Friday, 31 October 2014

Interview: Aaron Bennett

Model: Sarah Rae, MUA, Rachel Holmes

 

Aaron Bennett is a fashion photographer who currently resides in Portsmouth, UK.

 

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Aaron Bennett: My photo-graphical journey started back in around the year 2000. My artist story started with music, I was once very heavily involved with music. I was a guitarist and singer in local alternative/grunge band. I had a turn of ill fate and I had to take a step back from the microphone. I found my artist fix by picking up a film SLR and started recording live music performance instead of myself being photographed.

After a few years of trying and self teaching the art form of photography my passion with light moved on to moving image and I went on to study film making. But for me it was the birth of digital photography which dragged me back behind the pentaprism of a DSLR. The luxury of relaying back an image instantly on a back of a camera really got my learning passion back and my vision and style started to grow.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that inspired your work when you first started?

Aaron Bennett: Coming from a working class family art and visual influence was not really around in the classic form for me to bounce off but music was. I can probably pin point my subconscious eye on photography thorough the art work and live images of musicians.

Storm Elvin Thorgerson really got my eye on the art form and it does amazing me how many albums I have which has his art work on the cover and for live images Charles Petersons capture that angst I was feeling through my younger years. But the digital world opened up a whole different kettle of influence.

I found new a learning photographers and old which really inspired me. The old classics of Julia Margaret Cameron, William Eggleston to Robert Frank and modern digital photographers like Aaron Nace, Dave Hill and Lara Jade have an everlasting effect on my view behind a lens.

 

Model: Ellie V. Make-up: Ellie V.

 

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Aaron Bennett: My current work horse in a Canon 5D mkIII.

Sinical Magazine: What type of lenses and focal length do you prefer for portrait work?

Aaron Bennett: I have a number of lenses in my kit bag but I find myself gravitating towards my 50mm f/1.4 and my latest favourite a 135mm f/2. These fast lenses give the creative edge which I need on shoots to really have my say on the intent I am making within the scene!


Model & MUA: Siohban Johnstone


Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

Aaron Bennett: Main real concern on location with a model is the quality of light, I find light is the most important part of the scene. I love to create a golden triangle of features for the eye to follow in the scene but the light direction has the final say in the overall mood and power of the scene.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Aaron Bennett: When I first started portrait photography to honest not a lot at all but now planning seems to be the most of what I do! I have discovered that the overall product and finished images rely more on the quality of model, hair, makeup, location and styling. Even the most natural of looking shoots can have the most planning and it is all about the small details. Your say and vision as a photographer is not all about what you can do with the camera or after in post production it is what you put in front of it that counts. Most of my latest style has come from the preplanning. If I had to give one tip to new photographers it is to plan, plan and plan. That time will change and grow your style no end!

 

Model/MUA: Miss Deadly Red. Lingerie: Playful Promises.


Sinical Magazine: Do you work with continuous lighting or flash lighting?

Aaron Bennett: I once used flash beyond flash. I used to create and over power the light and fake a scene and I probably used it more then I should of. I tend to use natural light and continuous light more in work flow now. I like to use shallow depth of fields and flash makes it hard to do this. Also I can also see in real time the light wrapping and shadow fall on my scene because if flash is not metered correctly you can have over contrasted shadows and lost highlights.

Sinical Magazine: What are some lighting set ups you like?

Aaron Bennett: Cross lighting and back lighting are my favorite types of lighting control. These type of light really work well in reflective environments. Bounced light from reflectors back into the scene can really give you more depth on the image and create a more power and tone.


Model/MUA: Miss Deadly Red. Latex: Nange Magro.


Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to models or other photographers?

Aaron Bennett: No not really because everyone handles things in their own way but the only thing I would say is over spamming social news feeds. Keeping people and followers update to date with what is happening is great to see but I don’t think we need to hear about every leads people fail to get.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting that’s happened during one of your photo shoots?

Aaron Bennett: I filmed a music video and created a promo shoot a few years ago for a musician. We spent a good few days travelling around creating the video but the thing was that he was wearing a astronaut out fit. It caught us a lot of attention and cause us a problems entering locations but I was immensely fun to create.

 

Website: http://aaron-bennett.format.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaronbennettphotography

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aaron__bennett

Instagram: http://instagram.com/aaron__bennett

Tumblr: http://aaronbennettblog.tumblr.com/

 

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Interview: Felicia Püschl

Model: Chessie Darling, Makeup - Lovisa Fredriksson


Felicia Püschl is a freelance photographer from Malmö/Sweden.


