'I’m still learning and at most self taught, so I approach most shoots with no rules. I want the image to convey some form of emotion, so I don’t like to over think the shoot and make it spontaneous. I like texture and contrast, so I like to find locations that are out of the ordinary or unusual.'
I think DSS's words above are exactly what motivated me to contact him about his work with model Kristoffer Brown. The images of Kristoffer went beyond just good lighting and lots of skin. The Australian artist uses texture and contrast to create a depth of emotion that is felt both on the surface, in Kristoff's facial expressions and soulful blue eyes, and in atmosphere created by DSS's use of dark and light.
Dark Shadow Sydney's passion for photography began in 2009 after buying his first digital camera, a Nikon D90. Like many new photographers, his main focus was initially landscape photography. This gave him the opportunity to learn the basic techniques and becoming comfortable with the camera.
'I also had an interest of painting the human form, which led my interest to photographing people. I also wanted an edge to the image, where there were no rules and the image was raw. This lead to me working mainly with the male form - no make up or glamour with a strong male appeal and slightly naughty.'
Although 26 year old Kristoffer Brown isn't interested in being just a 'nude model', he was certainly up for 'slightly naughty'. Kristoffer did some modeling as a child and decided to give it another chance now that he is more mature and a bit older. Of course as an adult, being asked to shoot naked is a new part of the job, but Kristoffer didn't want to limit his chances for shoots or work, so taking it off became a normal part of the job.
Given he had worked with DSS before, Kristoffer said the nude work was without complications, both professionals, when he heard DSS had an interesting location to shoot, they both showed up and got the job done! ' I was completely comfortable with the setting and taking my clothes off was just an extra opportunity to get quality pictures.' What drives Kristofffer is the excitement and adventure modeling brings. Travelling, meeting new people and being apart of someone's creative passion and pushing himself to new limits!
Having worked together was key to the comfortability of both Kristoffer and Kerwin, so much so, they have shot 4 times within the last 6 months. Kerwin generally shoots with new models, many of him have never done a photo shoot, let alone posed nude. Kerwin generally starts out with a clothed shoot, something easy and casual. If the model is comfortable in their skin, he may suggest a future shoot, involving nudity if they're comfortable. It is also important the photographer be comfortable, something Kerwin remembers from his first time shooting a naked model.
'My first experience shooting a nude model was in my garage with a simple black drop, I was so nervous that it made me sick with worry. I was a total mess trying to make sure the model is comfortable, working out camera settings and getting the lighting correct. I now look back back on my previous work and missed opportunities of what I could have asked and have learnt from my mistakes. Now, I do my homework on the poses and clothing to match the theme. I try to push myself with experimenting with new things and now comfortable asking the model to do things outside there comfort zone to produce something fantastic.'
'Kristoffer is extremely keen and always requesting me when we are doing the next shoot. Our first shoot was in my garage on a low key concept, where I found Kris very comfortable in his skin and had no problem posing nude. We then followed a shoot in a car park, at his own apartment and our last shoot was in a motel room. The images I like best of Kris where the car park shoot against a cement wall and the low key shoot in my garage'
Sunday night, Game Of Thrones showed a penis. Today, forums, blogs and even the newspapers are calling foul. The problem isn't the penis itself, Classically trained British actor Rob Callender (above) has a perfectly beautiful package, (as seen at the bottom of the post) but some fans are pissed the pisser wasn't attached to an actor in the shows opening credits.
A Wine Seller's End
I don't get the outrage. First off, I don't watch Game of Thrones for the nudity, I just really love the show. The story, the characters, the look, the music, everything about the HBO drama has me looking forward to it on Sunday nights. One can see naked men simply with the click of a mouse, why does it matter if it's on your favorite show.
For some, it seems to come down to fairness. Many seem to believe there are tons of scenes of boob and vagina, and not enough male skin. I am sure someone has done the math, but almost every actor I have loved on the show, and many I don't, have shown a bit of skin. Will Tudor and Alfie Allen have shown frontals, Alfie in the show's first season, before his character's manhood was removed. Several male extra's have been stripped down for frontals, including the poor wine merchant who ended up naked and tied to horse.
Most of the casts hottest actors, in fact pretty much all of the younger male cast have shown their butt's including Kit Harington who showed a crack last week and my favorite Richard Madden who gave us a good view of Rob's rump before being killed off.
I don't get the anger, especially for a show that has stripped off Eugene Simon, Jason Momoa, Ivan Rheon and Michiel Huisman. Madden and Harington, and pretty much all of the actors in the opening credits I am sure have a 'no frontal' clause in their contracts, especially now that the show is in it's sixth season. Even the show's lead actress's don't show as much as they did in the show's early seasons with Lena Headley's naked walk last season done by a body double.
As far as I can see, Game of Thrones still offers more male nudity than most shows, and last night's instalment The Door had more than just a brief glimpse of penis and balls, it was also one of the best and most powerful episodes of the season. Michiel Huisman
For me, nothing has to change, keep showing us the main cast members butt's and bring on the Rob Callender's whenever a peak of penis is required. I only ask you don't ever kill of Jon Snow again. If another main character needs to go, I am perfectly fine with Sansa (the show's most annoying character) biting the dust.