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Define Decadent – When the naughty sparks creativity

How do you find inspiration for your shoots?

Inspiration is all around, usually.

It’s all about perspective and the overall attitude, both mine and the model’s.

I started doing these shoots for fun and for the love of finding and creating beauty, and it naturally evolved.

But above all, I try to be inspired no matter the situation, I just try to look at it from a creative standpoint and just maximize the situation, the expression and the aim for the particular shoot.

What’s the concept behind Define Decadent?

Like any other person, finding a camera in their hands for the first time, I started shooting trees and architecture and generally things around me, before I could have the nerves and the confidence to start shooting people and portraits.

It all started from a portrait project that I began doing around 7 years ago, and then the fact that it got cold outside and I still wanted to shoot, we moved inside and started experimenting with different ideas, lighting, etc.

Years ago I teamed up with a few people and we started WRCKLSS, a sensual and creative photography collective that basically got me started doing sensual and boudoir photography as a serious venture.

Then after we split up I moved on my own and started DEFINE DECADENT, a one-man sensual project.

From there I networked and began shooting for brands, lingerie producers, and even some personal boudoir sessions for women, that just needed to look at themselves in a different light, experience something new and exciting.

What can you tell us about the use of light within your pictures?

It all started with me shooting with some old vintage lenses on my old Olympus camera and basically using plastic bags and things like that it gives the photos a more of a dreamy look and feel and after a while I realized that light could be used as much as shadows and darkness to create a soft and mysterious feel to a photo, you can use it to emphasize and draw attention to a detail, or you can equally use it to hide and cover up things.

How do you choose the right models to work with?

It is all about the connection and the vibe we have together.

Since I mostly shoot this particular project with non-professional models it sometimes involves a lot of talking and discussion about the whole thing, since they usually either haven’t tried something like this before, or just don’t have the experience and the overall confidence that this might be something cool and fun, and the result could be amazing.

Sometimes that might push someone away or it might give them the false idea that I am stalking them, but I am doing my best to cope with that, it is what it is, I guess.

This is MY THING, MY JOB, and the fact that the person across is not a model full time means that I have to navigate free time, boyfriends, work, parents, locations and all sorts of things that make this a challenge sometimes.

As I said, it is what it is and I am just doing my part in trying to move things forward.

How would you define eroticism?

Erotica for me as all about making the viewer feel something, make him/her forget the moment and literally transport him/her to a different place and a different time.

It is all about the human connection between the model and the camera, or the recognition of the fact that she is letting you in on a very intimate and delicate moment and it creates a secluded and personal atmosphere.

It doesn’t necessarily mean complete nudity and I like to play around that fine line between revealing and hiding details so the viewer’s mind is as important in the process as the actual subject of the photo itself.

What do you like most about shooting sensual photography?

I love the fact that it creates a very personal experience and it also fights back the dogmas, that our society has about personal expression and nudity.

I find that it is a very personal and conscious choice and I respect the people that make that choice and allow me to be part of that cool moment in time.

It is also very challenging, trying to navigate the cultural landscape today and trying to balance art and expression with the NSFW aspect of my photography, but it is a lot of fun, and I enjoy creating beautiful experiences for all the parties involved, the model, the viewer, me, pretty much everyone involved.

I think the little naughty side of all of this sparks creativity and makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable and refreshing at the end.

Recently I had my Instagram profile for Define Decadent deleted, for, I am guessing, being reported or flagged, and I am leading a huge struggle to get things back on track, gain back my exposure, reconnect with people that I had previously networked with and in all just try to get things rolling again.

I had a helping hand from many friends and brands with that, for which I am forever grateful, and slowly but surely, things are getting back to normal, even though this set me back a couple of years and it made an already uphill battle even harder, it also makes things that much more fun and challenging.

 

 

We’ve read you’re also an award-winning brand designer, how do you balance the two worlds?

There are general concepts in art, design, and photography like light, color theory, composition, storytelling, so in broader terms, it is all connected.

My experience and background in design really help a lot in terms of trying to craft a cohesive story with photographs and also having the technical knowledge to make everything fit perfectly together.

What plans do you have for the future?

I am pursuing this photography thing hard at the moment and I am trying to learn as much as I can from every situation, take on interesting projects, dive into personal ideas that I might have, collaborating with cool and inspiring people, saying YES to a lot of new and exciting things in general, so every little bit that comes out from such an endeavor could be added to the overall image of me as a photographer, a designer, a creative and a curious person above all.

 

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