arts project

I'll Shoot Anyone

Another nude dude in your feed for ya. In the name of balance and variation and a host of other stuff. #boring

If you are a male, any age, any dimension, or a female with any characteristics (in fact I’m more interested in those who do not fit the social norm for ‘beauty’ and have a story to tell), and would enjoy being photographed then let me know. I will photograph anyone, big, small, white, black, old, young. Beauty is not confined to 20 to 30 year old females. .
#makemodel #shootmoremen #igpromotesphotographerswhopromoteinequality

This shot by Dr. Clayton @eric_clayton02

Project Status

The Work You are Supporting

If you have pledged to support me financially either through a monthly subscription, or a one off donation, then I’d like to report back to you on the status of that work - the full list of projects you support is on my website at mikestacey.com/projects

Project Status

  1. Lake Eyre Book: A book is underway containing images created during a week-long road trip to South Australia with former art model Loz Lightyear, or Lauren Michelle. None of this work has been published anywhere before

    Status: The book layout if roughly 2/3 finished. Further image selection to be completed, image post production and importantly; the choice of publisher and printer. This will require significant funding.

  2. Another book: or multiple volumes, containing a large amount of unpublished work completed with former art model Loz Lightyear, or Lauren Michelle. This included numerous artistic concepts and themes

    Status: Very recently we’ve started sorting images into categories and conceptual themes. This will allow us to begin layout design and again, selection of printer/publisher. This will require significant funding.

  3. An ongoing documentary project tracking the life of travelling model Aurora Sprengel, or @poetic_minx. The project takes candid behind the scenes look at many of the ‘unglamorous’ aspects of the international travelling model lifestyle.

    Status: Some work was completed in both Europe and USA during 2018. Further work will be shot in Thailand during February 2019. Whether this project is stills or video is yet to be decided.

  4. Multiple video projects created with former art model Loz Lightyear (Lauren Michelle). The videos have been shot but not yet edited. There is much writing and post production to do before they are completed.

    Status: As of today, we have now begun collaboration again and I have started production work one of the video concepts. Initially, I’ll select the soundtrack and hopefully complete this within the week. At present, we haven’t decided on how to publish it.

  5. Current Transgender Project: This is a stills project in collaboration with Kate Adamson. Kate’s initial draft statement is listed on the projects page - link above.

    Status: One shoot completed and most of the images have been completed. The second shoot is schedule for a week from now. I will be deciding on how to shoot it over the coming week and communication with Kate about it. Publication - some will be available in the member’s area here. This project has the potential to be exhibited.

  6. Portraits from the Edge: A book of carefully selected portraits which have been shot in a certain light with a particular style. The models were also chosen for their ability to portray the ‘feel’ required for this series, which is sometimes very present and direct, sometimes distant and engaged in their own feelings. The book will be a showcase of my finest work as a portrait photographer. I will publish a full statement soon.

    Status: All of this work has been shot and most has been edited. It’s now a matter of having available funds to create a book. The publisher/printer will most likely be the same as the above book projects. This will require significant funding.

  7. An Investigation of Censorship: Censorship of both the male and female body is now more rigid than we’ve seen in the last few decades - largely due to the sheer flood of nude and/or revealing imagery via social media. It’s a complex matter. We’re all aware of the social norm for beauty and the pressure on women to conform to that - and we’re aware of the fallout - the damaging psychological outcomes. Censorship is one device that contributes to this by essentially “shaming’ various aspects of our bodies; genitals, breasts, nipples, butts and pubic hair.

    Status: this project is in it’s infancy and as yet, I haven’t decided which arm of this very complex topic to take. Initial stills experiments have been done on myself and already published in the member’s area.

  8. Self Portraiture: Essentially I am tired of model photography. My expression requires a model though, and it is often very difficult or impossible to express my true self via another person. Hence the basis for this experimental journey using myself as subject. I have numerous themes I’d like to explore, one is sexuality; and I feel more comfortable using myself as the subject for this, than another person.

    Status: Again, this project is at an early experimental stage. I will publish work as it develops to the member’s area.

Censored, Packaged, Damaging Beauty

Censorship of both the male and female body is now more rigid than we’ve seen in the last few decades - largely due to the sheer flood of nude and/or revealing imagery via social media. It’s a complex matter. We’re all aware of the social norm fo beauty and the pressure on women to conform to that - and we’re aware of the fallout - the damaging psychological outcomes. Censorship is one device that contributes to this by essentially “shaming’ various aspects of our bodies; genitals, breasts, nipples, butts and pubic hair.

I’m currently exploring this topic, both visually and otherwise. Here’s an interesting excerpt from an article written by Esther Young in ‘The Owl’; a student edited publication from Santa Clara, California. (https://santaclaraowl.com/). It addresses various concerns from a female point of view, whereas my interest is at a higher level, irrespective of gender.

‘Media’s treatment of the female body is a disappointing reflection of what this culture deems beautiful or ugly. In American culture, body hair is considered ugly and even trespassing social media safety guidelines. Even women’s hair removal product companies, though aimed at selling their razors and shaving creams to women, do not allow the appearance of actual body hair in their ads. This censorship conveys the message that a woman in her unaltered, unshaven state is unacceptable and even offensive. This upholds a double standard of beauty. While photos of bikini-clad women in their unaltered states are censored, naked celebrities photo-shopped to glossy, toned “perfection” are splashed across magazine covers and the same social media sites that censor nipples and female body hair. Women in their natural states are censored while photo-shopped images of the female body are used to sell and make profit, while promoting an unnatural and idealized standard of beauty. Meanwhile, ads showing men with pubic hair peeking out from the top of their Calvin Klein underwear are also freely displayed.’

Concept and Set-up: @staceymikephoto
Photographer: @shotbyminx