Saturday, 10 October 2015

Ed Fox Interview

Model: Tori Black. 

This interview/pictorial was featured in issue #8 of Sinical. A print copy of this issue can be purchased here.


Ed Fox is a photographer and video director known primarily for his foot fetish work. He attended the Art Center College of Design, graduating with honors, despite faculty criticism for his focus on the erotic. Debuting in Leg Show Magazine in 1997, Fox’s work has since appeared in many celebrated publications. Well respected in an industry not so well respected, Fox has worked with high profile models including Dita Von Teese, Aria Giovanni, Tera Patrick, Jelena Jensen, Belladonna, Penny Flame, Alexis Texas, Sunny Leone and Tori Black. The noted art publishing house, Taschen released his 2nd coffee table compendium: Ed Fox II, in 2011. His photography has also earned him two Key Arts Awards  for Artisan Films’ “The Center Of The World” and 20th  Century Fox’s “Le Divorce.”  Ed has also shot for Disney,  Gerber, Getty Images and Mario Lopez’s line of underwear - Rated M.


Andrea Rosu, Damon Pierce, and Ed Fox.

Danny Stygion: You are known for your erotic photography. What drew you to shooting erotic material?

Ed Fox: I wanted to shoot for Playboy so I went to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA to learn how to become a photographer. After graduating, I got side tracked and ended up shooting for Leg Show, Club Penthouse and a few others until finally reaching a goal I didn’t even think was possible - my first TASCHEN book: “Ed Fox: Glamour From the Ground Up”.Flipping through this beautiful publication “Playboy’s Wet & Wild Women” in 1987. I IMMEDIATELY knew it’s what I wanted to do for a living. I’m an esthete so I combined that with the little talent I had together with determination and persistence in order to become what I am today. Believe me, there were a LOT of road blocks along the way, like finding models, taking shit from people that questioned me for wanting to shoot this stuff and not having any experience.

Danny Stygion: You have an adult foot fetish site, What is it about woman’s feet that appeals to you and when did you first realize you had this fetish?

Ed Fox: I finally figured out I had the fetish at the age of 15. I was embarrassed about it up until I started to shoot for Leg Show. Even then, I didn’t like to talk about it much. It’s difficult to describe and even for me understand but it really comes down to the shape. There can be so many curves, little details and ways it can point and flex to show expression. Odor is a big part as well. When they smell a little cheesy like popcorn or Frito’s, ooh, the eyes will roll.


Model: Kayla Jane Danger.

Danny Stygion: You are considered the “foot master” when it comes to shooting woman’s feet. Do you have a special technique or way of shooting women’s feet?

Ed Fox: Almost always the soles will be dirty and visible. I try to pose light and or compose feet in a way that will bring out the most shape. The pose is either going to be a profile where the model is told to ‘arch up’ or do this flex pose - that is difficult to explain. I always think of it like if a girl were about to step out of a car and stop herself before the foot touched a dirty or cold puddle of water. The ball of the foot protrudes and the toes kind of flare and curl while the entire foot twists at the ankle outward. Usually there is a gap between the big and middle to where you could probably stick a pencil or finger to fill it. This isn’t just spreading of the toes.

Danny Stygion: What type of camera and lighting equipment do you use?

Ed Fox: I have ALWAYS been a Canon man. Right now I use the 5D Mark II. I prefer to use natural light because I can shoot quicker and be challenged to follow the sun and work with what I have. When that timer is up, I can whip out the lights. I use Speedotron strobes or Mole Richardson hot lights.


Model: Princess Donna Dolore.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite lighting setups?

Ed Fox: Most of my shoots, including ones where artificial lighting is used, are pretty minimal. I like shooting a little more on the contrasty side so ideally, shooting late in the afternoon with a fill card. When using artificial light, a light or two on the subject and one or two on the background if needed.

Danny Stygion: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

Ed Fox: No matter what format I’m using, the composition has to have a nice flow. I started to use the first lesson I learned in high school and now just use it subconsciously: The rule of 3rd’s. I like to have a background or subject line coming out of a corner of the frame usually. I’d say 90% of the images are shot vertically mostly because I don’t want do crop out legs or feet.


Model: Mia Matsumiya.

