|Behind Bob Coulter - July 2003
by Anastasia Dorohova
Bob Coulter is living most men's dream life.
Married man, he spends his days photographing
gorgeous naked women for a living. Coulter's book, titled Crazy Babe,
like his infamous website, just came out and things seem to be rolling
pretty smoothly for a former music producer, who doesn't consider himself
a professional photographer.
The intense colors, the wicked settings
and, of course, the sexy craziness of Coulter's work are admired by many.
World-known gurus of nude photography Peter Gorman and Richard Kern are
both fond of Coulter's contribution to the world of artsy and sexy.
Currently, the man behind Crazy Babe is
working on his second book. When asked about the secret to his success,
Coulter shrugs his shoulders, "I have no idea how it all happened."
Taking an hour off photo-shopping some crazy babe's bikini area, Coulter
agreed to answer a few questions.
- Tell us about your book.
Well, I certainly never set out taking pics with the idea of ever having
them in a book. The way I got the book publishing deal was someone went
onto crazybabe.com - my site and stole a bunch of my pictures. They posted
them on an internet News Group, Peter Gorman
http://www.petergorman.com saw the pics, liked them, showed his publisher
Miki Bunge and he said he wanted to put out my book. http://www.Goliath.eu
- How did you start crazybabe.com? Tell us about your life before it.
I started CrazyBabe in 1998 as a joke, to
see if I could make money on the Internet doing nothing.
- It's a noble goal.
Before that I was a musician - recorded
and produced records. I produced Keith Richards, B52's, Red Hot Chili
Peppers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Richard Hell, and others.
- What was working with Keith Richards
Well, it was on a song called "Big Enough"
for one of his solo records and he had 40 tracks of guitars doing, like,
bloink-bloink nonsense. He said the song needed some help. I listened to
all the guitar tracks for about 18 hours, trying to pick some of the bloinks
that sounded like music and make something of them, then erased all the
rest of the tracks and added some guitar myself. After Keith left, I mixed
the song and sent the reels back to London.
A few days later I get a phone call from his manager, asking what I did
with all the guitar tracks. I said they sounded terrible, so I erased them.
I said: "The tapes were copies of the original tapes correct?"
She said: "No, those were the original tapes"
I don't know - I love Keith Richards, but hated that song, so it wasn't
one of the highlight experiences of my career.
- What about the Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Were they wearing socks at your recordings?
- How was it?
No, socks are ALWAYS banned from recording
studios - don't you know that?
- Of course! Let's go back to your website.
Where do you find the babes you shoot?
Mostly from modeling web sites. At times
I shoot girls that have their own "amateur" sites, but usually
those types aren't very good models.
These days I'm getting a lot of models from recommendations from models
I've already shot.
- Name some of your influences. Who are
your favorite photographers?
Well, to tell you the truth, I'm not really
When I started CrazyBabe, it was when the Internet
was new and no one had any idea what it was really about. Since I just
wanted to see if I could make money on it and I didn't want to spend any
money finding out if I actually could, all the pictures I used were basically
stolen from news groups.
Later, when I started cranking in bucks I figured I better get real. I
arranged for a couple of photographers to take pictures for the site,
but they kept getting busy and putting off the shoots. Finally, I decided
to just buy a camera and start taking the pics myself -
I just needed content for my site.
It was kind of funny, cause the first few
shoots the models were helping me light the shots. I had no idea what
I was doing. For some weird reason right from the fist shoot the pictures
looked very cool.
- Who was the craziest babe you ever shot?
Listen, if they let me take their pictures
they are all crazy.
- Why? What's so crazy about you?
I am normal. The chicks are all crazy.
- What does your wife think of your occupation?
Is she around when you shoot?
My wife's way hotter than any of the chicks
I've ever shot. I save her for myself. She doesn't like having her picture
taken. I never have anyone except the model and me around when I'm shooting.
- What makes a girl a crazy babe?
They have to have a "cool" sexy look. I kind of like the underground
rock n' roll style chick best. But most of all they have to "get"
what I'm going for, which is definitely not the standard fluff nude pics.
- What are you going for?
Awesome cool sexy-looking pictures, but more of a focus on cool, than
on sex or porn.
- Are your shoots always planned out or
do you go with a flow?
Both. I like having a concept for the shoot that I talk about with the
model before hand but once we start shooting I like to shoot fast and
- Do you have a celebrity in mind that
you would love to shoot nude one day?
I don't know - never thought about it.
- How do you feel about the way things turned out for you so far with
the book and all?
It's a bit too early to say, really. I kind of feel like it's just a very
cool-looking business card. Like, when you meet someone: "Here's
my book". I guess, it kind of legitimizes my dopey pics.
- What your plans for the future?
Taking lots and lots of pictures - I love taking pictures.
- Are we going to see a gallery show of those pictures anytime soon?
Yes we've been planning a gallery show at Maccarone Gallery in China Town
(New York). I am friends with the owner. Usually, she shows more conceptual
style art but we're friends, and she likes my pics. I mean, I'm kind of
like into making money, and a gallery show doesn't make money sense to
me, so it's not at the top of my list - sounds like a bit of an excuse
for people to get some free wine and beer.