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Model/Photographer Contracts and Rights, 11/01/2007
Plus Models Ask the Tough Questions and PLUS Industry Editor Larissa Laurel Answers!

In this month's article we are addressing the issues of model/photographer contracts and rights. I am introducing a wonderful photographer, Ted D'Ottavio.

When did you first start photography?

On May 9, 1990 I photographed a model at Waveney Estate in New Canaan, CT. That location is simply classic, I would love shoot there again. It wasn't long after that that I dug out my father's enlarger and trays and began mixing the chemistry and making prints.

Who were you influences and where do you pull your inspiration from?

I liked to draw from music and literature. I was always much more interested in where you could go, not where you are. There are places like Waveney mansion for The Great Gatsby, and open fields for Willa Cather's My Antonia. There's peeling paint for The Yellow Wallpaper, black water swamps for the Lord of the Rings, colorful motion blurs for The Lords of Acid, gritty basements for White Zombie, and sunsets for the Dead Can Dance. I like accenting characters and places, and adding a moment in a story. Movies don't just happen to people who stroll down the streets with movie cameras, so why should still images be found when they could be created? I believe it is much more powerful to start with the clothing, the lifestyle, and the environment, and then fit in a scene and capture a moment that ties it all together. Hopefully the whole team finds some inspiration in the clothing and lifestyle, because I do. That's part of the day's adventure.

Photo: World renowned Dirty Martini is in the midst of her very own Mansion with just a touch of that campy 60's Star Trek glow in her eyes. This amazing and graceful body language comes from her background in ballet, dance, and performing. The image's smooth tonality and lighting texture may hint at large plate camera film of the 1930's but the real magic comes from her home on the stage.



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