Models: Sabrina Sin, Karen Zomboro, Hex Hypoxia, Roxy Vandiver.
Kenny Haner is a Houston-based photographer. This interview appears in Sinical #7.
Sinical Magazine: You're currently based in Houston. Have you always lived in Texas?
Kenny Haner: I was born in New York, but as far as I can remember, I've always lived in Texas
Sinical Magazine: When did you get started in photography?
Kenny Haner: My last two years of high school. I had a camera, but took photography classes because the classroom and darkroom were separate. So you could roam the halls or even leave school and nobody would notice. I had too much fun in the darkroom though and never got around to the truancy.
Sinical Magazine: What type of camera and lighting equipment do you use?
Kenny Haner: I try not to geek out on gear too much. Some of the best photos in the world were taken on far less advanced equipment than what we're walking around with in our cell phones. That said, I currently have a Canon 30D and mostly use an Alien Bee 800 and a couple of speedlights.
Sinical Magazine: What is the most important aspect of a photo to you?
Kenny Haner: Every pixel is important. Unfortunately, one of the rules I picked up in photo class that I never got out of my head. I once signed and dated the corner of one of my assignments instead of the back. I was treated to a lengthy lecture on how if the area I wrote on, was so unimportant that I could scribble all over it, I should have cropped tighter.
Sinical Magazine: Beyond your alternative photography, what other types of photography do you do?
Kenny Haner: I'm a food and beverage photographer by day. A magazine I was working for needed photos of a martini and as it turns out, that's really hard to do and I became quite good at it.
Sinical Magazine: Do you enjoy commercial photography or is it more of a job to you?
Kenny Haner: I absolutely love it. I've worked some horrible jobs. The worst day shooting photos is infinitely better than the best day sitting in a cubicle or painting firehouses in the Texas heat.
Sinical Magazine: There is a horror theme in a series of your photos. Can you talk about your fascination with horror?
Kenny Haner: There's just something great about scaring yourself and getting creeped out.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite shooting locations?
Kenny Haner: I shoot downtown Houston often. It's close by and pretty much every block has something interesting. For more risque images, local bars and clubs are pretty hospitable and well decorated.
Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer to shoot in a studio or on location?
Kenny Haner: This changes almost daily, but I get bored quickly in a studio. I find myself searching for something different and usually end up outside. Location shoots usually have more possibilities and make great shots easier. For me at least.
Sinical Magazine: How important are props to you in a photo shoot?
Kenny Haner: Depends on the image. Even when shooting with props, I tend to get closeups of faces and those usually are my favorites.
Sinical Magazine: What are some mistakes you made photography-wise when you first started out that you don't do now?
Kenny Haner: Not Looking at light was a big one. I quickly grasped the technical details of shutter speed, aperture, DOF, etc. And I liked my composition and immediately thought I knew it all. Being able to see light and its reflections is very valuable and only later did I figure that out. Shooting glassware is the trick. You have to light the reflections and it's a mind blowing experience when you figure it out.
Model: Shannon Lark.
Photo by The Justin Kates.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?
Xlcr Moon: Modeling literally fell into my lap and I am naturally an alternative girl so alternative modeling just kinda happened. I also do glamour and pinup though I don't like to be cast into one genre, as with coverup removal of piercings, and natural hair color I can be the girl next door as well.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Xlcr Moon: 36D 26 36 At 5'3.
Photo by Laura Dark. MUA: Deanna Roberts. Designer: Romantic Threads.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?
Xlcr Moon: Passion. You can look through a port and tell who is just going through the motions and who really gets into their shoots. I feel like a new character in every shoot and I pull the emotion needed for the type of shoot I'm doing.
Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?
Xlcr Moon: Getting to travel all over the place is fun and interesting. I've shot in some really neat locations, like Victorian homes with full on victorian decor and furniture, to abandoned factories with machinery, to graffiti covered abandoned domes in the desert, and roof tops overlooking major cities.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?
Xlcr Moon: Some well known photographers in the alternative industry I've worked with are Red Rum Collaboration, Laura Dark, and Justin Kates.
Sinical Magazine: Who is more of an influence: Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese?
Xlcr Moon: Dita Von Teese, I love her almost vampiric elegance.
Photo by ST Arts.
Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?
Xlcr Moon: If I had to guess I would think Ulorin Vex, Mosh, Kelly Eden , Amelia Nightmare, Raquel-Reed. I mean these are girls who are published constantly work with all the amazing alt photographers and have consistently published amazing work.
Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?
Xlcr Moon: I would say Lithium Picnic would have been top but hasnt been very active currently at least not that I have seen, so I would say Chad Michael Ward, Destroy, Inc, Red Rum, Justin Kates and Laura Dark.
Photo by Laura Dark. MUA: Deanna Roberts. Designer: Romantic Threads.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?
Xlcr Moon: I am a sucker for spiked boots soooo sexy!
Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Xlcr Moon: I love Lip Service, Tripp, and Heavy Red.
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Xlcr Moon: Mostly heavy rock, metal, industrial, and alternative/grunge.
Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?
Xlcr Moon: I mostly live in Dallas for most of the year and there is actually a huge fetish and alt scene, several dungeons throughout Dallas and Fort Worth areas, as well as goth/alt nightclubs and several local industrial bands that play shows in the area.
Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?
Xlcr Moon: I have a facebook artist page, tumblr, twitter, instagram, and model mayhem I'm all over the place and update all regularly. I keep it simple with the same name across the board so its easy to find me on all social media.
So we are now at that time within the year where the more dramatic, inspirational films are being released and since we, the horror fans, will basically not get to see another horror film until the beginning of next year (with the exception of The Collection being released this Friday and Lords of Salem being released at the end of December), I have decided to go ahead and break down this year and give you my list for the worst films of 2012. Please take note that there are many horror films that were released that I did not see, so if you do not see a film that you thought was ridiculously awful and don't see it on my list, then don't get upset because the main reason you probably will not see a film you did not like in this article is because I didn't even waste my time to drive to the theater and watch that particular film. Spoilers will be shown, so if you have not seen any of these movies I am about to mention, then please stop reading now. Let's not waste anymore time on this article and get to it:
WORST HORROR MOVIES OF 2012
Silent Hill: Revelations 3D--*When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood. *This is one of the films that I told you all a couple of months ago that I would see along with 'Sinister.' I spoke about how I believed that these two films would be the best films to see this year when it came to the October releases. So, was I right? I can honestly say that this sequel to the 2006 film is not a good film, but it was still a fun thrill ride nonetheless. “Well Chase, if you enjoyed watching the film, then why do you have it on your list as one of the worst horror films you have seen this year?” Even though I enjoyed the film overall with some great suspenseful scenes, I can't say that the film is good. There's a lot of problems that are in this film, and even I, being a fan, cannot help but notice. The acting is seriously bad. Kit Harington <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3229685/>, Game of Thrones, is the worst person in this film. I shuddered every time he came into frame because I was waiting for the next piece of dialogue to leave his mouth and shake my head in disbelief. No one in this film impressed me with their acting, but am I suppose to expect oscar worthy performances in a Silent Hill film? Of course not, but I'm expecting the same type of performances/connections with these characters like I did with the original which had fantastic acting. One scene within the film is really what made me give this film a higher rating than it deserved. The scene I am talking about is when Heather finds herself in the mannequin warehouse. Other than that, this film wasn't really that well put together when it came to the acting and the storyline. I wanted a sequel of Harry going to Silent Hill alone looking for his wife and daughter. This second installment I'm sure will please the fans of the video games due to some great fright scenes and visual effects, but ultimately fails as a whole. Even though I left somewhat satisfied, I have to say: Screw this movie.
Underworld: Awakening--*When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind. *So the studio thought it would be a great idea to bring back the franchise and since not everyone (except for Selene) was coming back, the studio knew that they would have to take the story into a new direction: Now humans know about the existence of both species! I loved the first Underworld film, and I even enjoyed the sequel. The third film, which was just a prequel, was good, but didn't live up to expectations with the other two films. In my opinion, there was no need for the third film anyways since we knew exactly what happened in the first film. Oh wait, there was a reason for the third film being made: Money. Sorry about that, I knew there was a reason. Speaking of money, here we have the fourth film to the popular franchise. So why did this movie suck balls? The lack of a storyline, not to mention the lack of Speedman. There really wasn't much of a story with this fourth installment, which took away the key ingredient to the earlier films. The Underworld films always had a fantastic storyline, and it seems that the filmmakers decided to go with showing action over everything else. Yeah, there were some great action sequences, but I'm not a child. You showing me an action scene will not make me say, “Oh, wow pretty! Me likey!” I like to think that horror fans are more intellectual than the average movie-goer, and this film failed to impress. Screw this movie.
