“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. If he only shows in his work that he has searched, and researched, for the way to put over lies, he would never accomplish anything.”
— Pablo Picasso, 1881 - 1973”—
I’m not sure why people feel the need to make comparisons. A truly creative person would never look at or hear something and announce it to be the ‘best’ on what level or criteria can anything be better or worse than anything else? What possess people to make such futile judgements?
Why do we have such ridiculous arguments about whether something is better or worse? Almost everything is subjective. I can understand the simple minded or the adolescent making such preposterous statements but when i hear seemingly intelligent people make similar judgements it makes me realise how pathetic humans really are.
Enjoy things for what the are, resist the temptation to categorise anything, learn to be objective, learn to accept that your assessment is just an opinion and you’ll find life much more rewarding.
“Perfectionism is a neurosis. It is an illness. And the more you try to become perfect, the more frustrated you will become. The goal of perfection has led the whole of humanity towards madness; the earth has almost become a madhouse. I don’t teach perfection. What do I teach? I teach wholeness, not perfection. Be whole; be total; but don’t think about perfection.”
your style is bold and carefully careless. did it evolve out of solitude? how often do you share your work with a friend/critic/spectator before you select what you show to your clients?
Everyone has a way of doing things depending on their personal taste, influences, background, intellect etc. Style evolves over a number of years with experience, I guess that is the reason so many very successful Photographers are middle aged or older. I never ‘share’ my work with others, people will always have conflicting views, I believe in my own judgement. I care nothing for other people’s opinions.
When I am not working I seldom spend time with people, I prefer to be alone. I can’t think of anything worse than spending time with people you like.
I came across this quote of yours "If you shoot some one naked make sure you have a valid reason for doing so. nudity isn’t enough, there has to be something more than just a naked body"...what exactly is your reason for shooting women naked?
There are several ways to answers this question, my own personal reason is to see women naked but from a professional point of view one has to consider others, the model and the client, if the work has been commissioned. The internet has made nudity/’pornography’ socially acceptable. When I was a boy you seldom saw nudity on TV one had to buy a magazine if you wanted to see images of naked women. The internet has changed all that, it has changed the way people perceive nudity, it is no longer a social stigma, consequently nudity has become mainstream and can be quite boring. Taking photos of naked woman has to have some validity, apart from the obvious, sex. Certainly not ‘art’ art kills sexuality, I dislike those silly black and white ‘arty’ pretentious poses of women, it is quite absurd. A naked woman will always be consider sexual, if you want to disguise your motives for photographing woman naked as ‘art’ that is your prerogative . When I shoot women naked it is purely for self sexual gratification, i make vain attempts to justify my perversions but ultimately i don’t give a shit. My work is an extension of my character, the models I choose, the concepts, the style, everything. It is quite ironic, the less you disguise your work, the more truthful your photographs and this can lead to success. We spend almost our entire lives hiding behind something, afraid to reveal our real motives, why are people so afraid to show or acknowledge that sex is a very important part of their lives? most people would fuck anything that moved! So my work is about truth, not technique, not ‘art’ it’s about revealing the models sexuality so we can all have a good wank!
“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the façade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”—
You've probably answered this a thousand times before but what is your thinking on placing your models in the little blue dress? I'm guessing it's a study of how the same clothing presents differently on each model. Am I right? Did I win? Fine work.
No, it was actually to see the various models breasts..the blue top has a habit of revealing more than the model intended, it was interesting to see which of the models tried to cover themselves or felt vulnerable and which models couldn’t care less if their breasts were exposed..