Why don’t I name the models anymore? Thinking back over the history of SNAPSHOTS of GIRLS in most previous revisions I never did name the models. I have always found wading through the paperwork to find the names a pain in the arse so I haven’t bothered. I can see why you the customer want names. Like me, if you see a young lady who gets the juices flowing, you want to search for more. It’s often a fruitless mission though. The fact is nearly all internet models will be known by a shedload of different names depending on which market the images end up in. Some of these names are plucked out of thin air by the webmaster or editor to suit their publication, while others are stage names the models have chosen to keep some separation between their life in front of the camera and their home life. Stage names are a sensible idea too because pretty girls often attract nutters! Modelling careers are short. When moving on to a normal life there’s still a lot of prejudice against someone who’s made a living by taking their clothes off. Being a bit of a pussy cat I feel I should lend a hand with this anonymity especially since some of the young ladies who have graced the green sofa did it for reasons other than pursuing a modelling career or the money.
Well the new format website has been running for three months now so time to assess it’s progress. Using the ubiquitous WordPress software has made the site look more professional but at the expense of making it appear like every other photo blog on the web. Content? I’ve always been a boring stick in the mud sort of cunt so very little chance of improvement to be had there. I’m still not getting to grips with the movie updates which appear to be the most popular posts according to the stats. Must do better methinks. The number of hits I’m getting is going up, which is nice, and it always amazes me that some of you have been returning to checkout the updates on SNAPSHOTS of GIRLS for most of it’s long (over ten years) life. I salute you gentlemen.
The Fujifilm X100 camera has been out in the wild for a couple of months now although still in short supply. I’ve been checking out the reviews because I really liked the look and feel of the thing when I gave it a bash at the NEC earlier in the year. Image quality looks outstanding. I find it hard to believe how good the detail and colour is on a photo taken at ISO 6400. My present camera starts looking noisy at ISO 400. No problems with the fixed, fast f2 maximum aperture semi-wideangle lens either providing you don’t shoot wide open. For snapping chicks I’m a semi-telephoto man but for out and about shooting from the hip a 35mm equivalent field of view is fine. So far so good but now comes the bad news. How the camera operates is best described as quirky. Ummm, I don’t do quirky. A walkabout snapshooter should be quick on the draw. I hate wading through menus and submenus to adjust what I consider to be an obvious setting. Black mark number one quickly followed by number two, the price. I’m not that overcome with lust that I’m prepared to overlook the £1000 price tag. That’s a lot of spondoolicks for a camera that may only get used on my occasional day trips to the seaside and the odd young lady I snap in the park.
The most common question I’m asked is how do you find the models. The only reasonable answer I can give is with difficulty. Pretty girls who take their clothes off so pervy looking geezers can take snaps of them don’t grow on trees. My main source nowadays are the model portfolio websites. At first glance they appear to be chock-a-block with suitable material but don’t be fooled, a good proportion of the so called models therein are chancers and unreliability is rife. Failure to answer emails about sensible work offers, deluded ideas on how much they are worth, you suffer the lot here. Tracking down the birds of paradise in this jungle can make you madder than Mad Jack McMad. If you are just starting out don’t fall into the trap of believing that because you don’t know what you are doing it might be better not to waste your money and use a raw amateur. That’s just two people in the room who haven’t got a clue. Disaster time methinks. Try and hire an experienced professional model. These girls know more about photography and modelling than most blokes with cameras so making the task of getting decent snaps easier. Christ, they even make my stuff look as if it was shot by a genius on occasions.
The more I read the worthless ramblings of the cunts, sorry, art nude photographers, on the modelling website forums the more I mutter the word denial. These cunts, sorry, art nude photographers, are forever arguing the point that the business of taking art nude photographs is utterly nonsexual. Well I have question. If it is nonsexual why do most of them use attractive young females when, if the subject matter is all about light and form, a hairy arsed bloke is just as suitable. Answers on a postcard please.