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Sexualized Saturdays: “Fully Functional,” Lt. Commander Data and Asexual Representation

“…the potential future inclusion of real androids in the queer community is interesting…”

Lady Geek Girl and Friends

In contemplating possible articles related to ace week, I tried to think of classic geek characters who are asexual. That led me to wonder, “How would I even know? It’s not like we get 24/7 access to these fictional people’s’ lives.” But then, very quickly, I realized that we do know that a lot of our favorite characters are not ace/aro because so many of them have had on-screen relationships and sexual encounters that are presented as a product of the characters’ own sex drive (rather than as ace people who are accommodating their partner). But why? Is there something about our sexual lives that is so essential to our identities that it requires exposition in our fictional characters, or is this just an example of ace erasure? After some additional geeky contemplation, it occurred to me that there is one beloved character who is, in fact, perfectly suited to…

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So Now You Have Chosen Your Model: How Do You Get The Best From Them?

Upbeat Digital Art

So you are a photographer, and you’re new to shooting with models.  If you read the first article in this series, you may have done your research and be ready to book your first shoot.  You may have made your booking and be planning the shoot itself.  Let’s set out a few facts for you, and perhaps explode a few more myths.

You may be nervous if this is your first shoot with an experienced model.  Again, that’s natural, but there is nothing to fear.  A good model will be a people person, they will be able to set you at ease, they will be able to help you in many ways, and we will talk about them later.

Respect

Respect, such a simple concept, and one that all too often people forget about.  If you are a professional photographer you will probably already recognize that every shoot is…

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The Girl in the Black Mantilla

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BEHANCE_mantilla_and_skull_2 Conceived and photographed by James Hall, modelled by Rebecca Tun, styled by Claudia Oliver, post-production by James Hall and Paola Sammartino

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A Lady in White

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lady_in_white_1_behance Conceived and photographed by James Hall, modelled by Rebecca Tun, styled by Claudia Oliver, post-production by Paola Sammartino

I published an early version of one of these pictures a few weeks ago. Since then, Paola Sammartino has been able to work her post-production magic to these finished pictures. As ever, the key to success is to collaborate with highly talented people, and this is something I was certainly able to do on this shoot.

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