Recent Update: I'm studying AcroYoga, eating healthy foods and exercising everyday.
I have a flickr page: www.flickr.com/christophersladder
I'll be rebuilding my portfolio before I start advertising in this area, so if you're interested in modeling, let me know. I'm rebuilding my portfolio because I have a lot of new ideas and I need to broaden my spectrum a lot. I'm feeling very driven right now and I really want to work, especially, I want to produce some music videos and get more experience in that area. Lately I've been thinking about how my methods have evolved and where they've taken my photography, limiting my creativity in flexibility, but increasing the overall quality of the images I am producing.
My close friend, Sid, says that I approach photography "like an engineer" because of my tendency to soak up huge amounts of technical data and then apply that to my lens and camera decisions. While that statement is not accurately encompassing of my style, it certainly speaks to an aspect of my personality. I love the process as much as I love the subjects. I've finally realized in intellectual terms "what photography is to me". My enjoyment of photography is two-fold. Firstly, I love the social interaction with people, be they strangers at events, friends having a beer, or a model who I'm teaching to "emote" for the camera. Secondly, I enjoy the hardware, the process of developing film, the researching and testing of different types of equipment to achieve a specific effect and bringing all those elements together successfully to create an image that shows people my soul in reverse; if the eyes are the window to the soul, then my photographs are a projection from the other side.
I grew up in a rural town called Hendersonville, about 30 minutes south of Asheville. I don't have much of a southern accent, I never have (but it will slip out). Northerners often act like I do, but since Southerners act like I don't, I think it's more the lack of Northern inflection/Southern drawl that they notice. Asheville is probably my favorite city - the music and art scene there is phenomenal and it's a liberal mecca with rural roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The people there are smart, open, and some of the hippies even shower. :)
I am clever, athletic, and love to use ironic sarcasm to put perspective on just about everything.
Right now I'm working to start my own business. I designed some equipment that I'm in the process of having patented.
Feminism is very important to me. If that bothers you, you probably don't understand that feminism is about equality, for everyone. I'll be happy to explain it to you if that's a new concept.
Anything I want to be good at. I'm a fast learner and a hard worker. Except, apparently the guitar, which requires a level of dedication I just DO NOT seem to have time for. One day, Giannini, one day...
I like rock climbing, skiing, riding atvs or jetskis, running, photography, art, concerts, rock or classical... or staying in bed all day with a good book. (or a wonderful woman)
Chuck Palahniuk. Textbooks. Science Fiction. Sushi. Quentin
Tarantino. James Cameron. Stallone. Kurt Russel. John Carpenter.
Neil Patrick Harris. Stargate. Pizza. Gorillaz. Air. Basement Jaxx.
Halo. Boston Terrier. Kick-Ass. Unbreakable. Star Trek. William
Shatner. Indian Pale Ale. Beck. Andy Sidaris. Sexy Beast. Jackie
Chan. The Fifth Element. The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges. George
Orwell. 1984. Bram Stoker's Dracula. Anthony Hopkins. Batman. Gary Oldman. Christopher Walken. Steve Buscemi.
Ace Ventura - Pet Detective. The Life of Brian. Blade Runner. Douglas Adams. Flight of the Conchords. Ghost Dog. Forest Whitaker. The Rza. Afro Samurai. Flogging Molly. Dropkick Murphys. Gary Jules. Damien Rice. Lisa Hannigan. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Pink Floyd.
How to solve the world's problems...
and my ecological footprint. Which is too big, in general.
I'm an extrovert trapped in a world of people I don't want to talk to! But I'm finding more people I like... all the time.
You should understand that if you are attractive and want to chat me up on this website, I'm going to want to meet you. I'll be quite forward about inviting you out to dinner or whatever. That doesn't mean I'm not willing to let you take whatever time you need to feel comfortable, just that I don't need that time.
Also, I'm sorry if I don't respond, but I'm pretty busy right now. I also tend to focus on one specific person at a time and see if things work out, then if it doesn't, I'll come back around.