Ramos Darkfold – A very discreet artist

Ramos Darkfold is probably a name you have not seen much on the porn scene. There is a reason to that: the man is very discreet and definitely prefers

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Ramos Darkfold is probably a name you have not seen much on the porn scene. There is a reason to that: the man is very discreet and definitely prefers to stay away from the spotlights. I have been very lucky that he accepted his very first interview with us. Fasten your seat-belts, you will see that he is an incredible artist!

I have been received in his home and I promised not to reveal its location … so I am really sorry but no landmark this time.

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Welcome Catherine, please have a seat. Well I figured it is still early so you might want to have some breakfast.

“Thank you Ramos, that’s very nice of you, I really appreciate. Are you … ready?”

I was born ready.

“I like that! Ramos thank you very much for accepting this interview and to have me here. This is a superb environment, where are we exactly?”

We are at my personal home at the moment Catherine. I like to keep my home private and I never bring customers or models to this location for the simple reason I love my privacy and when I am at home I just want to relax.

“I think I can understand that very well. So you work in a different place? Do you have a studio somewhere?”

I make my products here on my home land on a platform way up in the sky. This way I can just be working on items without having all kind of stuff laying around my home * laughs *. My photo shoots I do at another location yes, I have a studio.

“I guess you keep the location of the studio a secret….exception of the models you invite there?”

I don’t really do many photo shoots for other people since I like to create what I want and in the way I “see” it. I have many ways of doing my photo shoots which can involve other people but this is very rare for me. So yes it is also at a private location where not many people come.

“Very interesting. So let’s come back to the beginning. When did you start your Second Life? Why did you create your first account? What did you expect to find here?”

I came here about 9,5 years ago now. I was curious to see what I would be able to create with only my mind. So honestly the first 2, maybe even 3 years, I spent my time in a sandbox learning how to do and create things and study how everything worked. I started creating prefabs and loved the whole process. I got into making sculptured prims and sold those full perm for a while. Slowly I got interested in the personal side of SL so I bought some land and started to mingle with people. As time went by, I got interested in animations and started to teach myself how to make those using several in-world and out-world programs. Then when mesh was enabled, everything changed and I started to learn how to make that but kept doing animations and poses. When I found out people were buying my items I decided to start doing photo shoots of my products and use Flickr to display photo’s of my products so people could see how my products could look like. That’s how i got into photography.

“This is a very original path. Is your shop still successful? What is your best product? What is the one you’re the most proud of?”

I sell my animations full perm to builders and other designers without publication, so my animations cannot be found on marketplace or in stores. When a new builder / designers asks me for my animations I look at their store and products and if I like it then I add them to my list of people I contact when I made a new animation (set). This way my customers have an exclusive product and I am able to charge what making a good animation actually costs. So everyone benefits from this way of doing business. My static poses are on marketplace and available for everyone to buy. I very much enjoy seeing photo’s on internet or where ever using my static poses. My best product… hmm …. It might sound funny but with every new item I make, or every new shoot I do I think ‘Oh! this is gonna be my best work till now!’ * laughs * I think that is what drives me, wanting to top myself every time.

“The best driver one can get probably! Now let’s talk about your photography. How would you define your style?”

I see so many people using texture backgrounds and green screens but….for me that is just not enough. I love the whole process of thinking of an idea to then create the pose(s) and build a set / decor. After that I work on the avatars getting the hair, clothes (if there are any clothes), skin, facial expressions etc. When I have everything the way I want it, I start adding the lights and start finding the right angle to shoot. I personally like to keep it as “real” as possible meaning I don’t want to edit too much because I think then it soon starts looking like a cartoon. I want to get it all perfect in-world and only having to add some shadows, lights while editing. So i guess my style could be labeled as ‘Realistic’? This whole process could take up hours but could also take me a couple or even a few days…I just want it perfect and realistic detailed.

“A lot of work indeed …. but the result is absolutely amazing. Your Flickr stream has a lot of very good pics, a quality that I have rarely seen. Would you be able to tell me which are your 3-4 favourite ones and tell me why?”

It’s funny you should ask me this. Because for me personally my very first one “Pink Flamingo Bar” is special.

That is a photo of a very very close friend of mine (RL and SL). It isn’t spectacular but I love how we set everything up and it is my first after all. It has very few views and faves so i guess people don’t agree with me on this but I love that one and it is special to me. And for the rest I honestly couldn’t say which I like 2nd and 3rd best because for me they are little pieces of artwork and each one brings me different thoughts and feelings. It’s not in HD and not even edited, but for me this one is special yes.

“It’s always interesting to know the artist favorite ones … I often noted that they are rarely the ones the people favorites. So… you are, most of the time, the photographer and the model at the same time … Did you ever work with other photographers as a model?”

No I do not model for other photographers. For me this isn’t about money or fame or wanting to get everyone to know my name. No, for me this is what I love doing and a way to express myself and to give the world an inside view of my mind. So I don’t care what people will pay me to model, I don’t see this ever happening. My last offer to model was for a magazine and would bring in 4,5K. But again, this is not what I am after

Most models don’t get paid anyway … in my experience it’s all about fame and … lust. So… you declined this offer Ramos?

Yes of course

“Your approach is very original. So what are your projects Ramos? Short term? Long term? What do you have in mind?”

This weekend I will release some new poses and I am “fine-tuning” a new line of single female dancing animations. Also I am working on a new mesh backdrop which hopefully will be released next week. Long term, I like to keep doing what I am doing because I am happy with how things are going at the moment. I do what I do and when I want. It is also why I refuse to accept the event offers because some make you create something that fits the theme or they (obviously) give you a deadline. So I mostly stay to myself and just do what I love doing and minding my own business

“I am all the more humbled that you accepted to get this interview. Why did you accept this particular one when you declined so many others?”

That is a good question… Honestly for me it has to mean something. I mean like, I want to connect to someone when I do business or do a shoot or even when I interact with someone. And you approached me in a very professional way and we met and got to know each other a bit. So for me this means something and I feel very comfortable. I guess I am a youngster with an old fashioned mind and I like for things to mean something and not just for it to be simply pixels and some text.

“I appreciate that approach very much myself, so many thanks for this. Our interview is nearly over but I traditionally ask a last question …. Could you tell me a little secret about yourself, a fantasy or anything you rarely shared?”

A secret, hmm … Well I am very “closed” so I guess people don’t really know much about the real me so pretty much any info would be new. But there is something… Like I told you before, I am kinda old fashioned so I don’t like the whole ‘porn scene’ and the people in it. You see the models that are in pretty much every guys Flickr and that makes them so uninteresting for me. I feel that when you do this type of “work” it should be very personal and in some way private. Of course the photo’s are being spread out over internet but in fact you won’t see me at some nude beach or at some sex dating sim or what ever. I don’t mean to say that everyone going there is bad or whatever but i am saying that for me all that is very uninteresting and I don’t want to be a part of it all. If someday I would meet someone special that would have the same interest as me and who would be reserved like me then yes I would do all this with her.

“Thank you Ramos for sharing this … and for the whole interview. I appreciate a lot you shared this time with me knowing how private you are.”

You are very welcome and I enjoyed having you over and talking to you Catherine.

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I hope you liked to read this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it. Ramos is definitely a very original person and true to himself and his strong convictions. I would advise that you check his Flickr stream and his marketplace shop.

Find below a few samples of his most appreciated work (according to his fans):


Enjoy the rest of the stream by yourself!
Kiss,
Cathy

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