Showing posts with label Ralfy Lords. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ralfy Lords. Show all posts

Sunday, June 12, 2011


BLISS: Your creative output is rather eclectic, so if I were to ask you to describe your style and encompass all the different types of images that you do, what would your answer be?

Javi Giovanni: As a young artist I’m only trying to grow and find what I want to focus on, at this point I want to try everything at least once just so I can say I did and have a better knowledge base 

B: You have a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Photography, so clearly you are trained in all the technical aspects. Do the “learned” aspects ever conflict with your creative vision?

JG: No only makes it stronger. Learning more is always a good thing, the more under my belt the more I can expand, such as composition, layouts, design 

B: When you are doing a shoot, do you have planned concepts in mind or do you shoot spontaneously? Or is it a combination of both that depends on the model?

JG: Always a combination of both, some things you can’t plan.

B: Speaking of models, where do you find most of the guys that you photograph?

JG: Lately most are previous models and Facebook, model mayhem, friends of models or just sometimes a guy that just happens to run into me.

B: I actually did a feature on one of your guys, Ralfy Lords, who has gained a certain level of popularity. What was it like working with him?

JG: Ralfy was great, open to all ideas and not closed minded at all, to say the least, which makes photographing that much better not to have limits and he is on his way.
I’m glad previous photographers and new photographers are seeing that he has something cool, different and creative to offer. Most will just want the whole package right up front, but he does have it all you just have to be more of an open minded creative person.  A guy does not have to be 6' 9" to be a model and work the camera!! 

B: There is an element of eroticism in your work that is at once both explicit and creative. How do you balance the two?

JG: The main goal with ultra exposed is to push the limit of what we are trained to see as porn or over the top erotic; I strive to balance the two, by making something that is typical into something that you see in a different way. A cum shot can be the feeling of two lovers and not just blown out porn.... it’s all how you deliver the message. I can do nudes all day and in my vision it will not look like porn or trashy everything that is synced into a beautiful portrait or still life can be used to create erotic art in same sense. I’m not saying porn is trashy is bad just not my goal, and I don't like the assumption that if it says [ naKed ] its in bad taste or not classy.  Anything can be amazing… you just have to see passed what society made it seem

B: One of the things that stand out in my mind when I view your erotic images is that they seem to tell an underlying story. There is a definite feel of an editorial even if it’s a single image. Is this conscious on your part?

JG: I believe it comes from my degree in design like a story or communication though different media, is not all ways planed but during a session and reading the model or subject you kind of create and somewhat develop a story.  I sometimes get blamed for getting to know my models to much. Compared to shoot it and move on, but its not the same results I feel when it comes to erotic or fine art nudes. The more you know who you’re dealing with and the more they can understand me and my vision the session only grows to something great. 

B: You also combine sensuality with playfulness, such as your use of candy or selective coloring. Is there a message within these images or is it based on color and aesthetic?

JG: Usually I like color or the idea of making their body my canvas to add a little dimension to the image as well 

B: We seem to have a common affinity for the shorter guys and dark hair. Is this a preference for you or simply coincidence?

JG: I believe that everyone has something that can be brought to light, like the 6 pack,  6' 9", square face, perfect dimensions is not always what I look for in a model. With Ralfy it was his lips and the way he moves, as well as being a very cute boy. Some of my other models like Raul, its all in the eyes and making that works makes everything else work.
I got models that 90 percent of photographers would not even look twice at, but this is where I get excited to show them that they lost a great model simply because they could not see past a small thing, or large thing.

B: There is also an obvious love for the ethnic look in your port. Are you partial to Latinos?

JG: No, just happens to end up that way or I have a bigger Latino following 

B: Considering you are based in Miami, I would imagine there is no shortage of Latino models. What do you like most about living in that area?

JG: The beaches, the boys, food, locations and endless possibilities  

B: There are quite a few elite photographers based in Florida, like Luis Rafael. Which photographers do you admire or gain the most inspiration from?

