When you think male physique photography,Australian photographer Christian Scott comes to mind. He has long been one of DNA’s favourite photographers and probably holds the record for the most number of cover shoots. That is why Chrisitan is this weeks feature photographer as part of our Q&A series.
DNA: How or why did you get into male physique photography?
Christian Scott: I’ve been shooting male and female subjects for 25 years. DNA saw one of my calendars and asked me to shoot for them back in 2012. I’ve been photographing a lot of men ever since.
DNA: What makes a good physique model?
C: A good physique model has to start with a freak’n awesome attitude. Fun. Outgoing. Not afraid to expose their emotions to me and my camera. A great body is beautiful but if I can’t see something behind their eyes, you’ve lost me.
DNA: What gear do you usually use for a shoot?
C: Well, let’s see… 1- camera. 2- comfortable clothing for me ( I hate being uncomfortable on a shoot. I always look like a dag, but I’m happy ). 3- whatever else I need to create the image of the day. Depends on what we’re going for. Soft and romantic needs different lighting and equipment than something harsh and sexual. Different lighting, different products, different clothing ( or lack of ).
DNA: What has been the most interesting experience to happen during a shoot?
C: One story that always makes me laugh was when I was down at a beach shooting a really hot guy. The summer sun was setting and I wanted a really hot image out of him before the sun went completely down so I had no time to politely ask him to move left or right so I was screaming things like “YEAH! HOTTER! MOVE YOUR JUNK MORE LEFT. THAT’S IT! MORE SEXUAL! BITE YOUR LIP! STICK YOUR ASS OUT MORE! HOTTER!!!” When we got the shot I turned around and there was a very sweet, polite Japanese bride with her very sweet Japanese groom standing right near me with another very polite photographer taking wedding pics. They were obviously going for a very beautiful, soft, romantic feel while I, on the other hand, was going for hardcore porn!
DNA: It’s hard to ask a photographer which one photograph is his favourite, so which three are your favourite male physique photos that you’ve taken and why?
C: I have more than three fave pics for various reasons but here are three never the less.
Chris ( @bluephoenixpoleandfitness ) was amazing and so willing to do anything for me. Even take his pole dancing equipment to the middle of a field at sunset with all the mosquitos biting him. He never complained and just kept dancing on that poll. I’d never photographed a male pole dancer before and I was blown away by his elegance.
Tim ( @timmyofoz ) had been working on his body for a while and I was impressed by his ability to expose his emotions to me for the shoot. He really got into the emotional character of the shot and I can still see it on his face which I love.
Zoren ( i.am.zoren ) what a good sport, and what a booty! He got buck naked for me in a field rolling around at sunset in the cold. It’s almost always uncomfortable on a shoot to some degree. Whether it’s the weather or overcoming inhibitions or getting out of your box. I always respect every model that goes the extra mile and trusts me and my vision. We always get an awesome shot when they let go and succumb to the moment. It’s not easy to do.
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