Photo by Geoff Jones. MUAH: Below Dark Water.
Sinical Magazine: What is your location?
Below Dark Water: Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Sinical Magazine: How did you become an alternative model?
Below Dark Water: My modeling sort of started by accident, it was never something I pictured myself doing, as I originally started out as a textiles artist. It came about through a frustration at being a horrible, horrible photographer, yet having all these artworks and sets I'd created, and all these ideas in my head that I had no creative outlet to express them through. So my only answer to this lack of photographic skill was to find a friend with a camera, told them what I wanted to shoot, and just jumped in the photos myself. It was going to be an 'in the meantime' sort of thing, but afterwards few local photographers asked me to shoot with them as a model, and 3 years later, here I am. And I'm still a horrible photographer.
Sinical Magazine: What does your model name 'Below Dark Water' mean and how did you come up with it?
Below Dark Water: 'Below Dark Water' came about a long time ago, back when I was starting out, and it's sort of a silly story. I've always had this quiet fear of really dark water where you can't see the bottom- there's something so unsettling about what might be lurking in the depths below your feet, somewhere down below. So, when I began modelling more frequently from other people, and needed to think of a 'model-alias', for some reason this phrase just bubbled up out of nowhere. Make of it what you will!
Photo by: Somnolent Images. MUAH: Below Dark Water. Ingeliese Clasen. Dress: Devaki Black.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Below Dark Water: 30", 27", 30", and i'm 5'5. A shorty!
Sinical Magaizne:: There is a dark/gothic undercurrent to your modeling photos. Can you talk about your attraction to these themes?
Below Dark Water: I've always been attracted to this area of 'alternative' for as long as I can remember- growing up near a forest, I was always wandering off into the woods, getting lost, it felt like I was in my own little Grimm's fairytale. That part has never really left me, so during my early teenage years, when I began to become interested in alternative culture, I was always trying to mesh the two together in some-way, always trying to include a little bit of the romantic and the dream-like alongside the leather, lace and latex of the gothic/alternative look.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Below Dark Water: I feel that there are so many important aspects that go into taking a good shot, but because I model rather than photograph, for me, I can't go past facial expressions. The model really has to be 'feeling it' when the photo is taken- vacant or nervous eyes, awkward mouth, it can really make or break the photo. Even the weakest or weirdest poses can be convincing by the look on the models face- commit to whatever you're doing and it'll look like it was on purpose!
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?
Below Dark Water: Whilst I really, really love corsets, I've got such a thing for stockings. I have more pairs of them than I know what to do with- seamed stockings, lace stockings, vintage stockings, you name it. I can't walk past a nice pair without buying them.
Geoff Jones. Make-up/Pelvic-bone. Headpiece: Below Dark Water. Hair: Jessica Lewis. Dress: Scarlett Bliss.
Sinical Magazine: Who do you think are the top 5. Alt models, currently?
Below Dark Water: From what I know, I'd have to say Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Wednesday Mourning, Sabina Kelly and Opehlia's Overdose.
Sinical Magazine: Who do you think are the top 5. Alt photographers, currently?
Below Dark Water: I'm not sure as to their ranking overall, but my favourite alternative photographers are The Silent View, Phantom Orchid, Natalie Shau, Harmony Nicholas, and Dividing Me. And I could go on for pages, there are so many!
Sinical Magazine: Congratulations on the Gothic Beauty Magazine cover. How did this come about?
Below Dark Water: Thank you very much! A short while after shooting with the photographer for the set, Harmony Nicholas, I submitted a photo to the magazine on a whim to see what might have come from it, and it ended up on the cover! I was over the moon!
Photo by: Jane Martin. Dress: Rebecca Cobbing Couture.
Sinical Magazine: You've stated that you are a fan of Elvira. Have you thought about doing
an Elvira-themed shoot?
Below Dark Water: I think she's so beautiful! She's my idea of a dream woman- incredibly feminine and seductive but dark and kind of zany at the same time. I've certainly considered doing an Elvira-themed shoot but I don't think I could ever do her justice. That cleavage is next level.
Sinical Magazine: Beyond modelling, what are some of your other interests?
Below Dark Water: Outside of this, I'm still very much involved with my art-making. I tend to spend a lot of my time sewing these elaborate 'memento mori-esque' artworks and wall-hangings, and exhibiting/selling them. I also work from time to time as a make up artist, but mostly for my own shoots and ideas. What music do you listen to? I mainly listen to a lot of 80's goth, like Sisters of Mercy or Rosetta Stone. I also love more contemporary bands like Deadsy, Pj Harvey, Raputina and The Dandy Warhols, so it's a fairly broad range of styles.
Sinical Magazine: What are your main goals for 2013?
Below Dark Water: I wish I could say I was going to make this year a really huge full-on one, but 2013 for me is all about quality over quantity, taking time to relax and make more art, put more time into my shoots, and finally travel overseas. I'm also starting volunteer work at the pound, I felt it was time to do something less indulgent than just art making 24/7!
Photo by Somnolent Images.
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