after much cajooling (and all sorts of inappropriate bribery and promises we may or may not be able to keep) we manage to Get Nikola Tamindzic (of ambrel.net fame)
to come down to the nation’s capital so we could show him what DC is made of (hopefully hotness, awesomeness and radness and piercing wit) and maybe get him into his underpants at the saturday underoo fest at the R’N’R hotel where he will be shooting away.
So, we are pretty excited. And you should be too:
This is the man who arrived to the US in 2000 and has since trailblazed all across the urban landscape to become “Village Voices Nightlife photographer of 2006”, the resident Gawker. com and BlackBook shutterbug and according to his website: “A taller, more mobile version of Larry FLynt” (not to mention a fellow quality Serbian Import, and slightly easier on the eyes than old Larry too). This is a man that has shot everyone from Isabella Rosellini to J.Lo to John Waters to Amanda Lepore to KIM GORDON (Kim Gordon!!!!!) to every emaciated, naked-on-a-school-night hipster at Trash, Motherfucker, or WeBite! in NYC…. and it all looks good. All the time.
We picked out some magical inspirational imagery of his to show (series 1 being all celebrity all the time,
and series 2 being all underwear or less, all the time)
and unleashed Cale on him, to ask probing questions about Ricola, Horns, Lens Flares and more….
We love him, and you will too…..read up. And be ready to put your best cheek forward for Saturday (wherever that cheek may be)
BYT: Hey Nikola, it’s Cale – wanna do a little back and forth myspace message interview for BYT? (that’s the first question)
NT: not on myspace! let’s do it via email, i have pretty spotty internet access this week.
BYT: FINE. jeezus. So, do you get tired of people saying your name in the style of the Ricola commercials or is it funny every time? I bet being the Ricola guy for Halloween has crossed your mind, lemme just warn you, I’ve tried it, and by 2am you’re ready to fucking throw that horn in the Hudson.
NT: totally. it was funny in 2000 when i first moved to the us — and for about 2 minutes, total. mind you, i have yet to see the commercial — but i feel like i know the man and the horn.
BYT: mmmm, yes. I think everyone, if they really look into their hearts, knows the horn…
BYT: Nothing. Moving on. How’d you get started taking nightlife photos of sexy people. Was it something that just evolved from other photography work you were doing or did you wake up one day and decide “I will be the best NYC nightlife photographer EVER”? (he actually is -Ed.)
NT: nah, i started with parties — i wanted to do street photography, but another old lady selling flowers, homeless dude on my block, and various pavement patterns got old pretty quickly. so i went where people were a little more open, narcissistic, and exhibitionistic — and here we are. to quote my friend jeffrey k — “he can get you out of your clothes faster than you can say ‘hey that’s a nice camera'” — no wonder i’m being brought to shoot garutachi.
BYT: Very true, I’ve actually stripped down to socks-and-loafers only for this interview. Please for the love of God make us look pretty cause we’re gonna be in our underpants and it’s the middle of winter and I haven’t shaved my panty line for months. Plus I’m pale. (you’re always pale -Ed.) But I digress… are people sick of party photos in NYC yet? Here in DC I think the fad is on the way out, but then again we don’t have as many interesting people as NYC, I mean who wants to look at pictures of me every god damn weekend?
NT: over the past 6 months it actually picked up, with every kid with a pair of arms, $500 for a digital rebel, and a pair of functioning eyes (although you could never tell by the photos) decided to become the new lastnightsparty, for no other reason than “bronques is so popular!”, “nikola’s the photographer of the year” and so on — i wish they would aspire for something more than free lines of blow in new york’s shittiest bathrooms. there’s always room for good stuff — especially if you do a scuzzy downtown party one day, an upscale fashion event the next, and a set of pinups the third. and i’m hoping to do at least two out of those three while i’m in DC.
BYT: Total radness. Rumor has it you do very little Photoshop post work – I don’t believe it.
NT: tis true. do you want me to bore you with details? i never retouch any party photos — ever. in post, i desaturate the photos a bit, push the contrast a lot, and add a bit of vignetting to focus attention to the subject of the photo. it’s all in the lighting — and i bring a few tricks with me. come see!
BYT: I think you should totally add the lens flare filter to every shot from Sat. Speaking of lame, if you made a power point presentation/slide show of some of your favorite photos you’ve taken, what song would you put as the background music and which transition would you use, Uncover Right, Fade Through Black, Checkerboard Down, Random, etc?
NT: is there a circular wipe? like the 50s tv shows and star wars? that one. and circus music. on a cold winter day, it feels like simple fades & some film-like flicker set to the sounds of new order might just do the trick.
BYT: I think they added Star Wars circular wipe with Office 2007. Alright, we’re all looking forward to Sat, those pics you took at Misshapes last year of some of the BYT crew are amazing. We’re expecting you to top them at the underwear party. So don’t get too plastered. Or maybe get really plastered, whatever it takes.
NT: it’s up to you guys to top what was going on at misshapes last year — i’m just there to trip the shutter at the right moment. and incite, a bit — but i’ll leave the debauchery inciting to my darling temporary assistant and photo monkey, rebekah. watch out!
BYT: Aw, Rebekah is a darling monkey. Challenge accepted. Finally – let’s bring the ego down a notch – email me a photo you wished you had taken.
NT: Here you go
BYT: Thanx brotha – see you Sat, I’m gonna put my pants back on.