We at the group had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely . Our aim with this interview series is to provide insight in how other people approach their work but also allows to know our fellow group members. Below is interview.
Nude-Form Question 1: Let's start by tell something about yourself?
Amethyst-Amygdala answer: I am 24 years old, born and raised in Germany, and I am currently working on getting my Master degree in Chinese Studies. I am a vegetarian and try to treat all my fellow beings with respect. I don´t have a driver´s license, I am not on Facebook, I teach Chinese to kids and I am very multi-tasking.
Q2: What initially attracted you to the photographic medium?
Answer: I think I have always been attracted by "visual" things. I am a very visual person- my brain works best with patterns, images, symbols. Art, in one way or the other, has always been part of my life and it has influenced me greatly from a very early age. On top of that, my father is a hobby photographer, and it was he who got me interested in it (and paid for most of my camera equipment, too...).
Q3: What inspired to get in front of the camera?
Answer: The first time I tried modeling was when I was 17 years old. I just wanted some pretty shots of me, plus I was quite active in the Goth scene, and every Goth is a model, it seems.
After that, I took quite a long break and a friend introduced me to MM and a similar German site last summer. At that time, I just thought it was a nice way to earn some money on the side, but I soon found out there is much more to it.
Q4: Do you, & if so how, approach your behind-the-lense work differently than when you're in front of it?
Answer: When I take a photograph, I just experiment and play around, although I do try to get the best shot possible. When I am modeling, I am very focussed and put much more effort into it.
Q5: If given a choice between listening to Beatles music OR Elvis, which would you choose?
Answer: Beatles please.
Q6: Work long enough in this business, you're bound to experience some comedic episodes even if its only funny in hindsight. Would you be willing to share us one of yours?
Answer: Oh Goodness... there was this one shoot- it was one of the first- where the photographer, or rather, Guy With Camera, refused to give me the images after the shoot because he had some weird conspiracy theories in his head about me not living at the address I gave him, etc. After a couple of very angry emails and threatening him with a lawyer I just gave up. The images weren´t worth the hassle and it has definitely taught me a lesson! Today I can laugh about the weirdness of it all.
Q7: What do you enjoy doing in those rare moments you have free time?
Answer: As modeling is not my main job, it´s something I enjoy doing in my spare time. I also like reading all sorts of stuff, I write poetry, I paint abstracts, and I love spending time with loved ones and going out occasionally.
Q8: For the sake of this question, we'll take for granted that "respecting the model as a human being" is the unspoken first piece of advice. What other advice would you give a photographer perhaps working w/ their first nude model?
Answer: Stay relaxed. Be honest but friendly. Have fun.
Q9: What do you feel are your strengths are, whether it be from the creative angle or just in life?
Answer: I have a brain and an opinion and I am not afraid to use them. That might be a weakness, too, because I tend to get feisty with some people.
I am a woman, in every sense of the word, and very proud of that. And I think outside of the box.
Q10: What's the story behind what your username & how you came to choose it?
Answer: Tough one! I just decided I needed an internet alias, really. I love amethysts and at the time I got my account I was very much into psychology and neurophysiology so Amygdala (the almond- it´s also a part of the brain) sounded nice, too. Kinda random, really, but I like it. Reflects who I am, in a way.
Q11: Any nuggets of wisdom you'd like to share w/ other models pursuing their goals?
Answer: Be clear on what you want and what not. And always stay yourself.
Q12: We each have a defining moment in our lives (sometimes more than one), where it changes us from the person we were to the person we became. It may sometimes only be seen in hindsight...that be said, tell us of one of your "defining moments"?
My semester in China has changed me a lot. I have become more independent and a lot more self-confident. Other than that, every single day changes who I am...
Q13: What is the most common set of difficulties you've experienced as a model? How are you or how did you work to overcome them?
Answer: I haven´t really had any difficulties. Some photographers don´t like my tattoos, I got turned down twice because of them.
Plus, society in general thinks nudity equals porn. I overcome that stupidity by ignoring it.
Q14: What is the proudest moment you've experienced as a model or photographer?
Answer: johntisbury agreed to work with me- sadly I couldn´t make it to England yet.
Q15: Pretend you're dictator-queen of the universe. If you could change one thing about the industry, anything at all, what would it be?
Answer: The horrible stick figures. People are getting fatter everywhere, but fashion models are basically skeletons. Where´s the sense in that???
Q16: Who are some visual artists you admire, whether they be here on or elsewhere? The answer need not be limited to the photographic medium.
Answer: I greatly admire Dr Colin Vickers, Vienna-Calling because he´s been shooting nudes since 2010 and has already reached a level of skill that many others will never reach.
I am also a fan of Giger, Dalí, and Mucha.
Q17: What are some things you'd like people to know when working w/ you?
Answer: Pretty much all of the above.
Q18: Favorite cartoon character?
Answer: Don´t have one.
Q19: Favorite book?
Answer: Hm. I have so many fav books. I recently read "Beijing Coma" by Ma Jian, that was great. And "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is an all-time fav. I loved the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy when I was younger, but I am more down-to-earth now.
Q20: Who'd win in a 3-way fight: pirates, ninjas, or robots? But most importantly, how does the winner win?
Answer: Ninjas! Cuz you can´t see ´em.
Q20: Favorite movie?
Answer: Several.... Harold and Maude, Amélie, Eyes Wide Shut...
We appreciate you allowing us to pick your brain. Keep up the great work & best of luck to you in the future.
For those that are interested (or are new & have not had an oppurtunity to read them), here is a list of our past interviews. We hope they're illuminating in some way.
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