You produce beautiful work. Would you care to offer any advice on camera or printing equipment.. Well, really any advice on photography, traveling, and life? I hate to be so ambiguous but I figure if it's important enough that you care to share it, it's likely a real gem.
Advice on Cameras or any photo equipment is futile as most cameras these days are capable of ‘perfect’ technical results.
Photograph the things you are passionate about and enjoy the process, try not to have any strong preferences, likes or dislikes.There is no good or bad, best or worst, never think in those terms. I can’t really give you any advice on life or travelling, Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering.
Hi Mike, I'd just like to thank you for introducing Yawen in to my life.
What equipment do you use for your pictures. And how would you describe your style and do you feel that you have completely found the direction that you want or do you still feel that hunger to excel and cement more of your stand out signature look that sperates you from the rest?
By the way I love how you capture the models.
I use canon.
It’s very difficult to describe my own ‘style’ I was unaware I had a style.. I like to keep everything simple. It’s the Models them selves that give my work any validity so I choose my Models carefully. Photography is an on going process, a never ending lesson so I doubt I shall ever feel satisfied or fullfilled.
The women you photograph are epic, truly marvelous with their physiques and seemingly perfect genetic traits. While I realize the importance of photographing only the most beautiful for certain types of work, do you ever work with girls that are not straight out of the can Russian supermodels?
I choose Girls that appeal to me, I don’t always photo conventional Models, as you can see in the Models featured.
Your work is absolutely awesome.
It's clear that your moments with your models are pure magic, big respect, and big love to your models.
Where are you from? Do you travel a lot or photograph locally?
I’m from England.
I seldom work in the UK.
I do Travel often, I prefer working in Paris, Russia, Asia, NYC.
I dislike working in the UK. The people are often unresponsive.
I'm quite fasinated by the way you cature the girls on pictures.
If you could choose any model, actor, actress or famous person dead or alive, any age and any location for your dream photoshoot. Who would it be and where ?
undoubtedly, Kate Moss ten years ago. Location, anywhere!
I enjoy your portraiture a lot. Do you follow any other photographers or have any favorite artists?
I understand that working in fashion you may not have the opportunity to photograph as many men, but what you do have is great, I'd like to see more (not that you care, but hey)
Thanks for sharing
I seldom Photograph men because They don’t have the same appeal as Women. It seems quite ironic that photos of naked women displayed in the Editorials help sell the fashion magazines because it’s mostly Women who buy them. Vogue once featured a Man on the front cover and sales were very low.
I have never met a photographer who’s work I don’t like! I have preferences for people like Nan Goldin, Corrine Day, Diane Arbus but I think most people now take good pictures. The wider your tastes the more scope you have.
When I was much younger I loved Art but not now, people take it too seriously, Art is nothing more than a manifestation of Human conceit. It’s decoration. If art exists it’s through nature.
Your work is awsome. A mix of beauty and everyday look. Sometimes I feel like you're on sunday morning looking at that girl in front of you… just you and her and the rest of the world is quiet. I wish I could express that in English.
You sure know how to make a girl look the most incredible woman on earth even if she is very far from it... but when you say this or that model are "nothing exceptional by russian standards"... PLEASE! Maybe you think there are some virgins around here while you’re having supersex with ten russian models a day… but these beauties so tall, slim and with those big boobs pointing to the sky are nothing but exceptional. You only have to take a look at other erotic sites…
So don’t care if you’re using Photoshop (Svetlana???) or not, if they’re on silicone or not… what’s important it’s the final result and the reaction from people you get. Keep the good work because even if Kate is/was exceptional, Elena, Lidia and many more so they are.
Photographers make Models exceptional by instilling confidence and reassurance, it seldom lasts, once the ‘relationship’ is over, they, the Models, revert back to their insecurities.
Photography is more than technique, it’s about communication and personality. The Girls are exceptional but it’s a temporary thing, it never lasts, nothing last.
Glad you enjoy my work and rememeber, nothing is real, everything is in the mind.
