so many doing significant work, I wouldn't know where to start.
What sort of work and/or services do you do and/or provide?
As I mentioned, I work in the computer industry, so photography is a creative sideline for me. But I have done some commercial work, and I am open to doing so if any of your readers are interested in hiring me. As I have a limited time to concentrate on my art, I don't at this time do private shoots where I don't end up with art usage rights.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I started the blog for several reasons. I wanted to provide my fans more ready access to my work as it is edited, without having to wait for formal website updates. I also wanted to create an avenue for editorializing, which I have to confessI haven't taken advantage of as much as I would like. Hopefully, when life calms down a bit, I'll have more time to take advantage of that.
What do you look for in a model? Have any particular models been muses for your work?
Definition, Definition, Definition. Did I mention definition? As long as a model is lean and cut, I can do amazing things with light, Size is great, but it's all about the cuts. From there, my taste varies widely. But when it comes down to it, I'm a torso guy -- chest and abs really do it for me.
One of the things that happens with shooting nudes, is that some of the models evolve into being real friends. Several that come immediately to minke are Jesse Garcia, Nathan Lewis, and Vic Rocco. And when that happens, you definitely
feed off of each other's energy and the relationship and the work becomes very much a dialog and an all together different thing than your usual shoot.
Which male body type do you prefer: bodybuilder, fitness model, slender beauty, all of the above, or other? Please discuss creating artistic images with different types of physiques.
My preference is probably about half way between the bodybuilder and the fitness model.
With a fitness model, I will tend to go for elegance. With a bodybuilder I will tend to go for strength, power and heroics. But I'm always very collaborative, working with my models, and surprising ideas can come up.
Dancers, gymnasts and acrobats are a special treat because they know how to move.
What is the best way for models or fans to reach you?
I can be reached through my email address, .