kunst (penthouse magazine: holland)
The Holland edition of Penthouse Magazine includes a monthly portfolio section called “Kunst” (which translates to “art”). A few months ago, I was contacted out of the blue by the publishers of this magazine and asked if I’d be interested in being featured in Kunst. To make a long story short, today’s the day that my portfolio hits the newsstands in Holland as part of the September issue of the magazine. The twelve images included in the magazine were chosen by the magazine’s art director from a collection of 50 images that I sent them for consideration.
Below are the ten pages (five spreads) from the magazine.
Often they don’t look at you, the models of the American master photographer Dave Wood. But that doesn’t mean that they haven’t seen you. Of course they’ve been keeping an eye on you, already for a long time. They are busy with the game of seduction. Seemingly inattentive and exactly for this reason desirable. Like nobody else, Dave Wood knows how to photograph what endlessly fascinates men: “The female form is so beautiful.” (Big thanks to my friend Gabi for this translation.)
P: Do you have examples as photographers. What’s the best thing in their work? In what way is this reflected in your work?
DW: Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, and Ralph Gibson are three of my favorites. Though I rarely have done it myself, I love the way Newton puts his models in such a wide variety of seemingly random locations. With Ritts, it’s his beautiful use of heavy shadows – one of my favorite things to play with. And in Gibson’s nudes, I love the in-your-face approach in his bodyscapes. So many of his photos are essentially anonymous – a concept I enjoy exploring myself.
P: What’s is the function of (naked) women in your work?
DW: They are everything. The female form is such a beautiful thing, it’s no wonder it has been a favorite subject of artists of all mediums for centuries.
P: What is a perfect picture in your opinion?
DW: I’m not entirely sure there is such a thing as a “perfect picture”. And I’m quite confident that there’s no such thing as a picture that is perfect from the perspective of an arbitrary viewer. What makes an image “good” depends largely on the person viewing it. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But with all that said, in the interest of not entirely avoiding the question, I would say that for me, the ideal artistic nude image is one that is lit in an interesting way and contains a model who grabs your attention, either through her pose, her expression, or perhaps a combination of the two.
P: What does your ideal model look like?
DW: I truly don’t have a vision of an ideal model in my head. I’ve enjoyed working with models of all shapes and sizes (many of whom were trying nude modeling for the first time). For me it’s much more about their attitude, creativity, and willingness to experiment than it is about any specific aspect of their figure.
P: Anything else you would like to say about your work?
DW: I’m not one to get terribly philisophical when it comes to my photography. I just try to make beautiful images and let the photos speak for themselves.
P: If you would have the chance, what internationally acclaimed women do you like to see in front of your camera? Please name three, and please tell the reason – and what would be your preferred approach to immortalise them?
DW: Lady Gaga. Because she’s just so bizarre. And because of that, I think it’d be amazing to do the most simplistic artistic nude shoot imaginable with her. No makeup. No props. Plain black backdrop. Just her and a couple lights.
Hope Solo. I love athletic women. In fact, my favorite thing to shoot is women’s roller derby – an amazing sport that’s growing like crazy all over the world. But I’m also a big soccer fan and have really enjoyed following the US national team in recent years. I see Hope Solo (Team USA’s goalie) as the quintessential beautiful female athlete. She’s already posed nude holding a garden hose for ESPN Magazine, so I guess that idea’s out of the question. I imagine something simple involving a soccer ball and her staring straight into the camera with her striking eyes.
Jennifer Garner. I’ll admit to having a crush on “JG” since the first episode of Alias. I think it’d be a kick to shoot her Helmet Newton style – standing around naked in the kitchen. Maybe making breakfast for all her little ones. 🙂
P: What picture is your best ever, as far as you are concerned? Why?
DW: Wow, that’s a tough question. I’d probably have to say a photo called Turned On. The model I was working with (Velocity) came to the shoot with a small television set that she’d gutted such that it could be worn as a mask and we used the circuit boards from the TV to give the photo a PG rating. Most of my photos are much more straightforward, so I really love this one for its unique bizarreness. This was also the first artistic nude photo that I ever had published (in Black & White magazine).
If you’d like to check out the full portfolio, feel free to download THIS PDF.