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An artist’s defense of Goth and Rave subculutures

As a photographic artist

and creative personality in general, I have come to meet a lot of people. And I don’t mean just in passing. I mean I’ve made connections and learned to understand how people who may not necessarily look or act like your “typical” person can be truly amazing despite negativity or discrimination that is often sent their way.

While there are many subcultures out there, for the sake of brevity and getting straight to the point, I’m going to delve into two specifically – Goth and Rave, which can sometimes overlap somewhat.

Goth Subculture

Even today, in our increasingly less judgmental society, a lot of people associate Gothic culture and style with evil and just about anything that that term might bring to mind. The fact is that this notion is far from the truth. As a matter of fact, Goth’s are really just like everybody else when in many ways, not really differing from the general population. Sure, many of them tend to have an appreciation for some of the darker elements of life, but what’s so wrong with that? In fact, I tend to think knowing the darker things more intimately helps one to appreciate, love and greater respect the brighter side of life. Perhaps this is why some elements of the subculture mix bright, vivid colors into the stereotypical all black wardrobe. Ponder this fr a moment – The brightest Sunlight also produces the darkest shadows.

Rave Subculture

Sadly and mostly due to misleading media coverage, the rave scene is often looked upon as nothing more than a series of drug-filled and sexually promiscuous events. That’s like saying that every Italian is affiliated with the Mofia, it’s outlandish and over exaggerating. Did you realize that one of the major notions within the Rave culture is a the acronym PLUR which stands for Peace, Love, Unity and Respect? This simple yet profound concept is a far try from the mainstream media view and in fact is the type of attitude or approach to life that could very well help make this troubled world a better place.

The bottom line is that the old adage still holds true today. You should never judge a book by its cover.

goth and rave

Video Contest – $100 cash prize!

The Alternative Modeling community at Twistedangels.net is seeking your videos to feature on our website! If you’re an aspiring film maker or just love to goof around with your video camera or cell phone, this contest could be for you.

We’ll accept videos from virtually any type of recording device including video-only cameras, still cameras that shoot video, cell phones, webcams and more, so long as the quality is reasonable.

All entries must be submitted by March 31, 2013. A winner will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts by no later than April 8, 2012. And he or she will be have the option to be paid via Paypal or by mailed money order.

While the grand prize winner will take hone the cash, there will be one First Place winner who will get a HP Photo Printer with 4×6 photo paper and carrying case, a second place winner who will earn one year of free access to our website and a third place winner who will be able to select up to 5 hard copies of full-resolution 8×10 photos from our website featuring the model of your choice.*

See rules below:

video contest

Videos must be original content (you can use songs from any artist in them though) and cannot be published anywhere else on the Internet without our expressed written permission.

Videos should be centered around themes focused on goth, emo, or punk subcultures or body art and body modification.

Videos may not exceed 100 MB in file size, the smaller the better as that submitting larger files can be difficult.

In terms of subject matter, pretty much anything is acceptable from the silly and playful to the intense and sexy. ** If you aren’t sure, just ask.

There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.

All people featured in the video must be at least 18 years of age.

To submit your video:

Upload your video to a private file sharing tool like Yousendit, Dropsend, Transferbigfiles or Google Drive (share the download like only with us).

Visit our “Contact Us” page at TA leaving any relevant information about your video (title, cast, location…) in the message box along with the other required information. You may leave the download link in the “Website” box, message area or send it to twistedangelsnet@gmail.com .

 *This prize applies specifically to models shot by our staff photographer, not those submitted by other artists.

 **Artistic nudity is acceptable but graphic pornography is not. And the videos cannot contain any illegal or discriminatory activity.

The variations of Goth

The term “Goth” is pretty generic.

It tends to conjure up certain images for the typical, mainstream individual. However, as a photographer who spends a lot of time working with alternative models, I can assure you that there are a number of different sub-cultures within the larger category we typical define as Goth.  These sub-sections each tend to have a cool, artistic style of their own. With that being said, I give you a few of the many faces of the Gothic community.

Old school, traditional Goth:

goth girl

Cyber Goth:

cyber goth girl

Raver Goth:

raver goth girl

Punk Goth:

punk goth girl

Gothic Lolita:

gothic lolita

 

 

Alternative style girls in the music industry

It’s been a while…

since I’ve posted about one of my favorite subjects. As an avid fan of the arts, especially photography, I’ve long had a fascination with alternative style. This is apparent in much of my work with alternative models. If you’re not familiar with it, there are a number of prior posts that deal with this subject matter.

