'I'm an full-fledged, skilled and authentic exhibitionist and have never had any problems with taking it all off. It's more natural for me to be naked than dressed and during the summers I spend all the sunny days on naked beaches.'
Working on FH, I always have my eye out for new and exciting imagery. Artists and models who create original visuals which are not only inventive and clever, but also work that pokes at the boundaries of artistic erotica. The second I was introduced to the work of Swedish-Italian filmmaker and model Alexi Carpentieri that I was seeing something new, exciting and incredibly sexy.
Next two images from Anna Fabia
Alexi's work is fearless. At just 23 years old, his presence in front of the camera is proficient and sharp. Bold and unabashed, creative and edgy, sexy and a hell of a lot of fun. There is nothing more enjoyable than viewing images where the model seems to be having a blast, it is contagious. I love to tell stories on FH, and Alexi tells so many within his work. In each shoot, Alexi doesn't just take on a look, but a complete characters. With his skill and experience as a filmmaker, he magnificently blends both feminine and masculine qualities, dramatic and serious and the wonderfully goofy. Alexi uses his face, his eyes, his hair and especially his incredible body to express what his characters are thinking and feeling.
I was fortunate to be able introduce Alexi to FH readers earlier this year in the feature, Winter's Last Hurrah, featuring his turn as a snow bunny shot by Dahlensjö Photography. Alexi and I began formulating showing more of his shortly after this. Finally we decided to focus on the images shown here which are some of Alexi's favorite's. So busy with work demands however, it took awhile to pull it all together with pieces coming while Alexi travelled around the globe. I threw out my FH questionnaire, with Alexi responding to some my questions while working in Warshaw, with his final answers e-mailed last week from an internet café in Rio.
Alexi by André Jacquet
Who or what got you started with modeling?
I have been a lens louse as long as I can remember and my interest for film and photography appeared at an early stage. As a little boy I could swallow 2-3 films a day and in my early teens I bunked off from school to watch the old classics at the local Cinemateque. Mum had studied photography and had many boxes filled with negatives and amazing pics from her youth. I remember sitting and looking at the different settings she'd created.
I started making my own films when I was 13 years old... It was mainly short crime- or splatter stories inspired by the film directors that I loved at that time such as Walerian Borowczyk, John Waters, Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar and Kenneth Anger. And when I began high school I chose photography as a subject and spent many days and nights in the darkroom. So I was actually more educated behind the camera when my modeling-career started and I strongly believe that has been to my advantage.
Alexi by Dan Dahlensjö
'At 16 I started working as an exotic dancer and stripper in underground clubs and events, there I met like-minded people who were part-time models and also photographers who were looking for new faces. I got the chance to go around Europe with the work and so it went on, everytime I came to a new place I met new people who were looking for people to shoot'.
Alexi by Dan Cleve
And filmmaking? Are you still doing that?
'Yes! Filming is my life and my biggest interest alongside modeling! I just completed a low-budget feature together with two of my best friends. It's named Dyke Hard and premièred at the Berlin Film Festival this February. It's an action-comedy-splatter-musical about a rockband in the 80s. Now I'm shooting this new feature with working title "Sanctuary for Prodigys", it's going to be like an essay-film meaning it will be 10-12 shorts put together into one film, and all of them describing one "sexual deviation" each. It will hopefully be completed at the end of next year.'
Alexi by Dusica Paripovic
Back to the modeling, what has been your favorite experience modeling thus far?
'There's many but one of the top ten was when I did a shoot for a Japanese motorcycle magazine. The story behind was that the designer for the motorbike didn't want any classic bikini-girls to pose with his "baby". Instead, he was inspired by Tom of Finland-drawings and wanted the typical leather guy-look.
For me this shoot was little like a dream come through cause I always had wanted to pose sexy on a motorbike since I adore all kinds of motor vehicles. That, combined with the fact that we did something both unconventional and a little bit controversial in terms of breaking norms.That's what I'm most dedicated to!'
