Let´s immerse into a sensuous world full of feminity. “CatWoman” is a dark and erotic flaired series featuring Alexandria F. shot by Wolf189. The pictures create the intense atmosphere of a film and quicken your imagination and fantasy. Enjoy!
Category : Photography
“All around me can be inspiring, especially being on the street, because you can meet an unpleasant old, rich woman with her 4 little dogs or an homeless guy smiling, – it’s always a surprise.”
Antoine Harinthe, is a young photographer based in Paris, whose work has many different facets. On one hand there is a cool, young vibe and on the other hand a very thoughtful capturing of small and hidden details of daily life. We spoke to him about his work, life and favourite place in Paris.
Tell us something important about yourself?
I’m Antoine, a 23 year old photographer based in Paris
You have worked in advertising – not an easy field, what have been the most difficult things and the things you have learned from it?
That’s true – not always easy but I have learned a lot about the working method, some complementary things like layout, graphic design… I discovered a different approach.
You then decided to focus on your passion, photography. What is it that fascinates you that much about this medium?
I’m fascinated by capturing images and scenes that I find strong and that share emotions.
All around me can be inspiring, especially being on the street, because you can meet an unpleasant old, rich woman with her 4 little dogs or an homeless guy smiling, – it’s always a surprise. I love to discover some places too.
Where do you see your life in a few years?
Hum, I wish I could discover some countries, move around and meet differents things and take a lot of pictures and work as much as possible in freelance!
Your favourite place in Paris?
L’autobus a local popular bar at the corner of my street in the 11th district. There is a juxebox with nice old songs and the boss is cool. He gives you big glasses for little money and that helps to appreciate it ahah
The most important thing in life?
Doing a work that you love, travel and meet people, discover places and share things.
all images © Antoine Harinthe
A good image is “Spontaneity, accident, an image that never goes out of our memory” according to Alena Chendler, a truly talented Russian photographer, whose favourite place in Moscow is Sheremetyevo airport, as it carries change and who also tells us that the most important thing…
“My fear is me. My hope is me and you. And my dream is to feel more and more happy and I can make people happy.” Those are the fears, hopes and dreams of Mira Heo, a photographer from Seoul, Korea. And we cannot get enough of her enchantingly beautiful work. It´s soothing to look at her images, that live from a simple, yet profound picture language.
A beautiful image is?
It looks unreal, but is full of reality.
In an interview to the question of what inspires you, you answered: ”Something provocative and painful.” Can be you more specific of what is provocative and painful in your eyes?
It’s about human being, human’s emotions. especially the human’s dark side. Some moments I feel like that (provocative and painful), and then I imagine so many things. It has to be photography I think…
Where do you see yourself with your work and your life within the next years?
I will keep going with my work. I’m going to work for my friend ninaian(music artist in South Korea), his 2nd album is coming next year. So.. I try to take pictures. And maybe I will go to Japan and Kota Kinabalu and some other countries for travelling! Of course I will be with my cameras.
Tell us your favourite places in Seoul, Korea?
My favorite place is Han River. Han River is very big. It has some power of healing to me.
Your fears, your hopes, your dreams?
My fear is me. My hope is me and you. And my dream is to feel more and more happy and I can make people happy. And meet a partner only for myself:)
The most crazy thing you have ever done?
Some partying with a cool guy.
“Real beauty is what your likes, what your thoughts and what you are.” says Lotus Josephine, a Los Angeles based photographer, when talking about beauty. We always find it very interesting to hear how beauty is being defined by someone who is surrounded by it that much.
“In my photographs I try to emphasize the beauty of everyday, small fragments of real life, with the naturalness in the foreground, but enriched with nuances.” tells us Emanuele Ferrari, and Italian based photographers who makes quite a splash with his NextDoorModel Project.
Boy oh boy! We can never get enough of those kind of raw, expressive and also damn sexy images.
Like the ones from Tina Dubrovsky, a professional photographer and alternative model currently based in Tel-Aviv. An old Minolta film camera raised her passion to dive into the world of visual capturing and what was once “only” a birthday present from her parents, ultimately turned into her profession. There is always the sum of little things and moments that lead us to the bigger things in life and what more amazing can there be than having found what makes you happy? And makes us happy too.
Tell us something important about yourself?
