I don’t date models

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 13, 2011 by normacladow

Model/muse relationship
or why I don’t date models

The first rule of professional photography is to never touch your models. I take it further and say that I don’t date models. Why do I do this? Well first, professionalism. I shoot for fun, but I am a professional. I have an MFA and I shoot a lot. Not only would that kind of thing get around and give me a bad rep but it is just immoral and unethical.
Second, it is kind of whoreish to pay a girl to get her hang out with you. I have more respect for the women I work with.
Third, signals are mixed so there is no way to interpret professional courtesy for personal interest. There is also an amount of trust placed in the photographers hand, the model is nude and vulnerable. And after a business transaction it would be sleezy to ask the girl out on a date. If you ask a girl out first then it just seems weird when she turns you down if you ask her to come model for you. I guess I should start asking girls out first? But I hate the stigma of the creepy sleezy photogs or GWCs that come on to their models. IT is hard not to because they are beautiful, I get it, but that wall must remain.
Granted, the only girls I know are models. I hired them so of course I am attracted to them. Out interests are usually compatible, either in art or subject matter. But I just can’t do it. I need to get some feedback from models.

So a friend of mine that is not a photographer has brought up a good point. If they are my friends first and I have no problem taking a friends photo.
Also If they ask me to take their photo when they know I am not interested in them as models, that opens the field.


2 New ones

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2011 by normacladow

Ikaros and Fetish Fair Flea Market

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 by normacladow

This was a good weekend. I spent way too much money, drank too much , and didn’t sell any art but I had fun. I think this was the last show of the year and the work will be at 1763 till November. Reece will have his hands full next year with plans to go to NY.

I am glad FFF came to Atlanta and it couldn’t have been in a better spot than downtown decatur. Lots of cool people, lots of clothes. Unfortunately they were all for women, no men’s clothing or accessories, a flogger is a genderless accessory.

Spoke to my tax accountant on Sunday. Gave me motivation for selling more art and trying to find still work. If I don’t make a profit in this I may be treated as a hobby, so I can’t write off my expenses. What utter bullshit.

Here are some photos of me in front of my art at the last Ikaros show.


Why make art?

Posted in rambling, The Life of an Art Maker on January 19, 2011 by normacladow

What is the reason I make art?

I begin a dialogue about belief using my art. All of my work is about Truth. About how perception and reality rarely coincide. Objective truth must exist, it cannot all be subjective. So how can we know? Do myths hold a greater truth? I think of most of my work as parable, as a tarot card or ancient mural.

This work has been a study on fetish, both the sexual and magical. In an effort to explain the latter I explore the former and use it as a foil. Sometimes it works. It works better as an art object rather than online. When there is a piece an object that a person must confront and deal with its reality as an object, that makes it less surface and gloss and harder to skim over or dismiss. Unfortunately most of my viewers these days see it online and do not look too deeply into the meaning of things. Therefore most things must be gestalt or explained for that reason I must be careful to not force feed them. At least they get the sexual part of it. I am a lowbrow artist with highbrow ideas.

I can’t be disappointed if no one understands the work. But doesn’t that defeat my purpose of making it?

To make money? No I spend way too much on the production of it and the education and the time. I think I would have to at least sell some work to start making money.

Accolades and recognition? Although it does feel good when someone goes out of their way to say they like a piece, I usually don’t believe them. Although it hurts when I see my peers make it ahead of me or people less experienced get hired before me it is something I can’t take personally. I just need to market and network more.  But back to the point, yes it feels good when people enjoy my work.  But that doesn’t get me paid or laid.

A sense of accomplishment or mastery? No there is always room for improvement.

Why do I continue to beat myself up about making art? Why do I continue to spend money on this? Hope? Is it OCD? Am I obsessed with this? Is it my fetish? It definitely makes me a self masochist.

I like deep philosophical dialogues with intelligent people. I like talking about art and discussing it. It is pseudoscience. I just need to find those people. I need to find my audience. I thought it was in the fetish crowd. But that group  is more the origin than the destination.

Seriously though, I need an answer.


Posted in The Life of an Art Maker on January 18, 2011 by normacladow

Today I am thinking about topics for my Blog,  how personal should I make this thing, and should it be more upbeat than what I am.  Less like a journal and more like a commercial for myself?

So the topics:

dealing with rejection and the fear of failure

researching outlets to show my work

what is the reason I make art

my day to day life


The muse and mentor relationship

The pros and cons of the individual

For now it is what it is.  I don’t want to have an online journal and since I am not overtly happy, I will continue to be myself, just a little more excited, maybe…

The purpose is still to document and share the unadulterated experience of being an artist.  well what I choose to share anyway.

Liilii more fashonish stuff from FetCon.

Posted in Art on January 14, 2011 by normacladow

I think I like the gallery style as opposed to the slide show.

Baun And Fedora…Fetish Doll

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2010 by normacladow

So the Voodoo Doll is actually a Fetish doll.  This is a concept that Baun and I had been thinking of independently for a while.  So at Fetish Con we shot it.  May have some more work done at some point.  We will see.

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