- Tom- Tom
I did not come immediately to my most erotic work. I was taken to that edge step by willing step by men who quite consciously wanted me to shoot their sexual energy. Mike, whom I met in my gym in San Francisco, told me that he wanted to up the heat factor in my work. He took me completely by surprise because he seemed so quite and modest when we first met. But when he got naked for an ON THE COUCH shoot, he was a most gorgeous sexual animal.
Figure studies on the couch can become boring indeed if there is not more to the picture than – “well, he’s hot.” Not that that is bad – it’s just that artists and subjects who have more to say are way more interesting and hard to find. Mike is genuinely turned on by himself – inhabiting this body aware of how much sexual heat he can generate. For me, the reality and complexity of the man makes an erotic image a great image.
Mike expressed emotion in force equal to that of any figure I’d ever seen in religious ecstasy in old master painting. I loved that in this picture, he was in that state through voluntary submission and not because he was about to become a martyr or saint at the hands of some sadistic non-believer. No. I am a believer and Mike is here because he is too.