Society has a preconceived ideas as to what is right, and what is wrong. And I usually laugh about that because they change those ideas almost everyday. What was wrong today becomes right tomorrow, with the added feeling that if you don’t go along with the new right, you are wrong. But I have stated my views many times in the past on that subject and it need not be talked about more now.
But it does related to the way this artist operates. I operate outside the current right way of doing things. Most probably consider me on the wrong side of today’s moral values.
I can go out on a photo shoot and take some nice photos for a model, just like any good photographer can do. And the model will be happy with the results. i won’t be thrilled however, and if I was not doing it for a favor, or money, I probably would not even pick up my camera.
For me, I want something more than good images. I want images with a soul. I want images that have some meaning for me. And in order to achieve this goal I need to know the model way better than meeting with her and talking for a few minutes. I need to understand her as though I was her good friend that she shares everything with. I need to know her on an intimate level. I need to work with her many times so that she understands what it is I am after, not only with the print that will hang on a gallery wall, but that print will have a soul that is her.
For this reason I want to work with a model several times before we get serious about what it is that I am after. I want to talk with her around a campfire after a few drinks and hear her tell me stuff about her life that she would never share with anyone but a lover or closest friend. I need to know all that there is to know about this person in order to create what I want.
Current society, especially in the model / photographer world frowns upon intimacy between the two. Oh, you get the models and photographers having a fling from time to time, that is going to happen. And you get them falling in love from time to time, that is going to happen. I’m not talking about either of those however.
But I do sleep in the same bed with the models I work with on a regular basis. We don’t have sex, but it is not unusual to wrap our bodies together for comfort. We have already seen each other for hours upon hours naked. There is nothing there that needs to be hidden at bed time just because it is bed time. We have hugged many times already after having finished a really good shoot, or enjoyed the time spent at a location. We usually have kissed several times during these sessions. So come bedtime there is nothing different that needs to happen just because it gets dark.
I seem to work with models who think similarly and it has not been an issue to date. None of them have ever gone home and complained. And they are always willing to go out on another adventure with me when the opportunity arises. Maybe it is because I seek out models who think like I do, and who have the same notion of what it takes to create an image with a soul.
At any rate, the general mind set of today’s moral society finds this behavior unacceptable, and I don’t give a rat’s ass. I don’t intend to work with them anyway, so they can stuff their moral values up their ass and go away.
“Flight” In the permanent collection of The Kinsey Institute Museum (Abs)