When did you start taking pictures?
I was a filmmaker first. My father handed me his Kodak Brownie 8mm movie camera when I was 12. That's actually not true- I appropriated it and asked him how to use it, and then he showed me and gave it to me. I've taken still photographs probably since I was 16.
When did you know you wanted to take erotic shots of women? When did you know it was your niche?
I've been influenced by all the great filmmakers and photographers of the past. I knew it was my niche the very first time I shot a woman who was less than clothed. From my film background, I know how to direct. It's the same for stills. Create a character and immortalize them... in my style. And most importantly-make them feel comfortable.
Where do you take your shots?
Locations that are interesting to me. I've shot in every hotel in NYC. I've shot in my apartment (although I try not too) and in my model's apartments or spaces. In the park. Rooftops. Basements. On fire escapes. Wherever it feels right.
What is essential in your photo shots?
A connection with the model. And focus.
How do you choose your models?
A gut feeling. Sometimes I'm wrong, but mostly if I listen to my gut, I'm right.
Do you ever shot color or is black and white your signature?
I do color. A lot. Didn't used to, but I do now. I know how to make color be my bitch. But, yeah, B&W is my signature...
What three words describe your work?
Who is your dream model?
Kate Moss, Patti Smith, P.J. Harvey.
What drives you or inspires you?
The need to create. A legacy that is not the easy/lazy way out like having a kid. Leaving something for the world to appreciate or not. Etching my name in freshly poured concrete, except not running away when the cops show up- actually leaving something for people to ponder...
If you could have anything in the world right now, what would it be?
No one would ever hurt anyone else. Ever. For any reason.
To see his complete portfolio that will leave you in awe and pondering visit the James M. Graham Photography website. His boudoir pictures are hauntingly beautiful and so divine. He takes his pictures from the most extraordinary angle,s. True genius.
What thoughts or emotions do these photographs
conjure up in you? Don't be shy, darlings...