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Felicia Püschl: I took a photography class as a teenager, and I fell in love pretty much instantly. I continued to study photography and started out as a freelance photographer at age 20.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that inspired your work when you first started?

Felicia Püschl: Joel Peter Witkin comes to mind, he is a absolute genius who really have the guts to do his work as he wants to, even though it isn’t always appreciated by the public. The second one is Floria Sigismondi, who is a very talented photographer as well as a director. She directed quite a few music videos that had a huge impact on me long before I knew anything about photography. When I discovered that she was responsible for so many of my strongest impressions growing up I just couldn’t believe it.

 

Model: Julia Magnusson Pivén, Makeup - Alexandra Larsson


Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Felicia Püschl: I have a Canon 5D mkII and a few different lenses with focal lengths that varies between 14mm and 85mm.

Sinical Magazine: What type of lenses and focal length do you prefer for portrait work?

Felicia Püschl: I love my 85mm f.1.4 Sigma for portraits.

 

Model: Eleine.


Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

Felicia Püschl: That depends on the purpose of the picture. I can choose a more chaotic, harmonious or symmetrical composition depending what emotions I want the viewer to have. So I guess you could say that the emotion of the picture is my main focus.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Felicia Püschl: It varies, I tend to plan my own projects forever and ever, fabricating props and searching for the right location and so on. With clients I try to plan ahead as much as I can without being overly annoying. But of course, some of my best pictures are from totally unplanned, spontaneous shoots.

 

Model: Le Siss


Sinical Magazine: Do you work with continuous lighting or flash lighting?

Felicia Püschl: Both, I choose what kind of lighting to use depending on what works for the shoot in question.

Sinical Magazine: What are some lighting set ups you like?

Felicia Püschl: I usually prefer fairly simplistic set ups, one main light source and maybe a backlight. I use my beautydish with grid very frequently.

 

Model: Sandra Morin Vikström, Makeup - Jannike Reinholdsson


Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to models or other photographers?

Felicia Püschl: I can’t stand photographers who think that owning the most expensive equipment or memorizing the specifications for every single lens or camera on the market is what makes you a good photographer.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting that’s happened during one of your photo shoots?

Felicia Püschl: As a teenager I often used my family as models and I put them through some pretty cruel experiments. I did for example force my dad to get up at five in the morning, put on a suit, drive to the ocean and sit in the water fully clothed, because I wanted to shoot him in the morning mist. I also chopped onions and smeared them in my sisters eyes because she couldn’t cry on demand for another picture.

However, my favorite story is when I wanted to make it rain from inside an umbrella. I was early spring and still very cold outside, but i didn’t stop me. I duct taped a garden hose to my sisters back (she had the fortune of being the model), witch was going to spray water into the umbrella from behind and make it look like it was raining. She was also going to have a cat in a leash because I thought that it was a fun detail. The water came on, the cat freaked out and my sister turned purple because of the freezing water within seconds. It wasn’t a very successful shoot to say the least.

 

Model: Clara Vallmark, Makeup - Marinela Vilceanu


Sinical Magazine: Do you have one tip that you would recommend to any aspiring photographer?

Felicia Püschl: I think that the most important thing for any artist is to find their own expression, and the only way to do that is to keep practicing, experimenting and try new things. It isn’t something you can force, it just has to come naturally. For every time you succeed there is a hundred failures. And get inspiration from other artists, not just photographers, it can be any type of art that gets the imagination going. The hard truth is that if you don’t have anything unique to offer with your work, no one will notice you.

 

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Interview: Dutch Dame

Model: DutchDame
Catsuit: Fantastic Rubber
Photographer: coJac Photography


Dutch Dame is a bondage and latex fetish model based in the Netherlands.

 

Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Dutch Dame: Currently I am located in the city Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. I was also born in Amsterdam in the late 80’s. However after only two weeks, my family moved out of the city. My father could get work in a harbour on the other side of the country. When I was growing up I always wanted to go back to the big city of Holland. Once I turned 18 years old I moved out of my elders house and went on kinky adventures in Amsterdam.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Dutch Dame: When I was thirteen I started to make cosplay (costume playing) outfits. These outfits were based on my favourite anime and manga stories. It was not a magazine but an online community website where cosplayers shared their images and knowledge. I thought I would make some images of my cosplays to share with others. This is how I started doing photo shoots. Once photographers knew me, they started to ask for other themes, such a fashion. I started doing more shoots and less cosplay. Trying out different themes was very inspiring for me to do more photo shoots and be visually creative. Thanks to cosplay I wanted to become a model.

 

Catsuit: Fantastic Rubber
Photographer: coJac Photography


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in pin-up/fetish modeling?