Alexi by Christian Hagward
Any odd or strange stories from any shoots?
'I don't know if it's odd really... but for "average people" it may seem strange or somewhat grubby with photographers "fluffing" the models when they're having trouble getting hard during the shoot. For me and other models of my calibre it's a quite common thing though!
But I guess the most weird story I have is when I was doing a really trashy shoot in a muddy pothole on the countryside in Sweden. Suddenly this woman and her son pass by. They were really surprised by the scenario. Both me and the photographer thought she would fry us or call the police and charge us with sexual harassment, but instead the woman pulled out a camera and told her son (he was maybe 11 years old) to pose with me for a photo. A similar event took place when I was shooting one of my films some years ago, so I guess the town I live in is quite cool about freaky stuff, haha!'
Alexi by D.V.M Photo
What has your experience on ModelMayhem been like?
'ModelMayhem has really been useful! I've met lovely people that I've worked and created beautiful artistry with who I could never have encountered otherwise. It's so fine that, when you for example go on a trip somewhere, can contact photographers and models in that country/city! Actually I have been saved from strange offers and requests. I believe many of my photos are imposing and also project power more than common sleaze so perhaps that's why?!'
Next two images via Xavier Baeyens
Did the response from friends/family enter into your decision to shoot nudes?
'I only socialise with people who have the same positive attitude towards nudity as I do. It doesn't necessarily mean that all of my friends and family members are nudists but at least that they're open-minded. Yet, sadly enough, I have been compelled to screen and dump some "friends" during the years...'
Alexi by BRYAN RAsHAUN
So modeling naked hasn't negatively impacted your dating life or any romantic relationships?
'No way! Cause I would never ever date someone who couldn't accept me for who I am and what I do. But of course there's been occasions where people have dissed me before even getting to know me after seeing pictures or films. But that's their loss, if they wanna play it that way, you know probably we wouldn't have fit together anyway... I've learned to get rid of jealous people with prejudices at an early stage cause all they are is miserable time-thief's'
Alexi by Ewoud Broeksma
Is there a photographer you would really love to be shot by?
'Too many! And to mention some: Terry Richardson, David La Chapelle, Sandy Skoglundh, Boris Mikhailov, Andres Serrano, Joel-Peter Witkin (I've actually decided to donate my body to his art if I die prematurely)'.
Alexi by Rickard Unge
What part of your body are you most happy with? What part gets the most attention from others?
'My legs gets the most attention from people and I think those are also my favorites. I don't have to do anything about them, they don't get smaller if I exclude them from exercise, they just stay that way, haha!'
Alexi by Henrik Halvarsson
One of six images from 2011, Criminal, Beach, Fashion for Mums Magazine.
Why do you think you're drawn to modeling?
'Modeling gives me a kick, I feel empowered, bad and sexy! When I was a kid I was bullied because of my body (I was very overweight) and also branded as a weirdo and freak. One of my big passions was sports, especially gymnastics but my gymnastic-teacher told me I had to quit eating so much or there was no point for me to go on with the classes, so I quit. These experiences really scarred me on the inside but instead of falling apart and become a wreck I decided to "become something" and show those fuckers that I was better than them and their evil intentions.
So modeling was from the beginning a sort of revenge to all my tormentors but also my way of healing. Nowadays though, it's more an interest for the creative process. I can spend weeks to gather the right people and props for a photo- or filmshoot. Not to mention how wonderful it is to meet new people!'
Alexi by Jason Job
What would your dream scenario be for a shoot?
'I have plenty of ideas and drafts for shoots that include plenty of models and impressive props/costumes. I'm a provocateur and I love shots that are In-Your-Face and at the same time gets one spellbound. But there's no rush, I will have lots of time in my life and also uninterested in stressing somewhere. I will forever need my lazy days on the naked beaches in order to operate!'
Alexi by Jonas Norén
& Check out Alexi's film Dyke Hard HERE: