Working with what you’ve got – Finding collaborators

Barbette, Spiro Scindo, AJ Michaels and The Renaissance Woman nude © 2014 . All rights reserved.

I was recently sent an anonymous “ask” via tumblr, inquiring as to why, in the opinion of the person posing the question, there is a lack of diversity in my portfolio.

I face two primary limitations on my photography, so far as whom I photograph: self-selection bias and resources.

Most of my collaborators approach me, not the other way around; my selection criteria is simple: if you strike me as sane and serious, I’ll work with you. However, I can’t coerce people into posing for me. Continue reading

Hidden in Plain View

nude woman on staircase, femme-perdue by Dan Smith © 2013 . All rights reserved.

If there’s any thing, in particular that I’d like to believe I strive for in my nude photography, it’s to depict the individuality of the person in front of the lens as much as possible. It’s not always explicitly their identity, but for me, identity plays an important role in that depiction.

I’ve always been bothered by the ‘headless’ nude, parts close-ups and the sense of objectification and disempowerment… Continue reading