di: Altramira – Cornelius Black

Figura NYC is the art name of a photographer based in New York City, United States. We were fascinated by his photography and decided to ask for an interview. It all happened months ago, before the opening of the Veneresole domain, and we hope this enormous delay didn’t jeopardise our friendship. So, to know about him, just scroll down and read the interview.

  1. Hello and thanks for your time. May you tell something about your art in general please, how you identify or define it and yourself in the photography art scene?

I want people to find my work artful, but I do not want to be considered an artist. My photographs aren’t about me, after all. They are about something outside of me.

  1. How did you get into the nude/erotic photography. What are the reasons you decided to do that?

From a very early age, I was mesmerized with female beauty, the perfect geometry of it. I didn’t start taking my own photographs until I was much older, after a 13-month illness I thought I would not survive. In a sense, I think I take these photographs to prove to myself that I’m not dead yet.

  1. What’s the feeling about to shoot nudes?

I’m not sure if I understand this question. Is the question about how I feel when I am about to shoot nudes? If so, the answer is I always feel nervous. If the question is what do I feel during the time when I am shooting nudes, the answer is that I am lost to the world. I don’t see my photographs until I load them onto my computer and see them on the computer screen.

  1. We hope this one isn’t offensive for your art, if so please just don’t answer and make we know that. Watching your gallery on all the sites we found, we think there’s a sort of “triple channel” of communication in your work, although both are fine artistic photography without any doubt, we think the first one is more focused just on the female artistic form, we can say more “romantic” if you want and the second is so structured and created to educe – perhaps – some even obscene thoughts in spectators minds and the third we found it can be associated with emancipation or even enfranchisement and empowerment of the female body.

Beauty is an interesting thing. With nude photographs, one can have both an intellectual appreciation of the beauty of the image as well as a visceral reaction to the beauty of the subject. I want to think and feel and desire at the very same time.

  1. So…black and white, right? It looks like you definitely prefer it over color.

Black and white emphasizes the geometry of the image. I am photographing the surface of a three-dimensional shape. While the light illuminates, it is the shadows that reveal the form of the surface, the shape of the body and the texture of the skin.

  1. How do you choose the subject and prepare the concept of your shots? What about the models?

I don’t prepare a concept for my shots. Everything I do is an accident. My choice of models is purely subjective, and sometimes, my models choose me.

  1. You also have a series of shots of particulars, like skin close-up. Why is that important for you?

I see women from a distance every day. I think a photograph should show you something you don’t see very often. Most of us don’t get to inspect such a beautiful thing up close like that every day so I like to take pictures up close. I like to be able to see individual strands of hair.

  1. What is the most important thing you want to communicate with your erotic photographic art ?

The curious interaction between the physical properties of light and the physical properties of the human form.

  1. Now just a technical question we always ask to be sure we don’t have problem in publishing. Are you willing to allow us to public some of your photographs in the interview that will be published on Venere e il Sole?

Yes — I would like to approve the photographs you select, because not all of my models want their photos viewed outside of certain web sites.

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