Someone just asked me why my copyright notice says that no one may mention my photos in their "gallery". That is a good question. Here is my answer.
There are several people here on DA who call themselves "gallerists". Without asking my permission or notifying me, they display my images in their galleries as if they were their own work. Although they credit me with the photograph in their caption, the way DA is set up, under the photo itself the copyright notice says (c) and then shows the gallerist's name, not mine. So the gallerist is falsely stating that he or she has the copyright in a photo in which I have the copyright. This devalues my copyright. If I acquiesce in this other person asserting copyright, I may be effectively waiving my copyright. Why would I want to do that? The gallerist gives me nothing of value, uses my image as his own, and purports to take my copyright. Whenever I see that I immediately report it to DA and issue a takedown notice and block the gallerist.
I welcome offers from women of all ages and sizes to model for me.
My photography includes bodyscapes, artistic, erotic and fetish nudes. Some viewers may find the more explicit photographs not to their liking. However, many people enjoy fantasizing situations they find erotic in fantasy, but would never want to do in the real world. Others fantasize scenes they would actually like to be in.
Many people fantasize giving up their power and being submissive to someone, just for an hour or two. That is part of why they enjoy viewing photos of dominance and submission, or actually being in that situation. Others enjoy fantasies of being bound with ropes or chains and helpless, sometimes with a gag or blindfold on, exposed and vulnerable. Still others want to explore fetishes with spanking, women's shoes, body parts, or even humiliation. Then there is also the humour of showing people used as human furniture.
My photography explores these fantasies. None of it is real. No one is actually bound tightly and helpless, hurt, tortured or humiliated. The model and I discuss the shots we want, then quickly get into the pose, shoot it and move on to other poses.
Some viewers object to the depiction of women as being helpless, or as objects of furniture, or are offended at photos showing women's genitals. Others have made disrespectful comments directed at my models or me. No one is forced to look at any of my photos. If some of my photos offend you, just move on to others, or to the gallery of another photographer. Don't ask the usual, silly question: "Is this art?" If you like it, it is art; if you don't it is not.
I welcome constructive criticism of my photographs from other experienced photographers, as I want to get better at what I do. But I will block anyone who makes nasty comments about my models or my work. This is my gallery, not yours, so if you don't like it, go back to improving your own.
Current Residence: Toronto, Canada
Print preference: 17 X 22 or larger, Baryta
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: Helmut Newton, Bill Brant, Edward Weston
Operating System: MAC