Hello dear readers,
here's the full interview to Linc from our lovely Monique. Linc is a very well known and respected photographer, who puts a big effort in the 'inworld' construction of the photos. If you want to impress the judges of the SX Magazine Awards, or you just want to learn how to take a great photo, be sure to read this interview carefully
Lincoln Garnet is an Second Life based photographer & designer specializing in exotic and erotic works. A longstanding practitioner of light and shadow work, Mr. Garnet prefers to shoot in world using constructed sets and natural locales as opposed to adding backgrounds post processing.
Unless specially requested, all of the lighting and shadow you see in his work was obtained in world.
Mr. Garnet has had the good fortune to work with many of Second Life's top designers (fashion, furniture, architecture), models, and prominent figures, partnering to create erotic works that are more sensual than sexual. While he has been known to create graphic depictions of sexuality at a client's request, he endeavours to produce works that are tasteful and arousing rather than just explicit and shocking.
Along with his partner, Sydney Bonde, he produces work on behalf of IMPACT PhotoWORX, Impact PoseWORX, and Deep Impact Designs.
The perfect photo is...
Lincoln: ...one that arouses the viewer regardless of the subject matter. The type of photo that stimulates you and forces you to question your limits and preconceived notions.
A successful model is...
Lincoln: ...one that is distinctive and individual. One willing to create a look and an image that is wholly his or her own, rather than simply following the current trend.
A successful photographer is...
Lincoln: ...one with vision. The world is littered with me too practitioners that simply try to emulate a particular style or technique. A successful photographer is immediately recognizable by quality of their work and the unique interpretation he or she brings to a job.
Unedited or heavily post-processed images (or somewhere in between)?
Lincoln: Neither. It is certainly possible to create stunning works of art with no processing, but unfortunately processing has a bad rap. Even the greatest film photographers used processing - they mixed and applied chemicals a variety of ways and they adjusted exposure times, drying methods, and a host of other activities to create works of art. Processing should enhance the image, not be relied on to create it.
What's the most compelling component of a picture?
Lincoln: No such animal. Every photo has a focus - and can only have one focus - but that focus changes based on the intent. Sometimes it is the lighting; other times its the setting; and yet other times, it is the subject. Composition is simply how you choose to highlight one of those aspects.
What makes you want to work with a model again ?
Lincoln: Attitude. I dislike working with models that believe their own PR, or believe they are bigger than the concept. I like working with models that are down to earth, fun, and want to be part of a vision - not just recreate something that has already been done.
What can a new model benefit most from?
Lincoln: Be adventurous. And be willing not to follow the crowd.
What can a new photographer benefit most from?
Lincoln: Don't know it all. Be willing to take risks. And try to do something first on your own before asking for help or just copying someone else's style. Anybody can be a photographer; it takes skill, luck and a lot of hard work to be an artist.
I love taking photos because...
Lincoln: I get to show people the world that I see. For a long time, I never showed anyone my work because I thought everyone saw the world the way I do - I didn't know my vision was different.
Full in-world scenery or green screen?
Lincoln: Full in-world scenery. Not even a discussion.
Single model or group shots?
Lincoln: Depends on what I am trying to show. Group shots are fun if you are clear what you are trying to show. But without focus, its just a circle jerk. And usually a pretty bad one. Single shots can be powerful with the right lighting and composition - or powerfully boring. At least once a week I look back at something I did and think, "What the hell was I thinking?"