Photographer Bradley Scott takes pictures of sex workers. Sometimes it's for his own work and sometimes it's for their own promotional websites. Not surprisingly the images are heavy on sex, nudity, and general adult themes. When I first viewed his shots they suggested another Terry Richardson wannabe. But maybe that's kind of the point. Richardson makes expensive coffee table books that dudes jerk off to. His pictures are the product of a bare fantasy—sex that is as removed from gentle copulation as you can get. It’s about separating the body from the brain. Bradley Scott, whether by accident or design, bypasses the bit where he transforms the model into the subject. By photographing sex workers he addresses the fantasy directly. People try and explain away the role sex plays in art, but are we really just holding out to see tits? Bradley thinks so, and he skips all the faux-intellectualism to get there.
Australian photographer Bradley Scott has seemingly captured the market shooting promotional images for sex workers. Now, he has managed to weave those same sexualized images into his personal work. After moving to Sydney from Perth, Bradley wanted to find a new subject to photograph. The interesting choice to him was sex workers. Initially, Bradley was motivated just to see if it was possible for him. Sometimes he shoots them for his own personal work and other times he gets paid by the workers who use his images for their promotional sites.
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