Photography Inspiration: Nobuyoshi Araki

I just recently discovered Nobuyoshi Araki through my bookstore raids for graphic design books. Unfortunately not only did I wasn't able to buy a book, Araki's coffee table book was too damn expensive so I came home empty handed but money still intact. 

I find that Araki's works are visually and aesthetically stimulating, gritty and above all lyrical. His photos are honest but needs to be peeled to see the deeper meanings he wants to convey. A vast amount of Araki's work talks about life, death and sexuality. Apart from his fine art work Araki has his share of commercial work too, in one of his recent works Lady Gaga has commissioned him to have her photos.

Disclaimer: Some photos are NSFW.

Untitled 2007
Bondages 2008
Marvelous Tales of Black Ink 
From the Series I Novel 1969
From the Series Kakyoku 1997
Untitled (Bondage) 2010
Lady Gaga for Vogue
Bjork's Telegram album cover


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Patrick Jude M. Ilagan born June 24, 1990 is a graphic designer, photographer and content specialist based in Manila, Philippines. Patrick is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas wherein he earned his degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising.

After graduating he worked as a graphic designer and art director for on Gadgets Magazine under Great Minds Media Inc. which is a publishing company based in Quezon City, Philippines in 2011 until 2012. He then moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro as a content writer which later on became Digital Room Inc. (Philippines) wherein he became a digital marketing specialist. In the same year he moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro he also part-timed as an instructor for a local college based in Makati, Philippines wherein he taught graphic design.

Patrick wrote and made downloadable content for You the Designer which is a graphic design lifestyle blog in 2012 until early 2014 with artist Kerby Rosanes. In mid-2014 He shifted his efforts and co-founded photography lifestyle and inspiration blog named You the Photographer with George Nacpil. He is currently the blog's editor.

Patrick often refers to himself as a pixel craftsman since he is mostly working with a computer. Patrick mostly uses Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom for his work.

When not working Patrick immerses himself in TV shows, movies, books and games. He is also a fan of underground live music shows, food fairs, art exhibits and roaming around museums.