: Welcome to my humble show, !
Do you enjoy being here?
: I enjoy being anywhere that doesn't suck.
: Tell us a bit more about WHERE YOU'VE BEEN, please!
: We tour every summer, as well as some short ones through the year, and really it's allowed me to go to and see a lot of interesting places that I never would've been able to normally. I've been everywhere from out on a boat to abandoned mental hospitals blocked from public access by the government. Theres just so much out there that I wouldn't even know about, had photography not taken me there.
: So, just how exactly did photography do that?
Also, could you actually still imagine a life without that?
Also, who is WE, and what is TOUR?
: We is my Fiance and I, she does modeling professionally. When I say tour, I mean pretty much like one would imagine, we have a list of locations and cities that we go to and work. We've been across the lower mid-west, up and down the east coast as well as the west coast, and this summer we'll be revisiting some of those places and hitting the upper mid-west and touring across the country to California. This is also the answer for how photography has been able to do that for me
I can't really imagine a life without photography, even as a kid I enjoyed taking pictures and getting cool shots. I enjoy being able to portray the world as I personally see it.
: Ah yes…
Talking about professional modelling, this appears to be just your most favourite kind of photography!
Does your fiance happen to be amongst these?
Also, what do you generally like best about LIVING OBJECTS?
: She is, she's in the photo of the two women and she's the one on the right with the blue hair. I don't know if object would be the right word, but I find the female form beautiful and fascinating, and I love the artistic element it seems to be able to bring to any situation and setting.
: Why look, it's the mighty !
In your own words, what is it that makes her so particularly great?
Also, would you actually agree that there is no better basis for friendship and beyond, than sharing similar ARTISTIC visions?
: She's pretty neat but ever since we first met, on most levels we just sync really well, normally we find ourselves on the same page without even having to say anything. We disagree on some micro points here or there, but on a macro perspective we always seem to completely agree.
As far art being a good basis for friendship or more, thats a very case by case issue. I know in our relationship it almost killed it. It's not just us either, I've talked to several photographers dating or married to models that had to simply stop working with each other because it just caused issues. We work fine together now (most times) but it definitely took time in learning how to work with each other in Art.
: Do share some
gossip ADVICE with our humble audience, please!
What kind of ISSUES are we actually talking about here, and how did you get over them?
: Theres not really any gossip to share, it's more a matter of trusting someone with your art and learning to work with them on each other's. It can be a very complicated process, and because you're so personal with each other, it can just become complicated.
: Alright, so let me try a different approach on this one…
From your own experiences, plus from the things you heard, is there anything you would absolutely and by any means NOT recommend anyone to do, regarding this art-person-relationship?
: Be open minded, and don't jump the gun before you see the results.
: So you're advising people here to keep their minds rather CLOSED…?
What are the advantages of that?
: I apologize, I misread the question, but being open minded WAS my advice to people to make it work.
: Why do you think PEOPLE are so COMPLICATED?
: Everyone grows up and develops with their own life experiences, having a completely unique life from everyone else. It's not so much that people are complicated, but for many it's no always easy to let people in, or let them help you shape part of/a time in your life and vice versa.
: Well I do get your point, and I certainly don't want to annoy you by trying to dig too deep here… I just find it still a bit odd that "artsy" couples – and especially, such expressive ones as you two – have issues like THIS.
So, what do you think is the main difference between, for example, doing an intimate nude shoot, and PRESENTING that shoot to the entire world?
: I'm afraid I don't see the relation here, but I also find a bit of confliction with the term "intimate nude shoot". Personally, and in my opinion, if your head is in the right place then shooting a nude model is and feels no different than shooting one who was fully clothed. This just becomes a head space you go into by default, even for example when shooting my own Fiance.
Photography is media, and in media, the end result is rarely if ever the same as the process required to achieve it. Say for example, a sex scene in a movie in a dark candle lit hotel suite. Very romantic and very intimate on screen, off screen probably a built set filled with about 40+ other people, large equipment including cameras and lights, people directing and conducting business, etc. etc.
: I'm not sure if I get that "head space" thing right… Is it supposed to mean a certain state of mind, reserved exclusively for shootings?
: Yes, it's a reference to a frame of mind / perspective, but not exclusive to shooting. In the majority of situations I think most people put themselves in a different frame of mind when approaching any professional situation.
: Well, thanks for giving me just another keyword here… "Professionalism."
Actually, you just recently changed your name from PISSED OFF PISTOL to MICHAEL AARON…
And now, my noble audience and my humble self would love to know why on earth you did THAT!
Has it something to do with PROFESSIONALISM?
: Everything actually, as well as generally maturing in my profession. Pissed Off Pistol was a name I picked out VERY early in my career, at first I thought it was clever but more and more overtime I felt it was a bit hasty, and really not me. In the future there are more formal photography services I intend to offer, and I also felt that the name Pissed Off Pistol would be very similar to walking into a job interview wearing steel spiked leather bands and heavy eye makeup lol Michael Aaron is my actual name and it was suggested to me that it would actually sound pretty good, and after mulling it over for about a week I decided that I agreed.
: Hmm. So, do you also think/hope your works will be PERCEIVED differently now?
If so, in what way exactly, and what exactly do you understand by "formal photography services?"
: No, people can receive my work however they will, but I do hope that they will appreciate them. By formal I mean services outside of just the artistic world(formal portraiture, events, product, etc).
: I see…
So well then, Mr. Aaron… Do you have any last words left for our humble audience?
: I suppose I'd just like to say thankyou for your time, interest and that I hope everyone continues to enjoy my work :]
: Ladies and gentlemen, !
Whom I am imagining right now stepping into my barren serious formal-arts-office, with steel spikes and eye makeup…
I'm actually just not sure what I would do then!
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