Carpet Nudes is a photo series by internationally renowned photographer James Day, who works in the advertising and editorial field. His work showcases nude females and deals with traditional beauty ideals of luxuriant and voluptuous bodies. By altering the illumination, colour and filter of his images, Day’s photographs almost appear like old Baroque paintings. His photographic skills have gained him numerous awards including Gold Lions at Cannes or the prestigious John Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Newspapers and Magazines such as the New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and GQ have featured his editorial work. For more information check out the interview below and visit his website www.jamesdayphoto.com for more of his images.
Whom do you look up to?
I like Irvin Penn’s versitality, particurarly that he can shoot amazing still lifes and apply the same aesthetic to the portraiture. On the other hand I also really admire Richard Avedon for his single minded apporach to the photography.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I need to mention here James Cotier, whom I assisted in the early 90’s. He taught me how to take pictures and to understand your own specific skill set. He also taught me which people I should put my work infront of (and also showed me how to drink).
How would you describe yourselve in one sentence?
My wife would probably describe me as bold, slightly autistic with OCD. Some of those characteristics contributed to my success.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
I am not interested in rules and conventions… photography is not a sport. If I think a picture will look better brilliantly lit, I use lights, or even flash. It is the result that counts, no matter how it was achieved (Bill Brandt).
How do you define creativity?
Dissemination of an obsession with producing work.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Be true to your artistic vision.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
Persuading people to give you a chance.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I thought I knew everything when I was 21 but now I know I didn’t.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
The health of my wife and children.