JG: Ethan James and Greg Gorman 

B: How much of your graphic design experience goes into the creation of your images?

JG: At least 75 percent. Magazines especially love me because I understand that I have to share the page with TYPE and other elements. 

B: The fact that you shoot erotica may surprise some of your clients since you excel at more traditional imagery as well. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt it necessary to be less forthcoming about this side of your work?

JG: Yes. There are a lot of judgmental people in this world; if I was sitting higher and the economy was better I think I would not care, even though it’s hard to say that because I do believe you should never hide anything because you’re only hurting yourself.  But a roof over my head is a nice thing till then, lol 

B: What are the main characteristics and physical traits that you look for in a model?

JG: This varies a lot so it’s hard to say but a couple are, eyes, lips and angles! 

B: We have all had our muses, though we don’t often want to admit it. Do you have a favorite of the models that you worked with? If so, what was it about them?

JG: I do have one main model who has let my try my ideas no matter how wired it may seem too him. He trusted me and my creativity.  He feels the same way and the more we work together the more creative we get and love that fact  

B: Every photographer (and model, for that matter) has their own personal horror story about a bad shoot. Do you have one that would qualify as a bad experience?

JG:  As far as Ultra Exposed goes, I have been very very lucky with a great handful of guys and girls to work with …knock on wood. The commercial stuff and weddings that’s a different story lol  

B: Let me turn that around and ask about your favorite photo shoot and what made it stand out in your mind?

JG:  Almost all of them love the getting messy,  paint,  food,  water, MUD this ones hard as well I don't have a fave on this I love opening 10 bottles of Champaign and 100 oranges, or deciding that a bag of top soil and water is a great mess idea, old dumpster diving for furniture and bringing on the paint toughing, point blank if it’s not fun, I’m not happy either is my model!!

B: What is the one photo or shoot that you've wanted to incorporate into your portfolio that you have yet to do?

JG: At this point it involves a bag of top soil :) 

B: Going back to models, do you have a wish list of individuals that you would like to work with?

JG: I do have a list of 4 and one more in the works, and then it’s on to focusing on galleries and my book 

B: What advice would you give a new guy who was considering getting into modeling?

JG:  Let go,  BE who you are get to know the photographer and have fun the worst thing to happen is....nothing but the experience at least and with the right photographer, some killer images you will love and share. There are a lot of amateur guys out there that are just looking for a naked boy to look at so make sure you research it to see if  it is going to get you where you want to go. 

B: Male imagery, especially if it contains frontal nudity or veers into the erotic territory, is still stigmatized and not as widely accepted as female nudity. Why do you think the taboo still exists?

JG:  Yeah to a degree, but I hope at some point this will go away.  I mean my 78 year old aunt looks at my images on my wall and says that’s ART ....I smile because that’s what should be first thing to pop up on our minds and the fun experience that’s behind each image or story...

B: In the same vein, much of male nudity is dismissed as pornography. How do you define the difference?

JG:  If your mind is mature and see what goes into some of my work or other photographers you may very well see the different,  prude people will always have something bad to say or make it something  its not just because.   I know its not porn, family does not see is as porn, I only really care for the ones that support me or follow me and the art world....BUT if I can change some minds on the way its a plus in my book 

B: Every artist has their own comfort level in terms of what they will or will not shoot. Where do you draw the line (if you do) in terms of eroticism?

JG: I’ll say though time my mind is more open then I ever thought it would be, at this point I’m still young and I’m sure I have not seen it all yet or asked all yet but, drawing a line when I feel my image is becoming something its not 

B: Photographer Tony Gibble who works with his partner Clint Shields once stated that the best shoots often come about as the result of sexual tension between model and photographer. Do you agree with this?

