As a child Derek Mick a.k.a. Obscuri was drawn to horror movies and the darker side of life. He seeks his inspiration from movies, music, childhood fears, nightmares, loneliness and erotic fantasies.
This interview was featured in the 2 Year Anniversary issue of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?
Derek Mick: As a young boy my Grandfather was the one person I looked up to. He was a man of many talents and one of them was photography. After spending many afternoons watching him take pictures of animals and landscapes I decided I wanted to give it a try. My High School was having a Yearbook Photo Competition and I was determined to enter it. So I did what any red blooded American Teenager boy would do, I stole my Dad¹s camera and took the photo that won the competition. Winning that competition gave me the confidence to pursue photography.
Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?
Derek Mick: I have to say I have tried different brands of cameras but Nikon has always been my first and only choice. I also only use Nikon lenses.
Sinical Magazine: What are your preferred Nikon lenses for portrait photography?
Derek Mick: My lens of choice is the Nikon 24-70 2.8 a close second is the 70-200 2.8.
Model: Suzi Rubbish.
Sinical Magazine: Your work has elements of horror and darkness and there is a monofilament of blood running throughout your work. What can you elaborate on this?
Derek Mick: The only genre of movies I will sit and watch are horror. The first time I saw Leatherface it was love at first sight. I love the juxtaposition of my subject and the purity of blood, after all blood is source of life.
Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?
Derek Mick: I want to stir emotions by bringing together beauty, horror, filth, shock and blood while at the same time the eyes convey a sense of innocence and purity.
Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?
Derek Mick: It seems to be about a month for most of the more in depth shoots.
Sinical Magazine: Do you work with strobes or continuous lighting?
Derek Mick: I work with both. It really just depends on what the shoot calls for.
Sinical Magazine: What are some lighting set ups that you like to use?
Derek Mick: I tend to use 1 to 3 lights. I like to keep that aspect of my photography simple and bare bones.
Sinical Magazine: Steve Diet Goedde mentioned in an interview with us that he is often ripped off by people who take his images online and turn around and sell prints. Has this happened to you?
Derek Mick: Yes and I have had imagery used by other photographers claimed to be their own on websites. Technology is a double edge sword. You want to use the Internet to share your work but you run the risk of bottom feeders trying to steal it.
Model: Crystal Piper.
Sinical Magazine: How does living in Dallas influence your work?
Derek Mick: Dallas like any other city has the ³shady² parts of town where you can find cool rundown buildings. There are a lot of dark elements in Dallas, which inspired me to start a new project called ³Dumped² based on murders I saw on the news here.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that have influenced your work?
Derek Mick: To be honest its movie stills and crime scene imagery that truly inspires me.
Sinical Magazine: How much does music influence your work? What do you listen to?
Derek Mick: Music has always been my true passion. I always have to be listening to music. If I am not listening to it I am writing new material for Drudenhaus (my Band). I can¹t do anything with out it. I like all types of music but my main focus is EBM and Industrial.
Model: Ashlei Decay
Sinical Magazine: What do you do when one of your shoots is not going the way you had originally imagined?
Derek Mick: I get it going back on track by keeping a calm head and taking a breather if needed.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models?
Derek Mick: If the model can't follow simple direction and put their ego aside I won't work with them. I have a vision of what I want the outcome to be and will only work with models who respect my artistic vision.
Sinical Magazine: What annoys you about other photographers?
Derek Mick: My biggest complaint is the poorly executed mimicking of my work. I had a guy contact me asking what I used for blood and my lighting diagrams so he could give it a go. As if blood and lighting was all that went into creating my work. You can learn how to use a camera that doesn't give you the creativity or eye to create art. About a year ago I had posted that I may put an end to my blood work in 2012 and had another photographer try and pick up where I left off same basic style just poorly done. It ended when I continued the shoots due to demand.
Model: Ladonna Stein
Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting that's happened during one of your photo shoots?
Derek Mick: Last summer a cop saw my self and a model's husband throw her in a dumpster wrapped in plastic and covered in blood, that was a tense moment.
Sinical Magazine: What is your approach to the business side of photography?
Derek Mick: This is the area where I have the hardest time as most artists do. I try to keep on top of things but this is where having a business orientated wife comes in.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have one tip that you would recommend to any aspiring alt photographer?
Derek Mick: Shoot often and develop a style to distinguish you from the others.
Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?
Derek Mick: I am working on 3 at the moment faces and dumped both are going to be small coffee table books limited runs and finalizing my blood book based on all of my bloody portraits.
