I did a bunch of great stock photography with Ray S., who was a joy to work with.
When I was shooting stock, I’d usually just run through a bunch of weird ideas and shoot them, then post them. The idea was to create semi-surreal juxtapositions of concepts, that other artists would see and think “I am totally going to photoshop that into something!” A lot of my weird concepts have found their way onto book covers, tshirts, etc. One of the models I used to work with was surprised to find that someone had tattooed her (badly) onto their arm.
Anyhow, I got the santa suit so I could shoot a christmasy picture because at that time in my life I needed to send people christmas cards. So Ray and I were rummaging through the costume collection and I said, “I bet there’d be a lot of haters for this.” And that’s how that happened. I gotta admit, Ray made me feel like a pasty lump of blancmange standing next to him; he spent several hours a day working on his physique. Ah, youth.
I have another picture where he’s got a big green laundry bag at his feet, but the composition’s not so great and you can tell it’s full of skulls. (I had some poly skulls from halloween…)