Model: Miss Distania
Monochrome Set Photography is a East Anglia-based photographer specialising in portraiture, fashion, hair & beauty and fine art photography. He is also a nylon fetish enthusiast. This interview/pictorial was featured in issue #11 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?
Monochrome Set Photography: Runs in the family somewhat. I used Pentax SLRs in the 70s as a youngster, had a break until the advent of digital then got going again with film and then digital SLRs in the last 12 years or so.
Sinical Magazine: What is the most important aspect of a composition?
Monochrome Set Photography: A sense of balance within the frame, capturing a mood or a look.
Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a typical shoot?
Monochrome Set Photography: I like to think up an idea, look around for locations then search for a model who will fit the styling and character and mood of the shoot. Its often a logistical problem too - coordinating facilities and personnel so everything goes right ‘on the day’.
Sinical Magazine: What type of camera and lighting equipment do you use?
Monochrome Set Photography: For the last few years I’ve been shooting with Nikon DLSRs but I’ve recently traded-in almost everything for a Fuji mirrorless camera. I hope to get better quality images without the bulk and weight penalty of DSLR. I’m finding the picture-making process a little slower but with more deliberate composition hopefully I’m getting better results from less total exposures per shoot. Lighting-wise I use speedlights, studio strobes as well as tungsten continuous lights on occasions. And ‘natural light’ whenever possible. I want to try some large format (10x8”) fetish image-making to take advantage of the incredible detail you get from those big negatives (black&white) and make exhibition-size prints one day from them.
Model: Pin Up Candy.
Sinical Magazine: What is a favorite lighting set up of yours?
Monochromne Set Photography: I really love old Hollywood lighting, nothing beats it for me to highlight flawless beauty. Continuous tungsten lighting, three heads and a fan-blower - they are not called ‘hot lights’ for nothing! Also a three-light ‘Strobist’ setup - minimalist kit of Speedlights and shoot-through brolleys
Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that have inspired your work?
Monochromne Set Photography: Hollywood photographers George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull and Laszlo Willinger. Bob Carlos Clarke and Helmut Newton. Elmer Batters, Irving Klaw, Eric Kroll and Chas Ray Krider, Frederic Fontenoy.
Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer to shoot inside a studio or on location?
Monochrome Set Photography: I prefer location to studio - always offers more variation on a shoot, which leads you better into creating a little bit of ‘narrative’ in a shoot. Derelict buildings, old period houses or hotels. I use plain studios for product or fashion shoots but for my fetish work I prefer a location - somewhere with a bit of ‘character.’
Sinical Magazine: You’ve stated that you have a special interest in “Hollywood Glamour Portraiture”. Can you explain why this style interests you over others?
Monochrome Set Photography: It’s a combination of mood, feel, an incredible mix of light and shade to give a face and figure a sense of ‘structure.’
Model: Emily Marilyn
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models or clients?
Monochrome Set Photography: Models who haven’t learned to pose properly. Most everything else I can handle (I hope).
Sinical Magazine: You’ve photographed many models wearing nylon stockings. Is this a visual fetish of yours?
Monochrome Set Photography: Yes. No doubt Dr Freud has something to say about this (!!). Fully fashioned nylons have an incredible allure for me - there is so much exquisite detail in the delicate fabric, all of which is incredibly photogenic. I’m always on the look out for tall models with slender legs for nylon fetish shoots.
Models: Justyna, Wanilianna & Pinup Candy.
Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?
Monochrome Set Photography: A self-published book, hopefully finished later this year, concentrating on nylon fetish imagery.
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