Photo credits: Photographer & Photographic edition: Ray LaCroix, Model, Make-Up Artist, Hair: Kel Báthory
There are few photographers and models that I’ve been following last year, each of the with different proposals, ideas, concepts and style, almost all of them having expensive productions for each session and edition. However, there’s a singular duo that amazes me with their simple style.
Model Kel Báthory and photographer Ray LaCroix have been showing their work in social networks, creating a fan base interested in a finer, more elegant erotic art that moves away from the reification of women and explores the dark side in a graceful, yet impressive manner.
How did your model and photographer work start, respectively?
Kel Báthory: Since I was a child my mother loved photography, she spent hours taking pictures of me and I posed as a doll. She came to fill many old albums with me. That was the beginning. Years later with the appearance of social networks, I began to take pictures myself with a digital camera, photos of poor quality where I tried to express myself through this art, and that I keep with much affection. Finally, knowing Ray and because of common tastes, we decided to start an idea in a more professional way.
Ray LaCroix: My start is very similar. I grew up between both video and photography cameras, although in my case, it was my father who photographed me and invited me to cast them myself or record. I speak of small reels and tapes, it would have been incredible to have a smartphone from nowadays. As a teenager, already with a digital camera (although of 1 MP,) I made artistic photos of myself and in some cases mixed them with drawings that I did by hand or computer edition. It was a facet that I let sleep for many years and that I used only casually for social networks. Over time new projects appeared as my novels in which I decided to take care of the covers or the art of the book myself, and started again to experiment with Kel who is an excellent model. We saw that we liked what we did together and searched for other ways to enjoy photography until we reached the sessions we’re currently doing.
Does having a relationship make things easier when working together?
KB: In my case, it gives me full confidence with the photographer and a mutual connection that I may not get to have with other professionals.
With what word would you describe your style?
RL: Subtlety. We have focused on erotic photography, but away from the explicit or common fetishes. To abuse of high heels for example, I find the most boring. Or show too much, that does not really trigger anything. Internet is full of naked girls.
How was the first time like? Who took the initiative to explore these artistic sides?
KB: The first time was very casual, an idea inspired by the worlds of Silent Hill. The idea was mutual, as we both love this saga of video games.
You’ve touched topics such as steampunk, literature, and even bunnies and cats. How do you decide the ideas for each session? Where does inspiration come from?
KB: Ideas arise from everything we like, movies, literature, video games, music, etc. Inspiration usually arises when observing a concrete object that catches our attention. Like the cat mask or Robbie Rabbit from Silent Hill. With all this we fuse styling and create the story for the camera.
RL: And sometimes as natural as possible. The idea of the session in which she’s seen reading, came from seeing her one afternoon with a book in her hand and simply thinking: I have to immortalize it.
Do you consider that one of your sessions has been special for both?
KB: In my case, I have a lot of affection to the session of Steampunk so far, it’s a world that I love and hadn’t touched until now. As soon as I saw myself in that style I felt very comfortable and wanting to start.
RL: Same for me, there was magic that day.
Would you say that working together as a photographer and model has changed you in some way?
KB: No, because apart from this we usually have different projects in common and we’re already used to work together.
Would you say there’s a challenge in all of the sessions or is it something that happens naturally?
KB: The challenge is to overcome each session, in terms of idea, quality and expression. To arrive more intensely to those who watch us.
RL: I don’t like to fall into the repetitive, I like to go experimenting with different outfits, backgrounds, frames, lighting, colors, etc. And always striving to overcome the previous session, besides of course, having fun. That’s first.
Do you think the day will come when you invest artistic roles?
KB: It is very probable, the idea is in the air and we don’t discard anything.
Is there any idea or project you are working on?
KB: We have several ideas in the air and we’re already preparing some of them.
RL: In addition, we have a project, aside from the sessions, that has grabbed most of our time during the last year, which is the trailer for “Ellen Ledger” in which Kel appears as an actress incarnating a seventeen year old to who she also puts the voice. Novel, trailer and art photographs will be ready this July.
Thank you both for your time. To finish the interview, what advice would you give to those who want to be models and photographers?
KB: The important thing is the illusion, the desire and the team work. Have fun while doing the sessions but without forgetting that professionalism is in the small details.
RL: I would tell them to never to feel limited by the technical aspects. You can have a cheap camera and a spotlight made of cardboard and foil and do much better jobs than others who have spent thousands of dollars on material. And this you can apply to everything, including clothing and locations. The important thing is what you want to convey, not the camera or makeup brand you use. With very little budget and much desire, you can get very good things.
Thank you, Alan, and the magazine. It has been a great pleasure.
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