Saturday, 21 October 2017

Book review: Young Exotic Beauties by Richard Lopez


Goliath Books is a publisher of art and photography books. Founded in 1997, and specializing in publishing daring photography and art books.

Goliath's release Young Exotic Beauties is a small hardcover book. The book is 144 pages and features 140 color photos. The dimensions of the book are 5.5” x 8.5” - 14,5 x 21,5 cm.

The introduction is presented in several languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian.



In the introduction, Doc Goliath discusses how at age 16, Richard Lopez, shot his cousin Ariana in a tiny bikini. This caused a scandal in the Lopez family. Today and many years later, he still photographs beautiful women in South America, wearing tight bikinis. He photographs them in an unconventional and almost "amateurish" way.


The locations in the book are primarily beach settings, poolsides, and other outdoor settings near the water. Some shots were taken around dusk, while others were shot during the daytime at outdoor locations. The lighting is naturalistic with some flash fill. The flash lighting is more noticeable in the dusk photos. The models wear bikinis, then appear topless, and fully nude in later photos in an individual series. There is a mixture of friendly facial expressions where the model is smiling and more sultry, sexy looks. There is good use of shallow depth of field and background seperation. 



My favorite photo sets are on pages 90-95 (Stefi), 102-107 (Verunka), and 134-139 (Denisse).


Publisher: GOLIATH.

Purchase a copy of the here.

ISBN: 978-3-95730-005-8


Interview: Shannon Brooke (2017)

Model: Masuimi Max
Wardrobe by Lory Sun


Shannon Brooke is primarily a Northern Cali based photographer focusing on commercial portraiture. Shooting everything from fashion to portraiture to music and advertising, her diversity is endless. For over a decade, she has worked with some of the most talented models, celebrities, and designers in the alternative industry. Her images have been published internationally on the covers of over 100 publications, and she recently started an office out of Sacramento, California. Previously a lead photographer at West Coast Choppers and Hot Topic, Inc., she is now a full time freelancer working on her own publications.

Sinical Magazine: Can you talk about your collaboration with Working Class Publishing on the book “Girls”?

Shannon Brooke: My most cherished collaboration in my career so far has been with WCP. They have made my lifetime goal a reality, and “Girls” was just as important to them as it was to me. It was my first solo publication, and I was their first signed author. Together, we obsessed over the details and we learned so much about making a beautiful picture book. They treat me like an artist they truly care about, not just another artist to make money off of. (If that makes sense!) They are loyal, honest, and extremely patient. I tend to be very picky about details and final picture output quality, and WCP was willing to work with me through all my crazy choices. So much that we will be collaborating again on a book this year!

Sinical Magazine: What type of equipment are you currently working with? Have you experimented with any new technology?

Shannon Brooke: Actually, I have been taking away more and more technical, and adding more natural light. If I can light with anything but strobes at the moment, I am jumping on the opportunity. I just lit the new Pleaser Pinup Couture Shoe campaign with old hollywood style hot lights. (actually a single powerful hot light) The campaign should be released this month starring models Gia Genevieve and Vintage Vandal.


Model: Bo Vixxen
Makeup and hair by Jasmine Cardenas
Wardrobe by Dainty Rascal


Sinical Magazine: Have you come across any art or movies that have inspired you recently?

Shannon Brooke: Movies always inspire me! I love a good glamour image mixed with some gore or horror, so Neon Demon was a great new movie to get inspired from...visually. Also, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (Yes, I just watched that movie for the first time this year. What an amateur!) I also just did a shoot inspired by Beyonce’s music video “Why Don’t You Love Me?” Which was heavily inspired by Bettie Page.

Sinical Magazine: How much preparation goes into your shoots?

Shannon Brooke: It depends. Sometimes I storyboard an entire shoot: poses, wardrobe, makeup and hair, could take a week! Other times I show up and know exactly what I wanna shoot when I get there and see the setting and natural light. I work very well both ways. Prepared and on the fly.


Model: Ginny Rosewater
Make up by Maddie Groshek
Hair by Tiffany Raelene\

Sinical Magazine: How do you approach a black and white photo set as opposed to an indoor/color set?

Shannon Brooke: It depends on the tone separation in the actual setting. Sometimes shooting black and white is a better bet if I’m at a higher ISO or if the colors are not popping enough. I can always add black and white filters to add tonal range. I love infrared filters and red/green filters to add tonal range.

Sinical Magazine: What are the stories behind some of the photos in this layout?

