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About photographing latex. I know this is a big turn for people who has been following my work for some time.

I started off with a lot of self-portraiture and later on I began to be interested in more alternative fashion photography, hand in hand with a more dreamy style of my images. Along with my education I wanted to explore fashion photography more. I sure enjoyed fashion before that, but it wasn’t until then I really wanted to work with it, especially being intern amongst two inspiring fashion photographers. And fashion is so much more than just fashion as a word. It could almost be anything. Either way, when I graduated from school I wanted to keep working and develop within my older style, yet keep working with the new style I’ve worked with between 2010 and 2011.

I moved to Stockholm and since I have been following some fetish/alternative models’ blogs long before school I now had the opportunity to finally work with them as I was living in the same city as them. My first shoot was with lovely Tea Time. I had been admiring her for quite some time. I wasn’t sure she would want to shoot with me and was so nervous that I would be such a mess on the shoot. But everything went fine and I still love those images.

No latex there, yet. But this is when I would become interested in shooting latex myself. I’ve seen Tea modelling in latex for some time now and I thought it looked sexy yes, but not too sexy, not too much of what some would say,  porn. It’s really the way YOU are portraying it, as a model and photographer and of course designer. I know a lot of you, and I did before, think latex is too sexy, that it was more of a fetish/porn clothing than anything else. Yes, it sure is fetish, but it could be done in so many ways when it comes to modelling with it.  I like to make it into a more fashionable clothing, it’s quite rare, but yet the industry is growing so fast by now. Keeping the dreaming feeling I want to have on my shoots.

The first shoot with latex was with Tea Time for Westward Bound. It was a cute dress and Tea came up with the theme and it was supposed to be Alice in Wonderland with a twist. The poses aren’t “in your face” and it is not much that reveals that it is latex she actually is wearing. This is how I want to portray my photos with latex, they should be dreamy. However, I will not say that they should not absolute in any way look sexy, because I don’t have anything against it. I think it is perfectly fine, what I don’t like however is when it turns into something close to pornography. That is not how I want people to see my images with latex. No. Even if the model is wearing a small amount of clothes and wearing pasties I don’t want the poses to end up like in a male magazine. Keep in mind, it is how you’re portraying it, just like any other type of clothing.

I did a co-operation with Maebelle Latex and Tea Time during fall. Tea didn’t have so much latex on, but still covering up so you couldn’t see anything that would be considered you shouldn’t. I was very pleased with these images and not a single pose was to be considered  to be tasteless posed. Tea posed like if she would wear a corset or a dress, but somehow because it is latex, the line is drawn. This is porn. Great. I would by that time feel very offended when I got these comments. I tried to explain that it wasn’t what I was going for and ask why she would think it was that. You couldn’t even see her breasts, or other “private” parts of her body, but her legs and stomach, yet this was porn. As a member on Deviantart for many years, I know a lot of images there that are posted should be considered to be adult and do not belong there. There were models spreading their legs, pushing up their breasts in front of the camera, posing in a way that isn’t flattering at all, but would amuse the correct audience who’d like to see these images. And I thought to myself and wondered how could she Ever compare my photography with this. Yes, I was quite angry with this. But then again, this is her opinion and I am not the one to say to her what to think. The only way I could do was to explain to her.

And now I am explaining this to anyone who actually read all this.
I love shooting latex, it’s rare and I like the alternative industry. BUT this does not mean I want to portray my models or my photography as some like to when wearing latex. It is all about how you’re portraying it. And I really hope you guys see this in my images!

If you have any questions or thoughts about it don’t be afraid to comment. I’d like to hear what you think!
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isn’t it amazing how much you can develop in two years? took the first one with Ida 2008 and the other one last year. I can hardly remember how I used to retouch… probably for the best. oh my.

The light was one bouncer on both.

 

Another one. One bouncer on the model. (the left has one on the background if I recall correctly.) I am showing these because I think it is important to see how you develop. So there is nothing comparing models, styling, just my photo and retouches. 🙂

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When your art is used WITHOUT your permission and HOW to take action.

Yes, copyright might be obvious for you but everyone doesn’t know or care about it. What if you one day find your art being used without your permission and how can You take action against it?
This happens everyday, even if you don’t have a clue about it. People nowadays think they can take everything they find on the net, make it their own and take it for granted that they can do what ever they like to do with it.

 

What is copyright and how can it protect your work?

Copyright is a protection which covers both published and unpublished literary, scientific and artistic works. This doesn’t matter which form of expression it is, if you can hear it, see it or/and touch it – it may be protected, provided such work are fixed in a tangible or material form. Which means if it is for example a photograph, song or an essay that can be set on a paper, saved to a hard drive, it may be protected. The creator of the artwork is granted by the copyright laws that they have exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the work publicly. This means that only the creator have this exclusivity and not anybody who has the access to it and decides to grab it.

When does the protection begin?

The copyright protection begins when any of the described work above is actually created and fixed in a tangible form.

“For example, let’s say that someone dabbles in music and lives in the United States. When he/she writes new lyrics, he/she prints them out on paper, signs his/her name at the bottom with the Copyright © symbol to show that he/she is the author. Copyright begins at the moment the lyrics are printed out on paper, or fixed in a tangible form. Further proof can be created by putting the lyrics in an envelope and mailing it as the postmark can establish the date of creation. It is then advisable to register the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office as needed in order to be able to sue for monetary damages should a violation of copyright occur. However, if somebody else copies and redistributes those lyrics without permission before the copyright is registered, the true author would still be able to assert a copyright claim if necessary.

