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Way back in the early days of my career, right around the turn of the century I was seeking to avoid cliches. At the time the entire industry was just entering the digital phase and everyone was transfixed with gaussian blurr and diffused glow! (kinda like everyone is obsessed with high saturation, high pass, or warm fog now).

I have always been THAT guy who hates the work of my peers and never wanted to learn from anyone around me. All my career I pretty much isolated myself from other photographers so that even if it sucked my work would look different. Only class I ever took was darkroom stuff back in the day.

Anyway at the time bubble baths in the tub were all the rage. Every glam photographer was shooting pretty girls in soap bubbles and then I thought. Hmmmm... how can I turn this on edge, how can I "dirty this up". So I had this idea for wet underwear in the bathtub.. No bubbles no cutesy or sexy. I googled and looked through every photo book I could find. "nothing" it had never been done that I could tell.

I tried it a few times between 1998 and 2002 with mixed results... though one of my pictures did take off on the net... but I really wanted to get this concept right.

So, I am preparing to test this shoot concept again and I get a call from a makeup artist who has this girl who just graduated high school and wants to try modeling. I thought, "Ok good place to test my concept, if it sucks I won't be wasting the time of a pro model".

Day of the shoot, cute young girl shows up. Very sweet natured. I was doubtful. But once we began shooting we just clicked, she came alive like no model I have seen, she was a natural all the way. She lived in every shot... I said "you are a tiger" she growled! She was A M A Z I N G!

I put her in this set and cut her lose and she became sexuality incarnate. Never seen anyone just take to modeling so purely.

I shot the set again with a pro model who did her absolute best and only really was able to equal what this girl accomplished. I put the shot up on a few sites and everyone went nuts for it. Over 1 million views in one week... and then, POOF every photographer in the world was taking this shot. Within 6 months to a year it was a cliche and I regretted having ever posted it.

But hey, someone would have thought of it sooner or later right? That's how these things work. I like to think that I still do it better than most. ;)

As for the model, she wanted to come stay in Tucson and do an entire series of work. Playboy gave me a phone call about her. Her mom flew down to talk to me and pretty much gave me the third degree, she did NOT appreciate the images I think. I can't blame mom, we all want to protect our kids and I cannot say this industry is a good one. Anyway, she went back to Alaska and I realized her modeling career was over.

They come they go. Still, a highlight of my photography experience though. And we can all thank her for the dirty glam bathtub cliche!
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fletch64 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Beautiful
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!
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smoothie4450 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
oh God, I love her look - it's hard to admit, but when I am very high and very turned on, those are my eyes, tho I can't claim her beauty, which is amazing and just makes that hollow lost look more sublime and erotic - God to be with her like that !!
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Zedul Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Glad you are so pleased. I definitely try to bring that sensuality to my work... try to be a bit different and "real" with my photography rather than just sticking a pretty girl or a naked girl with tons of photoshop in the viewers face, the picture is either pretty or provocative in the most base of ways..  Most photographers leave me "cold" -- or even disgusted. I want the people who view my pictures to have more of a complex reaction.  Sublime is a good word.

I don't always achieve it but I try.
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smoothie4450 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014

men, women or couples shown in sexy poses is not enough for me without knowing the context of what led to that moment.

I can appreciate the picture of an attractive person in the nude - but what really turns me on is to know what circumstances brought them there. in the Titanic "nude portrait" scene, Jack and Rose are falling in love and each is seducing the other in their own way. the fact that Rose has spent her life following society's very strict rules of morality makes her desire to be seen by Jack, nude and vulnerable, off the charts hot.

Then Jack raises the sexual intensity even more by ordering Rose (my interpretation) to expose herself not only to him, but to the entire ship. Yes, sublime definitely fits the energy.

 

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hateom Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So sexy...
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BaadKarmah Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
YOU!

Yes, You.

Keep doing what you're doing.

That is all...
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:iconmuskeg:
Muskeg Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Photographer
A beautiful image and a great narrative.
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azizjon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011   General Artist
so HOT!!
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SarahPalinsTits Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
The colors are beautiful.
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ram1pa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
I love this one :)
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Zedul Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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ram1pa Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
no problem!
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princevlad39 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
i enjoy your stories! what a lovely model. I hope you will post more of her. :love:
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:iconzedul:
Zedul Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
I think I might!
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princevlad39 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
:clap:
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GNVQ Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Great story, love your work
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nejo233 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
luv this 1...simply breathtaking :)
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malcite Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I find it kinda funny that i remember when these shots became cliche. Other than that i think that while everyone say they can relate to what you where thinking (or rather are?) that you don't want to be like everyone else and create new things that nobody thinks about, its different from all those that really do have that spark in them.

Personally, i wish i had it, i hope i still do (i haven't given up trying yet) and even though my area of expertise is a different one, i hope that i can do what you did, which is give birth to something that others see as brilliant and want to use. (i gave photography a great deal of work, but frankly, if i was to ever make it to where i want to be, i'd have to leave Norway to do it because in Norway its currently saturated with photographers as it is, and freelancing isn't something for me)

You may see it as a good shot gone cliche, but i hope that you also take into account that this is also proof of respect that people have given you for what you showed them can be made. Its also a shot that while it exist in millions of slightly different settings, is an inspiration for many to more to come, and perhaps this shot can be the spark for some newcomer to create their own idea, which again may be spun on the same train of thoughts you had to create something equally amazing. :)
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Zedul Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the very thoughtful reply.
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ChrisAb90 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
This breathes glamor.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
that's an awesome story! gorgeous model and a breathtaking shot... you are my hero! ;) :thumbsup:
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DimasPineda Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just Can't blame you for "corrupting a sweet girl" just as Mom would say LOL, The model is gorgeous, the make up, the colors the way this picture goes from normal to dirty in just a click. It is absolutely perfect
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Zedul Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
There was no corrupting involved, she was just a natural actress in front of the camera.
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DimasPineda Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hey no problem, Im just thinking about her mother's words to you that's why I used quoting ;-)
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caviedes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011   Photographer
Excellent!!!!
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