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Interview with kinkster Rene Zuiderveld

“Achieving imagery that invites viewers to finish what they see by using their own fantasy”

published on 13 September 2020

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Hello Rene, nice to have you here for this interview. Please describe how you usually start a photo shooting
Before I do a photo session I always have several chats with my models. Getting to know them a bit, hearing what kind of pictures they would ideally like and what kind of “kink” they would like to express in the images. Collaboration has always been essential in a photo session for me. A relaxed atmosphere and a lot of fun makes a shoot always a wonderful process. A process of creativity, of fun, of excitement, of connection. I never start a shoot with an outlined or concrete idea. Getting inspired by the moment very often leads to surprising and unexpected results and ideas.

How have you become a photographer. Can you please tell how it all started?
Following serious surgery and a long period of chemotherapy, I discovered photography quite by accident. Taking a compact camera along on my daily bike rides (meant to build my condition after my illness), I began to document the environment I’d lived so many decades in. Photography grew into a passion that developed from architectural and nature photography to portraits…and finally to a specialization in male photography.

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Please describe your own artistic style
In close cooperation with my models, I hope to create photos that show my models in suggestive, playful and erotic images. Sometimes (or better said, often) with a nod to the kinky/fetish world, and through the sometimes joyful eroticism.
In my photography I search for imagery that always places the human being in the centre, showing an aspect of eroticism that is mostly considered as an underground and often also subversive aspect of male eroticism. The domestic and theatrical settings of many of my images on the other hand also emphasize trust, strength, warmth and longing. On many of my images I have had various reactions – some just simply appreciate the playful aspect in many of my photos, while others read messages of subtle comment on inequality in society in my fetish photography.
My primary objective in creating my work though is a close collaboration with my models and, through that process, achieving imagery that invites viewers to finish what they see by using their own fantasy.

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Are there any role models for you as a photographer? What especially do you like about them?
I have always tried to discover my own style in photography and have never looked up at photographers as role models. Which does not mean that I don’t admire several photographers, of which Robert Mapplethorpe and Erwin Olaf are the ones that come to mind first. Their vision, creativity and disregard of convention is inspiring. Mapplethorpe is has been a pioneer for kink/fetish photography, with several of his images to this day still being censored for explicit content.

Which kind of postures and scenes do you like most for photos?
I have no preference as far as postures are concerned. That totally depends on the moment, on my model(s). If we decide on more explicite ideas and poses, I alway guarantee them that I will keep those images private, unless we agree otherwise. But I consider it very important to establish an atmosphere of trust in which anything is possible without having to be afraid private images will be published. Jokingly I often say that “I will not look” when poses are getting a more “pornographic” character.

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The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson talks about the „decisive moment“ when everything for him was right on a set for taking a picture. Can you describe what this „decisive moment“ means to you in your work?
I don’t think I ever plan these moments consciencely. I mostly rely on intuition, on the flow of the moment. And on taking hundreds of images, because that often relieves tension since I always work with guys who have no modeling experience.

Do you prefer colour- or black/white-photograhpy?
I have no preference. For erotic nudes black/white always adds an extra sensuality, I think. And (bright) colour is often adding a wonderful contrast to kink/fetish scenes that traditionally are associated to a dark mood.

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Which fetish material do you like most for fetish photography and why?
Here also the connection between my models and me is more important to me than the material. I have done some amazingly intimate and fun shoots with guys in leather, but also with guys in rubber and lots of J-lube. And also shoots with guys only wearing a cockring – and yet, I consider those shoots fetish shoots. Question of energy between me and my models.

Rene, thanks for this interview!

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