I’ve always been drawn to shooting nudes because I appreciate their complexity.
Cam Davis is an LA–based photographer and cinematographer who’s been shooting since he was just 18 years old. He’s shot beautiful women all over the world and his sensual, cinematic images have graced the pages of numerous magazines.
“I’ve always been drawn to shooting nudes because I appreciate their complexity,” he says. “I know people out there will disagree when I say that nudes are complex, but to me, the challenge of creating a mood, a narrative, a feeling from nothing but this person’s energy was the most fascinating thing to me.”
Unlike in fashion shoots where models are given props and clothes to work with, Cam says, “when you are shooting someone naked, the question you have to ask yourself as a photographer is how can I elevate this?”
On the topic of muses, Cam says, “I’ve had plenty of muses, every model I’ve ever shot is my muse, otherwise, I wouldn’t have wanted to work with them. I love working with my muses over and over again because I feel like the creative energy between us never goes away.”
Like many photographers on Instagram, censorship is the bane of Cam’s existence. In response to his growing frustrations of having his work deleted by the platform, Cam created his own personal photography pay-wall called The Admiral Club, in attempt to create a censorship-free online space.
“I hate censorship and its stupid taboos. Not only does it take away from the natural beauty of images, but forced censorship never allows society to confront its inhibitions around why we are censoring something in the first place.”
“I launched The Admiral Club because I wanted people to be able to see my work as I shot it and intended it to be seen.”
Cam says his biggest photography learning curve was learning to trust his own vision.
“I try to live by Andy Warhol’s quote,” he says. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. And while they are deciding, make even more art.”
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