Interview: Dirty Archangel

Interview: Dirty Archangel

Interviews | April 7, 2023 |

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Interview: Dirty Archangel
Luca Curci
talks with Dirty Archangel during BODYSPACES, first appointment of CANVAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello

Dirty Archangel is a Hedonist, Philocalist, self-published poet, and published photographer. His heart beats for art, his eyes look for beauty everywhere. He has been taking pictures around NYC, of NYC for nearly a decade with a completely self-taught photography style. He is specialized in erotic and BDSM photography. For him, the female body; in every form, every shape, every size, every color is the most poetic entity in our world. His photography reflects his vision and his approach to the female body in the most poetic way under the BDSM umbrella in the pursuit of that mind-boggling, thought-provoking scenes.

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Luca Curci – How did you get into photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Dity Archangel –
I started taking photos probably just like any other father, taking photos of my son. After gaining some courage by taking thousands of photos of my son, I experimented and gained more knowledge about taking people’s photos by using my coworkers at work. Once I felt that I had enough knowledge to produce photos that people would love, I started taking photos professionally. My first professional photos were engagement photo sessions of a couple.

LC – How important is the editing process in your work? How’s yours?
DA –
To me, the editing process is where I create my art, where I share the final look of the sculpture I create which is the photo I took. I am not a documentary photographer so the photos I take don’t need to depict how they look to human eyes. I create art. So the color palette, shadows, lights, and the way the photo feels when you look at it are very important. You achieve that in the editing process. I use a lot of templates, and filters as a starting point. I choose one depending on the mood I want to create in the photo and based on how I feel when I look at the photo.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
DA – The most challenging part about creating my artwork is finding the right person/model who will work with me to achieve the emotions I want to display in my artwork. The style of photos I shoot cannot be done by any model, They need to have prior experience to be in ropes.

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LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
DA –
Although I can shoot any style and any genre, I am mainly focused on shooting shibari/kinbaku performances in this part of my career. Despite being an art form born in Japan, Shibari is getting more and more interest in the Western world so I believe it needs better, more representation that would help people understand it better.

LC- How do you choose your subjects Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
DA-
Both. I look at my subject’s past work and determine how comfortable they would be in helping me create the scene I envisioned in my mind.

LC- What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
DA-
Our bodies are the most important part of the human experience. Our existence is tied to the body we live in. We have been using our bodies for art since the dawn of men. The origins of Shibari can be scary but it is transformed into a beautiful art form where rope artists use their rope to design stunning geometric patterns that bind and accentuate the curves of their model’s body. Kinbaku and Shibari are about consensual art-making and experimentation; working together, the rigger and model engage in a simulation of extreme power dynamics to produce images and bodily experiences brimming with vulnerability, euphoria, tension, and sensuality.

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LC- Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
DA-
I believe your vision to bring together different artists who display the human body in different forms needs to be practised more often.

LC- What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
DA-
I am honoured that you picked my work to include in your exhibition. My work doesn’t fall into common photography practice and it touches on taboos, things people are not so comfortable seeing. This shows me that your platform is open to new and groundbreaking ideas.

LC- What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
DA-
I believe you are doing a very good job to give voice and a chance of representation to artists like me. I would love to work with ITSLIQUID GROUP more in the future.

LC- What are your suggestions about our services Is there something more we can provide to artists?
DA-
Just keep up the great work you’ve been doing.

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