Jeremy Gibbs

Interview Jeremy Gibbs
Excerpts from our interview with photographer Jeremy Gibbs:

What is the philosophy about your photogra- phy? is there a general message or theme?

My philosophy is: ’Life is like photography, you use the negatives to develop‘. A friend once asked why my photographs were so ’dark‘ and up until then I had never thought of them as being dark in any way. But now I look at them and think maybe they are! I do have dark thoughts. But I think my photographs show hope. I hope that they are emotive and strong enough for one to look at and make up their own story. I photograph a moment in time, it should never be explained, it is up to the viewer to make up their own story.

What are you looking for when it comes to chosing models?

When I am shooting nudes I will be looking for a particular body shape that I feel will work best in the chosen location. For instance, in an industrial space a strong athletic body works well. I stay away from ’glamour‘ models, that look doesn‘t work in abandonment for me.

What do you like about your work and what would you like to improve?

When I first started shooting models in abandoned places 6 years ago there was maybe a handful of photographers working in this genre. These days it seems to be very popular but what makes mine stand out from the crowd I think is the models I use. A good model makes all the difference and I choose mine with great care.

What would I like to improve? Although I am known best for using only natural light and I do believe it returns the best results. But sometimes the low light in these locations ma-kes it impossible so I need to learn and start using strobes. Its next on my agenda. (smiles)

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Ana Dias

Interview Ana Dias
Excerpts from our interview with photographer Ana Dias:

Do you see yourself as an artist and how do you get inspired?

I think of myself as passionate, expressive, bold, energetic, fresh and, hopefully, unique. I am an artist, of course! Regarding inspiration, I can get it from every single aspect of my life … From a travel, from a movie, from a song. There is no rule. But I feel that what inspires me the most and that makes me want to create is beauty itself, especially feminine beauty.

What is it like to shoot for PLAYBOY?
Is it a dreamjob and what is different to other shoots?

Working for Playboy is a dream job, of course! It allows me to work with the most amazing models in the world, to travel to breathtaking places, to meet new and interesting people and their cultures. Being a Playboy photographer I can do just that. And also, because I’m part of this big family, I got to meet my idol last year at the Playboy Mansion: Hugh Hefner!

At this time I have a webshow for Playboy UsA that is called “PLAYBOY ABROAD: Adventures with Photographer Ana Dias” and it is basically a diary of my life as a Play- boy photographer. In each episode I always have a different model, that is shot in a dif- ferent city, somewhere in the world. That was the best thing that ever happened to me! Each month I travel to a few different countries and it’s such a thrill! I find myself very lucky to be able to photograph and travel and make a living of it!

What are the pros and cons about being a female photographer in the erotic media business?

There are no cons! It’s quite useful, however, to be a women that photographs women because I understand the female body very well, and I know how to show it in the best possible way. Also, because I’m a heterosexual woman, there is no sexual tension in the shoot and so it’s easier to communicate with the models and reach the image that I envisioned in my mind.

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Tomasz Zienkiewicz

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Excerpts from our interview with photographer Tomasz Zienkiewicz:

Hi Tomasz, tell us about you and how did you start photography?

Hi, first of all I would like to say that I do not consider myself as a photographer despite doing it as a profession and this is due to the fact that I did not study photography during tertiary education. Photography started as a passion for me. At the time I was still working as a manager for a company. I would take pictures during any spare time I had. I enjoyed my freedom to shoot what I liked, because there were no expectations, no pressure coming from clients; no deadlines etc..
The more shoots I had done the more drawn to photography I had become. After four years of training and experimenting I decided to to do this on a professional basis. So it took me about eight years to build my portfolio.
Today I earn my money from giving workshops, commercial and private shoots.

What do you like about your photography and what would you like to improve?

There is something beyond photography that I always liked. The psychology, the emotions and sensuality. It was always about that. You learn to listen to people, learn to understand their emotions and capture that in your photographs.
When you ask about improvement it‘s tricky to answer. I like to keep my photography believable and natural. Although I know that I could improve my retouching or my lighting setups, I refuse to do it.
First of all I am too lazy, but more important is that if I put more energy in improving my preparations, lighting and retouching, my pictures would look completly different. It would push them too much towards the world of perfection and I don‘t want that.

