The Photography of
Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographs Courtesy of
Bradford Noble (www.noblephoto.com)
I met Bradford Noble six years ago.
I “saw” him instantly, he just exploded into
the room. Bradford has that “it” thing going
on. And he had that effect on me long before I saw his
photographs, his art-installation-of-an-apartment or his
posse of hipster friends (there is a waiting list, if
you are interested). I liked him before he became a super
famous celebrity photographer and I still liked him after
he bought his dog (Dexter).
Brad’s photographs are totally
unique – stylish and fun with just a touch of camp.
He definitely has a storyteller’s eye. Just feast
your eyes on the eye candy of his Celebrity Series.
||Rosie and Chelsea
||George and Dexter
||Carson and Dexter
Bradford also has the gift for gab;
that guy can dish. So I emailed Bradford and asked him
Wendy: How old were you when you first
shot a photo and what did you use? Was it something you
got into trouble for? Someone in the bathroom? Something
sexual? Do tell!
Bradford: My first photos were taken
in a summer school program (at the age of nine) with a
tiny plastic camera that I bought at the drug store for
twelve bucks because I thought it looked so, “James
Bond.” It took horrible photos, but it looked great!
My first memorable photos were taken
when I took a year off college and went traveling around
the world for nine months with my best friend. I think
we went to seventeen countries...we were both eighteen
years old, headstrong and fearless, and got ourselves
into all kinds of trouble!
After I returned home from my “trans-global adventure,”
I had my first show and went on to study photography at
The Academy of Art in San Francisco. There I majored in
fashion photography and started my career.
Wendy: I remember once
when I saw you at a show - you had spiked pink hair and
were wearing a black motorcycle suit with orange flame
stitching. I complimented you on how hot you looked
and you told me that art was show business and you were
the product. Please tell me more.
Bradford: That must have been when I
first moved to New York from San Francisco... In San Francisco
you can get away with dressing like a clown and pretending
to be fabulous... Here in New York the real fabulous people
radiate their talent, so the façade is less important,
and often considered to be in bad taste if it’s
too showy...unless you are a club person, of course...then
what you wear is your self-expression and in that case,
you’d better pull out some fierce drag because we’ve
already seen it all.
These days I dress slightly more conservatively. It’s
all about that one great piece that you can show off while
toning it down with all black. However, I must admit,
I do like things to fit me snug, because it shows off
my body and makes me feel sexy. My motto these days, “If
it ain’t tight, it ain’t right!”
Wendy: I love your celebrity photos.
Do you have any good stories you want to share with our
readers? Something juicy? P. S. A lot of us have
crushes on Christopher Meloni.
Bradford: Christopher Meloni is very
sweet and extremely sexy...happily married with children,
but I did get to see him in his tighty-whities on set.
He’s exactly the kind of man I would date...but
so are about 80% of all gay men...at least the ones who
go to my gym...my jaw drops every thirty seconds...
My juiciest bit of celebrity dish is
that Florence Henderson, who remains my favorite person
ever to be on my set, said to me, “Oh Brad, I just
love you; you’re like my lost Brady child!”
“Flo,” I said, “I can’t tell you
what that means to me...you’ll be quoted on that
until the day I die!”
Wendy: Your photos always tell a story.
I love your Times Square series, they are incredibly sexy.
You are now directing videos. Does directing videos let
you be as raunchy as you want to be?
Bradford: I’m not
sure “raunchy” is really my style...I prefer
classy with an edge. Directing videos and television commercials
is just like directing the talent in a still photograph,
only you get to capture more. In fact it’s easier
because you can edit all the moments together the way
you want...whereas in a still image you have to capture
it all in a single moment and that can be more work.
Wendy: Have you considered directing
Bradford: For anything “porn”
related I use a fake name...oh, did I say that?...I mean
I WOULD use a fake name...yes that’s it...WOULD
Wendy: And lastly, do you have anything
you want to shout out to our readers?
Bradford: For anyone who is self-motivated,
especially in the arts, I always tell them, “Stay
true to your own self.” It’s easy to sell
yourself down the money road and crank out schlock that
you might not be proud of but that might make a lot of
money... It’s much harder to stick to an individual
approach that might not be mainstream. You have to be
strong and have faith that you can be the best at doing
exactly what you do...even if it is hand-painted fire
hydrants! (Note from Wendy: Remember, I told you he just
got a dog.)
So there you have it!