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I love photographing other artists. Okay, I actually just love photographing people. However, when those people also happen to be artists, I get a particular joy out of it. To me, there’s a shared vulnerability and commonality of passion to put ourselves on display in creating our art. To have someone be vulnerable with me by getting naked for me while I expose myself on so many levels by creating my work is just a wonderland of feelings.
Not only is Cris an artist, he’s also a photographer. I’ve photographed a few other photographers before, and I find it to be more challenging for me than anyone else. I guess it’s a fear of not performing up to their expectations; being judged on how I progress my shoot, wondering if they think I don’t know what I’m talking about, thinking I’m talking too much or too little. I guess I tend to start in my head about being judged as being worthy of photographing them. Usually that tends to subside as I go along, and sometimes it doesn’t. With Cris, those fears were definitely put at ease quickly.
One of the things I’ve come to realize about myself is just how much I expose in my work. As I explained to Cris in our pre photography conversation, I’m also shooting a project focused around exploring the kinks, fetishes, and eroticisms of others by photographing myself doing those things to/with the model from my perspective. One of the models asked me “but when are you photographing your kinks?” In processing that, I realized that everything I’m really into is on display in the imagery I make. Take a look at my work, and you’ll see themes. Those are the things I’m into, and I am constantly putting it on display for all to see.
One of the most important things about me though is that I love bringing pleasure to others, be that physically or emotionally (or both). I’m a nurturer; a pleaser. I used to think of that as a bad thing, but I realized that’s just stupid hyper masculine values being put on me.
Making people feel beautiful and sexy as they are in the time we spend together, and then giving them my work so they can reflect back on those feelings and that day… that’s my biggest driver. That’s why I try to spend so much time photographing people who don’t really see or have ever thought of themselves as “the model type.” That’s also why I want people not to do much special preparation for my sessions; I want them to realize their inherent beauty. Not to say a haircut or some personal grooming is a bad idea, but spending 6 weeks at the gym isn’t necessary.
Cris is an absolute delete to photograph. He came with an open mind, and after we got going, he allowed himself the freedom to play in the feelings of the moment. He’s sexy and attentive and not afraid to both make suggestions and take direction. I had a blast.
As always, I hope you enjoy the images.