Danny Stygion: Who are some of your influences?

Ed Fox: Music is what actually influences me to create. I don’t follow too many people’s work for being afraid of seeing ideas I have and then feeling like I’m copying them. Since Playboy is what influenced me to become a photographer, then I’d say Arny Freytag, Richard Fegley and later Bob Guccione’s work. Andrew Blake’s work opened my eyes to what could be done with video. I was amazed the first time I saw one of his pieces. Way before all of this was Ansel Adam’s work. That’s what really caught my eye to photography

Danny Stygion: How long did it take for you to develop your own signature style and break away from your influences?

Ed Fox: I think since my Jr college and even first photo class in high school I was already shooting with the light being very directional to bring out shape. I actually still use a photo from high school as a portfolio piece. The only time I tried to imitate other people was before I started to shoot for Leg Show -when I was trying to get into shooting video box covers for companies like Wicked or Vivid. Unfortunately shooting for men’s magazines pulled me away from making the work more personal since they wanted everything lit and in focus in order to see EVERYTHING!


Model: Jessica.

Danny Stygion: How does the city of L.A. inspire your work?

Ed Fox: I was born and raised here so probably a lot? I happen to love the warmth of the desert and all the diversity that L.A offers so I’m fortunate to live here and take advantage of theelements that are available to me.


Danny Stygion: Do you prefer to shoot in a studio or on location?

Ed Fox: Location for sure. Either indoor or outdoor but really prefer outdoor. Although, shooting in a cozy and controlled environment is nice too. I couldn’t always JUST shoot in studio or JUST location. I’d go crazy. Same thing goes for subject matter. If I shot girlies ALL the time, it would become a ‘job’. in order for my mouth water, I need to mix it around so I’m excited to shoot whatever subject is in front of me: cars, portraits, babies or babes… haha. I never use that word but it kind of worked after ‘babies’ : )


Model: Sierra.


Danny Stygion: How much planning goes into your shoots?

Ed Fox: There used to be a lot of planning and thought into the shoots but I have no time now. I find myself looking for locations and putting the rest of the shoot together a day or two before the shoot and just going with it. I’m trying not to dwell on things. Also, about half the time, something doesn’t go the way you wanted anyway so you have to compromise on the spot.


Danny Stygion: How long did it take for you to get your first TASCHEN book  published and how was that process?

Ed Fox: I patiently waited and shot for 10 years until Taschen finally gave me a call about wanting to do a book on my work. I then submitted links that included over 5000 photos which were quickly narrowed down to about 500 by the editor, Dian Hanson. After I got the contract, the 500 were narrowed down even more. I simply gave them the negs and transparencies of the winners for scanning and they did the rest. The DVD portion of this book was actually THE hardest part. I spent endless hours editing and massaging it and working with my brother, Albert Fox, to score because it was my chance to show the world that I was also passionate about video.

A year later, I got a call to do my second book, which by the time it was published had 2-4 years worth of new work in it + a few random shots that didn’t make it into the first book.


Model: Tori Black.


Danny Stygion: When did you first shoot for “Leg Show Magazine” and how has this relationship developed?

Ed Fox: 1997. I made and sent Dian Hanson this patina’d brass portfolio case which had sexy foot fetish photos in it. By “foot fetish”, I don’t mean close ups of feet. I was given the o.k to shoot a model out in the desert and after the results were mailed to her, I was given the opportunity to shoot a monthly theme of porn stars who’s feet met my criteria. “Ed Fox’s Searrch For The Ultimate XXX Feet”

Danny Stygion: You’ve shot Mario Lopez’s “Rated M” underwear line campaign. How did you end up with that assignment and what was it like working with Mario Lopez?

Ed Fox: Like most, that job fell out of the sky. I got a random call to shoot ‘products’ and later found out Mario was going to be the model. I didn’t believe it until the day he walked in through the Quixote studio doors. The first thing he said was, ‘I can tell you are fast my man’, because he hadn’t eaten in like 24 hours to stay lean for the shoot. He was dying to knock it out so we could have lunch and do the second half of the day with the Rated M shirts. He was nice and good to work with but I was a little surprised how stiff he was. I assumed anyone that was an actor was automatically a good model. I’m hearing now from other celebrity photographers that it’s not the case. Regardless, we got some great stuff.


