Sometimes people ask me what I’m going to do “later” when I stop taking photos. Later? Oh…take photos, I reply. Because, of course, I’m never going to stop. I’d go mad without it. Not being able to see or experience all that beauty anymore? Never.
I get so many applications from people wanting to become my assistant. “I could carry your cases, hold up the lamps...” they say, all hoping to get a sneaky glance of the set. So I laugh politely, thinking to myself that they don’t have the faintest idea what they’re talking about. Taking one beautiful photo, just one, is hard work. There are no such things as “happy coincidences” — they are more like gifts from God. But at the end of a day’s work, if I can think to myself, “there were a couple of good ones in there,” then I can fall asleep feeling great.
The chemistry between a model and a photographer is, and always will be, a kind of magic. It always makes me so happy to see a model who shares the commitment to creating a work of art, giving her all and placing her trust fully in the hands of the photographer. Then, and only then, can true quality be reached.
I often think to myself, “Oh boy, she’s turned out so beautiful! And all thanks to two anonymous parents who, one day, brought this creature into this world.” Bright white pearls or dark satin beauties, with cats’ eyes, strawberry lips, seemingly endless legs, and curves which would even make a Porsche look lackluster... And people think I’d give this up?
The greatest compliment I’ve ever received came from a model who, for months, had hidden from her parents the fact that she had posed naked for photographs— incidentally, you will find her picture in this book. One day I got a message on my phone: “I’ve finally told my mum. She absolutely adores your photos.” That feeling of having brought a mother to the point where she can find it beautiful that her daughter is proud of her body, wanting to show it off, is indescribable.
And me? I’m still reveling in the dreams of my youth. And all the attention I get from my public.
Many thanks, Frank De Mulder