I’ve been a fan of Blue Blood since years before Amelia G and Forrest Black started taking some of the pictures published by Blue Blood. I really enjoyed the visuals even more, though, when they brought that part of their vision to the process. Internet-only people who were not familiar with the print magazine might not even realize that initially Amelia G was the editor and Forrest Black was the art director and neither of them took pictures at all, as far as I know. To me, this makes their photographic vision even more remarkable. I have asked them about it and they told me that they first picked up the camera because of a DIY work ethic i.e. they knew what images they wanted to see on the page and so eventually they set out to make sure the photography in the magazine was exactly what they had envisioned. They tell me it was only after trying out shooting that they found the photography creatively interesting to them beyond just what they wanted to publish in Blue Blood magazine.
Amelia G and Forrest Black are currently working on a Kickstarter project to publish a book of their deathrock portraiture. This is work which is not necessarily nude, but rather which documents the deathrock scene in California from the 1990’s through the present. I think this sounds like a really worthwhile project. One of the things I love about Kickstarter is that you can pre-order something like a prospective book or CD and you only get charged if the book is actually going to be published or the album is actually going to be recorded etc. I love the whole feel of these artistic portraits and I’m looking forward to seeing the book. I will definitely be backing this Kickstarter.