If you don’t like his sensual, thematic glamour, and what’s not to like, then there are his pretty cool portraits of celebrities, like Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Neal Patrick Harris.
Soon, soon … soon we will all be there shooting the rich and famous too. Right ??
Williams recalls an early start to his photography …
Growing up in Compton, California, I used to photograph people and places.
I recall going to places like the Watts Towers and experimenting with angles, perspectives and composition (as much as I could with a little 110 Instamatic).
I would take the film to the local drug store for development.
The man behind the counter, Mr. Cox, would love it when I came to pick up the prints.
He would tell me that I truly had an eye and would one day become a great photographer.
In 1976, I went to college and majored in Theater Arts.
I needed to work my way through college, so I offered headshots to my fellow Theater students.
I purchased a Minolta XG1, a normal lens (50mm), a telephoto zoom/macro, and a wide-angle lens.
All of a sudden, I was a ‘professional photographer’!
Dean taught us to not only see the light, but to move it, bend it and most importantly control it, no matter where or when we were creating images.
He was a brilliant educator and often referred to as the finest presenter in the industry.
He introduced me to the art of Glamour photography.
In 1982, I purchased my first medium format camera, a Mamiya RB67.
I also purchased a Speedotron Black Line 2400 ws Pack Speedotron Blackline 2400ws pack and some heads.
In 1987, I got out of photography when I moved down south to Alabama.
There was not much of a demand for glamour photography there.
Even upon my return to California in 1990, I stayed out of the art.
In the early 2000’s, I had begun hearing of digital cameras.
I thought ‘Wow! A camera with no film or processing? Cool!!’
As soon as they make a 35mm digital SLR, I’ll get back into it.
In 2005, I escorted a friend to Best Buy and saw my first DSLR, a Canon Digital Rebel.
I said to myself, ‘Well, I guess I’ve got to get back into the business’.
I purchased that camera, and before I knew it, I was back as a full-time professional photographer.
I am known for some of the creative concepts that I’ve created, especially my ‘Treasure Chest’ series (in which I ‘glued’ jewels to the models breast as a bra and ‘pearls’ as a thong).
Other series I’m known for are my ‘Fox ‘n Socks‘ and ‘Girls ‘n Pearls‘ series.
Nowadays, my current projects include doing a fine-art nude series on dance, capturing different genre’s (i.e., Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, African, etc.).”
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