In Focus: The Photographers of SuicideGirls feat. P_Mod
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In Focus: The Photographers of SuicideGirls feat. P_Mod

Posted In All Things SG,Art,Blog,Photography

by Nahp Suicide


[Gogo in Nixe]

P_Mod is from Strasbourg, France, and has been a photographer for SG since 2006. He specializes in shooting for tattoo magazines, and also takes live music and band promo pics.

How did you first get involved with SuicideGirls?

After a long photography break, my tattoo artist (Reynald, Asphalt Jungle) asked me to do a couple of portraits of some of his costumers. It was a proposition that I declined first cause I felt uncomfortable with portraits. (Basically I was pretty shy and I preferred taking pictures of landscapes, abandoned buildings, and so on.) I discovered SG when looking for good inspiration pictures of tattooed people, and three months later I shot two girls (Ayane & Raia) in Paris with a national TV team behind my back. I hadn’t slept for two days before the shoot, but at least the baptism by fire was done.




What’s your background photography-wise?

I learnt photography [at college] and I graduated 15 years ago. I was pretty disgusted by the artsy/elitist/show-off [element of] the students’ and teachers’ mind-shaping, so I gave up shooting for eight years and worked as an assistant in a photo laboratory. Then digital arrived and the photo processing industry felt down, so I opened my company four years ago. Now I work mostly for the tattoo press and doing band pictures.


[Myra in Fernsehapparat]

What was the first photo you had published?

A picture of Jay Read for the cover of Rise tattoo magazine. 




How would you describe your style?

That’s a pretty difficult question. I don’t work to create a special style actually. Basically I try to keep pictures as close to reality as I can. Photography is in many ways like music, you can hide behind the technology, but it’s not everything. For example, I was at a Dream Theater show a couple of years ago. It was the most well executed gig I’ve ever seen, but the most boring also. Two days later I went to a random punk gig. It was technically a disaster, but way more enjoyable and alive. You can shoot a perfect picture technically, but which doesn’t work cause the moment isn’t there and nothing happens. The shoot is only a part of the process. The selection is also very important: why a picture is a part of your selection, what the picture means for you, and how it represents your mood during the shoot – even if the picture is not technically perfect.

What gear do you use?

A Canon 1D + 50mm + 24-70 95% of the time, and Hasselblad 500CM for analog.





[Dwam in Woad]

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

I think that a raw image which doesn’t work unedited won’t work edited. I try to select pictures where I won’t have to spend two hours editing, but there’s obviously an element of laziness also.




What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing sets?

Mostly music visuals, video clips, cinema. Actually, most of the time it’s not a real creation but it’s tributes from existing things, winks or whatever. The trick is I’m usually trying to let the girl bring her idea. I’m just here to help in a technical shaping. It’s not laziness; I find it interesting to involve models in their own idea as SG is basically a way to show yourself. There’s also the possible scenario where there’s no specific theme, in this case we just discuss how we can take advantage of a location, light, and mood, and do something coherent. To mix with some photographers on SG like Steve Prue, Cherry, Albertine or Dwam has been a real inspiration and kind of changed my view on photography generally speaking.





[Apory in Karma Police]

What is your favorite image?

None and many in the same time.

Tell us why it’s your fave and how you achieved it?

My main trouble is when I spend too much time on the pictures, then I always think it’s all crap. I used to have a personal crisis, like “let’s give up photography and open a fishing company in the country side.” On the other hand, I’m more interested in personalities than simple aesthetics, so my faves are obviously the pictures done with people who own a strong universe. I think when you can join personality and aesthetic, you can be sure something will happen. My first thoughts go to people like AnnaLee, Gogo, Lylie, Leopoldine, Dwam, Nemesis, Revenge, Apory, Opale, Sinnah, and so many others. But I’m certainly not objective about it as they are a way more than models and have became true friends.



Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t? (And tell us why)

I’m usually [limited by] geographic issues, but I’d like to drift off into new encounters so let’s wait and see ; )


[Dwam, Key, Morrigan, Nemesis, Opale, and Tie in ZILF]

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