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Jun 2012 15

by Nahp Suicide

A column which highlights Suicide Girls and their fave groups.

This week Bob Suicide tells us why it’s good to get lost in Space and Time.

Members: 1160 / Comments: 3,226

WHY DO YOU LOVE IT?: It’s a group for talking about science, physics, relativity, astronomy, NASA, space, and the like.

 It’s the perfect combination of high-level theoretical physics, astronomical events, and Star Trek quotes. For example…


DISCUSSION TIP: Just jump right in. Even if your “relatively” new to astrophysics, there’s no such thing as a dumb question and a post could be the catalyst for a great discussion. After all, in another universe, you’ve already posted! 



BEST RANDOM QUOTE: Actually, there’s a whole thread for that.





MOST HEATED DISCUSSION THREAD: I’m not sure if anything gets particularly heated, but there’s lots of great spirited discussion surrounding the privatization of space exploration.



WHO’S WELCOME TO JOIN?: Everyone.

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Jun 2012 11

by Nahp Suicide

A column which highlights Suicide Girls and their fave groups.

[Lunar Suicide in Pearl Kissed]

This week Lunar Suicide tell us what’s so purrfect about SG’s Kitties Group.

Members: 3566 / Comments: 49,319

WHY DO YOU LOVE IT?: I love my cat, I love your cat, I love cats!!!! This group is a great place to talk to like minded kitty lovers and show off your feline kids. Not only are there cute pictures to swoon over daily, it’s really a great place for support from people who feel the same about their animals as you. When my kitty died I posted about it and everyone was really comforting.



DISCUSSION TIP: As long as you are all cat loving not much can go wrong. Don’t be asking for any diagnosis on your kitties health problems though – go to the vet for that.



BEST RANDOM QUOTE: “Why are you suddenly being so nice? Am I dying? Are you dying? Is one of us dying? …oh God, you finally planted the bomb that’s going to kill us both didn’t you?” from “Things you never thought you’d say but ended up saying to your cats.” That thread really makes me giggle.



MOST HEATED DISCUSSION THREAD: The group is pretty warm and fuzzy, unless there is mention of cruelty or mistreatment of cats in any way, and then understandably things get heated. I think the last one was “Declawing, just no.


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WHO’S WELCOME TO JOIN?: Anyone with a fondness for felines.

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Jun 2012 01

by Nahp Suicide

A column which highlights Suicide Girls and their fave groups.

[ Lee Suicide in Para Noir]

This week our headbanging maniac Lee takes a break from the mosh pit to tell us why she’s mad for SG’s Metal Heads United group.

Members: 2215 / Comments: 12,467

WHY DO YOU LOVE IT?: It’s introduced me to some new bands that I might not have heard of otherwise.



DISCUSSION TIP: Don’t be a hater and be negative just because you don’t like certain bands. We had a member who would complain about everything and eventually got booted because of it.



BEST RANDOM QUOTE: “SLAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYERRRR!!!!!”

MOST HEATED DISCUSSION THREAD: This one was from a while back. “Why does everyone like Slayer so much?“


WHO’S WELCOME TO JOIN?: If you love metal then you should join this group.

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Apr 2012 25

by Nahp Suicide


[Baz in Let Me Bang]

Shazzy is from Montreal. She currently splits her time between Montreal, Toronto and Tokyo. She has been an SG photographer since 2005 and has shot more than 200 sets.

How did you first get involved with SuicideGirls?

I had a couple friends (Tao and Raquel) who were interested in modeling for the site. This was February 2005. It was a total coincidence that I ended up shooting their sets a day apart. SG was just starting to blow up in Montreal back then.



What’s your background photography-wise?

I have a degree in photography from Dawson College. I graduated just in time – the following year they destroyed the darkrooms and switched 100% to digital photography.




[CurLee in Hell Yes]

What was the first photo you had published?

I think it was a shot of Ritchie Hawtin in the Montreal Mirror. 



How would you describe your style?

Minimal. DIY.

What gear do you use?

Canon 5D Mark II


[Reo in Squeaky Clean]

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

It used to be really important but in the last few years I’ve really toned it back. These days I usually clear up some blemishes and that’s it. Less is more.



What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing sets?

LOLCATS.




[Silvia in Stay On The Line]

What is your favorite image?

This one (NSFW) of Silvia from Stay On The Line.

Tell us why it’s your fave and how you achieved it?

I’m a huge fan of natural light and I like how the silhouette really accentuates her curves. I achieved it by underexposing a couple stops.



Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t?

A sunset in Nebraska. Or Mick Jagger! He’s fuckin ballin.


