The new issue of The Journal contains a Q&A with Terry Richardson, whose purported sexcapades on shoots recently died down in the news. Richardson discussed everything from picking up girls at the gym to discovering the joys of sex — and the dearth of men willing to pose nude.
He loves shooting male nudes. Are YOU male and willing? Email him!
I love shooting guys. Some of my favorite pictures over the years have been the things I've done with guys. In a commercial context too, there's no hair or makeup with guys, which is great. I love shooting nudes of guys, but it's harder to get guys to do full nudes, I don't know why, but they don't want to show their junk. I love doing guys. If there are any guys out there that want to get naked you can email: email@example.com.
He may or may not get checked out by men in the locker room.
Sometimes while I'm working out I've felt like I'm being cruised a bit. At the gym, I don't fuck around, I don't take showers there, I grab my shit and get out. But some dude grabbed my friend's dick in the showers. My friend was like, "What the fuck are you doing?" I live close to the gym, so I come home to shower.
But he picked up a girl at the gym once.
You know, I never have. I was talking to a girl there a lot but she had a boyfriend. I've never gotten any gym action. Actually, that's not true, years ago i did. I would talk to this girl all the time and then asked for her number. Later, we hung out and ended up going to her place, and were fooling around and I realized her body was a mess, she didn't work out. I asked her "What's up, you work at the gym, don't you work out" and she was like, "I work at the gym but I don't exercise." There is nothing wrong with not exercising but i was a little disappointed, it's like false advertising.
Not all shoots go spectacularly well.
Sometimes you meet people and it's not that you don't get along, but you're just not vibing. At times, there's just not much energy and it can be anticlimactic. When that happens I just try to do something simple, like lean them against a wall.
Drugs and alcohol prevented him from enjoying sex.
I don't think I started having sex until I quit drinking, because when I was drinking and taking drugs, I preferred getting loaded to having sex. I was a late bloomer, because once I got sober I was like, "Wow, sex is awesome, this is crazy," and then it became like a drug. You become addicted, like a sex addict or whatever, and I did all of these photographs because it was new for me. I've grown out of that phase, which was coming out of working through live and just tripping out.
Wait, he called himself a sex addict?
Yeah, like David Duchovny, just kidding ... No, I don't identify myself that way. Sex is intense. Sex, food, drugs, shopping, alcohol, the gym, plastic surgery, collecting art, there are all of these things that people get a rush from or become obsessed with. Sex then was never an addiction but a kind of obsession, and it was fun. It was all during the day and there were people everywhere and the energy was incredible. To me, it was like a happening.
Terry Richardson [The Journal (not online)]