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Bruce E. Goodrich Interview

Posted on April 11, 2014 by
Bruce has an amazing eye to create and capture many different perspectives. Of the most simplest of images he can portray complex concepts with depth and inspires the imagination. His images can bring us to the foundation of pure art through they eyes of Bruce E.Goodrich.



Bruce: I am Bruce Goodrich, owner and photographic artist of Artfully Explicit Photography, "Where nudity is natural". I specialize in artistic and fine art nude images. Each of my shoots have a concept, a meaning, or tell a story for either myself or my client. My goal is to evoke an emotion with my work. All images are done in an artistic manner. I never just shoot a nude, just for the sake of shooting. Nudity represents two things to me. Freedom, and acceptance. Freedom to not be concerned about what others think, or may say. It is a choice that should be a simple one, but unfortunately, it is not for many. Acceptance, for who you are nude, or clothed. In order for someone to pose nude, they must be comfortable with themselves in that aspect. See, I want to make something beautiful...even if nobody cares.

With that said I would like to ask how you got started with photography and how long have you been in the industry.

Bruce: I started my photography with my wife, posing nude. It was almost an accident. How many of us have played with the camera and our partners? Just happened that the images were beautiful. I started with artistic nudes that were more location, than anything. The Blue Ridge Parkway was, and still is today, my favorite out doors spot. I had images of my wife hanging in my home. Friends really are the ones who helped me with the decision to shoot with other women. They saw the artistic side, when I was truly blind to it...until I took a good look at my images. That was 10 years ago, and now, it is one of the few passions in my life.



Your imagery is unique and creative. How did you get started developing your concepts and bringing them to life?

Bruce: All of my work has a concept, as I mentioned earlier. I discovered early on, that my images of nude women held a story. I found that you can use the most beautiful creature that GOD has ever made, and tell a story, or share an emotion through her. With something as simple as a pose, and the use of lighting. It is amazing the stories that can be captured...and the beauty shared. The concepts you see, may not be what the next person interprets it as. It is all within the viewers mind.

So how did you come across Fetfan Magazine and what do you like most about the magazine?

Bruce: I came across fetfan magazine on FB. It was through another artist that I discovered it. The thing I like best about it is the creativity. The thinking outside the box. When you see this, you know there are others that have the same ideas when it comes to our work, our passion, and our insight.



Throughout your travels and experience, have there been any places that have inspired your work?

Bruce: My travel have been limited. I was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont, where my liberal view of nudity comes from. I now reside in Hickory, North Carolina. Many of my back drops have been taken in the mountains. the natural beauty gives way to the beauty of the female form. There are so many contrasts in nature and the nude body that can be seen. North Carolina is filled with that beauty, in both landscape and female forms.



Is there anyone who has inspired your work?

Bruce: My work has been mainly inspired by my wife, Darlene. 24 years of marriage, we have had mostly good times, with little struggle. I use her, and our relationship as a template for many of my ideas. I am also inspired by those I work with. I can not shoot "just a nude" image. That meaning has to be there. When working with my client's, I have them tell me something about themselves. Something that has made an impact in their lives...good or bad, then I put that into an image. Inspiration is all around us, especially if you allow yourself to see it.



Do you have a favorite artist/s who you admire and have played a role in developing your style?

Bruce: Favorite artist...I look all work and artists as an inspiration. Like mine, there are many who are telling a story with their images. Even when I come across an image that may not be appealing to my eye, I know it was to theirs and others. Who are we to tell someone what is and is not art? There are so many of us out there. I view the images, and always take a little bit from them. The truth is, when it comes to artist, we share a little bit of us each time we show our work.



When at a photoshoot, what do you love most about the experience and what do you find challenging as a photographer?

Bruce: My favorite part of any photo shoot is the trust and vulnerability that is shown by the model/client. Lets face it, when are you more vulnerable than when you are nude? They are trusting you, not only with your conduct, but with your ability, intentions, and results of the experience in being photographed...nude.
The most challenging part is with those who are not totally comfortable with themselves. They limit the shoot with their reservations. Nude work requires a comfort with one's self. Those who "think" they want to pose nude bring the most difficult scenarios, compared to those who know they want to pose nude. It is difficult as a photographer at times to share your vision with them. Total trust must be established.



Of all your work, which is your favorite?

Bruce: My favorite image. Very difficult because they all have a meaning. Choosing one single piece, it would be, "Breaking from the darkness" It represents the view of many when it comes to nudity. The black and white portion represents the shame and guilt of nudity, while the color portion represents the freedom and acceptance of who we are.

How would you best describe yourself using just 3 words?

Bruce: Three words to describe myself - Compassionate. Trustworthy. Forgiving



At the end of the day when all is done what are you most proud of?

Bruce: At the end of the day, what I am most proud of? I have no regrets when dealing with others. I literally try to treat them as I would want to be treated. I am very giving. I believe there is a GOD, and I treat others as if they are him, and I am being tested for my behavior. There is so much hate in the world...fill your space with a little bit of love.



If you would like to add a few words or anything else you would like to tell your fans please do so.

Bruce: When dealing with the genre of nude photography, there is so much that can go wrong. You will be judged by many for what you do, as both a model and photographer. This is simply because of the mentality of many out there. I feel honored that I have the ability to show beauty where some question there is any at all. When you shoot with someone, and as they look at those images and tell me they are beautiful, then I was successful in that journey. It inspires me. My wife says every woman should pose nude at least once in their lives. It builds self esteem and confidence, and shares a part that is beyond word when describing beauty. For many who have posed in this genre, it is addictive. Let me end by saying...inspire me.

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ashleyj
Thanks instagram for reminding me to catch up on my FETFAN interviews!! Loving Bruce's work!!
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BessDG
ditto, ashley!
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photographicartist63
Thank you ladies.
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taintedsky
intriguing imagery
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tiffanyS
what a gem you are
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ironangel
very sexy photos
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davidb
shared!
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Doperelpland
another fabulous FETFAN artist!!
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