Soft Screams Magazine featured photographer
Collection: “The Christian Aragon Collection”
Christian Aragon creates this surreal blend of darkness, sensuality and untethered lust within his imagery that teases my senses and leaves you hungering for more. Christian Aragon fully understands one of the purest concepts of eroticism and that is mystery. In all of these images, you will notice that he gives you a lot, but hides so much more. In this collection of images, Christian Aragon teases you subliminally by hiding their souls. So that every image turns you on sexually with the aesthetics, lighting and subject, but you are not allowed to connect with them on a deeper level, as a real human being. That disconnect, that mystery, drives your subconscious insane because we all have a certain need to humanize our sexuality, even slightly. Christian Aragon’s erotic photography deprives you of that need which draws you into his work even greater.
- What’s your background in Photography? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?
I’m a born artist. I started showing aptitude literally when I was 4 years of age and in the hospital with spinal meningitis. I was drawing superheros to keep my mind busy. Not like a four-year-old would draw them, but closer to 6th or 7th grade level. Definitely more autodidact than formerly trained, but we each have to get what we can however we can. Right?
Anyway, I picked up photography in the 7th grade strictly as a tool for my illustrations and painting; basically so I could take photos, and then paint or illustrate what I photographed later without time constraints. It literally wasn’t until my mid thirties, roughly ten years ago, that photography and all the tips and tricks and incidental learnings over the years, took over. Almost overnight. So, from the beginning, creating images in any medium is both something I love to do as well as something I must do. Regardless of money or glamor. It’s not a choice.
- What is fun and rewarding about photography?
The next thing. When I get through whatever concept I’ve enveloped myself into, and then the next thing is staring me in the face, that’s the reward of the work. I’m almost bored with what I already did as soon as I’ve done it. I’ve had concepts take anywhere from days to literally years to come together and get created, and it’s still the next thing I look forward to that’s my reward.
What do you dislike about photography?
Being at the mercy of money and human beings to get a concept created. I’m restricted by money ALL the time! People are the worst though; their time constraints, their fears and misunderstandings, their prudery, their unwillingness to see farther or greater than themselves. I don’t mean to speak as if I’m not human. I am a horribly flawed human. But people and everything very differently. More so as possibilities for images to be created.
- Who are some of your favorite photographers? Why?
I have to point out that as an artist first my greatest artistic “hero” would have to Frank Frazetta. His work and mentality about his work were a massive influence for me growing up. It was a sad day when he passed away. Mr. Frazetta was an artist’s artist. Paint, pen & ink, watercolors, some sculpture and even some photography here and there. He was everything an artist can be if that artist is born as such and has the good fortune of being recognized as such at a young age and put through the rigors of formal artist training early in life.
Beyond Frazetta; Farber, Mapplethorpe, Blum … This list could get entirely too long too easily.
Out of this collection, this image is probably my personal favorite. Could you tell our readers the inspiration behind this artwork? Would you share with us, just a little technical information behind this gorgeous art piece? (Now for the hardest photography question ever) In your opinion, why do I love this image so much? *Time to turn on the empathy skills*
Fuck empathy *wink-wink*. This is a piece where the concept was one of two stuck in my craw; I’ve never been able to create the other one. I love taboos and an attractive black woman in chains evokes a certain taboo. But this subject also has a powerful physique which could play against the chains and allow for something new to be conveyed. I heard a great quote supposedly said by Pablo Picasso when asked what one of his illustrations “meant”? Picasso said something to the effect of, “If I have to explain it to you then I may as well have written down instead.” I will say that this photo is a story about black Americans. An unfinished story.