[Tao in Spider Girl]


[Silvia & Sliver in Candy Kiss]


[Kali in Blue Dog Motel]


[Eli in The Metro]

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Apr 2012 17

by Nahp Suicide


[Above: Sawa in Fascination Game shot by Zoetica]

Sawa is a model and a photographer who has worked with SuicideGirls since 2004. She has shot more than 100 sets and has been featured in SG’s films.

How did you first get involved with SuicideGirls?

I first started with Suicide Girls as a model. It was about 8 years ago. Missy shot me in my friend’s Hollywood apartment at dusk. I have to admit, one of my main motivations for getting in the mix for SG was to get on the other side of the camera too. I was already shooting a bit and convincing my friends to get naked for me.



What’s your background photography-wise?

Originally I took some photo classes at a few community colleges. I did some darkroom classes at Pierce College and did the whole photo program at Pasadena City College. But back then everything was shot on film. I remember I once spent a few years only shooting on 4″x5″ film. I had to re-learn a lot of things when I switched to digital. 
I also learn a lot from working on set. I do camera work on commercials and movies, and I’d say this is where I have done the most learning. They light things differently. I used to use only flash and natural light, and now I’ve become partial to continuous lighting. 



[Moxi in Revenge]

What was the first photo you had published?

That’s hard to say. I think some of the first photos I had published were in the metal scene. I’m pretty sure it was for my friend Chris Dodge’s label Slap-a-ham. I shot a lot of grindcore and noise bands back then and he put some of my black & white photos in the “Short Fast and Loud” compilation. I think most of my early published photos had to do with bands.



How would you describe your style?

I think certain styles or “looks” vary per shoot and what you are going after. I do like certain photos to look like a still out of a movie instead of a posed portrait. When I’m not shooting SG stuff, I like a lot of conceptual portraits. One of the trademark series I have been doing is my “Viva Banditas” series and those are a bit more raw and gritty and street art style. 




What gear do you use?

Usually a Canon 5D. Lately I’ve been shooting a lot more Polaroids. When I shoot film I use a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II. I also have a panoramic camera and a whole collection of vintage medium format cameras. I also have a LOT of fun with Diana and Holga cameras.

For lighting my favorite portrait light is a gem ball (learned this from movie lighting), and I use Diva Kino lights a lot. Sometimes I use strobes…and for outdoor shooting it’s always good to carry a shiny bounce. 




[Friskey in Road Trip]

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

Sometimes you can create a cool look with Photoshop but I believe all of your exposure control should be done in camera. I would never want to rely on Photoshop to save an image. I try to be consistent throughout a shoot. Photoshop can definitely help polish an image, which is good for fashion stuff. But for SuicideGirls we like the girls to be real so I think it’s important to not go too heavy on the Photoshop.



What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing sets?

I love shooting inspiring girls that naturally give you great ideas. It’s such a treat to shoot a muse like that. I also get a lot of ideas from music. I sometimes get images in my head of an idea for a shoot and I have to write it down or else I will forget it for sure.




[Amina in One For The Road]

What is your favorite image?

Impossible! It’s too hard to narrow it down. 





Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t?

As far as the site goes, I’ve been really lucky to shoot some amazing girls from around the world. I still haven’t shot Lass or Manko and I hope that will come soon. I have ideas for both of those girls!
In general, I have ideas to last me for like the next 10 years and a huge blessing would be to one day have the time to devote myself full time to these projects. And just to add more things to my plate, I’m in prep to start directing some music videos. In the meantime, I’ve also started running a gallery in the arts district of Downtown LA (Get Her! La Compound gallery) so I’m getting a huge kick out of collaborating with other fellow artists. Everything from street art, to fine art, and most definitely photography. I sometimes wish there were more hours in the day.

For more on Sawa visit: thesawa.com and lacompound.com


[Sarabi in Super]

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Apr 2012 11

by Nahp Suicide


[Above: Talamia]

Talamia describes herself as a “photographer, illustrative designer, and thinker.” She lives is South Africa. She has been shooting for SuicideGilrs since 2008, and has more than 30 sets in the site.

How did you first get involved with SuicideGirls?

I had always loved the concept and internet stalked the models of SG ever since I could remember but was always under the misconception that it was a US only thing. The day I came to realize this was not so was when I randomly stumbled upon a local girl’s FB profile page whose profile picture had the SG logo on it. It was Lynx, and she introduced me to Diaz, and from there I threw myself at SG with a fervor.



What’s your background photography-wise?

I have a four year degree in BA: Information Design (aka Information Architecture), which covered some photography here and there, but mostly I am self taught.

 



[Orijin in Art of War]

What was the first photo you had published?