Anyway, when I also stop to consider my interest in various genres of music, some of those musical styles go right along with the alternative cultures of body modification (like tattoos and piercings), Gothic looks, punk attitude and more.  That being the case, I decided to write this little post highlighting six of the hottest ladies in the music industry who fit the aforementioned mold if you will. Of course, there are many, many, more so feel free to offer your thoughts, suggestions or additions to this list.

Avril Lavigne

From the beginning of her career in the poppy punk rock scene, Avril has been a huge success. She’s got attitude, she’s got talent and she’s got a punk but marketable look. She’s also been featured in the Maxim Hot 100 several times as well.

sexy pic of Avril Lavigne

Hayley Williams

The first time I heard Hayley sing I was highly impressed with her vocal skills. Once I learned more about her band Paramore, I got hooked. She’s a stunning beauty and seems like loads of fun too.

very hot Haley Williams

Taylor Momsen

This child actress from films like How The Grinch Stole Christmas has done a complete 360 and now sports a sexy goth look. The music she makes with her band The Pretty Reckless is dark and edgy.

sexy goth Taylor Momsen

Megan McCauley

While Megan is a little lesser known, it’s surely has nothing to do with her skills as a musician or her very attractive punk-ish look. I suggest you check out her song Tap That for starters.

hot sexy Megan McCauley

Siobhan Magnus

Perhaps American Idol’s hottest and most authentic rock chick, Siobhan seems to be a fun and eclectic package. After she sang the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black on AI, I darn near fell in love.

very sexy Siobhan Magnus

 Shirley Manson

While Shirley hasn’t been active in music in a while, this lead singer of the band Garbage was arguably the most notable Goth chick in music from the mid-90′s – early 2000′s. If you want to see for yourself, maybe you should check out the video for the song When I Grow Up.

goth girl Shirley Manson

The art of modeling and it’s many, many genres

When we think of modeling, most of us probably have a particular image in mind. Perhaps that image involves gawking crowds around a runway with models strutting with vigor in some “new look” for the season. Or maybe the bikini clad woman of Sport Illustrated and other notable publications pop into your head. Whatever the case may be, it may surprise you to find out just how many different types of modeling actually exist.

Here’s and extensive but certainly not complete list:

Fashion Modeling

This niche is all about the clothing being worn and usually features tall, slender models.

A few of the many Sub-genres include - 

Editorial, Runway and Showroom

fashion modeling

Parts Modeling

It’s pretty much just what it sounds like. Models in this niche show off specific body parts like hands, feet, legs…

parts model

Commercial Modeling

Some sub-genres include -

Product, Lifestyle and Corporate

corporate modeling

Fitness Modeling 

This genre is all about showcasing fit and athletic models often in sporty clothing.

hot fitness modeling

Alternative Modeling

One of my favorites, it deals with models sporting body modifications like tattoos and piercings along with a punk or goth pics style.

alternative modeling

Glamour Modeling

This style focuses on sexual or sensual themes. This can range from mild to quite intense in terms of how graphic the content might become.

glamour modeling

Deviant (A peom)

Considering Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to post on of my pieces from my second of two poetry books “Shadows and Shade” that I think fits the theme fairly well. It also goes along with my photography interest in working with alternative models and the tattooed, pierced and Gothic style they often feature.

Enjoy!

goth drawing

Deviant

You’re a deviant

But that’s OK

Your tattoos and piercings

Drive me insane

—————————————-

You’re deeply twisted

But I don’t care

I love the purple and red streaks

In your savage black hair

——————————————–

You’re erratic

But it’s just fine

And your insidious nature

Leaves me wanting you for mine

Beautiful dreadlocks

Creative Dreamers readers:

I’m sorry I’ve been a little absent of late in regard to posting new entries. I’ve been working on a project for another website I run and being a less than technical person by nature, it’s been a headache to say the least.

That being said, two of the alternative models featured on said site have recently taken to the dreadlocks hair style. With that in mind, I wanted to create a post with artistic dreadlocks as the theme.

Check out the pics below:

blonde in dreadlocks

colorful dreds

pink and blue colored hair

goth girl with red dreds

Guest blogging/posting

For those of us who consider ourselves creative people and also try to get the word out there about our creative ambitions, guest posting or guest blogging can be a good opportunity.

With that being said, I’m looking to both guest post for other blogs as well as feature other people’s posts on mine. If you own or run a blog and are interested in in either of these possibilities, please let me know either in the comments section or via e-mail at trcapromo@gmail.com .

What I’ll accept for this blog:

Anything arts related in any way. It must be original work and at least 250 words (unless it’s poetry or a visual submission like photography or a drawing). I’ll provide one backlink per poem or visual submission and up to two per written other form of written post.

