Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and quite a few Infrequently asked ones. If your question is not answered below, please contact me!

ART

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YOU

MISCELLANEOUS


ART

Q. Who are your artistic influences?

A. These are mostly painters and pinup artists. My main influences in the pinup genre are Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, Patrick Nagel, Olivia de Berardinis and Luis Royo. They encompass a century's worth of artistic mastery of varying styles, aesthetics, and techniques.

Outside the realm of interpreters of female form, I rank my mother highly. She is an accomplished and exhibited watercolor and oil painter, and has taught me a lot about the fluidity of interpretation of color. Here is her website. Close behind come Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Q. Who are your photographic influences?

A. By far the most influential for me is Richard Avedon. His portrait of Marilyn Monroe remains the most intimate and beautiful photograph of a woman I've ever seen. With the brief click of a shutter, he immortalized the Hollywood bombshell's vulnerability and inner fragility. Other influences include Herb Ritts's era-defining fashion photography, Helmut Newton's unabashed imagery, and Gregory Crewdson's meticulously staged scenes.

Film has also been a big influence on how I've viewed women as subjects. Foremost are Ridley Scott (especially Alien), James Cameron (his two Terminator movies) and Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers) in their portrayal of female protagonists breaking taboos and stereotypesand creating new ones! Further, Yimou Zhang's generous cinematic color usage demonstrates how it can be manipulated to tell a story.

But the piece that really got me into photography was the music video for George Michael's Freedom. When it came out, it was a life-altering experience for my fifteen-year-old self: Christy wrapped in angelic white, her poised entrance fit for an empress, and Cindy's steamy bubble bath still represent the epitome of beauty to me.

Further, John Paul Caponigro continues to be a major influence: his understanding and use of color theory has had a profound impact on my photography. Joe McNally is a wizard at lighting anythingespecially peopleand, through his books and lessons, has taught me a lot about how to light my models.

Finally, my influences include the countless unsung photographers of every fashion and nudie magazinePlayboy first and foremostand website I've ever flipped or clicked through.

Q. What makes you an artist?

A. I prefer to call myself a dilettante, not an artist. 'Artist' is a title others might assign to me, but I can't and won't do it myself.

Q. What makes your prints "fine art"?

A. The rigor, the discipline, the experience, and the intent. My shoots are planned in detail; all my prints are exhibition quality. Every step from capture to printing is executed by top craftsmen, using the finest materials and processes available. Nevertheless, I only claim to produce fine art prints. In the end it is up to you to decide whether the prints you get are fine art. Note that you have my generous one year no questions asked return policy, so you have plenty of time to reach your verdict!

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PRINTS

 Q. Are your prints pigment, inkjet, carbon or giclee?

A. Yes, all of the above. The terms are the same thing, in varying levels of accuracy and pretentiousness. I prefer "pigment inks on paper".

 

Q. Do you offer matting, framing, or other sizes or thickness?

A. Yes, please contact me for details. 

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ORDERING

Q. What payment methods are accepted?

A. Major credit cards, and other local payment methods varying by country.

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Q. Is my Credit Card info secure?

A. Yes. I don't actually receive your Credit Card information. It is authenticated by a trusted, secure third party (Stripe) just like vast majority of websites.

Q. How long does it take for me to get my print?

A. It varies (I'm based in Amsterdam), but typically you will get your print within 7-14 days within Europe and North America, and within 10-30 days in rest of the world.

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YOU

Q. Who are you?

A. I was born in 1975 in a small city in central Finland. I'm a single guy, and my hobbies include reading non-fiction books, listening to music (from blues to metal), watching lots of movies (mostly action, sci-fi and fantasy, although pretty much anything goes), lifting weights, playing video games, cooking, and riding my Harley. My favorite drink is a gin & tonic made with Old Raj and the all-important lime wedge. I'd have a cat if I didn't travel so much. I've lived abroad since 1997including the US and Hong Kongand currently reside in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Q. How long have you been photographing?

A. I got my first camera when I was a teenager, a disc camera which I put to good use in taking snapshots. I got "seriously" into photography when I bought my first SLR, a Canon EOS 50E in 1999. I reluctantly moved to mostly digital with Canon 30D, although I've continued shooting film with medium format Mamiya C220 and large format with my Gowlandflex. I started with travel photography, and added portraits and glamour into my portfolio around 2005.

Q. Do you have formal photography or art education?

A. No, I'm self-taught. But I have spent a lot of time looking at and studying the work of others, both those I admire and those I do not, in order to learn about visual art and photography.

Q. What's your goal with photography and this website?

A. To become a better photographer, to get my photography out there on the internet, to have my work hanging on walls for people to appreciate, and to have something to do when I eventually retire from my day job. Better yet, I'd really like to retire early and become a full time photographer with my own gallery space and studio. I'm in this for the long term; I have been into photography for well over a decade, and I will continue.

Q. Are you on Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Myspace/Bebo/etc?

A. No.

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MISCELLANEOUS

 Q. Are your models 18 years or older?

A. Yes. I require, check and photograph each model with a government-issued photo ID as part of signing a model release.

Q. Do you have model releases for all your shoots?

A. Yes for all studio shoots.

Q. Are the models in your photos enhanced surgically?

A. That's none of my business, and frankly, I don't give a damn. It's her body, and she can do whatever she pleases with it.

Q. I'd like to be a model for a shoot, how do I do that?

A. Please contact me for details with links to your portfolio, website, or sample shots. I mostly work with professional models, but might make an exception for a specific, exceptional look I'm seeking.

Q. Do you do work on commission?

A. Perhaps. Please contact me with your proposal.

Q. Do you do editorials?

A. Perhaps. Please contact me with your proposal.

Q. Are your photographs available for licensing?

A. Perhaps. Please contact me with your proposal.

Q. I have another question not answered here.

A. You are welcome to contact me with other questions or comments, thoughts or musings.

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