The above applies to digital art and graphics. Open a gif, jpg or png file that you created and look at the properties. It states the date that you saved it to your hard drive as the date of creation. For better protection, back up everything on a cd or disk and put it in a safe place.

Somebody once asked if it was “illegal” to place the copyright © symbol next to your name if you have not registered your copyright. Unless you are not the true author of the work, it is not illegal to place the copyright © symbol next to your name – it is your right to do so.

The proper way to place a copyright notice is as follows: Copyright © (first date of creation) (name of owner). Like this: Copyright © 2010 John Smith.”

When does the copyright end, or expire?

If a copyright statement reads, “© Copyright 1998, 1999 John Smith.” does that mean that John Smith’s copyright expired in 1999? The dates that you see in a copyright statement do not refer to the dates that the owner’s material will expire and become public domain – they actually refer to the dates that the material was created and/or modified.”

To read more about the copyright protection, please visit: http://www.whatiscopyright.org/

How do I personally take action?
First of all, I do not take for granted that everyone knows about this copyright protection, because if you’re not an artist you might not understand this immediately. I’m sure if you don’t create art and haven’t had anything stolen from you, you probably not understand fully what the artist goes through. Regardless, it IS important to know and respect copyright, whenever you’re a photographer, journalist, teacher, student etc.

When I find my work being used without my asked permission I simply write and asking them to remove it, explaining it is my art they’ve used and that it is copyrighted. I don’t really care if they’ve credited me in their description, they’ve used my work without asking me and that is disrespectful enough. A lot of this people think it is flattering for me, and other artists, that they want to use them. This irritates me very much. Why would ever someone be flattered when their work is more or less stolen and used in a way they’re can’t accept? I will never understand this argument.

BUT, if they do not remove the work from the site, report it. Mostly people like to steal work on Deviantart and it is quite simply to report the deviation there. All that you have to include is why you’re reporting it and a link back to the original artwork. Though, sometimes you need to send them a model release.

Other times it goes even further and the most talked about case would probably be the one with the British photographer Lara Jade. Her photo was used on a cover for a pornographic movie. You can read about it here:

http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2010/09/28/the-lara-jade-cotontvx-case-the-full-story/

 
Please help other artists and tell them if you see their work being used somewhere.

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Well, just an example of what I have come up with for the calendar. I have no idea what you guys want for photos, but here are some I thought could match the months. Just small and cropped images for now, but before I make it I’d like to know if they’re okay?

 

🙂

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Sorry I haven’t been updating for days. I have been packing my things in my apartment because we’re moving soon. So it hasn’t been much time over for updating.

Anyhow, I am choosing photos for the calendar, I noticed many would like one which makes me really happy! So now I am not sure what photos you’d like in it, but I am trying to choose photos that match the months. ^^ Could be nice to know which ones are your favourites!

 

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More random facts:

  • I never watch horror films, but I love to create macabre/horror photos. Weird I know. But I can’t sleep after seeing one of those films. Killing zombies in video games is FUN though!
  • I love fields. They make me feel calm.
  • My love for birds started very early, I loved feeding ducks when I was small. Kind of my favourite thing back then! (and kind of is sometimes now also… ahem.)
  • I hate to sing when somebody’s listening, but I love it when I am alone!
  • I can’t retouch when someone is watching me…never could. Just my mum, but she doesn’t understand what I am doing?
  • I love to sleep but I never go to sleep when I should. I sleep best during the day anyway? haha.

😀

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This week hasn’t turned out as I wanted it to… sadly. But I am happy I got to meet my wonderful friends instead!
I do hate that I feel that I must do something productive when I am home… Hmm, so now when I haven’t done anything it feels odd.

 

I’ve been retouching a photo, and still are, for a photographer and hopefully he will like it. That’s probably all at the moment.

haha, a very small Kiko. He looks so pale! haha.

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More random things about me:

  • I discovered Japanese music in 8th grade and my whole style took a new turn from having long hair to short. I wore black all the time and started to experiment with make up. I had lots photos of Japanese artists in my locker and in my room. I love(d) Dir en grey, but my favourites was D’espairsray. I still have the poster up in my room.
  • My first concert was in Denmark and it was actually D’espairsray who was playing. I went with Harriet, this was back in 2006.
  • I used to draw during night until 6am in the morning. I used to write a lot also. I rarely draw any more, but I still love it.
  • I loved lolita dresses and used to sew my own dresses and skirts.
  • I was very interested in world war II and could spend several hours just reading and writing about it.
  • I used to go with my father to various military events. ^^
  • My favourite lessons in school was history and art.

🙂

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Probably some things you didn’t know about me:

  • I can’t stand children. Probably because I can not communicate with them.
  • I do not drink alcohol or abuse drugs in any way.
  • I love cute things. Small animals is preferable.
  • I looove chocolate.
  • I am very shy, but when I am with people I love and care about I run around like crazy sometimes!
  • I love playing video games, but hate to lose. Me and my brother fight about winning all the time.
  • I had very short hair before, maybe just 3 cm at the longest.

🙂

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