Shannon Brooke: Bo Vixxen’s shoot was shot way late in the day, and I only had maybe 30 minutes to get the few shots you see here. Totally worth it, because the light was so pretty before sunset. All natural. The Pontiac in the photo was perfect, except for the fact that we couldn’t close the hood properly! haha, the joy of shooting old cars...

Twistin’ Bangs shot in the mid century modern home with the dramatic cry makeup was inspired by the Beyonce video “Why Don’t You Love Me?” Also, that home was perfectly styled, one of the most beautiful MCM homes I have ever seen and shot in. Huge thanks to Katie Monachos for letting us shoot in her stellar home.


Model: Jenna Sue
Makeup & Hair by Bonnie Holly


Sinical Magazine: Can you talk about your other favorite camera subject: hot rods?

Shannon Brooke: Honestly, I don’t know anything about hot rods. But I can light and shoot them with a girl like nobodies business! There is just something sexy about the lines of a car matching the curvy lines of a woman’s body that just speaks to me. Also, I love vintage styling, and what could be a better prop than a vintage classic in the background?

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you working on for 2017?

Shannon Brooke: My next book will be released this April at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender #20. Hot Rod and Moto- inspired work! Also, I ended my 2016 with a huge bang! After years of being inspired by pinup and burlesque queen, Dita Von Teese, I got to shoot her in her lovely home December 30th, 2016. Definitely a milestone, and I can’t wait to share what this “glamour mission” entailed.

Check out my website or for details about my new book.|


Interview: Chas Ray Krider (2017)

Model: Carol


This issue was featured in the 6 Year Anniversary issue of Sinical Magazine. Copies can be purchased here.

Chas Ray Krider’s photographs are part of a tradition of erotic art that employs exaggeration, mystery and the guilty pleasures of voyeurism. His photographs are about the forms employed in narrative based erotic art. Chas Ray’s work is widely exhibited and published, including three solo books, Motel Fetish by TASCHEN in 2002, 2nd edition 2012, Do Not Disturb by La Musardine of Paris, 2007 and most recently Dirty Rendezvous by Goliath Books of Berlin, 2014.


Sinical Magazine: In 2016, Lorenzo Eroticolor designed a Motel Fetish themed posters. Can you talk about this collaboration?

Chas Ray Krider: Lorenzo Eroticolor is a French poster designer based in Paris and is widely known across Europe for his motorcycle themed poster imagery. We have a mutual friend who introduced us several years ago. Via the internet we came to appreciate each other’s work. In 2013 I organized a group fashion themed show in my studio under the banner of The Invisible Gallery. The show included Lorenzo, LA photographer Charley Gallay aka Photo Ray Gun Mambo, and myself. Lorenzo designed a marvelous poster for the show. This was our first collaboration. Recently I had to give up my long time studio due to raising rent. Being forced out brought closure to Motel Fetish. A local gallery hosted one last hurrah exhibition for the Motel work. Lorenzo designed a Motel Fetish commemorative poster based on one of photographs (the poster is available at

Sinical Magazine: What is it about fetish clothing that you find more intriguing than shooting a fully nude women?

Chas Ray Krider: What did Helmut Newton say? Something like, I’m paraphrasing, “without some article of clothing the woman is naked. Wearing high heels she is nude, not naked. So there you have it. I’m not so interested in the unclothed body as pure form. I think the adorned body can heighten the sexual experience in a poetic way, that is to say… fetish. I like images that have a certain level of strangeness. Fetish helps achieve that end.

Sinical Magazine: You created an interesting photo of a girl holding a cucumber. Can you talk about the story behind this image and some of the other images in this layout?

Chas Ray Krider: Good question. The woman in the photo is Isola. She’s Columbus based and has been my go-to model of the last two years. One day she said she would like to do a cookbook of phallus foods. That sounded totally absurd to me, so naturally I went for it. We made a list of phallic shaped foods, then we proceeded to make an series of photographs over several months, hence the cucumber. Isola is also the model raking leaves in girdle and stocking. This image is another absurd idea with humorous intent. It was shot on the same day as Isola standing at the top of a stairway.


Design by Lorenzo Eroticolor


Sinical Magazine: What made you decide to move on from the “Motel Fetish” theme?

Chas Ray Krider: I was fortunate to have three books published on the Motel theme. In order not to repeat myself I went in the opposite direction, a more stripped-down minimal set. The two photos in this Sinical layout of the model Kristen, in an orange and yellow slip, are from my effort to move away from motel theme interior setup. Carpet, lamp light…. all gone.