A good model …

… is someone who can act, who can feel and is able to cooperate.
Sometimes you get a great looking model, but there is nothing more. No emotions. It’s like shooting a doll who you cannot talk to. A good model cooperates, understands my intentions, creates a proper mood and helps making much more than just a picture of a beautiful woman.
Honestly I think that my best shoots have been those where I could freely cooperate with the model. We had a lot of fun; we understood each other and we were able to capture authentic emotions.

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Massimo Vecchi

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Excerpts from our interview with photographer Massimo Vecchi:

Who is Massimo Vecchi? Give us some information about you.

“Hello!” for the past 30 years now i have been in love with light and photography. I am also a former architect, a producer, an entrepreneur, as well as a husband, part of a loving family. I am a teacher and a dreamer. I live in Sicily, more specifically in Catania, Italy. This is where I have my studio and my production main base.

What was the nicest/most amusing memory you have that ever happened during a shoot?

Well I have experienced so many memorable events. Right now one in particular comes to mind.
This actually took place during one of the shootings for „Venus“. We were in Scala dei Turchi here in Sicily, when a couple of tourists came close to me in the shoot and asked if they could stay to watch the production to which I replied in affirmation. After a while, the man which was well in his sixties told me: „Mister I want to share with you, that for the first time in my life watching a nude woman I could appreciate the intense beauty without thinking about it in a sexually driven way and I wanted to thank you for this new experience“. This made me extremely happy and hopeful about the concept I have executed.

Do you think it’s easier to work as photographer now compared to before?

Once again I feel fifty/fifty regarding this topic. I think it is neither better nor
worse but rather always challenging. It is however better in that there are more resources to use and information is now more widely spread. There is an increase in the amount of people who are interested in photography. It is also much easier to get in touch with people from all around the globe.
I would say it is worse because many people think it is an easy way of art therefore the „standard“ in some areas is considered to be lower. I would consider it challenging because it is crucial that we keep raising the standard and educating our viewers through our work. To be able to communicate good principles and taking care of the quality of our work.

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Anton Sofiychenko

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Excerpts from our interview with photographer Anton Sofiychenko:

Who and what has influenced your development as an artist? Do you have any idols?

There are a lot of authorities; I admire people who act upon their goals, strive to move forward, are ambitious and never stop at anything, people who are constantly driven, wanting to better themselves.
There is the renowned Helmut Newton. I love how he shows femininity. I also admire David LaChapelle. I’m intrigued by his ideas, his use of colours as well as poses.

Besides your camera and a model, what is essential for you on set?

It is important for me to have enough space, so that there is a lot of „air“ created in my work environment. Of course, the music is equally important. And a nearby bar? Absolutely ideal!

What do you do for self marketing? Are there any websites important for you as photographer and why?

While I use many social networks, I find that Instagram is very popular. I get many orders through the app, and lately I’ve only been using that to get work. You will not believe how effective it is!

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Barbarita Homs

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Excerpts from our interview with model Barbarita Homs:

Hola Barbarita, nice to have you here. Tell us something about you, who are you?

(Laughs) Hola, i am a Spanish model from Barcelona. I have been modelling since I was 17 years old. So yes I have been in this industry for quite some time and I am very glad to be a part of it.

What is the biggest difference between Barbarita the model and Barbarita the private person?

I think everything about me as a model and me as a private person is different except my laugh. People depict me as an extrovert based on my modelling. They assume I am always dressed up with wearing a full face of makeup. Although I love shopping I consider myself rather simple. I rarely ever wear makeup and my life is neither as glamorous as it comes across. I would describe myself as more of a girlnext-door type of girl. (Laughs)

What was your biggest success as model so far?

My biggest success as a model so far was a much unexpected publication in Vogue Italia. I did a photoshoot with very elegant evening dresses and I ended up with this very fortunate opportunity. I never thought this could happen, so it was amazing to see.

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