A Creative Collaboration Between Photographer and Painter [NSFW]

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A lot of us became photographers not so much for the pay check but because we were passionate about photography. Still we all have to pay the bill and please our clients which means a lot of the time we have to shoot whatever comes our way. But every once and awhile we get the opportunity to do something fun and inspired like this creative collaboration by photographer Steve Shaw and painter Gregory Siff for Treats! Magazine. I know not everyone will get what these artist have to say and there will be plenty of trolling but when peers come together to create, how can we not want to celebrate the process?

Inspired by the 8 loves of Picasso, artist Gregory Siff tells his story about collaborating with Treats! founder/editor-in-chief Steve Shaw to create their own muses.

Models// Margaux Brooke / No Ties / @margauxbrooke Elsie Hewitt / Aston Models / @elsiehewitt Leila Thomas / DT Model Management / @leideee Jesse Golden / @jessegolden Alexandra Abercrombie / Photogenics / @alexandratyler_ Alyssa Arce / Wilhelmina / @miss_alyssaarce Tia Shipman / Ford Models / @tiashipman Emma Rigby

Makeup// Anna Branson / The Rex Agency, Anthony Merante / Celestine Agency Hair// Johnny Stuntz / Crosby Carter Management, Aaron Light / Celestine Agency

Video// Jim Dziura / Welcome to the Big House

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21 Comments

steven spaulding's picture

power message. wonderful project

Chris Reist's picture

absolutely stunning

Samten Norbù's picture

I know I'll be considered as one of the troll you've mentioned ... ( that's a weird way to prepare yourself for critics by saying that the comments WILL be troll )

But is that me or all of this sounds really fake ?
The "artist" look like a bad actor playing with all the possible clichés !
Not to say that the work is not good or interesting ... but it's far from original and I've already seen dozen of this kind of body painting ...
Where is the originality except in the tone of the video which is very bragging all this up ( do they really try to make a comparison between Siff and picasso ????).

Sorry, I don't buy it ... sounds to fake to be true ... and that's also what make difficult for photographers and visual artist to be taken seriously !
Having a nice soundtrack, beautiful womens and a poor concept is not enough to sell it as an art to celebrate !

Leigh Smith's picture

Damn, I was about to be one of those trolls, but you spoke my mind more elegantly. Thanks for keeping me from trolling.
And yes he def hit all the douchey cliches. Much like this satire video.

https://vimeo.com/111403592

Karl Petersson's picture

I have to agree 100% with Samten Norbú, and I might come of as a troll as well but I have a real issue of this. For me this is a blatant self promotion piece and the work is uninspired and lack-lustre.
For me art has always been about communication and this feels like a poor attempt of appealing to the same audience that buys SI swim suit issue and are feeling a little bit ashamed about it but since we can call it art its ok to look at naked women.
The look is very slik and the images have it all except that will to reach out to the observer and you can't fault the technique but it all feels like a postcard or some eye candy.
I have meet people that wish to call them photographers and artists only for the misconception that they wish to get into women´s underwear, I am not saying these people are like that but that is the lingering feeling of this self promotion piece.
Very un-inspiring but of course you will get some hits on the net if you say you are inspired by Picasso. Could they at least had come up with something more creative then Picasso that at least would have made them sound credible.

Geoffrey Badner's picture

I hate this guy and his LA d-bag demeanor... but I like his work. I don't really think he's a photographer exactly so to judge him as such on this site isn't really fair. I don't find the pieces featured here interesting at all, but he's got some nice work on his site (which I'm not posting a link to because I don't want to promote him. Google him).

Diego Ramos's picture

Just amazing! Breathtaking!

michael buehrle's picture

i liked them up to the point that he spray painted on them. for me that ruined them. i don't care if it has been done before, hasn't most everything at this point ?

Justin Haugen's picture

This guy is the next Bruce Testones!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaqaaCCj13c

Adam Pendleton's picture

So, if I don't buy the work, I don't get it? D-bag.

Andrew Stegmeyer's picture

"There's two types of people who wear sunglasses inside. Blind people and assholes."
-Larry David

Ale Vidal's picture

Sunglasses in indoor?! Seriously?

Benjamin Thomson's picture

File this under "unintentional parody". Seriously, worsr than stuff i saw in the first year of art school in rural new zealand.

Knibiehly Guillaume's picture

With the pictogrammes and writting on their body at the time of the shooting, I was thinking "what's an interresting graphic research, it was done before but not on this way..." and then I've seen the end of the video, were he put paint and write "ttigger" and "here's your fucking oscar" and then I saw!

This "artist" is again one of those f****** sh**** intellectual of my a** artist that think they have to add some shocking to their creation, and, here, disrespect women that pose for him, in order to add a little something to the big void of their creation...

Investors will love it!

This is really sad!

Karl Petersson's picture

Calling him an intellectual I think is not really right, its not very much thought gone into this stuff., otherwise you are spot on.

Josh Raymond's picture

Simply, beyond #awful. Pretentious, hackneyed drivel dressed up in a video cliche to add authority to work that quite frankly "puts me to sleep." #yawn

Kristian Lund's picture

Is it a joke? Say some fancy words and its art??

Brian Carpenter's picture

This guy didn't do his work any justice by making this video. He should just stay away from the camera because his attitude/style would make someone hate his work, as it did me.

Dan Cavallari's picture

Not into it. Seemed pretty cliché to me.

David Leyland's picture

He states amongst his many cliches "this is not about beautiful women". I cannot imagine any of that work being sold without the beautiful women! Pretentious is an understatement!

George Popescu's picture

He's an artist, I'll give him that much. I don't mind the work, and the photos look great, but he lost me at writing the words on the final pieces such as "here's your fucking oscar". What's the point of that? The images, concept and final artwork all look great, I can see where he got the ideas for it and the end result is ok, but what's with the swearing and the hate. The images show beauty and inspire kindness and attraction and positive feelings and then you read the text and it just all loses all artistic merit and meaning.
Also the guy is a douchebag with a capital D but the whole project is interesting up until writing hateful words on the nice photos at that point he's just another loser who thinks he's more important than he actually is.