Dutch Dame: Since my 14th year I have been working as a model. First I worked as a fashion and cosplay model. Once I turned into a legal age I also started to do bodypaint and artistic nude shoots. Via the internet I stumbled upon images of fetish models. I loved the look and the attitude of the images that I saw. Especially the beauty in latex and rope appealed to me. This is when I ordered my first latex dress online and tried it out at home. It was love at first sight. From that moment I know I wanted to do more fetish modelling. So I tried a few shoot with corsets, stocking, latex, and more fetish style. However latex was a fetish that felt so good, that I started to more latex and less pin-up style. These days I cannot imagine my life without latex.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?

Dutch Dame: A fetish model stands apart, in my opinion, when you can see that he/she really enjoys the shoot. You can see it in models eyes and especially if the model has the actual fetish that he/she is shooting. You can see that sparkle in the eyes and it also shows in the body language. The model is relaxed and happy, which shows in sexy and seductive images.

 

Catsuit: Fantastic Rubber
Photographer: coJac Photography


Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Dutch Dame: It depends on the purpose of the images I guess. For example if I model for a designer, then I think it is important that the outfit and accessories can be properly seen. Then it is my job to turn my body in that way to the camera that all the items are shown. On other occasions I am shooting for my website. Then the theme is a latex striptease, rubber dress up or rope bondage. Then it is all about the fetish and the model enjoying this fetish.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Dutch Dame:Clothing wise my fetish is latex. I love the smell of the latex and the way it feels on my skin. Also I really miss wearing latex when I didn’t wear it for a long time. I can look forward to wearing latex when I know I am going too. It is by far my favourite clothing fetish. Off course with a latex outfits I also like to wear a pair of high heels. The higher the better! Besides wearing a latex dress and heels, I also like to wear the more heavy rubber gear. I love to add a hood, collar and corset to my outfit. This makes me feel even more enclosed in the latex which is a very good feeling for me.


Catsuit: Fantastic Rubber
Photographer: coJac Photography


Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Dutch Dame: In centimeters my measurements are 86 centimeters for the bust, 71 centimeters for my waist and 91 centimeters for my hips. When I send my sizes to designers I often get asked if my measurements are correct. The fact is I am actually a really tall woman. I am 1.81 centimetres in height. This is without any heels! Then I also like the extreme high heels, which sometimes makes me over 2 meters tall.

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Dutch Dame: My shoe size (EU) is 39/40. It depends on the brand and type of the shoes. Brands can differ in sizes, even when the model of the shoes are the same. Then also the type of shoe is important because for example with ballet shoes I even prefer the shoes in smaller size. Then it fits on my feet really good, which makes it easier for me to walk on them.

 

Catsuit: Fantastic Rubber
Photographer: coJac Photography


Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Dutch Dame: I listen to any kind of music, however I do not often listen to country music. It kind of depends in which mood I am in. Sometimes I like to listen to dance music, especially when I am getting ready to go to a party. Other times I like to listen 80’s/90’s indie rock music. Especially when I am in my studio working on the website, projects or just brainstorming about new concepts for shoots and shows.

Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what do you like to do for fun?

Dutch Dame: My website and modeling career is a full time job for me. I spend my days and nights either being in front of the camera or behind the camera making everything happen. Because of this I spend most my time in my business, which I enjoy a lot and is fun for me. Besides my modeling I also do other things for fun. I love to meet up with my friends. Then we go into the city for some shopping, drink a cocktail or go to parties for a fun night out together. Other times I stay at home and then I like to watch movies to have a relaxing evening.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?

Dutch Dame: As a model I am always working on several projects. Once one project is finished another project has all ready begun. Currently I am working on a new show together with RopeMarks. The theme is still a secret, but it will be a bondage show with rope suspension. We are now rehearsing the show so we will be ready to perform this show in 2015.

Besides working on a new show I can also share that I am working on a new flyer for my website DutchDame.com. The flyer will be promoting the member club that is feature on this site. Offering people to join and subscribe as a member, will gain you full access to all my eye candy.
Further I am working on lots of other projects but unfortunately those are still a secret. However I hope to share these projects with you all very soon. To keep track of all my eye candy and projects you can follow me on my website http://www.dutchdame.com/
- xXx -
Dutch Dame

 

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Interview: Mademoiselle Cosette

Outfit: www.boombastic-rubber.de
Foto: Inger Diederich


Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Mademoiselle Cosette: I was born in 1978 in the north of Germany. Right now I'm located close to Hanover.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Mademoiselle Cosette: It happened more by chance. There was no magazine which inspired me. It was more the Internet and Myspace. I never thought I could look like the girls in those pictures because I thought i wasn't skinny enough. 

