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A K Photography

A K Photography



My photography is a journey without a known destination. It is an exploration and celebration of beauty. I was born in the United States but was raised in the Middle East. I have always been interested in visual expression, and as a second generation artist was exposed to galleries and museums in dozens of countries. My subjects are fictional residents of a parallel world, much like our own, frequently more beautiful, more interesting, and sometimes more frightening. The artwork is exploratory, a pastiche of borrowed cultural perceptions and glimpses into an alternate reality that is tantalizingly close. I both pay homage to and challenge traditional ideas of beauty. I would call my style unapologetic; I favor a particular perspective of beauty rather than the full range. Although eroticism does not pervade the images, they are without strategic concealment. I prefer to think of myself as a maker of images; I add the distinction of “art photographer” as clarification of my medium and mode of operation. I feel the best images leave the viewer either unsure or unconcerned as to the actual medium or process by which they were produced. I never intend my photographs to be a technical tour-de-force. I hone my craft only to the degree necessary to convey a concept. When producing art there is no requirement to follow rules, be predictable, or appeal to a mass audience. By design, my images appeal to a select group of viewers. The allure of mass recognition is seductive, but it is also creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, and then apply effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, and then quickly forgotten. One of the most exciting things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it. For me, success is drawing the viewer in and engaging them emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive. I am a visual artist specializing in figurative (fine art nudes) photography. I produce coffee table style photobooks that showcase images, organized into themes with a brief essays that introduce each section. Giclées are available, limited to 100 or fewer impressions per edition. I also offer free, monthly online exhibits.

Hope in the studio

Published October 23rd, 2012

Model Hope, sitting in the studio

Mamiya RZ 67

Aptus Leaf back

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Recruiting Hope

Published March 17th, 2012

Hope responded to a classified ad I placed on a popular free classified website. I had posted ads once or twice a week for the previous few weeks. The ads stay up for a couple of months, so there were about ten ads up. Hope responded to all ten, so I assumed she was probably hitting all of the ads she could find, what I have explained as shot-gunning. A model appearing uncommitted can be a yellow flag, so I needed to determine how deep her interest was. I responded quickly to Hope, knowing she was eager to get started and might soon be busy with other photographers. Here is the e-mail she sent me:

"Hi, I am interested in being the nude model for your photography. I am an artist myself and have painted some nude portraits so I understand. I would like to meet beforehand and maybe know a little about you before. I will attach one or two photographs of myself in semi nude to see if I might be what you're looking fore. I will check my email often for a reply. Thanks, Hope"

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