Model: Britt.


Danny Stygion: What projects are you currently working on?

Ed Fox: I can’t really say in case I don’t finish or doesn’t come out how I intended. Sorry. In the meantime, I’m currently working on getting out of shooting erotica as a profession and making it a hobby so I could focus back on my mainstream career. One of the several reasons is that Blue Horizon Media Inc. sold the magazine titles to Magna Publishing last year and I was left with $14,000 worth of outstanding invoices.

I’m fortunate for starting when I did and having the magazines as a platform, otherwise I may have never risen to the top with the over saturation of photographers and photography on the web today. The web keeps us pro photographers on our toes because of all the new great talent that has been given a chance to prove themselves. Because of that, most new comers and even some pros will now only be able to call photography a ‘hobby’. Just look at your phone? What’s THE first thing you can do before even being able to dial? Shoot a picture.


This interview/pictorial was featured in issue #8 of Sinical. A print copy of this issue can be purchased here.

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The Best Lens for Portrait Photography?

What is the best lens or focal length suited for alt/glamour portrait photography? There is no one definite answer. For fun we've asked several top photographers we admire: 

What is your favorite lens (or focal length) for portraits and why?


Model: Samantha Acampora. Photo by Ed Fox.



"My immediate textbook response was "85mm 1.8" because it's just a given to use a longer than 'normal' lens for portraiture. BUT depends on your subject. The last few unique looking models I shot were purposely shot using a 50mm to distort and accentuate their unique characteristics."



 Photo by Laura Dark.


"I like the 50mm prime lens. I like the depth of field I can achieve with it. I love that I can use it in just about any lighting, studio, outside, concerts, etc. It's really my main "go-to" lens."

Model: Sabrina Sin. Photo by Damian Hevia.


"85mm and up. 200-300mm even better. 105mm is classic. This is assuming 35mm size sensor. There's a lot to this topic but it gets technical. Sensor size is an issue in determining the actual focal length you are using. An 80mm lens on a DX sensor is not the same if the same lens is on an FX sensor. it's called the lens factor. Bottom line though, a "portrait" lens is like 85mm and higher. With some fashion looks, the lens can be pretty long to get the feel. More like 300-400. Of course, you have to have the room to get back and get your subject in the frame."


Model: Jessica Garza. Photo by Pretty and Inked.


"I use a variety of lenses for my shoots. Primarily the Canon 50mm 1.2 and the 85mm 1.2."

Photo by Lorenzo Chuca.


"My all time favorite is my 85mm, great quality up close."

Model: Angela Ryan. Photo by Obscuri.



"My lens of choice is the Nikon 24-70 2.8 a close second is the 70-200 2.8."


Model: Annabelle Lee. Photo by Peter Gonzales



"My workhorse has been the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS  for the last few years. Many photogs prefer the 24-70 from Canon, but since I almost always shoot handheld from weird angles, the extra focal length of the 70-200 really allows me to stay in my shooting spot and create a number of different compositions. And with the 70-200 being an IS lens, it offers me a built in safety factor when shooting handheld to reduce camera blur from moving around. Since I work mostly in studio, the Minimum f/2.8 Aperture of the 70-200 is more than sufficient for my shooting style."


Model: Elisanth. Photo by Zatsepin Alex.


"I usually use Canon 24-70mm or 24-105mm due to versatile focal lenght. L series offers great quality. I also like manual 85mm 1.4 Samyang for nice bokeh and aperture ratio. Besides, I can use it with continuous lighting."


Model: Tressa Louise
Makeup/hair: Jennifer Corona



"My Favorite lens is a 28-80 nikkor, so that I can have a wider angle for shooting cars, and a good normal lens for 3/4 crop to headshots of my models."


If you are a professional photographer and have your own opinion on the matter, please let us know in the comments. What lens do you like to use?


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Suzi Rubbish Interview


Photo: Obscuri
Spfx Blood: Derek Mick


Sinical Magazine: What was the first pinup, fetish, or alternative magazine you came across?

