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Don Caravaggio: interview with a Viv Thomas director

Don Caravaggio is a very welcome addition to the Viv Thomas roster of artists. A mainstay on our sister site SexArt, where he specializes in photographing exotic beauties in luxurious locations, he is also a superb filmmaker whose movies combine sizzling sexual chemistry with a flair for storytelling and a sense of playfulness that fits the Viv Thomas ethos perfectly. Today’s movie, ‘The Intruders,’ is a classic example of heart-warming erotica. Starring Don’s muse, Lorena, and her adorable friend Lola, it’s sweet, funny, endearing and very, very hot!

As many of you already know (because I just can’t stop talking about it!) I was lucky enough to meet Don and watch him work while on location in Spain with director Alis Locanta for Viv Thomas recently. I was struck by Don’s artistic appreciation of visual beauty, as well as his red-blooded man’s appreciation of female sensuality. Put them together, and magic happens. Look out for more of Don’s work here at Viv Thomas soon; and in the meantime, if you’d like to know a little more about what inspires him, read on…

Don, what is your background in photography?

DC: I started when I was young with an old reflex I had at home, just for fun. With time it became an important hobby for me. At the age of 25 I went to photography school to learn fashion photography, the use of light… After that I started working professionally, way before I started with art nudes and later with erotica for the MetArt Network.

What inspired you to start shooting erotica?

DC: I was always attracted to the beauty of the female body, and to portraying the art of the female form. I still try to combine explicit and sensual photos with showing simple artistic nudes the best way I can.

Which model most inspires you?

DC: Lorena. Over the last six years we have developed a close friendship and I have a special feeling for her. Also Iveta, Eufrat, Lilly A, and Indiana are great models to collaborate with.

Are you influenced by mainstream art and photography?

DC: Yes – Helmut Newton, David Hamilton, Steven Meisel, Jeanloup Sieff and Marco Glaviano, among many others.

You seem to prefer shooting outdoors – why is that?

DC: I like nature, the vividness of the colours and natural light. For most models it is more difficult to pose outdoors, so now I try to combine my outdoor shoots with indoor sets, to make them feel more confortable and to get a wide variety of poses from the model. I have to get 120 good shots instead of just a single shot (like for a calendar).

We also see the occasional movie from you here at Viv Thomas – what is it about a girl that inspires you to do this?

DC: I am always looking for new challenges and I never tried it before, I wanted to do something different apart from just photography.

What are your ambitions for your work with the MetArt Network?

DC: To improve myself, to get better with each shoot and to present the best models I can find.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

DC: Thank you to the whole MetArt Network family, the members and every model I have worked with. It is an honour to be part of MetArt!

 

Members Comments (6)

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JarodBane 1 year ago

Just notice on the film updates that Lorena will have another new film out. Thank you VT for keep having Lorena to showcase her performances. This is something to look forward to in 2016. My wish is to hopefully view either backstage or interview of her on her new film. If not, perhaps on her next film, VT can consider making the backstage and interview just like the recent Mango and Talia Mint short films. Happy New Year to the VT team.

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Rose 1 year ago

I'll do my best to make this happen, JarodBane – it would be a huge pleasure to spend some time with Lorena :-)

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JarodBane 1 year ago

Thank you Rose! I am sure it is a hard job for you to do, maintaining focus on the interview questions while spending time with Lorena. :)

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Renegade 1 year ago

Reading about how directors like Don, Alis, and Sandra got their starts depresses me. Not because of anything they said, but because of what might have been for me. You see a few years back Holly Randall was offering photography lessons at an event called Glamourcon(I think that was what it was called) and I had a chance to go, but never went. At the time I just couldn't get time off from work. I also didn't have an educational background in photography or own a half way decent camera rig to shoot with so I was afraid of looking like a complete amateur fool and give her the wrong impression that I was just there to meet the models which was something I heard she ended up having trouble with. I'd give anything to have that moment back. :(

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HolmesVT 1 year ago

I don't know how old you are but Viv was 33 when he got into photography, so as Rose said it's never too late.

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Rose 1 year ago

Damn, that's such a shame... Holly is a lovely person (as well as super-talented) and I'm sure you would have learned a lot. But you know, it's never too late. A lot of artists are self taught, or have trained in later life – there are writers, painters, photographers etc who haven't started until their sixties or beyond! If you enjoy doing something, I say go for it :-)

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