If we’re talking print media then It was probably a campaign series of portraitures of VJs and musicians for MTVbase that ran in a variety of music and youth related magazines.

How would you describe your style?

Having trained as a creative director-designer I find it very difficult to adhere to having one particular style. Or rather, I cannot see it in my work, even though others have said they can. All I can say about my work at this time is that I strive to makes images that are striking with the right amount of contrast to make the image pop.



What gear do you use?

I currently use the Canon range of equipment including a variety of L lenses.




[Lumo in Afterglow]

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

One always continually strives to achieve the desired end result out-of-camera so as to minimize reliance on post-editing, but Photoshop will always be vital for the odd blemish or bruise or stubborn stray hair.



What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing sets?

The question is more like what doesn’t give me ideas for sets. Everything from dreams; the products of popular culture; the things people say; even patterns that emerge in tiles! Everything, no matter how trivial, can make splendid set ideas, and the more idiosyncratic the better. But what helps most directly is getting to know the amazing women I have gotten to work with and allowing them to inspire me.



[Hadess in A Beautiful Mind]

What is your favorite image?

There are so many favorites it’s really hard to choose. From the way the light sculpted Lumo’s beautiful form (in Afterglow – see NSFW image) to the stunning water-like reflection in the image of Hadess (in A Beautiful Mind – see NSFW image).

Tell us why it’s your fave and how you achieved it?

I like using light sources that wrap around the body’s contours to illuminate the fine details of shape and form. Reflective surfaces also provide gorgeous points of visual interest.

Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t?

I love working with strong creative women. Some that come to mind are (I’ve probably left out three dozen others!) Bexi, Serial, Radeo, Bully, Jamity, Rashel, Prussia, Liu, Clio, AnnaLee, Nena, Waikiki, Manko, GoGo, Rigel, Vice, Annika, Bee, Flux, Lumi. Apart from being tremendously gorgeous, they are all so provocatively intelligent which is the biggest kind of turn on.


[Tarion in Kiss The Machine]

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Apr 2012 03

by Nahp Suicide


[Above: Waikiki in Walk On The Wild Side – Photographed by Alissa]

Waikiki is from Italy and spends her time shooting between Italy, Holland, London, and Berlin. She has been a SuicideGirl since 2006 and a photographer since 2009.

How did you first get involved with SuicideGirls?

A close gay friend of mine introduced me to SG for the first time. It was the summer of 2005.
 A month later I shot my first set as a model with Albertine. Three years later I did my first one as a photographer.



What’s your background photography-wise?

I have a BA in Fine Arts. I did photography, video, and sculpture. Back then I mainly shot in analog. The dark room was my favorite place in the whole University. 



[Gogo in Mononoke]

What was the first photo you had published?

A self shot photograph which was part of my last year examination project.
It got published on a Dutch catalogue.



How would you describe your style?

My style is continuously mutating. It’s in motion. My photography is pretty varied as is my style. Shooting for the site has definitely changed it. I used to be always an art photographer. I worked with models but on a different level. My photographs were mainly black & white images.
 SG gave me the possibility to embrace a new layer. Capture models’ sexyness, beauty and creativity through their body, moves, peculiarities.

What gear do you use?

I currently use a canon 5D Mark II. I have a few lenses, which I like to switch depending on what the subject is and where I’m shooting. I also have an old Nikon F2 which I’ve started to use again lately, and a fewmore, but due to work and media I mostly use my Canon.




[Fifi in Oui C’est Moi]

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

Since I work on digital images Photoshop has become essential for color correction and to adjust lighting. Needless to say, Photoshop and Lightroom have both become the digital dark room of our future, although, for the most part, good results should always be done ideally with the settings on the camera itself, before you pull the trigger.




What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing sets?

Certainly the model, she is my very first inspiration. I do travel quite often and I am a big observer of spaces, landscape and whatever my eyes capture. Music videos, literature, magazines are a big inspirations as well.




[Cherish in Night Clubbin’]

What is your favorite image?

I couldn’t pick just one.

Tell us why it’s your fave and how you achieved it?

I love working with Janette and everything we did together. She is one of my favorite models I’ve been collaborating with. She is an artist, a performer, and a friend.




Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t?

I want to photograph a lot more girls, people, anyone who communicates a feeling, a sensation, weather positive or not. People that can tell a storywith their facial and body expressions.
 Among the SG models, probably the first one who comes to my mind would now be Vice. I have adored her since I joined the site. Manko is another artist I would love to collaborate with.
 I fell in love with her mind, her thoughts, her creativity. She is so inspirational in so many ways. Chunny has intrigued me since always. Or Amina, just to mention another one.


[Lass in English Sunset]

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