Suzi Rubbish:  The first fetish/alt magazine I saw was ages ago, it was an issue of Bizarre Magazine. At the time I was really starting to explore fetishism and alternative subcultures that were different from my own. I was blown away and inspired by the magazine’s content. I decided to start modeling for fun shortly after that. I took a long break after I had my daughter, but found new inspiration in horror rag Gore Noir Magazine in early 2012. I have been shooting everything from artistic portraits to gory horror keeping my shooting schedule booked up ever since.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?

Suzi Rubbish: I got my start when my best friend got her camera. She quickly grew tired of shooting scenery and still life and wanted to move onto models. I agreed to pose for her and became her muse. Sadly she and her husband were relocated due to his job and I haven’t gotten the chance to shoot with her in years. Shortly after her move another friend who had also just begun her photography career asked me to model some vintage lingerie for her Ebay store. After that experience I was hooked and started getting offers for small modeling jobs fairly frequently.


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Photo: Matthew Garth Photography


Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Suzi Rubbish: I’m a proud curvy girl! Bust: 34C/D, Waist: 25.5”, Hips: 38.5”, Height 5’6”


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

Suzi Rubbish: I think there is a lot to be said for models who are creative do it yourselfers. It’s easier to just show up and get pampered than it is to be involved in the creative process, but I am so much more impressed by girls who can contribute by doing their own hair, makeup, and/or wardrobe! Ophelia Overdose is an extreme example of a model who can do it all and she does it sickeningly well! I also think a positive attitude and a little humility go a long way. No one likes to work with snotty bitches and unfortunately there are a lot of them out there! As far as looks that stand out to me, I’m a huge fan slightly awkward or unconventionally beautiful models who find their own brand of beauty and have the courage to show it to the world. Who wants to look just like every other alternative model out there?


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Photo: Obscuri
Latex: Jupiter Moon 3 Corsets
MUA: Creeping Beauty Inc.


Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?

Suzi Rubbish: I don’t know that there has been any one instance that stands out as being especially interesting. I like to get a little thrill now and then and do not usually ask permission when using abandoned locations. I have been caught trespassing before, but haven’t been arrested for it yet. *knocks on wood* I’m super clumsy too which makes shooting with me rather amusing. I fall at least once or twice during a typical shoot, that number can greatly increase based on location and shoes though! I warn every photographer I work with about my lack of grace and ask them to try and catch me in the act! So far no one has succeeded, my falls are sneaky!


Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?

Suzi Rubbish: I’ve had the honor of working with some truly incredible photographers! Some of my favorites include; Redrum Collaboration, Obscuri, Raven Red, and Vanessa Velazquez. I would love to get the opportunity to work with Le Mew Photography, 666 Photography, Laura Dark, Falt Photographics, Chris Visual, and (my not so secret photographer crush) Dangerously Dolly!


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Photo: Vipsanius


Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?

Suzi Rubbish: Zlata, Ofelia Overdose, Mosh, Razor Candi, and Greta Macabre are my 5 faves!


Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?

Suzi Rubbish: Oh my goodness, it’s so hard to pick just 5! Ummmmm… Fairy-Tales-Photography, Redrum Collaboration, Laura Dark, Falt Photographics, Le Mew Photography.


Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?

Suzi Rubbish: It’s totally a toss up, I am addicted to shoes! I have an extensive shoe collection that is constantly growing! Shoes, particularly heels are so sexy! I also love corsets! There’s nothing more sensual in the world than a beautifully crafted corset, and the best part is they have the power to make every woman regardless of shape or size feel like the goddess she is!


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Photo by Vanessa Velazquez Photography

MUA: Creeping Beauty Inc.


Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Suzi Rubbish: I love couture fashion as well as alternative fashion so my taste in designers is eclectic! Some alt faves include; Jupiter Moon 3 Corsets and Cinched Tight Corsets (both of which also happen to make latex that is divine), Abigail Greydanus, Azreal’s Accomplice, Creepig Beauty Inc., Crypt Keeper Creations, Rockin’ Bones, and Iron Fist. Couture/Runway faves include; Alexander McQueen, Chanel (suits especially), Mikailee Alton, Christian Louboutin, and Jean Paul Gaultier.