People tend to have a hard time labeling my work. Some call it fashion photography because I shoot a lot of catalogs for fashion labels while others declare in outrage that “this is NOT fashion” at all.
I personally try not to bother too much about what other people think. I guess I would refer to it as just “people photography” for the lack of better word.
I believe that what most defies my style are the photos I take with my old Minolta. The styling is important but it’s always first and foremost about the subject in the photo no matter what he\she is or isn’t wearing. And it’s spontaneous in a sense that I don’t really plan the sets in detail, just the overall feel and mood. Don’t get me wrong my shoots are very directed and I usually have a general idea of want but when I’m shooting my personal projects I just like to roll with it.
What were your very first points of contact with photography – the moments were you felt inspired to continue?
It started with my parents giving me our old film camera (my current favorite Minolta) for my 18th birthday and I started taking pictures of my friends with it. I enjoyed it a lot and decided to get a digital camera for practical reasons so I got a canon and continued doing basically more of the same and uploading the images I took to facebook. I never though much of it or imagined a career out of it until less than a year in an owner of a big modeling agency here in Israel contacted me (after someone referred him to the photos I took on my profile) and asked if I would like to shoot portfolios for him and I ended up being his resident photographer shooting all his models’ books at age 20. Working professionally for a big agency after being a waitress before was definitely what inspired me to keep doing this and getting better because I finally felt that I found something that I enjoy that I’m apparently good at as well.
You also model yourself – do you prefer to be in front or behind the camera?
It depends on what I want to shoot really. I sometimes get ideas that I simply don’t know how to get someone else to execute in the way I want it to be so I just take the part which seems more crucial to me. Sometimes it’s behind the lens and sometimes in front of it. Even when I myself am the model I still consider it my work because in 99% of the shoots I appear in it’s usually my concept, my styling and the vision is a mutual collaboration with the photographer I’m working with. I really can’t say that I have a preference for either right now, I love both as long as I have the overall control of the art direction.
What makes someone beautiful in your eyes?
Being interesting\having an interesting look. Not all my subjects are professional models or classically beautiful. Of course they are attractive but most of them have something more than physical beauty. Like, you look at a set of pictures of a girl and you feel like you want to know more about her. And also sex appeal. It’s all about what you project in the photos and I like to think that I manage doing that in a real, raw way without too much fancy lights and post-processing.
What are your main inspirations nowadays for your work – but also for life in general?
People and places. I don’t sit at home and try to think up ideas. I can just see a person or a place or garment and the idea of how I want to shoot them just vaguely pops in my mind and then develops.
As for life just new countries and new experiences inspire me, always moving and meeting new people and seeing new things is what gets me going.
Where do see yourself in the future – workwise and in your private life?
Traveling and working a lot. Like I said in my previous answer – just seeing and experiencing as much as I can in my field of interest and honestly I don’t know where I see myself in the future exactly because it might be on the other end of the world or it might be back here after being at the other end and coming back.
The most important thing in life?
This will sound lame and cliché but really just not to regret anything and know that you gave it your all when it came to doing something that you love.
”A good image will tell you exactly who the photographer is, without even knowing their name.”Which is certainly something that applies to Lucas Passmore´s work.
His image are unmistakably beautiful. Motion and emotion is what Lucas loves – and what shines through in his natural and raw visual language. And we were no less impressed by his thoughts on life: “Nothing of value comes easily. Nothing of value is just given to you. If you want something, you have to work for it.”
What is a good image in your eyes- what does it have to have?
There are a hundred “rules” in photography that are supposed to constitute what a good image should be. But photography just isn’t that formulaic. All a good image needs is a voice behind it– the photographer’s own voice, not the voice of an instruction book. An expensive camera or a fancy lens isn’t going to yield a good image either. A good image will tell you exactly who the photographer is, without even knowing their name.
How would you describe your own work?
Simple, natural, sometimes very raw. I love motion and emotion.
And how much of your own personality is in your work?
If I had to describe my personality, it would be very sardonic and self-deprecating, which really isn’t what my images reflect, rather how I see beauty and how I want to see beauty plays a more active part in what I try to capture.
You have so many beautiful women in front of your lense. What is a woman beautiful in your eyes?