JG:  ( deep breath ) Yes as far as a photographer, I mean a [ naked ] guy in front of you its hard not to be......lips red, eyes dilated but at the same time, I’m so wrapped in the outcome of the shoot its hard to see more then a shape, lights shadows. Has there been tension between models and photographer? Yes and in some cases it makes the images 100 times better that they are giving you the attention, not the camera, lights, music it becomes just the two of you as one  and leads to an amazing feeling, look, story....k next lol  

B: What would you say is the biggest misconception people might have regarding photographers who shoot male nudes?

JG: That its porn off the bat and with a name like Ultra Exposed    [ naKed ]  I want to change minds 

B: Same question, but this time about the models who pose for these images?

JG: In some cases the younger models are the ones that have to hear it the most, mostly immaturity from peer pressure, which bites, reason being they love what they are doing but peers make it hard for them to express it 

B: What inspired you to first pick up a camera?

JG: It was when I was 12.    35MM oh how I miss the feel of film and the smell of the dark room.  It was the black and whites from my grandparents and the feeling of capturing a moment in time that will never happen again. The high school and then Ringling school of art and design, and I don't believe I’ll ever get tired of being behind the camera and creating new things it’s a passion in life 

B: I’ve always felt that art, in whatever form, is mostly about self expression. When people view your work, what is the lasting impression that you want them to have?

JG: That I changed someone’s mind or that I made someone see something great, a piece of my world 

B: What are 5 things that your value most in terms of your art?

JG: Light, creativity, shape, design, feel 

B: What are 5 things that you value most in your life?

JG: Love, passion, friends, the ability to create and living life to the fullest

B: When you combine the two, how has one group served to elevate the other?

JG: Passion 

B: What’s next for your brand Ultra Exposed?

JG: To grow and become larger in scale, and expanding to more markets 

B: What message would you like to give to the fans of your work?

JG: Love, live, create, and have an open mind.  Remember its art!  There’s no right or wrong way to see something, just as long as you talk about it! 

B: Any last words?

JG: Visit us, join us, create with us, we are a growing business and just want it to be the best. Don’t forget we do sell custom prints and framed art as well as always looking for the next great face for Ultra Exposed!!

©2011 – Sean Dibble

Saturday, December 11, 2010


One of the biggest issues that men deal with on a personal level is the question of size. And in many cases, the verdict is obvious: size matters. It matters to them as individuals, it matters to the people they are attracted to and it matters in the modeling industry.

When it comes to height (what did you think I was referring to?), the perception is that most models are tall, and in some areas this is prerequisite, such as runway, but in other avenues such as print, commercial, physique, fine art or erotic, males are often on the shorter side of the measuring tape. And what they lack in stature can easily be made up for in sex appeal and beautiful features.

We have all heard the expression of desire towards a tall, dark and handsome specimen of manhood but the reality is that the average height of the American male is 5’10”. Globally the figure falls between 5’7” to 5’8” so it would seem that guys of smaller stature are in the majority.

There is something undeniably sexy about smaller men, be it the cuddly approachability of the average built ones or the impressive bulk of those on the muscular side. I have always been drawn to those of average height, possibly because I fit into that category, but also because there is a neat and compact quality to their beauty. And it would seem as if height has no bearing on attributes in the lower region. Many of the well hung gay porn stars are actually on the short side, and this lack of height makes certain things look even more impressive.

And speaking of nudity, Cuban born Ralfy Lords is certainly no stranger to it and displays his body with full confidence. He combines all of the qualities that make smaller guys so appealing with his beautiful small, sexy smirk and nicely proportioned physique. He is still rather new to the modeling field but has already worked with some impressive photographers. And the offers from others keep coming, including from me. It’s holiday time, and Ralfy is the perfect gift to find under your tree.

©2010 Sean Dibble


BLISS: You were born in Cuba but raised in Miami. When did you first come to the United States?
RALFY LORDS: Yes, I came to the United States when I was 9 years old.

B: Did you speak English before you came or learn the language here?
RL: No, I didn’t know anything. I learned here with the help of my teachers and some friends, and a lot of TV lol.