Sinical Magazine: How did your “Last Motel Fetish” show go?

Chas Ray Krider: Like all art shows, “they came, they saw, they left.” Just joking. It was nice turnout of models, collectors and long time friends who appreciate the work. In addition to the print exhibition, to further the evening’s entertainment, I staged what I call Motel Vivant. Motel Vivant is a take off on classic tableau vivant. Tableau vivant is usually a painting staged using live models to depict the painting in 3D. In Motel Vivant I build a motel set, with carpet, lamps and furniture in a public space. Two models were in the space in full motel regalia; girdles, panties, stockings, etc. The models are passively present in the set and do not interact with the audience. The effect is a still photograph come to life.

Sinical Magazine: Can you talk about your work with Goliath Books?

Chas Ray Krider: Miki Bunge of Goliath was great to work with. The image selection, sequencing and overall editing process went very smoothly. If I may digress, the books Motel Fetish and Do Not Disturb are both narratives. Image selection and sequence were crucial to get the narrative across. By the time I worked with Goliath my personal narrative had broken down. With the ending of narrative I was able to give up the need to control. Goliath and I agree on the image selection. I pretty much left the image sequencing up to Goliath. The initial layout was fine with good pairings. I must say the printing and reproductions in Dirty Rendezvous are excellent. I am totally satisfied with how the book turned out.


Model: Ludella Hahn


Sinical Magazine: You had to give up your studio space last year. Where you currently conducting photo shoots at?

Chas Ray Krider: At present I’m somewhere between hiatus and limbo. My former studio space, an old store front, I managed to hold onto for more than twenty years. Having space was very conducive to the motel work, everything I needed was at my fingertips… props, furniture, rolls of carpet, a basement full of lamps, everything needed to construct a variety of motel sets. Most important, the studio allowed privacy. Now without the space I’m forced to be more inventive, investigate a different approach. Now I use spaces where I can find them; friends’ studios, rented motel rooms, I have a mini space at home.

Sinical Magazine: Are you still working with the same photography equipment? Have you experimented with any new technology?

Chas Ray Krider: When it comes to equipment I’m fairly low tech and not heavily invested. I used a Canon 5D ll. Mainly I use modified hot lights. I like to keep it simple. I have a strobe lighting system which I seldom use. I’m only interested in the image and the idea behind it. With technical advances I guess I’m old school, soon to be very old school.

Sinical Magazine: Steve Diet Goedde has stated that he has slowed down the pace of his work and experimented with different camera formats. What inspires you to keep creating images, these days? What projects are you working on for 2017?

Chas Ray Krider: Like Steve I’ve slowed the pace of producing new photographs. I can appreciate his efforts in experimenting with different camera formats. I’ve found that changing up cameras can change the physical feeling towards composition and interaction with the subject. What keeps me creating images? I don’t feel compelled to make new images as I once did. The situation being I have more images than can be used, a lot of good work that may never be seen. Again, like Steve and other photographers that have been at it for quite awhile we have the luxury of picking and choosing when we make new images. What I’m most interested in at this time is integrating text and words with photographs. I’m inspired by my own past work to write. For example I’m currently writing short stories based on my photos. The stories are fictionalized of accounts of events that happen while making various photos, including dialogue I had with models. To give the stories other voices I have been asking models I have worked with to contribute their memories and feelings about out sessions which I can then integrate into the stories. I can envision an annotated Motel Fetish. While I’m making new photos at a slower pace, I’m working just as much as I push into different areas of creativity. If I have a goal for this years in would be to publish, most likely self publish, a book comprised of short stories, images and antidotes from behind the scenes.


Model: Isola


Sinical Magazine: You’ve stated in the past that you were a fan of Hitchcock, film noir, and surrealism. Have you seen any films or TV shows that you’ve found inspiring or interesting?

Chas Ray Krider: Yes, Hitchcock, film noir, and surrealism have long shaped my work. While film noir and surrealism are past styles of art they are states of mind which are still present. I feel they are vital today, at least for me. I have jokingly said “I’m a modern man trapped in a post-modern world.” I guess now it would be in a post post-modern world. TV shows? Not so much inspiring but I do have my favorites. I did Breaking Bad then segued into Better Call Saul. I followed The Preacher. Off and on I watch The Walking Dead although I have no use for zombies. I watch TCM -- keeping up with the past is a full time job. I have resisted streaming knowing I will spend more time passively watching. I await the return of Twin Peaks. 


Sinical March/April 2017 is now available!

Model: Alexandra Snow
Photo by Laura Dark


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