As you may know, a good bit of my work as a photographer focuses on models that seem to fall into one of the wider categories of three major subculture. These would be Goth, punk and emo. Well recently, I decided to do a photo shoot with an amazing young lady that also fits into an alternative culture in that she is an avid raver. That being the case, I’ll include that into the mix as well.
Posts tagged ‘goth’
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
*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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
It’s pretty much just what it sounds like. Models in this niche show off specific body parts like hands, feet, legs…
Some sub-genres include –
Product, Lifestyle and Corporate
This genre is all about showcasing fit and athletic models often in sporty clothing.
One of my favorites, it deals with models sporting body modifications like tattoos and piercings along with a punk or goth pics style.
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.
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.
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
But it’s just fine
And your insidious nature
Leaves me wanting you for mine
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:
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.
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.