Hey - I like your stuff very much. I am very shy to shoot models, although that is really what I want to do. Any advice? - Matt
Hei. Thanks for the kind words. I’m guessing you mean that you are too shy to contact models to arrange to shoot? Because I’m a shy person, but I don’t think that is a problem when I’m shooting. In fact, I think a lot of the comfortableness I get from the models is due to my shyness. Photographing models is a highly asymmetric task. (And in most of the photography I see the asymmetry in power is rather evident and to me unsatisfactory). So I think shyness can actually be an interesting thing when it comes to doing photography by balancing things out. In terms of arranging shoots, you really just have to do it a few times until your work can speak for itself.
Hey, I stumbled upon your blog and the photos are just stunning. I used to dance when I was a little girl but I stopped several years ago. I regret it now, seeing these wonderful pics... Anyway, I wanted to ask, I saw you said you were color blind? Does that means you only see in black and white?
Hei. Thank you for the kind words. I’m glad you stumbled and decided to say hi. Ballerinas are magical to be around. About your question. I am color blind, but nothing too severe. There are many different ways of being color blind. Briefly, we (humans) have three types of cone cells in our eyes, which are sensitive to different areas of the light spectrum (roughly: red, green, and blue). One type of deficiency is where one of the light cones is slightly out of alignment (anomalous trichromatic vision). This is probably where I’m at. I have some difficulty distinguishing between reds, greens, browns and oranges. A more severe type of deficiency is when one of the light cones is missing (dichromatic vision). Only when you have two of the three light cones missing, do you see a sort of black and white (monochromatic vision). Nevertheless, some birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects have four light cones. Even mammals of the past use to have four light cones. So relatively speaking, we are all color blind!
I love your work. seriously, I normally think you can see if a man or a woman took the photo, because most men decide to go for sexy rather then sensual. But your images have something soft and edgy at the same time and they show women in an extremely sensual and classy way. Thanks for sharing your inspiring art. :)
Oh yay. Thank you for the kind words. I love that ambiguity, so this is a wonderful thing to hear.
Hi! Your art (very beautiful by the way!) makes me feel like experiencing again portraits with natural light. But it's usually difficult to avoid blurs. What's your method? Tripod? ISO level? Shutter speed to avoid camera shakes? Divine intervention? Patrick Demarchelier's genes?
Hei, thanks. I’ve either not encountered those issues, or I encounter them daily without realizing they are “issues.” I don’t typically use tripods, prayer, or genetic engineering during a shoot. However, I do make the technical information about each photograph (including aperture, exposure time, and ISO) available publicly on Flickr. Perhaps you can find the answers you are looking for there!
Hi Eduardo- I've admired your work for a long time. Your eye and talent is incredible. I wanted to ask you about professional photography in itself, and if it's your full-time gig. If it is, if you've got any advice. I've been freelance for almost 2 years now and am hitting a rut in making freelance work/finding freelance... and I wanted to pick your brain if you have any advice. Take care.
Hei there. Thank you for those kind words. Photography is not my full time gig. I do it almost exclusively on the weekends. I’m a research scientist. I spend the majority of my time creating, programming, and analyzing mathematical models of nervous systems, bodies, and behavior, writing papers, and attending meetings. So I may not be the best to offer advice, I’m sorry. Perhaps if you have a more specific question, I might be able to speculate a bit. All the best.
I am truly blow anyway and inspired by your photos! They're so intimate, passionate, and beautiful. You have a gift for capturing and highlighting beauty! If I want to be photographed by you, what should I do? Are you looking for more models to shoot for any particular projects?
Hei there. Thanks for the kind words and for saying hi. I’m always interested in collaborators/models. Easiest way to arrange is through my photography page: Send me a message. We’ll dream up of projects together.
Hi, Where do you take your photos in Bloomington? I love the windows and outdoor shots.
Hei. The outdoor photos are in lots of different places, mostly on campus and the alleys downtown. The indoor photos are shot in a studio, one of the four houses where I’ve lived in the past four years, and a few other places.