Interview with Mik Hartmann

Interview with Mik Hartmann

- When did you start photography and especially nudes ?
- My first step was a 6×9 camera with a view finder. The results are always disappointed because I cut off arms,heads,roofs – everything. So my dream was a camera where I watch my motive directly through the lens. One day I have a look into a storehouse catalogue and suddenly my dream becomes true – a reflex camera. Of course, this camera was a “must have” and indeed, it was sponsered by Dad. This was the beginning of my photographic life – in the age of 13 years.  Timecut – 12 years later – her name was “Manuela”. She was the model of my first real  nudeshooting with flashlight on location and the complete stuff you need. I don`t remember this first time exactly, because many shootings follow. Some of them are unbeliviable and real photographic adventures – maybe I write down this stories in my blog – I let you know……………...
- What are your motivations in this art ? How would you qualify your rapport to photography ?
Sometimes my friends ask me, with wide smilling in their face, about my “sex-thing”. There are different motivations in my life to do nude-shootings, but never a “sex-thing”. People who stands outside this bussiness, maybe don`t understand this.It is a tough thing to realize your own ideas and sometimes sun is shinning and sometimes raindrops falling. My actually motivation is: I love the imagine, that somebody in 100 years ( or 10.000 years ) later look at my pictures and says: “WHOOW” or say “What a shit” – Whatever……..but get emotions. This is a amazing idea of “eternal photographic life”. 
- How  can  a model contact you for a shooting, do you have specials criteria about models ?
Just send a email to mik@nuglam.com and don`t forget the link to the sedcard. Blond, Red, tall, small, thight – don´t matter me. There is only one rule !! My camera must love her face, must love her body – easy going, isn`t it ?
- Do you have preferences for some kind of locations, which one do you favor ?
The young light in the morning at the french atlantic coast, the twillight in old castles. A lot of locations are thinkable: The different makes always the light. And when I can get there tomato mozzarella with basilicum
and red wine it`s a perfect one. So – if you are a breathtaking 20 years old princess owned a old castle at the french atlantic coast - let me know…….

- What are your ideas about nudes websites ? Do you think there are too many, not enough, too alike ? What do you expect from them ?
Different tastes need different sites. With my french partner Oliver de Rycke we try to bring different styles together and create NuGlam.com. This website shows artistic nudes, erotic glamour and fetish niches. I miss this mixture on many nudes websites.
- What is according to you the border between art and pornography ?
The border is always in the head of the viewer – I am only the one which hold the mirror. Look into and you see art or you see pornography. It make no sense to explain my pictures.
- Which equipment do you use ?
Camera obscura with Leaf back – some art directors are irritate about this- :-)  especially for this guys I use Nikon and Fuji equipment – digital, of course ! The last film roll I developed in 2003 – Bye-Bye transparencies…………
- Are there photographers you admire, that inspires you ?
First in the beginning I love the work of David Hamilton. Also the picture language of Helmut Newton inspire me a long time. Today I look first to the photo and than I ask for the artists name. A famous photographer said: Only a photo you watch more than 2 seconds is a good photo. And this is very difficult in this modern “all seen” times.
- A little photo trick for our readers  ?
If 20 photographers stand at one site to take their pictures, go to the other site – and found your own point of view.