Beyond The Lens – Since the beginning of this year, I have been getting the inside scoop on all of the latest things that’s been happening with a lot of growing talent on the Internet. I believe I did around 72 interviews and still, now, I’m in the process of posting them all up. One of those talented people that I did have a chance to interview was Massachusetts photographer Chris Addams.
Addam is known to a lot of talented people that I published about in the past and some of his content was featured on our website three times in 2017. He was also interviewed back in September. I definitely had to get back in touch with him to see what’s been happening.
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Chris Adams*~*~
Internet Hollywood: What’s good Chris!? Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Internet Hollywood universe. I’m definitely excited to find out some of the things you got going on. We are finally in a brand new year, and I’m sure you have a lot of things in mind that you would like to get done. If what I say is true, could you fill us in on some of the projects you have in the works?
Addams: This year is an exciting one because it marks the launch of my abandoned building nude modeling project, Angels in Ashes. I’ve been shooting for the book since 2007 and finally got everything together into a beautiful piece of work. Each page is a piece of art on its own, with textures, different layouts, and behind the scenes stories about the shoots and the models. I’m really excited to finally have it published and show off all of the amazing people I’ve been able to work with over the years. After that, I’m planning to release at least one book a year with everything I’ve been shooting.
Internet Hollywood: Is there anything you are going to do differently now that we at the start of a new year?
Addams: With how well last year went, I’m hoping to repeat it actually. I drove nearly 30,000 miles last year and for a few months in summer, I was shooting nearly one model every day. It was a crazy experience doing all of that traveling and meeting so many people. I’d relive that every year if I could.
Internet Hollywood: Who are some of the people that you would like to collaborate with that you haven’t collaborated with before?
Addams: Since I was so busy last year, there’s a huge list of people that I didn’t get to shoot with. Honestly, it’s too long to name everyone and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but it’s safe to say there’s about 20 people I’m scheduling so far. Every week, more people are contacting me to shoot, so I’ve got a lot of ideas brewing. There’s also a handful of people I worked with last year that were so impressive I hope to shoot more with.
Internet Hollywood: I asked a few photographers this question and I was curious to know your answer; what is your go-to-camera when it comes to getting the best shots at a shoot?
Addams: I shoot with a Canon 70D. I got that camera specifically for its flip-out LCD screen, which allows me to do crazy low angles when I use my wide angle lens. I also have a Mavic Pro drone that follows me around inside the buildings, filming behind the scenes for me. It’s a bit noisy, but being able to show people what goes on at a photo shoot has been a lot of fun.
Internet Hollywood: Is there a certain theme for photoshoots that you would like to focus on more this year?
Addams: Honestly, I’ve never been very creative. I have no qualms about admitting that and I even joke about it all the time, but luckily, I work with incredibly creative people. Last year, I came up with the idea to make huge messes because it seemed to fit in with abandoned places. We had the models cake themselves in paint, glitter, and dirt. The look was incredible. That took off better than expected. So this year, I might expand on that a little more.
Internet Hollywood: Here is one of my favorite questions to ask; what is the biggest lesson you learned in 2017?
Addams: I’m not sure if it was a lesson or just a bad idea I embraced, but I decided to say “screw it” when it came to finances. I had been really careful up until then, but I wanted to do so much more. I ended up putting my beloved Mustang up for collateral and taking out a big loan to get me through the year. Not a brilliant decision, but that allowed me to fund my adventures. It felt good to take a little leap of faith, but it paid off because I was able to travel so much more and work with more people in one year than I had in the past ten! So my advice to everyone else would be to do something crazy and adventurous once in a while.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; I have been noticing a huge increase in people that seem strongly interested in trying photography out. Whatever the intentions may be, we are beginning to discover all kinds of controversial stories coming out involving scary encounters between models and photographers. This is a clear indication that a lot of people have chosen to call themselves photographers when they are truly scams that give real photographers a bad name. In your eyes, how does a real photographer suppose to carry himself and treat others when trying to build a name for himself? What are the dos and don’ts?
Addams: I’d say it’s just like any other job. I don’t pay any attention to drama in the scene because more times than I can count, I’ve discovered that stories were either embellished or flat out fabricated over petty issues. There’s people in every line of work that will try to take advantage of each other. My advice to people new to the community is to be smart and vet people. Check their work they’ve posted, maybe talk to other people they’ve worked with. People need to remember to be respectful to the people they’re working with and also choose their words carefully when speaking with one another. I always advise both models and photographers to bring a friend to a photo shoot with them. It keeps everyone comfortable and in all of my own experiences, it’s been a lot of fun having more people at our shoots.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Chris!
~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~
~*~*Chris Addams links*~*~
Model Mayhem: www.modelmayhem.com/