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

Suzi Rubbish: I love music! I’ve always loved to sing and even studied vocal performance and opera in college. The amazing thing about music regardless of genre, is that it’s a universal language. I’ve spoken to musicians who have toured the world playing music and they’re amazed when they go to countries where people don’t speak a word of English and yet the entire crowd is singing along word for word. There are so many talented musicians all over the world who just want to be heard! Support live music wherever you are, you won’t be sorry! That said, I am a punk girl all the way! Some of my favorite bands are The Vandals, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, Propagandhi, NOFX, Rancid, Black Flag, and The Casualties! There’s something about angry boys playing impossibly fast music that makes my heart happy!


Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

Suzi Rubbish: I’m from San Antonio, TX which is the 3rd largest city in the state. The weird thing is that for a city with well over 1 million people, it’s got a pretty small town feel. Most of the people in the alternative scene here know each other regardless of the subculture they identify themselves with. If you know one of us, you pretty much know us all! There is a decent live music scene here, but the fetish, horror, and burlesque scenes are still pretty small and slow growing. Luckily we are close enough to Austin, TX to commute for shows and other alt events that pop up through out the year!


Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?

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Elerinna Von Wittelsbach Interview

Photo by Gérard Gouet


 Elerinna Von Wittelsbach is a France-based alternative model.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first alternative or fetish magazine you came across?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I actually got one publication in a magzine and one interview on a photographer's blog. My publication in the magazine digitalustmagazine was at my beginning in the modelling so I was so glad and grateful to appear in my first magazine. Then I made an interview for the photographer's blog Art TF, a great photographer with a beautiful imagination.

Sinical Magazine: How did you become an alternative model?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: My mother was a model when she was young, she transmitted her passion to me. More over I'm a student in history of art and archology so art and particulary photography is an expression of emotions for me. Then I have a proposition by a photographer in 2010 in south of France and I did it.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I'm not very tall and skinny but I'm proud of my forms and this is what people like in me. So, I measure 163 cm for 56 kg, 90 breast, 71 waist, and 95 hip (in centimeters).


Photo by Laurent Ducruit



Sinical Magazine: What was the most interesting thing that has happened during a photo shoot?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I have made a shoot with the great Nath Sakura and her "student" Sebastien Aublanc, so I have learn many things about photography's techniques, but I'm not a photographer I'm just a model but it's interesting to know some things about the techniques.

Sinical Magazine: Who is more of an influence: Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I love both but I have a preference for Dita, she is elegant and she has a wonderful body. She really represents the woman's beauty.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I've worked with Seregwen pix (she was a model before but she decided to reconvert as a photographer and she has a beautiful talent for that), Daniel Fabre Demercoeur a great photographer and my first photographer, Nath Sakura and Sébastien Aublanc two exceptional photographers and many others with are all talented. I would like to work with Christophe Mourthé, a talented photographer who worked with Dita Von Teese and Mylène Farmer (a French singer), and for Fairy-Tales-Photography than I admire.


Sébastien Aublanc with artistic's direction of Nath Sakura


Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: My wonderful friend Comtesse Léa, her photographies are spectacular and she is adorable, sometimes I making shoots with her and she help me to trust in me and to be proud of what I am. An other French model I love is Mad'Moiselle Lelaya, she is charismatic and has a universe execpetionnel. Then I love Ophelia Overdose, La Esmeralda and Seraphine Strange, three wonderful german's model, they have differents universes but I love to lost me in their photographies.

Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: There is so many photographers I appreciate... Christophe Mourthé, Nath-Sakura, Fairy-Tales-Photography (Delphine Ayache), Viona-Art, Pierre Leszczyk EmpireArt.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I like corsets and lace, and I like latex, it puts the body in harmony.


Photo by Gérard Gouet


Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: Mlle Illo a Fench latex designer, Pandora Deluxe Latex, Westward Bound, Royal Black Couture & Corsetry and Serindë Corsets.

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

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: Differents types of metal, but essentially symphonic metal and black metal. But I have an open mind so I can listen classical music sometimes or pop music sometimes.

Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: I came from south of France (in little town) so there is not scene like that. In Paris I have heard about "Nuit Elastique" and I hope to go here.

Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?

Elerinna Von Wittelsbach: The Sinical's readers can follow my work on my fan page :

And for those who doesn't have Facebook there is my book on bookspace :


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