Elroy Click – a well tempered porn photographer

I met Elroy some time ago already, but it was not about the porn business at the time: we share a passion for a strip card game in SecondLife called Bare, and we used to play together. This is very recently that I noticed he is actually a very active porn photographer of the grid.

Of course I contacted him again, and to his surprise, it was not to play Bare, but to setup an interview, to make him talk about his long living passion of erotic photography…. He made a condition for this interview to happen: I must allow him to shoot me afterwards. Of course I said “yes”, and despite I warned him my look was probably not to the standard of his models, he however kindly accepted.

I arrived in his large and luxury apartment where he welcomed me and led me to a corner where sat his desk. He opened one of the drawer, and fetched a large box from it.

-“This is your outfit for the interview!” he said.
-“My … outfit?” I asked a bit surprised
-“Yes, this is a gift for you… and well it’s mandatory for you to wear it if you want this interview to occur. You can change in the room behind me” he added.
-“Well… thank you!” I said taking the box with me to the nearby room.

As I expected it to be, it was very minimalist, the skimpiest outfit I ever wore for interviewing… but well, it is Elroy, I know that the man is sometimes a bit special, so I changed quickly and joined him at his desk. He smiled when I arrived, detailing me from head to toe.

-“Very nice on you Catherine. I guess we can start the interview now” he said gesturing towards the chair where I finally sat in front of him.

The interview

Catherine Palen: “Could you tell me more about you? Who you are? What is your personality?”
Elroy Click: “I’m just a pervert like any one else that shoots porn in SecondLife. My personality is ever changing depending on the situation and I can be very sweet one minute then agitated the next just like any one else. I try to treat people well, but also do what I have to do and be honest at it. It’s really a tough rode to tread at times, hard to find that happy medium between making the photo look good and not offending the person you are photographing by telling them how to fix their avi to make it look good.”


CP: “How did you come to erotic photography?”
EC: “Actually I found this Xbox 360 game called Play Boy: the Mansion. It had photography sessions involved in the game play of making a magazine. The game had more to do with angles than it did lighting and was R rated if I remember correctly.”
CP: “Describe your work. What are you doing? What is your motto?”
EC: “It differs a lot, the first time I shoot a girl I typically do solo shoots. after that I get a better feel for her and her limitations. My motto? If I don’t find it sexy I won’t shoot it. I tend not to shoot photos of people I feel are not attractive. If i am not getting paid to take photos then I do it as my avenue of artistic expression.


CP: “Do you own a company to promote your work or are you by yourself?”
EC: “By myself, with help from others, thanks Sindee aka XXSindeeXX Resident. She’s brilliant and a better photographer than I am, not to mention drop dead gorgeous.
CP: “How do you find and select your models? Do you use agencies?”
EC: “Nope! Open casting calls but I’m very picky, I only use models with mesh bodies, preferably mesh heads and hair no older than 2 years old (no flexi hair please). I won’t shoot shemales with mismatched cocks or other fantasy/mythical creatures.”


CP: “How many pictures do you have on your Flickr?”
EC: “I have 89 albums with a varying number of pictures in each album.”
CP: “What tools and props do you use in-world?”
EC: “Lumipro, it’s expensive but once you figure out how to use it, it’s great. As for props, mostly furniture ( big shout out to Edvard Tauron’s Blog on the subject)”
CP: “Do you post-process your pictures? What tools do you use?”
EC: “Yes, I use Photo Shop”
CP: “Could you pick a few pictures of your collection, you’re the most proud of and explain why.”
EC: “Certainly! First, my Deal with the Devil series¬†featuring Sindee aka XXSindeeXX (first part and second part


Then, my Fan Dancer series featuring Jenny Starveling (first part and second part)

and finally my latest Shots in the Dark featuring Christina Vilda (one single part)

CP: “Do you have any new projects ? New Ideas?”
EC: “No I keep those to myself as I wouldn’t like to see some one else doing my idea and then not really be able to do it with out looking unoriginal.”
CP: “Tell us something about you that could supprise my readers?
EC: “I’m a 45 year old white male from rural Pennsylvania. I just use the black avi to explore the other life experiences. To actually have a second life, as opposed to making my avi look like me and living the same life here in SL than in RL.”
CP: “Thank you Elroy!”

The shooting

-“Time for you to fulfil your part of the bargain” said Elroy standing and helping me on my feet. “Strip please” he asked rather naturally. The transition was a bit brutal, but given the few I was wearing, there was not much to remove.

He looked at me for a long time, I was under the laser eyes of the expert. He noticed a lot of details and helped me to fix them. As he said, it’s probably a hard part for him: he has to make his remarks in a way that will not upset the model. I fought him on a few points but I gladly applied most of his advice…. well so I feel at least.

He then escorted me on the roof terrace where a swimming pool is installed. I passed on a bikini, and we were ready. Very patiently, he made ¬†me take an incredible number of poses, using lights and attachments I did not understand…. Finally he told me he was done. I dressed back and waved good bye and received those in my mailbox the next day … I feel they are definitely fantastic!

The full series on Flickr.

Thanks Elroy! Long life in the porn business!

Cathy.

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