Alex Lynn is one of MetArt's most elegant and sensual artists, bringing a stylish fashion sensibility and a feeling of intimacy to every photoset. Having shot such favorites as Adel C, Sapphira, Michaela Isizzu and Malinda to great effect, and grabbing the attention again with today's terrific new photoset of Stephie Love, Alex was kind enough to share a few secrets in response to my questions...
Alex, are you male or female? (your name could be either!)
AL: I could give an outstanding answer to this question, such as, only a man can properly reveal the woman's beauty, curves and so on, and that just a few women can really compete with male photographers in this genre - but I'd better refuse these typical men's thoughts and simply give the answer that I'm a male photographer! (laughing)
Where are you from?
AL: At this point of my life the question "Where do I want to be?" is more important. That is what motivates me to move forward. I do believe that only this can lead us to something greater; not where we are right now, or where we come from. I say so because my native country is now overcoming a harsh journey to development, which made me leave it, in order not to lose that impulse for creating something big and fresh. That's why I'm sure that ‘Where we want to be' matters more than ‘Where we're from.'
What is your background in photography?
AL: I've been doing photography for a pretty long time, but I'm definitely not like many of my colleagues, who got acquainted with their first camera in early childhood. As a rule their creative development would start from childhood, but that's not how it was for me. Before I became a photographer, I had no clue what I would do in the future. I went through many jobs - boring and grey, bright and unusual, but still office jobs - to get to this point. And I quit as soon as I realized the speed with which my life was passing me by. Someone else's projects, someone else's customers. Nothing special. It was killing me. It became clear that it wasn't my choice for life. And I'm pretty sure that many clerks visiting MetArt.com would rather pick my present job than theirs! As for photography, I'd better say nothing about my experience in magazines and with commercial clients, because I hate self-advertisement.
How long have you been taking erotic photographs, and what inspired you to start?
AL: It is strange but my first set was an erotic one. At that time I was a desk jockey, not a photographer and didn't even know what ‘set' meant or how to become a professional. I used to dream about something different. And only a few years later, I've become utterly absorbed by the erotic genre. I've got carried away, as every normal man would, who by mutual and silent consent can guide a completely unknown woman - and at the same time share that something special that you've found in that woman with the whole world. It's damn inspiring. Women are so much the same and so different! The search for those distinctions is my precise inspiration. To find something totally different in every woman is eternal!
Which model most inspires you?
AL: There isn't a particular one. Man can't get inspiration from only one woman. Everything's got its limits. For me personally, the everlasting search for perfection is the best way to rise.
You seem to prefer location shoots and natural light to working in a studio - why is that?
AL: So true. I love everything real and natural. If I don't have it I try to recreate it in the studio, which takes a lot of time. I guess no one wants to see the girl-next-door against a boring and grey studio background. Besides, every new location can inspire me for a new fiction, since every girl should have her own story. Otherwise they can't look real. So, yes, I like natural light and scenery because it creates the reality.
You have been shooting photosets for MetArt since 2013 - is there one you are particularly proud of?
AL: Oh, no. Of course I've got photosets I like more than others, but my real hit is still in the future. The one I'm aiming towards is going to be the best!
Can you tell us a little bit about your recent shoot with Serena Wood, which was extremely well received by MetArt members?
AL: Yeah, that was the set! It turned out pretty easy. Serena is so talented and the truth is that she is incredibly easy to collaborate with. Her special skill is to understand. She never brushed aside any direction, and did her job till the end and very well. After all, I'm damn demanding. That's why working with me is not so easy for every model, but only for those who really love their job - for models who wait to see the result and story, not just get paid for the set. I can say confidently that Serena Wood is one of the girls I would like to work with again and again. With her the outcome is predictably excellent. She's unforgettable. And thank you for reminding me of that awesome time, I'm really anxious to work with Serena again!