What I can provide:

Having worked in journalism as well as the arts, I am up for providing mostly anything. However, if possible I’d like to keep the topics related to:

Poetry and writing

Photography and the visual arts

Movies and video

Music and the performing arts

Goth, emo or punk subcultures

Body modification

Graphic design

Maybe we can make this work out well for everyone!

 

Creative ideas for model photo shoots

Creative model photography

OK, so sometimes I feel like my brain is like the pistons in a car – constantly moving except well I’m shut down and asleep (or the car is turned off). That being the case, I’ve always got some new ideas popping into my head about any number of things including ideas for shoots with models.

With that in mind, I’d like to offer a few of the ideas I’ve used in the past. Granted some aren’t all the original but that doesn’t mean that people might not have overlooked them. As for the ones that I haven’t actually followed through on yet, well for now those will remain a mystery.

Please know that all of these may be able to be modified for either sex but I generally work with female models and that’s why I make the following statements.

school girl outfit model photography

Ideas:

1. Cowgirl -

Pretty simple to do. Just some cowboy boots and a hat and some jeans and an appropriate shirt and you’re all set.

2. Silhouettes and bodyscapes -

It’s all about lighting and maximizing the form of the body itself.

3. The model as captive (cuffs, bindfolds…) -

No, nothing perverse here. That wouldn’t be very artistic. Just sort of a horror-inspired approach.

4. Halloween themes -

This one is relatively self explanatory and can be done in either an intense of cutesy sort of way.

5. Patriotic attire and props - 

Just think of the whole “Rosie the Riveter” image or anything in which you can incorporate a flag or your country’s colors.

6. Slumber party -

Combine this youthful concept with lingerie and BAM – instant art.

7. School girl -

Very cliche but it never seems to go out of fashion.

8. Gothic rocker schoolgirl -

A variation on the above with a little more edge. Great fit for alternative models.

9. Motorcycles -

Attractive women and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly.

10. Office setting -

Again sort of an old concept but spicing up a boring setting like an office makes for a fun shoot.

11. Warehouse or industrial setting -

The gritty, rough atmosphere can work either as a contrast to a model’s look or to compliment it.

12. Ultra contrast -

One suck example would be a model wearing a wedding dress in a graffiti -covered slum alleyway.

13. Femme Fatale -

Tough girls with a hot look make for awesome photos.

14. Character shoot -

I once did a Lady Gaga themed shoot. This is also good for people who like cosplay and fictional characters.

Video contest with awesome prizes!

So, a website I work with in the alternative modeling industry is holding a video contest and I’d like to pass the info along to the readers here at Creative Dreamers. Below you will find the details of the contest. Feel free to join anytime as that it runs through mid-September.

Twisted Angels Video Contest

1 Grand Prize – New Digital Video Camcorder, 1 item of your choice from the Twisted Angels Store at http://www.zazzle.com/twistedangels and a one year free subscription to our site at http://twistedangels.net.

3 First Prizes – One on one video chat session with one of our amazing models, a free professional photo of one of our models and a one year free subscription to our site.

5 Second Prizes – A free professional photo of one of our models and a one year free subscription to our site.

10 Third Prizes – A one year free subscription access to our site.

TWO CATEGORIES:

Entertainment – These clips should feature women primarily and fit somewhere in the goth, emo, punk, body modification or related concepts themes. They can be anything from skits to stories about subcultures or your own personal body art. The options are pretty open ended.

Promotional – These clips should be a conscious effort to promote our website which focuses on the aforementioned subcultures and anything that goes along with them.

RULES:

300 MB file size limit. Any common video format is acceptable. Any video recording device may be used.

All people appearing in the video and involved in the making of it must be at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in your region and voluntarily consent to involvement in the final product.

Entries may or may not be made with NSFW content but anything in this category must be artistic in nature.

Videos cannot contain any watermarking or similar content except in which case they only appear in either the intro or closing credits.

No real illegal activities may take place in the videos. Such things as simulated horror themes are fine.

All submissions must be received by no later than September 15, 2012.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

Once you’ve completed your video, upload the file to a private file sharing website (like Zippyshare, Google Drive, easy-share, etc.) not a public sharing site (like Youtube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, etc.).

Send a download link for your file to our e-mail address at twistedangelsnet@gmail.com. Do not post your video anywhere else online. This e-mail address can also be used to ask any additional questions you may have.

Along with the link, in your e-mail send the following information:

Your name/nickname that you want credited for your video.

Any title you may have for your video that is not evident in the video or file name itself.

The names/stage names of anyone credited in the video.

JUDGING:

The winning entries will be determined by Twisted Angels staff and/or assignees. Winners will be revealed Oct. 1, 2012 corresponding with the third anniversary celebration of our website.

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