I followed your example and asked some girls to take their clothes off and let me take photos of them, but they didn't seem too happy and stormed off.
I was wondering how you approach the subject with strangers? Would offering money upfront help?
Sorry, But I can’t take you seriously. If what you say is true, I’m surprised you’re not in locked up in a secure mental Hospital.
I admire you work. Models You are selecting are fantastic and Your photography is brilant.
What is a history of this girl, can u post some other photos of her?
true link :
Thx for answer !!
Her name is Kate, she is 17 years old and has just begun Modeling, she will meet me in Thailand next month. Kate is Russian. I will post More Photos of her when we next work together. Kate has a very beautiful face.
Hallo again, will repeat my post:
"Hi Mike. I admire you work. Models You are selecting are fantastic and Your photography is brilant.
What is a history of this girl, can u post some other photos of her?"
Maybe this link will work correct, i got this girl in mind:
Thank You for Your Answer.
Her name is Anastasia
She contacted me a few years ago, she has the most remarkable body. I encouraged her to Model in Europe but she was too insecure and unable to believe it was possible for her to have any success as a Model.
She became pregnant a year later and is now married.
If you scroll down you will find several Photos of Anna, including one during her pregnancy.
Hi, Mike, I love your blog. I wanted to ask if you choose models whose stories interest you or do you pick models in the hope that their picture will tell a story?
I have no interest in the Models background or history, My criteria for choosing Models is purely instinctive. I test hundreds of Models, you see only the girls who have excelled for one reason or another. I have photographed girls with infinitely more beauty than those featured in this blog but sadly lacked any ability to project themselves. Modeling is not only about beauty, it’s not a beauty competition.
Can you tell me or list out of what does it take to be a good model?
I don't know much about the world of photography, so i assume just looking at the camera and looking prettty would do its job.
please feel free to enlighten this noob.
I enjoy ur blog <3
Fundamentally, a complete lack of self consciousness, an ability to project and not taking yourself too seriously. Modeling is not a beauty competition.
How often do you go to Russia? What's your favorite city? Do you take pictures of architecture as well?
Also, in the last answer, you say that if you make someone feel special, they will want to give you what you need...Would you say you manipulate your models?
Do you mean my favourite city in Russia? Chelybinsk in the Urals.
I go once a year for six months or more.
I also love Moscow. No, I seldom take any architectural Photos.
I never said they give me what ‘I need’, I meant in terms of Photography, without a connection between the Photographer and Model the photos become stale, impersonal. There has to be a mutual respect and understanding for the photographs to work for every one involved to benefit.
I'm curious how you approach women and ask them to model nude for you; It's nothing I intend to adopt, I'm not even a photographer, but, nonetheless, curious. Love your work.
Approaching Women is easy if your intentions are genuine. I never hesitate if I see someone I consider has potential, My enthusiasm carries me along. One has to remember that the majority of Women love to be admired or given the opportunity to be photographed. If you are sincere and passionate they seldom refuse.
I was invited by Russian Vogue Editor, Aliona Doletskayato to shoot for them when Vogue first opened in Moscow in 1998, sinse then I have Spent several months of every year working in Moscow. I like Russian culture and the women are extraordinary.
Kate is, without a doubt, the most beautiful of all of your work posted to this website.......too bad you couldn't convince her to model more
It wasn’t about my trying to convince her, she, like all of us, lives instinctively, she lacked the intellectual capacity to grow and develop to ‘improve’ her life. Despite her youth she yearned for marriage and children, not realising it will inevitably lead to disaster and abject lonliness, particularly in Russia where the divorce rate is almost 97% I did not waste a minute of my time advising her, one Day she will learn how unforgiving this world is when her beauty deserts her.
Love your work. So many beautiful photos of similarly beautiful women. Yet clear and simple. The question: mikedowson.com appears to be down or inaccessible. Are you aware of that? (as at 07:36am 20/10/10 NZDT)
Yes, I am aware my website is down, it should be back up and running in a few days.