“Chemistry Through the Lens” by Ben Pryce

PHOTOS BY BEN PRYCE

FEATURING AMANDA LILIEN

AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, MY MAIN GOAL IS TO CONNECT WITH MY AUDIENCE. I SHOOT WHAT I SEE AND WHAT I FEEL IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD, AND I TRY TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT BRINGS MY VIEWERS INTO THE MOMENT WITH ME AND MY SUBJECTS. WHEN IT COMES TO MY GLAMOUR AND BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY, THAT MEANS PUSHING MY LIMITS TO FIND THE HAIR-TRIGGER BALANCE BETWEEN SEXUALITY AND ART. AS HUMANS, WE ARE SEXUAL BEINGS. THERE IS NO DENYING THAT. HOWEVER THERE IS CERTAINLY A WIDE RANGE IN HOW COMFORTABLE WE ARE ABOUT BEING OPEN AND SHARING THAT SIDE OF OUR LIVES. SEX IN AMERICA HAS BECOME SOMETHING THAT IS KEPT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND UNDER WHISPERED WORDS AS IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF. THE FUNNY THING IS THAT WE ALL PARTAKE AND ENJOY IT, AND THAT’S NO ONE’S FAULT! IT IS OUR NATURE. SO MY QUESTION IS WHY HIDE IT?

AS ARTISTS, WE ARE GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EXPOSING THE HIDDEN BEAUTY IN THE WORLD, AND HELPING OUR AUDIENCE SEE WHAT MAY BE CONSIDERED THE NORMAL, MUNDANE, OR EVEN THE BROKEN, DILAPIDATED AND TABOO IN A DIFFERENT AND ENJOYABLE WAY. I, LIKE MANY ARTISTS BEFORE, AM INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF WOMEN. DESPITE WHAT SOME CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE MAY BELIEVE, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT SKIN-LUST. IT IS ABOUT THE ENTIRE ENTITY OF A WOMAN AS A NURTURER, A MUSE, A COMPANION, BUT MOST OF ALL A FREE SPIRIT.

WOMEN HAVE JUST AS MUCH OF A RIGHT TO EXPLORE THEIR PERSONAL SENSUALITY, AND I AIM TO HELP THEM DO THAT AND TRY TO BREAK DOWN THESE SOCIAL BARRIERSSIMULTANEOUSLY. MY FOCUS IS TO BE ABLE TO CAPTURE A WOMAN’S SPIRIT THROUGH MY PHOTOS, AND TELL HER SIDE OF THE STORY IN THE MOST FLATTERING AND TASTEFUL WAY POSSIBLE.

I THINK OFTEN PEOPLE SEE THIS TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS DEMEANING AND ASSUME THAT WOMEN ARE BEING OBJECTIFIED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. MY MODELS AND I SEE IT FROM THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVE. TO US, IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR OPPRESSED SENSUALITY IN A SAFE AND COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR A RESPECTFUL AND ADMIRING AUDIENCE. THE PURPOSE IS NOT TO SHOW THESE WOMEN AS SEXUAL OBJECTS, BUT TOCELEBRATE THEM, AS DELICATE OR WILD AS THEY MIGHT BE, AND TO APPRECIATE THE COURAGE IT TAKES TO STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT IN TO SHARE SOME OF THEIR MOST VULNERABLE MOMENTS.

THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A MODEL IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME WORKING WITH BEN AND THE FIRST SHOOT TOGETHER IS NOT ALWAYS THE EASIEST. USUALLY IT TAKES A LITTLE TIME TO GET IN RHYTHM, BUT AS SOON AS I GOT BEHIND THE CAMERA I COULD TELL WE WERE ON THE SAME PAGE.

WE TURNED UP THE MUSIC, I GOT INTO THE GROOVE AND THE CAMERA STARTED CLICKING. THE SHOOT FLOWED VERY SMOOTHLY, IT FELT LIKE WE WERE READING EACH OTHERS MINDS. ONE OF US WOULD GET AN IDEA AND THE OTHER WOULD JUMP ON IT. WE BOTH HAD CREATIVE VISIONS AND THEY COMBINED VERY WELL.

THE LIGHTING WAS AN EXPERIMENT THAT TURNED OUT AWESOME. I WAS PICTURING GLAMOR BUT WITH A LITTLE EDGE, I THINK THE HIGHLIGHTING EFFECT GAVE IT JUST THAT.

FOR THIS SHOOT I WANTED TO FEEL BOLD AND SEXY AT THE SAME TIME. I FEEL THAT SENSUALITY SHOULD BE CELEBRATED INSTEAD OF HIDDEN, BEN DID AN AMAZING JOB AT CAPTURING THAT.

BY THE END OF THE SHOOT WE WERE BOTH REALLY EXCITED. WHILE LOOKING THROUGH THE PHOTOS WE WERE PICKING FAVORITES AND SHARING IDEAS. IT WAS ONE OF THE COOLEST SHOOTS I’VE BEEN APART OF, I HAD A BLAST.”

PHOTOGRAPHER:

@bpryce_creative

www.benprycecreative.com

bprycecreative.tumblr.com

MODEL:

@amanda.lilien

 

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