Hot Chicks

About 2 years ago during finals at MassArt I was hanging my pictures for reviews.  When you hang what you think are your strongest images, and see 3 -4 months of work on the wall all at once, things jump out at you that you didn’t notice when you were thinking about just one picture at a time. I looked up and I saw the elderly, homeless people, business men, blue collar guys, general wierdo’s etc. What kind of struck me was that there were no hot chicks. Women yes but no attractive women close to my age at all. So maybe hot chicks aren’t the majority in the general population but if I want to make a photographic survey akin to August Saunder there ought to be at least a few hot chicks in my portfolio. I have thought about this before and I always made excuses. Hot chicks are photographed adnauseum and airbrushed to a fake sheen and used to sell us all sorts of crap we don’t need. I want to show a ‘real’ unflinching look at the people around me, not some bullshit bud light ad full of beautiful women hanging around a keg. That is true, but to avoid beautiful women entirely is just tipping the scale in the other direction, towards the ugly and damaged.
So I had to really look at why there was no beautiful young women in my binders of negatives. The truth is that on the street, I am afraid of hot chicks. This may sound pathetic but I think alot of guys would agree that truly breathtaking women are somewhat intimidating. Now you might say “Eddy, Hot chicks are like snakes, they are so much more afraid of you than you are of them” which doesn’t help me at all.
I think along with the self admitted intimidation aspect, the fact that I might scare them is the most frightening of all. I watch alot of Law and Order SVU and it seems that every young women is found cut up in a dumpster because she interacted with a strange man. Forget SVU, all crime drama, hell alot of actual crime is based on young women trusting men that they shouldn’t. So if I look at it from their perspective a huge bearded weirdo with strange equipment is trying to flag them down on the street, it makes me feel like a creep. If I feel like a creep, I think I give off creepy vibes and that ruins all the interactions I have, if I even have the courage to try and talk to them. This is the same problem that I run into when photographing children (which I might talk about in a later post). If I think I come off creepy then I usually don’t bother trying. Which is in direct opposition to Nick Nixon’s (My former teacher/hero) golden rule “If you have a question, say yes” Which means to me (at least in the realm of photography) that if you think somebody or something will make a good picture you must try, otherwise all you will be left with is self doubt and a missed opportunity. Among his students and admirers that is probably his most famous quote, another one that I think pertains to this specific problem is something to the effect of “You can’t just photograph with your heart and your head, sometimes you have to photograph with your cock” which means that erotic impulses should be given equal weight to intellectual and emotional concerns when making pictures. With this in mind I made it a point to go out and photograph hot chicks where ever I could find them. At the same time Boston was having a spring heat wave so I headed off to Revere beach. If its one thing to ask a fully clothed woman in Copley square if you can take her picture its another one to walk up to one sunbathing in their bikini, but with Nixon’s mantra I tried. I did and it worked, amazingly, beautiful women are people too and like the attention of a photographer when they are feeling good.
Anyways so I photographed women I thought were beautiful for a while, not exclusively but I was trying to make up for lost time. I was a little troubled by my own and others reactions to the photographs, on flickr the hot chick pictures were viewed like 50x more than my non hot chick pictures (Who knew people liked pictures of hot chicks?) and I asked a great photographer (and hot chick herself) Irina Rozovsky what she thought of the new work
“I just got back from two months in spain and a little in france, where men are a totally different beast than here, and aren’t afraid to look a lady in the eyes. and then you get back here and no one helps you with your stupid suitcase. Im not bitter, I’m just trying to say that by my book you are allowed to look at beautiful women, photograph them, love them, whatever, it’s normal and only natural and it makes people feel good on both sides. don’t worry. in fact i liked the sexier photos more–they are edgier”
What do you think?

self portrait as hot chick

Carson Beach

nice looking girl at friends picnic

A girl who can play the euk is any mans dream

Shot this handheld thats why the framing is terrible

lady butts

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