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Photo: Marcel Langer Photography
Visa: Ina Rudi
Assistent: Rico Demeter
Location: Saint Antique
Iseris is a Munich-Germany based alternative model.
Sinical Magazine: What was the first pinup, fetish, or alternative magazine you came across?
Iseris: I think it was Gothic Magazine.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?
Iseris: I was never really confident but 4 years ago I discovered my passion for modelling. It was strange to discover that I felt more confident in front of a camera than in real life. Modelling was a kind of therapy for me to get more consciousness about my body. So I registered a modelling platform and my passion for modelling was born.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Iseris: 94cm 67cm 94cm.
Foto und Bea: Frank Jagow Fotografie - Faszination ist der Auslöser
Visa: Stephanie Wagner
Hairstylist: Chris Mattick
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?
Iseris: Talking about alternative models, I think a special charisma and expressive personality are more important then tattoos, piercings or a crazy hair color. A good model has to be more than a beautiful body with empty eyes.
Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?
Iseris: I had an exciting shooting for band Nachtmahr. There were burning cars in a crazy location and I met wonderful people.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?
Iseris: I worked with Sylwia Markis, Nightshadow, Hüseyin Yilmaz, Thomas Van De Scheck and many more. There are many photographers I would love to work with. I love the art of Christian Martin Weiss, Au-Contaire, Annie Bertram, Viona-Art and Seelenblick.
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Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?
Iseris: Hmm it's difficult. There are too many beautiful models. My favorits are Kato, Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Ophelia Overdose and Virginia Hinz.
Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?
Iseris: There are too many great photographers.
Iseris: My top 5 at the moment are Sylwia Makris, Au-Contaire, Christian Martin Weiss, Annie Bertram, and Viona-Art.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?
Iseris: I don't have a typical alternative woman fetish like shoes, corsetts or latex. I am in love with exotic fashion like asian traditional dresses and tribal belly dance accessories.
Shirt: BIGLY ROCKERS |www.bigly-rockers.de
Make-up: Sakura Spa (Steffi Oesterwind Sakura Spa)
Hair: Barbier Zu Hambörner
Ohrringe: MADE by LAN
Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Iseris: At the moment I like the fashion of Manufaktur Herzblut. Markus Spatzier is such a nice person. And I am so lucky to know some talented friends with great tailoring skills and creativity like Artis LuMara and NihaCéta. And of course my timeless favorit Mother of London.
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Iseris: At the moment I listen most Trip Hop, New Metal, Psychodelic Electro and EBM.
Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?
Iseris: Munich is a big city, but the altenative scene is really small if you compare Munich with Berlin.
Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?
Iseris: My website iseris.de is still in progress, but you can see more work on me on facebook page https://www.facebook.com/modeliseris
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This article was feature in issue 09 of Sinical. Print copies can be purchased here.
Sinical Magazine: When did you first discover you were into kink?
Wanilianna: Well, I have always been weird for so called "normal people". The development of internet technologies allowed me to share my passions using my blog, established in 2010.
Sinical Magazine: When did you realize you had a nylon fetish?
Wanilianna: When I got my first pair of nylon stockings in 2006. It was a love at first sight and total eclipse oth the heart... leg:-)
Sinical Magazine: What is it about nylons that appeals to you?
Wanilianna: Nylon stockings got that special something that makes every woman feel more feminine and sex appealing.
Sinical Magazine: What is your favorite brand of stockings?
Wanilianna: Fully fashioned nylons with havana or cuban heel.
Sinical Magazine: What size are your feet?
Wanilianna: It's european size 36.
inical Magazine: Where do you buy your stockings from?
Wanilianna: I value the most nylons by Secrets in Lace, Touchable, Cervin, Christel and Gio. I love to wear nylons stocking, regardless of their producer.
Sinical Magazine: What is a nylon fantasy of yours?
Wanilianna: To have a common kinky photo shoot/film scene with other fetish model in nylons... including femdom and bondage scenes with nylons stockings in the leading role:-)
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in fetish modeling?
Wanilianna: Since I've started up with my blog (www.wanilianna.blogspot.com) in 2010 I begun also my modeling. I never wanted to use the photos taken from internet, I just needed to show something fresh, something different from the routine of other blogs.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some pinup/fetish models that have inspired you?
Wanilianna: Bettie Page, Modell T.
Sinical Magazine: What is the fetish scene like in Poland?
Wanilianna: It's a small scene, but I noticed that it was still growing up. Most girls/women don't want to be fetish models due to the unreadiness of the retarded society...