Honestly, beauty comes from confidence. Most models are professional models for a reason: they’re comfortable and confident in front of the lens, which is why not every pretty girl can be a model, and conversely, how an otherwise plain girl can become a super-model. It’s amazing how attractive confidence is, how easily it can transform someone, as well as how easily it translates through the camera, to a photo. But this applies to real life too: people come in all colors, shapes, and sizes… but having real confidence is the universal aphrodisiac.
And all the models looks so self-confident in your images. Is it important to have a good connection to the model for you to get this strong images?
Having a connection is paramount. I’ve shot a few girls who can walk into the studio an “turn it on” in front of the camera, without so much as a ‘hello’. But normally, you need to warm-up with the model; just sit down and talk for 10 minutes… nothing special, just the normal ‘get to know you’ conversation. Once you both get a sense of each other, you’ll know how to ask for things you want… and if you get what you want, the images will of course be much better. Some of my best shoots have been with models I’ve shot previously.
Scrolling down your facebook fan page, i can see that you are very very busy. So what other things do you love to do besides photography?
This is sounds a tad silly and fake, but honestly, I really don’t like doing much else other than photography. I love thinking about it, I love talking about it, I love reading about it, I love looking at other people’s amazing images and figuring out how they achieved them. If it sounds like I’m obsessed, it’s because I am. That’s what happens when you find the thing you love. But I also love my dogs.
Where do you see yourself in a few years?
Hopefully it will involve traveling, shooting, and money! Haha!
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A police officer. But that was because I loved ‘Lethal Weapon 1&2″ and wanted to be Mel Gibson. I definitely don’t want to be Mel Gibson anymore!
The best life lesson?
Nothing of value comes easily. Nothing of value is just given to you. If you want something, you have to work for it. You won’t know what you have, and more so, you won’t know what to do with it, if you don’t work hard for it. Find what you want in life, then get to work! You’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish.
all images © Lucas Passmore
“My generation is definitely a nostalgic one and I think now that we are entering the real world and it’s not the prettiest picture, we long for the simple times of being a kid in the 90′s, watching cartoons and playing games all day.” reckons Jackie Gasc, founder of the When I´m not naked blog.
And she adds:”We don’t want to do anything unless it’s fun and instantly gratifying – just like how we acted as children in the 90s.” Well, it is so much fun to scroll down her blog and look at those stylish kids in riot. So we spoke to Jackie about what fascinates her most about blogging and what keeps her going, the most crazy thing she has ever done and the best decision she took in life so far…
Tell us something important about yourself?
I just graduated from college! I now have a B.F.A. in fashion marketing from Savannah College of Art and Design.
What are the things that fascinate you most about blogging? The reason that keeps you going?
The fact that I have readers is definitely what keeps me going. Knowing that people are interested in what I’m doing compels me to keep them updated.
Also on your blog “When I´m not naked” it is visible that the 90´s are back. Why do you think there is this revival? Usually clothes always also tell something about where we stand as a society and it is usually the youth calling for a new direction. So maybe less thinking about career, studies, life plans and back to the free spirit of the Nineties?
My generation is definitely a nostalgic one and I think now that we are entering the real world and it’s not the prettiest picture, we long for the simple times of being a kid in the 90′s, watching cartoons and playing games all day. I agree, we definitely aren’t taking the straight and narrow path that generations before us took. We don’t want to do anything unless it’s fun and instantly gratifying – just like how we acted as children in the 90s. In several ways we are refusing to grow up, and since we account for a large amount of spending power marketers are having to change to cater to us. We don’t want to live the lives our parents had, so we won’t.
Besides your blog, you are also doing interviews and write articles for other fashion blogs/ magazines. Who is on your top list of people that you would love to interview – someone that inspires you with what she/he does?
I’d love to interview Sky Ferreira. Every time I see one of her interviews I learn something surprising. I like that she seems very laid back and doesn’t fake smiles like most pop stars do. I really love her style in general and can’t get enough of her.
The most crazy thing you have ever done?
I’ve been doing a lot of urban climbing lately – hanging out on roofs and other high places that weren’t intended for girls to play on. It’s dangerous but the view is always worth it.
5 things you cannot live without?
I’m super into minimalism lately so this is something I ask myself regularly: my macbook, a film camera, film, a backpack and water.
The best decision you took so far in life?
