Penthouse Australian – January – February 2015 36 AUSTRALIAN PENTHOUSE
FOR the past 35 years, Penthouse has been discovering and photographing the hottest women in the world. Now we’ve invited a few notable guests to share some of this arduous workload. The assignment is straightforward, but far from simple: create and direct a photo shoot that represents their unique vision of what makes a woman hot. We’ve put together a list of people who stand at the centre of popular culture, and we’re kicking things off with Dave Navarro, member of Jane’s Addiction, guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, host of Ink Masters on 7 Mate, and no stranger to beautiful women. Penthouse sat down with Navarro to talk about women, sex and the source of inspiration for his set of photos, which were shot by Holly Randall.
Talk us through some of the creative decisions you made for this shoot. The decisions I made were, in my mind, more in terms of “sexy” than “hot,” because those are different things. To me, sexiness is mystique and mystery, a yearning to want to know someone, whereas straight-up “pornographic” imagery falls more into the “hot” category, and is just more lustful. I think what I was trying to accomplish here was to show these women in a way that appeared strong and interesting and mysterious, because ultimately that’s what I find sexy in women. I mean, they’re hot women to begin with, so that can’t help but be a component. But to put them in a darker environment, and play with shadows and light a little bit more, and create an atmosphere that really has a mood — that was a little bit more along the lines of what I wanted to accomplish. Skin Diamond is a very well-known adult-film star, and I feel that we’ve seen her in adult scenarios and set-ups plenty, but Mosh isn’t. From what I’ve seen of her work, it’s more fetish-oriented and burlesque. I was told I could pick anybody I wanted to, and those were the two I selected.
“TO ME, SEXINESS IS MYSTIQUE AND MYSTERY, A YEARNING TO WANT TO KNOW SOMEONE”
Mercury RisingGLOBAL WING AFFECTS EVERYONE. AND ITS VITAL WE ALL MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO REDUCE ITS IMPACT WHICH WE PROMISE TO DO. RIGHT AFTER WE’VE RAISED THE PLANETS TEMPERATURE BY SEVERAL DEGREES WITH THE HOTTEST WOMEN OF SUMMER
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“A PHOTOGRAPHER HAS TO GET THE MODEL TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE LIGHTING WORKS – HOW IT CARESSES HER FACE AND LIGHTS UP HER BODY”
Your models tend to have more serious expressions than the typical smile-at-the-camera shots. Is that a personal preference? People always say to me, “Why don’t your models smile?” I’m just not a real smiley kind of guy. That and I prefer to capture natural sensuality and sexuality, rather than big fake smiles. It’s not an easy feat to get a model to act ‘natural’ in front of a camera, because a lot of these girls have looked at too many adult and glamour magazines, and not enough of the artistic stuff. So they have skewed ideas of how they should pose.
What do you think makes a great erotic photo? It has to make you stop and look at it for more than two seconds. Everyone says that video is going to overtake photos in popularity but I don’t believe it ever will. I don’t think you’re going to sit down and watch a video more than perhaps two or three times. But a really great photo, you’re going to go back to it again and again. You’ll look at it like a hundred times because you love that photo. A great photo has to have something special. It has to impart a feeling that you relate to. Obviously what makes a great photo is not the same for everyone. It’s like anything – beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that. But for me, a memorable nude has to portray a woman’s sensuality, her beauty and the emotion she’s portraying. And it’s always better if she feels it naturally, rather than acting it.
What is your approach when it comes to lighting? With lighting, I always have a preconceived idea of what the photo is going to look like. I’m at a point now where I’m so experienced with lighting that I pretty much know exactly what I’ve got to do to achieve the look I’m going for. But the important part of lighting goes beyond the equipment. A photographer has to get the model to understand how the lighting works – how it caresses her face and lights up her body.