Vincent, From F-1 Photo
Vincent, From F-1 Photo
What inspired you to pick up a camera?
I've drawn and painting my entire life, and also to a lesser extent I did photography as well. My Dad had a darkroom when I was little and I was fascinated with the whole process. I had always shot a more artsy, primarily B&W style though. I had been painting pinup inspired posters for some time and had developed a neat, cartoon-y style. One day I thought to myself " Hey! Why not photograph the subject matter that I do for my posters?" I've never looked back!
What particular challenges do you face with Pinup photography as opposed to other genres?
I love the whole ethos of pinup; the culture, the styles, everything about it. To me there is nothing sexier, and, I love the blend of innocence and overt sexuality that is a part of pinup. How can you not fall in love with a good cheesecake image?! The challenge for me is to balance that retro look and feel with a more contemporary style. I try and do this in many ways, like lighting for example. I'll add just a little bit more than was common at the time. It can give an image just a little more of a dynamic feel.
Do you prefer to shoot with film or digital?
I still love film and I love working in a darkroom, but I have to admit, I shoot digital almost exclusively these days. At least for my pinup stuff. I'll still shoot with film for other things, like infrared landscapes or other alternative processes.
How did you become interested in Pinup style?
Being something of a historian I seemed to develop a soft spot in my heart for fifties and early sixties culture in general. I really don't know why. And, not just the cheesecake images but everything from car culture to the Cold War! Go figure! I also loved monster culture - Creepy and Eerie magazines, the Frank Frazetta artwork, all of that contributed to me getting started in pinup photography, or at least establishing the basis for me to do it in the future. And, who doesn't love a good Bettie Page image?!
Do you think pinup and fetish are becoming part of the mainstream culture?
I think that pinup is kind of a fetish unto itself and that both are certainly becoming more popular and making their way into the mainstream in one form or another. I have mixed feelings about this because there is always a kind of dilution going on, but at the same time it might lead to greater acceptance among the masses and not be such a novelty thing.
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
Although I don't do it as often as I'd like to, I still love to paint posters in gouache and ink. I haven't made the move to Adobe Illustrator yet! My posters nave taken on a more "Space Age" type theme but I still manage to throw in some sexy girls!
What kind of music do you like?
I have a pretty wide range here. I love Garage Rock - everything from the 60's to the present time. Stuff like the Pebbles collections to Thee Headcoats. I also love classic rock - the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, Yardbirds, all of that stuff. And I Love classic 70's punk rock - the Ramones, the Pistols, The Clash, the Buzzcocks, The Damned, etc. Then, I love 90's Alternative rock, the Pixies, Nirvana, etc. And, believe it or not, I love Baroque music. I'll take a good Bach Cantata anytime.
What do you like to do for fun?
What could be more fun that shooting cheesecake images?! Actually, I love going to museums, art shows, and galleries. I love watching baseball seeing as how I can't play it. I also love reading and watching TV, listening to music, occasionally playing it, and just hanging out with friends..
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