…and I have shot – on four continents – with hundreds more than I could ever remember. I have been photographing women for over 33 years – since I started my business in 1980. Or even longer, if you count that my first ad appeared on the front page of the newspapers when I was 17. It was shot on a twin-lens Rollieflex. Using Plus X 120 film!
[My girlfriend at the time was my model. She was 16 and posed for free, of course. Hey, I was 17.
I made enough money to take her on a half-decent date.]
Since then I have done a ton of International corporate work, commercials, magazine covers and fashion editorial work – all usually involving female models.
As they say in the ads “When you do one thing for a very long time, you get very good at it”
And I may have learnt a thing or two over the years.
A lot of my work crosses over into various genres of classical and contemporary art, some of it into fashion editorial and includes fine art nudes and street art and street fashion.
I tend to favour bright, happy, saturated colours on the one hand or pastels and desaturated pale palettes on the other.
Of course, the purity of black and white and tints on B&W.
Art Nouveau and Art Decor. Surrealism and Modern Graphics.
I play with the textures and colours of Klimt, Van Gogh and Chagall.
I love the fussy intricate stylings of Alphonse Mucha.
I mimic the pop-art of Andy Warhol and Roy Liechtenstein from time to time.
I love Georgia O’Keefe.
And Salvador Dali.
I take inspiration from fantasy artists like Luis Roja and Boris Vallejo.
Orientalism is another major influence.
Noir movies drove my early stylings. Specially Hitchcock.
Kill Bill and Sin City have added to my repertoire.
but you now know how I approach your shoot.
There may have once been a frustrated artist in me wanting to break out – but he quietened down at some time.
But that comes out in my photographic work – for better or worse.
You may like it – or not.
I don’t take a formulaic approach to my shoots – each shoot is planned and storyboarded individually.
But within the planned and detailed shoot there is always room for spontaneity and any wild ideas we hatch on the spot.
That’s what I do and what you will get if you shoot with me.