 

Photography by ck. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-ck/133049836851839

 

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in pin-up/fetish modeling?

Mademoiselle Cosette: I liked posing in front of the camera and I liked the results of my first "just-for-fun" shoots with my friend Frank and Herr Sommer and wanted more;-), especially because I was not like the standard models. And so I signed up at Model-Kartei.de and Fotocommunity.de and arranged more and more shoots. My fetishes were already corset and nylons - I love the 40's and 50', I loved the "classic fetishism" like Betty Page and Bunny Yeager, or Dita, or other classic cabaret sex-bombs. Those women had probably the major influence for me. - so my first photoshoots reflected the styles I like to wear personally.

Later I got in touch with some designers like Fantastic Rubber in Berlin and we started working together for fashion shows. So I became more and more involved in latex modeling. I already liked latex before, but standard sized latex garments didn't fit well for my measurements. But in the end, when it was made-to-measure it was great!

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?

Mademoiselle Cosette: As a model you are like a sweet cupcake. You have to be a little bit special, looking tasty and unique with an attitude.

 

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Sinical Magazine: From a model's perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Mademoiselle Cosette: A photo has to grab a hold of the viewer, and it´s not all about the outfit; it's the view, the pose and attitude you present with the picture, abd maybe a story you want to tell with the picture. And good lighting is always important.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Mademoiselle Cosette: I'm totally into corsets, nylons and high heels. I like the tight feeling of a corset - the tighter the better! - forming your waist, giving your figure this hourglass form and restricting your breath, forcing you to stand tall and proud. Add some nice black shiny high heels and you have a gorgeous outfit. I love it!

There are more fetishes besides latex clothing. But right now more than 80% of fetish pictures you see are about latex. That's really sad.

 

Photography by Pit Theiss. https://www.facebook.com/PitTheissPhotography

 

Sinical Magazine: You wear nylons in a lot of your photos. What is the appeal of nylons to you?

Mademoiselle Cosette: The sensual feeling of the nylons, the classical lady-like look of seamed nylons - it completes my favorite fetish styling.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Mademoiselle Cosette: 98/73/101 cm, 173 cm height.

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Mademoiselle Cosette: 41 EU/10US.

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Mademoiselle Cosette: I'm not into any one special type of music; I like a range including pop, trance, and Latin music, but also wave and electro.

 

Photography by Pit Theiss. https://www.facebook.com/PitTheissPhotography


Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite authors? And what are you currently reading?

Mademoiselle Cosette: "The Perfume" is still one of my favorite books, I like Anne Rice, and currently I'm reading a cooking book by Jamie Oliver. I'm a bad housewife, haha!

Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what do you like to do for fun?

Mademoiselle Cosette: I love to teach my ZUMBA Fitness(R) classes, meeting my friends for a coffee or going to the sauna.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?

Mademoiselle Cosette: At the Dominatrix Party on November 8th in the Netherlands I'll be on stage for an well-known designer from London and enjoying the party... and then two weeks later there's the Wasteland party in Amsterdam - don´t miss it!

 

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Sinical 16 is now available!

Models: Courtney Crave (left) and Angela Ryan (right). Photo by Sergei Rodionov. MUAH: Tiinia Auler/Ladonna Stein. Latex: Baby Love's Latex. Location: Red Light Lounge.

 

Sinical 16 featuring: Angela Ryan and Courtney Crave photographed by Sergei Rodionov, October Divine photographed by My Boudoir Photography, Nadia Choates, Cat Voysey, Bat Cave, columns by Jones Grey and Divya, and comic art by Scott Tauser.

 

Sinical #16: $15.00 + shipping.


Preview images:

Model: Angela Ryan. Photo by Sergei Rodionov. MUAH: Tiinia Auler. Corset: Puimond. Location: Red Light Lounge. 


Model: Courtney Crave. Photo by Sergei Rodionov. MUAH: Tiinia Auler. Corset: Puimond. Location: Red Light Lounge. 


Model: October Divine. My Boudoir Photography. Wardrobe: Violet Flamingo and Stockings Online.


Model: Nadia Choates. Photography by Danny Stygion. Latex: Inner Sanctum.

GIO Stockings. Location: The Cock and Bull British Pub.



Model: Cat Voysey. Photography by Aaron Bennett. MUA: Miss Deadly Red. Lingerie: What Katie Did.


Model: Bat Cave. Photography by Danny Stygion. Dominatrix hat: Joanna Lark.


Subject: Divya Anantharaman. Photography by Claire Rosen.  Column by Jones Grey.

 

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