Interning with CollegeFashionista. Not only did I make amazing connections, it helped me build a strong portfolio and become a better writer/photographer.
All images via www.whenimnotnaked.com
What is a good image? “It’s what you leave out I think …. It‘s never interesting for you as a spectator to get served with all the facts right in your face, as if, in this case the photograph, only holds one truth,” says the Swedish photographer, Mathias Sterner, in reply to my question. To me as well a photograph, art and life are only as good and beautiful as the things they are still holding to be discovered.
Often captured within a natural environment, his work certainly holds this mystical touch that sparks the imagination of the observant viewer. One of his latest projects is a shoot for the fashion brand Nor Autonom, where only after taking a closer look you can discover the shape of his motives. So we had a closer chat with him about his work, his life and his inspirations…
Mathias, how much of yourself is in your work?
I guess it‘s hard not to reveal anything about yourself in your work, but I don‘t think I am as dark as it might seem. I‘m fascinated with the documentary, but it is still constructed in a way. I haven‘t given it too much thought but I guess you could say that my work is an altered documentary reality. A refined reality.
What is the fascination about photography to you?
To portray someone is a beautiful thing. The tension that is being created between the photographer and the object is really something else. The privilege to meet a lot of interesting people that you normally never would meet otherwise, and that you capture a part of them to keep.
And what is a good model in your eyes?
I‘m all about spontaneity; at least I think that‘s important in order to get into the right feel of a shoot, to be able to capture the right feeling.
Is there anyone in particular that you would love to shot with?
Spending a day with Bill Murray, doing all weird kinds of stuff can‘t be boring.
Your biggest inspirations?
Lots of stuff, everything from other photographers work, films, music and paintings, but what I‘m really hooked on is renaissance paintings and sculptures, and the biggest inspiration of all would be nature, the woods in particular I think, because of all the patterns and the nice light that you can find, but I‘m also blown away by landscapes and beautiful scenery.
What equipment do you usually use?
I have a really hard time letting go of my old Pentax from the second world war or something :-D. It‘s a relic at its finest definition. But usually I shoot with a canon 5d mark II with either a 50mm lens or a 35 mm.
You are also producing fashion and art films. Are you working on any new project at the moment?
At the moment I‘m working on a film for the brand Nor Autonom, that I‘m sure will be finished before this gets published.
How is the art/ photography scene in Stockholm/ Sweden at the moment – a good place to be and to work?
Well there are a lot of interesting and creative people here, but I wouldn‘t say that it‘s a particularly good climate.
People are a little afraid to separate themselves from the traditional and ordinary. There are certain boundaries and obstacles that can be really hard to overcome to realize your visions.
Anyway, I think I see a little change, though it‘s very moderate.
Even though art is something so subjective- what is a good photograph in your eyes?
It’s what you leave out I think. But then again maybe that includes all art. It‘s never interesting for you as a spectator to get served with all the facts right in your face, as if, in this case the photograph, only holds one truth. It‘s much more fascinating if the observers can wander in their own thoughts and make up their own minds. That‘s my opinion anyway.
5 things you cannot live without?
My camera (pretty obvious), my beard (I‘ve tried get rid of it, not a good idea) , mocking my friend Leon for his shoe obsession, traveling and discovering new beautiful places, (embarrassed to say) coffee and the Swedish tobacco „snus“ (in combination)
Your motto for life…
Imagination is more important than knowledge
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger for C-Heads “My Heart sings wild” Summer Issue #29
all images © Mathias Sterner
The images of NY based Ira Chernova include everything that we really love. And the young Russian is so talented – as a model in front of the camera and also behind it as a photographer. Her recent shooting was with one of our favorite models Teresa Oman (Request Model Managment NYC) who is such a natural and inspiring beauty. We could forever look at this atmospheric and deep series!
all images © Ira Chernova
Those images are so drop-dead sexy and you wanna look at them for more than just an instant! Shot by 26-year old Laura (which is not her real name) from Lisbon, whose love for travelling has also taken her to Los Angeles, California, the place where she met some of those girls that she shot. And that you can now admire on her tumbrl site . “I have started shooting with Instax, using fujifilm Instax 200, less than an year ago and it’s quite addictive.” Well, we can imagine and if you recognize on or the other face of the girls – there are many known faces from the alternative beauties of the Suicidegirls.