B: I have quite a few Latino friends here in the DC area, and many have told me that there’s a definite advantage to living in a city with a high Latino population. It made the transition much easier for them. Miami also has a large number of Spanish speaking residents. Is this an advantage for you as well?
RL: To tell you the truth since I was raised here most of my life it doesn’t make any differences for me. I get along the same way if you’re Latino or other race. And I think is much better to be surrounded by people from here better because you learn faster everything.

B: I asked about your heritage because I don’t believe Latinos, like other minorities, are as visible within the industry as they should be, especially when you consider the growing market. I may have to excuse the market in Miami, but in general do you feel as if there is enough representation within modeling?
RL: Well I think we do represent a lot of high fashion modeling companies... now more than ever. I’ve seen a lot of Hispanic models in the front of magazines. I think its all equal.

B: You joined Model Mayhem on August 31, 2010, so you’re relatively new to the industry. Did you always want to be a model?
RL: Yeah I am... Since I was 15 I used to take pictures in my pool or room and always posing lol.

B: On your profile you write “I know I’m really short and I can’t really be a model”. How tall are you exactly?
RL: I’m 5’1”. My dream is to be a runway model I love to do runway. But I know the qualifications and all that... but I’m ok for now doing print and commercial.

B: Obviously, runway work is out, but there are so many other avenues for models to take, such as print work or commercials. What type of modeling do you want to do?
RL: I’m looking forward to try everything, I love the attention, and to be representing something.

B: Do you remember what your first shoot was like?
RL: Yes I do... It was in the back of a building and I was so nervous I didn’t know what to do... but then after 30 minutes I got comfortable and I got a nice shoot.

B: You’ve shot with a few photographers already. What was the most difficult or challenging photo shoot you involved in and what made it so?
RL: I think my first nude shoot. I just couldn’t get hard and didn’t know what to do lol... but did a great job.

B: What did you learn from that experience?
RL: Just to feel comfortable with your body and yourself, and very confident.
B: What was the best photo shoot you were involved in and what lessons did you get from it?
RL: I think it was the last one I had with GR Pro Photos. We just had an amazing chemistry and the pictures came out amazing. I was rocking that shoot.

B: I noticed, from your port, that you don’t shy away from nude images. Do you enjoy posing nude?
RL: Yes now that I have experience doing nudes I love it. It’s a nice sensual feeling.

B: Making a decision to pose nude comes easily to some models, while others struggle with the decision, or just flat out refuse. When did you decide that you were willing to pose nude and what prompted that decision?
RL: I was thinking about it for couple days, and then I thought about it and I was like I would like to have nude pics of me so when I get old I can see them and remember how hot I am lol

B: To add to your boldness, you even posed with an erection. Are you interested in erotic images?
RL: Yes, I've been thinking about it. But not sure yet.

B: Do you think there is a double standard when it comes to men posing nude compared to females? If so, why?
RL: To be honest I think we are on the same levels.

B: You have a beautiful, natural physique, which I love, and despite the height issue, you are very well proportioned. Do you work out to maintain your natural musculature?
RL: I dance for clubs here in Miami sometimes. So I think that’s what helps me a lot. Because I hate working out lol

B: Can you name a few of the photographers that you would love to work with and what it is about their images that capture your attention?
RL: Yes I would love to work with Jorge Freire and Joel*, they are so creative and clean with the pictures I love it.
(* Joel Edemano, who he has now worked with.)

B: What about concepts…what type of image have you always wanted to try?
RL: I’m dying to do some dirty looks. I'm tired of the good boy look lol

B: In terms of height, I actually like the appeal of models that are not as tall. Do you believe that there are any advantages to it in terms of posing?
RL: I’m not sure about it. I think it depends on the person.

B: What impact would you like to have within the industry and how do you think you can achieve this?
RL: I would like to make a change in the model industry so more people like me push themselves to archive their goals.

©2010 - Sean Dibble

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