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Anoush Anou Interview

Posted on May 20, 2014 by


Anoush: I'm originally from New Zealand and I began modeling professionally in Australia in 2008. I studied photography as a teenager and I've always felt drawn to creativity and visual arts. Modeling and photography aside, I've always been very interested and involved in environmental protection, most recently in efforts to stop the clear-felling of Australian old growth forests. Currently I live out of a suitcase, based nowhere. I love people, food, music and love. I also love sharing my work so thank you for featuring me!

How did you get started with modeling and how long have you been in the industry?

Anoush: I've been an art model for a little over six years but the first two of these I was primarily posing for artists/painters. At this stage I would occasionally model for a photographer but not often. For the past 4 years it's been the other way around and I've been working full-time as a photographic model, occasionally for artists (painters) who's work I really like. I have no idea what inspired me to begin working as a model. After spending a long time in and around India I decided to move to Melbourne, Australia and I was trying to think of a job I could do which wouldn't drive me crazy and one where I could call my own hours and be around happy people. For some reason art-modeling came to mind and things took off fairly quickly from there.



Which is your favorite genre to model and why?

Anoush: I love working in a very free, candid style with a lot of expression and movement. I feel most able
to emote without the constrictions of heavy costuming or makeup. On saying that, when I've been dressed differently by stylists it gives me a new character and I find myself posing in new ways which I also enjoy. Variety is very important to me and I need the challenge of working across multiple genres to keep things fresh and to keep me learning.

Throughout your modeling career I'm sure you have been to many different places, which has been your favorite and what kind of project were you working on?

Anoush: I'm in love with nearly all places, it's why I can't stay still.



Is there anyone who has inspired your work?

Anoush: Modeling is very much an unrehearsed thing for me and also an incredibly personal thing so I've
never tried to emulate another models look or style but I certainly do find all of my model friends to be inspiring in general. There is a certain type of person to whom this lifestyle appeals and it takes courage and sacrifice for one to succeed. I love learning the stories of the women who travel the world making art, learning what they've been through both prior to and throughout their modeling careers. There is a wildness of character shared by all and I find the models who I've been lucky enough to get to know well to be super inspiring, as muses of course, but also as people.



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

Anoush: One of my favorite things about modeling is having the opportunity to explore different possibilities of myself. When a shoot is going well there is a meditative quality to it. Unlike other jobs where my mind would be occupied with tasks outside of myself, in creative modeling I am allowed to be truly in the moment and the more-so the better as the models presence when the shutter clicks is really what makes the final image compelling(or not) to the viewer. One thing that I find challenging as a model is seeing so many photographers who, in my opinion, over-think the creative process; seeing art as a mathematical equation and overlooking the integrity of the moment they're seeking to capture while they're calculating the answer; believing it needs to be difficult to be good. I'm certain that the moment is nearly all that matters, if there is nothing real to photograph, then there is nothing.



Of all your work, which is your favorite piece?

Anoush: I couldn't choose just one! Each picture has a story and a memory behind it. Each collaboration is such a unique experience and the results achieved are so diverse... I'd have trouble choosing 20 favorites!

How would you best describe yourself using just 3 words?

Anoush: loving, purposeful, insatiable.



What do you think is your strongest feature as a model?

Anoush: I think that my strongest feature is the only thing which really matters, which is - my ability to be present in front of the camera and to emote. This has to be the strongest feature of anyone who is going to succeed as a model, all else is secondary.

Your images are compelling, alluring and enticing. Your focus and communication through your eyes empowers your images giving them an edge. Does this come naturally for you or did it take some time to develop as a technique?

Anoush: Nothing about me is rehearsed... I'm not that organized! While it's possibly a really good idea to practice poses and expressions and I've often wondered if I should, I've so far never gotten around to it.



Building a relationship with photographers I'm sure helps with creating flawless images. Do you feel this is true from your experiences?

Anoush: Yes and no. Yes in that I believe that a strong connection with a collaborator is almost certainly
indispensable in creating great art. No if 'building' assumes that this level of connectedness takes time to develop. I mostly find that I connect with people instantly, people who I work with, strangers on the street, anyone... Usually when it's there, it's there straight away for me and when I click with an artist we're usually making amazing images first shoot. It's always great to build on this of course. I love shooting with the same photographers over and over and getting to know them as friends at the same time as we're creating. It can be easier to try wacky ideas with friends too, as, when we've already shot a bunch then there's much less pressure to get a certain type of image from a shoot since we already have tons, which is a good place to be.



Every artist's goal is to grow. Looking at your own work how do you believe you have evolved as an artist?

Anoush: I feel as though my personal drive is to experience, growth results naturally. In terms of the way I model I honestly don't feel that I'm doing anything differently now to what I was doing on my first shoot. I have experienced a lot more though and worked with many great people and for that reason it would appear that I've blossomed as an artist but really I feel that the passing of time has simply allowed me the opportunities needed to build a rounded portfolio and to have reached more people. I've changed as a person across this period of course, a lot. I hope that the ways in which I've changed personally have given me a broader range of expression which I can draw upon while modeling. In sum, I believe that it's via my personal growth that I have evolved and that I am evolving as an artist.



There are many who believe there is a fine line between the art of nudes and just plain porn. What's your opinion on the matter and has anyone ever classified you with the latter?

Anoush: I hope that no one would make that connection after having actually seen my work. I do sometimes feel as though people make that assumption without having seen it though. I hate saying that I'm a model when I'm asked what I do because many people only know of fashion modeling so they look me up and down (all 5'4" of me) and, I sense, they're either thinking that I'm working at Woolworth's, posting selfies to Facebook in my spare time and waiting to be 'discovered', or, they think I'm shooting porn. Maybe I'm completely wrong of course but often the conversation ends at this point with a silence which I can only perceive as a fear of delving further. As far as people who have seen my work go, I don't think that anyone has ever categorized my work as porn, even my grandmother describes it as beautiful! In terms of do I care? Not really. Personally I'm not big on labels and I don't feel as though I need to relate what I'm doing to any pre-authorized construct. What someone calls my work doesn't change what it is and I'm proud of what I do.
Honestly, between art and porn and fashion, I think that the lines are sometimes very blurry. Sex is a part of life, an extremely undeniable part of life and we are all hard-wired to fascinate over it and to want it, so it makes sense that sex pervades our visual media both overtly and covertly. If I were forced to draw a distinction between art and porn (as I've often been requested to do) I would probably say that the difference sits largely with the intention of the creator. I've never personally modeled for photographs with the intention that they will provide erotic stimulus to the viewer but I understand that the end result may be considered arousing regardless and that's not something which bothers me.



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

Anoush: It's an honor to be making work that people want to see so thank you for taking the time to look! If you're interested in seeing more then please check out www.anoush-anou.com, I try to keep it up to date with new images, media and my travel schedule. Thanks again Smile

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