Sinical Magazine: You also do bondage and latex themed shoots. What are some of your
favorite items to wear/use for photo shoots?
Wanilianna: I prefer big ballgags, tight rope-work and latex hoods/masks. It's a hard job totie the woman up not hurting her. It's almost art - good and professional bondage service:-)
Sinical Magazine: Can you talk about your Vintage and Fetish Show & how is Secrets in Lace involved?
Wanilianna: March 1 st 201 2, the very first edition of Vintage & Fetish Show took place. The host club was "W Starym Kinie" in Poznan. The two organizers of the event were two polish fetish models - me and Carrie Diamond. The Show has been the very first event of this kind in Poznan and Poland, appeared to be a great success and gathered a large audience. The place could not enter all the people, because there were to many of them. Those lucky ones who got in, unanimously declared they will readily return for the second edition of the show.And I, along with Carrie Diamond, we work day and night in order to set everything up properly - to provide the best entertainment for our fans. The upcoming show will take place on March the 2nd 2013 in BLUE NOTE club, Poznan, Poland. We will keep you posted about upcoming news and updates on our blogs and facebook fanpage. I need to remind that our main sponsor is Secrets in Lace . They are about to provide their best lingerie outfits for me, Carrie and performing models.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some other greats models in Poland?
Wanilianna: I can say about those with whom I have worked before. There aren't many of them in Poland. There are girls and women who call themself "fetish models", but they're in fact totally wrong. Putting the rope around you thights and ankles and making "sad" facial expression does not make you fetish or bondage model. It is something that you have in you, that certain feature that make you appealing while you're for instance hogtied or ballgagged. Yes, there are fetish model in Poland, for they really and truly love to wear and perform in nylon stockings. According to me, that makes them the fetish models. My friend Carrie Diamond - she looks gorgeous while she's modelling in her black fully fashioned nylons. And her fringe - this makes most men crazy:-). She's beautiful and "unavailable" as real diamond, that's why she's called Carrie Diamond. Kasia aka Cubalibre - always reliable, always good looking and always naughty. I adore working with her. Pin Up Candy - fetish model, but most of all - the best polish burlesque dancer. I'm telling you - she will become world-famous soon.
Photo by Monochrome Set Photography.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that you've worked with?
Wanilianna: I have worked with many, but three of them are my truehearted and abiding photographers. My husband and manager, whose photos feature rawness and present my "kinkier" side. They remind me sometimes the photos by Elmer Batters or Irving Claw. Sequined Sun - his art is based on soft-fetish and soft-bondage photography. He's also perfect as glamour and pin up photographer. He's a man with sophisticaded taste, he's a great stylist, actually I could say that he's making the paintings with the use of his camera. He definitely is the best photographer portraying my feminity...and he is my best frind of course! Monochrome Set - nylon stockings admirer, very gifted, friendly and reliable person. No one is able to beat him in photographing of nyloned legs and gagged mouth...;-)
Sinical Magazine: What's next for you?
Wanilianna: Conquest of the United States Of America :-)
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Photo by Eric Razo.
Sinical #10 (Coming: July 1st).
Featuring: legendary fetish model and performer: EmilyMarilyn (Skin Two, Marquis, Secret, Bizarre), Monochrome Set Photography, Therése Rosier, Chas Ray Krider, Hollis Ireland, Crystal Pieper, Isabel Perez, Kristen Eve, Pretty and Inked, Scott Tauser.
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Model: Crystal Piper
The LumiQuest III Softbox is a flash-mountable softbox. The front of the softbox is 8x9 inches and it folds flat so it can easily fit in most bags. The softbox III is made out of vinyl and attaches to your speedlight with velcro straps or to a speed strap.
After several photo shoots with this light modifier, I've found I like using it best off camera with a sync cord attached to my flash so I can utilize TTL. I will hold the flash with softbox in my left hand and the camera in my right hand. I use a CTO gel to warm up the light. This softbox is best at close range - about 2.5 feet away from your subject.
In a recent shoot with Crystal Pieper I had her face away from the sun, so the harsh sun was the backlight. The softbox was held to the left of the camera just slightly above her head at a 45 degree angle. The softbox produced nice, soft light.
The softbox is not very useful for full length shots. For that I would use a shoot through umbrella. The Softbox III is best suited for close-up portrait work. The Softbox III retails for under $40. I've been using it a lot, so it was worth the purchase. If you need a portable light modifier, I recommend picking this up. ~ Danny Stygion
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Shoot through umbrella (left), reflector/diffuser (right)
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