JEAN PHILIP ZI

I find it quite contradictory that it is so difficult to do this job for a living, and yet it's so easy to be driven by a passion. It took me many years to fully consider myself an artist specializing in nude, erotism and charm photography. The self-confidence was not quite there until recently. I now heartily assume everything that I'm trying to express with my photographs and it seems to finally pay off! I would not answer this question otherwise! I draw my confidence from my clients, the magazines interested in my work or the amazed faces of the collaborative partners when they receive their pictures!

 

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I like to say that my photographs focus more on the character than the beauty itself. A model exuding nothing but beauty on a shooting set will likely produce average material. In contrast, an unconventional beauty with attitude will produce striking images. I'd say it's all about balance. Model management is essential for my shooting style. The process must be fully understood prior to the shooting. The model must be self-confident and ready to deliver the best. Every model is different as well as the energy generated. This is done on a case-by-case basis. Same goes for the style. Most of my shots have a particular signature, but every subject must be addressed individually, forming a cohesive whole with the light, the mood, the energy, the wardrobe, etc.

 

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I would never have thought that I'd become an artist, let alone a photographer. When I was a kid, I was mainly into sports, like hockey, football, and snowboarding. As a teen, I started making music and performing on stage until 2009. I embraced photography around twenty three years old and now I'm thirty two. The reactions have been pretty mixed. I'm doing this primarily for myself and no one else.

 

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I have some kind of love-hate relationship with Montreal. Being from a rural area, the first contact was a shock. I've been living here for ten years now and everything is fine. I love the cultural diversity, the fashion, and the world famous artists living here. It's the only place in the province that allows me to reach my full potential because there's much more open-mindedness than everywhere else. Being indoorsy, I feel like I haven't fully enjoyed everything Montreal has to offer.

 

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I'm definitely a huge fan of every kind of socks: stockings, baseball, short socks… blended with nudity. To achieve sobriety, lingerie is definitely a must. It allows the model to reveal a lot of her body without being fully naked. The wardrobe usually reflects the unique character of the model. There's a huge difference between a Victoria Secret full set and a pair of panties. Reflecting textiles are clearly harder to shoot. Keep it simple: nudity. The model can also wear shadow.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Respect, in all its forms. Whether it's the way I talk or behave on the set. All of my friends have been asking me how I can resist the urge to sleep with my models. The answer is simple: I would never damage my name for a quickie in a studio. Or worse: getting unwanted sexual advances rejected… Of course, there's a temptation because these women are beautiful. In today's world where everything is based on image and sex, there are many temptations, especially given my style of shooting, but I am proud of my professional approach. This is the very essence of my work. If I lose the trust of women, my career is over. The second most challenging aspect of the work is the business. I definitely suck at it.

 

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Yes I am [optimistic about the future]. I realized that luck is not enough. I keep working everyday and I stay focused on the ultimate objective. The competition is strong but there's hope. At least on the business side, because the humans are screwed anyway.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: T-Rex zombies with exoskeletons shooting lasers with their eyes.

 
















01 // Elyse
02 // Franceska F. // franceskafournier
03 // L
04 // Serina Adele // serinaadele
05 // Becca
06 // Gabe Duchesne // gabeduchesne
07 // Victoria L. // victorialaurenofficial
08 // Laurr // laurrdesj
09 // Uncredited
10 // Ellia Demay // ellia_dem
11 // L
12 // Vanessa
13 // Victoria L. // victorialaurenofficial
14 // Sarah
15 // Victoria L. // victorialaurenofficial
16 // Amélie PM // ame.pm

 

Jean Philip Zi // jeanphilipzi // 500px.com/jeanphilipzi

 

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