|Photographer - ColobusYeti|
Welcome back. Before we start, I believe congratulations are in order for recent nuptials?
How was the wedding? Was it a big lavish affair or a small intimate gathering with a select few?
'Excellent! It was very small; just us and two witnesses. We're both introverts so it suited us best that way. We didn't have a reception, but we did have tasty red velvet cake made by one of our witnesses and coffee so it was cosy and chilled out. Then home, and a nap as we were both really quite tired!'
Other than wedding stuff, what have you been up to since we last spoke?
'Quite a lot! I have finally been accepted on a Master's degree, so I am now juggling modelling around lectures, seminars and lab time focused on Palaeopathology (the study of past disease in human remains in the archaeological context). I am also now a Sponsored Model with Maskerade, a Model Ambassador for Plundering Productions, a regular collaborator with Basque and Glory and represented by Rogue Model Management. I still have personal goals that I'd like to fulfil in relation to modelling, such as being published and travelling internationally for a shoot, but the wheels are in motion for both.'
|Photographer - Aphrodite Images|
What are your top picks for where you'd like to be published and where you'd like to travel to model?
'I'd like to be published in 'Femme Rebelle' magazine and 'Gothic Beauty' magazine in particular. So far as travelling goes? France - there are a handful of rigger-photographers and latex designers open to collaborating with me there -, Norway, Iceland for the black sand beaches and Scotland for the rugged wilderness.'
|Photographer - Marshall Photography|
Some of your recently uploaded works had you modelling in the snow that hit the country in recent weeks. Whilst I'm a fan of snow, both how it makes a scene look and the childish act of playing in it, I can't say I fancy been naked in it. I may have neglected to mention your uploaded snow images were nude images. Anyway, what possessed you to risk such severe frost bite?
'I've always wanted to do a snow shoot, since I first started modelling. However due to asthma, I have always been quite wary about modelling nude outdoors later on in the year (the latest prior to this shoot being in October last year). This time, it was a relatively secluded location which appealed - no dog-walker dodging, yay! - and the photographer was someone I have now worked with probably close to or even over ten times. I understand how quickly they work and shoot, and the rapport gained from that frequency of collaboration meant that if I was cold, I could say so and wouldn't have to worry about being pressured in to one more pose! one more shot!.'
|Photographer - idollphamine photo/retoucher|
Has dog walker dodging happened a lot in your time as a model?
'Dog walker dodging, not so much. People out for a nice walk in the bright sunshine, definitely. I modelled nude on the island of Lindisfarne on the 28th of December last year, which my spouse helped me to get to to, and they ended up playing lookout. It was surprisingly crowded for that time of year! Lots of tourists. Which, if you pick iconic and pretty landscapes or ruins, is only understandable and should be anticipated/prepared for.'
|Artist - C Thompson|
Whilst I was looking at your images and saw the results of some of your life modelling work. How do you find it compares to photographic modelling? Does it share a lot of similarities? Is it surprisingly different?
'The one thing I found that differed was the poses required. A pose that is fine for a photograph becomes excruciating for a 5, 10 and definitely 15 minute pose for a drawing. The lines and poses that might normally ruin a photograph (i.e stomach rolls from leaning forward, thigh shape depending on leg position etc) are considered all the more interesting in life modelling rather than being detrimental to the final image. I would say that it is quite different to photographic modelling in that while there are transferable skills, there are also new skills involved too; posing for extended periods of time and body awareness for posing capabilities. I really enjoy it, and I am always open to doing more life modelling.'
|Photographer - Andy Green|
As you say, often times things that everybody has such as stomach rolls from someone leaning a certain way are seen as detrimental to a photographic image, however the same can't be said of drawings. Or for that matter paintings, sculptures or pretty much any medium that isn't photographic. Why do you think there is this view with regards to photographic imagery?
'I think at least some of this view stems from what the photographs are used for. Photographs to me are immediately foremost associated with editorials, glossy magazines, billboards and the promotion of perfection - perfection that is, in mass media, significantly helped by a computer. There is a massive disconnect between what is published and promoted, and what people look like. Sure, there are people that naturally appear as they do on billboards, but post-processing is also always still involved.
As someone who suffers from body dysmorphia, I am always distinctly aware of the difference between 'me' and 'post-photoshoot post-image processing me'. I think that this distinction needs to be more strongly highlighted in the media, rather than people taking what is used in advertisements and the media as fact.
I love campaigns that are now making people aware that they do not airbrush their models (while still, I assume, doing post-processing like colour balancing and the like). Sculptures, paintings and life drawings capture the 'as they are'. Photographs can too, but most of what people see in the wider world outside of communities like Purpleport are 'the edited perfection'.
I have nothing against glossy, perfected images. I love it when people are elated by their best, their refined, their polished selves. I just wish that people were more aware of the work and effort that goes into making those images, and that it is more than just the model alone but posing, lighting and post-processing as well. Photographs are the perfect, the ideal, the striven for. I like seeing such images of myself, but I also enjoy life modelling as it definitely helps to ground me and keeps my self-perception from skewing too far. For me, both depictions of the self are necessary for a healthy view of things.'
Do you think there's been any improvement in this view over recent years? Or is it getting worse? Do you think it can be improved? What, if anything, do you think could be done to improve it?
'I don't think the view has changed in the slightest, certainly since I started modelling anyway, which is when I first became aware of it. I think that more education on the distinction between back of camera images and final polished images would definitely help.'
|Photographer - Marshall Photography, Taken At - Studio f2-8|
For anyone who didn't see our previous interview (that there is clickable. Go on. Click it. You can read it after this!), where can people see more of your work?
'I'm predominantly on Facebook (maleficaofficial) and Instagram (maleficaofficial).'
|Promo image for Chris Cross|
Since we last spoke I've a new finale to my interviews that you have to partake in... What's your favourite joke?
'Tough choice! I tend to find different jokes funny or not depending on the audience and setting, as my sense of humour tends to be quite mutable depending on who I am around and the setting in question. "Why was the squirrel late for work?" "Traffic was nuts!" works for one audience, while "Where did Nicholas II of Russia go to get a coffee?" "Tsarbucks" works for another!'
|Photographer - Restrained Images|
I'd like to thank Malefica again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Be sure to check out all the links above for more of Malefica's work, as well as the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved in creating them.