The Devil Inside--*In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. *Why did I ultimately see this film? I'm a sucker for exorcism films, and with one of my favorite horror films being 'The Exorcist,' it was just a given. The rating was also a huge influence for me to catch this flick since most, if not all, of these type of films have been PG-13. I heard way too many bad reviews and decided to not see it in theater's and instead watched it when it hit DVD and Blu-Ray. Where did this movie fail? The ending didn't just kill this film—the casting for this piece of crap was beyond awful. The main woman being recorded about her insane mother, played by Fernanda Andrade <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1223326/>, was annoying. Seriously. Simon Quarterman <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0702945/> plays the second most annoying character within the film. Were the characters annoying, or was it the actors portraying them? Both. Sure, there were moments within the film where I said to myself, “Awesome,” but that doesn't mean I'm going to stand and applaud the filmmakers. The ending really is bad. It's one of those endings that when it cuts to a black screen you say out-loud, “this better not be the ending.” Well my fellow readers, that is really the ending. Decides to not wrap up any of the plot, and to just end. I despise with a pure passion, and I sincerely hope that this film ends up continuing to rot when it comes to horror fans with their negative reviews. Had potential to be an actual classic, but failed due to the filmmaker who decided to take an easy way out and not bring the film together without having any loose strings. Screw this movie.
What's the worst horror film you have seen this year? I'm intrigued to hear what you all have to say as I'm sure you all have that one film that made you shake your head and think, “I feel so stupid thinking this movie would be even remotely good.” Next week, I will be giving you my list for the best horror films for 2012. Until then, stay skeptical with these films that would like to be considered 'horror' and I'll be back with all new article next week.
For those interested in what I am currently working on right now, I would like to officially announce that I am working on a new project based around the paranormal entity known as the SlenderMan. I am still writing the script (70 pages written), so all I can mention now is that I am taking everything from the mythos as well as the 8 pages from the popular computer game and molding it all together into a story that will allow the SlenderMan to be seen in an all new terrifying way.
Let us know what you think is the worst horror film of 2012 in the comments.
Here is a brief rundown on 3 legendary Europe-based fetish magazines. I will always have a soft spot for Marquis Magazine and Skin Two Magazine. They were the first magazines ever to publish my work. ~ Danny Stygion
Skin Two Magazine. Skin Two was founded in 1983 by publisher Tim Woodward and photographer Grace Lau. Skin Two started in a cellar in Soho, London. The first issue was black and white, 16 pages, and stapled. Only 1,000 copies were printed. Skin Two eventually evolved into a big, glossy and stylish magazine covering all aspects of fetish subculture, and sold around the world. The magazine hosts an annual Rubber Ball in London that attracts visitors from all around the world. There were rumors the magazine was going to cease publication a couple years back, but they have continued to print and are currently on issue #63!
Marquis Magazine. After discovering who Dita Von Teese was, Marquis Magazine was the first fetish magazine I ever bought at age 18. Dita graced several of their early covers. Founded in 1994, Marquis is based in Germany and published by photographer Peter W. Czernich and Sandra Würdig. The magazine's name is a referance to the Marquis de Sade. Marquis specialized less on sadism and more on latex and PVC fetishism, and bondage wear. Czernich originally published a magazined called «O», which was a spin off of Skin Two, but lost the right to the title due to a trademark dispute with Oprah Winfrey and Heast Magazines over O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Marquis also runs a large online clothing & book store. They are currently on issue #55.
Secret Magazine. In 1990 Jürgen Boedt started publishing SECRET Magazine in Belgium. He only printed 1,000 copies of the first issue and sold out in 3 weeks. Within 3 years he was selling 3,000 copies worldwide in such places as Japan, Cananda, and the U.S. At SECRET's peak, they sold 15,000 copies worldwide of issue 12. SECRET focused on black and white photography of shibari (Japanese robe bondage), Dominatrices, and various fetishes. It has been a while since SECRET Magazine has put out a new issue. The last issue was #36. Boedt has talked on the SECRET site and in interviews about his difficulties with distributors ripping him off or going bankrupt. A fan of the magazine helped finance the last issue and they only printed 1,000 copies, which is a small run for SECRET. There is no word of there will be another issue.
If you have your own favorite fetish magazine, let us know in the comments.
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