You have a degree in philosophy. What is your theory about attracting men that do not put out or have a severe case of erectile dysfunction?Haha!!! Let’s see. You’re super-smart and sexy, which causes all kinds of performance anxiety in the guys that are interested in you. You should be a dominant. Then they’ll have no choice.
Wait. This is about you! Sorry, sweetie. Who or what inspired you to become a photographer? Was it an established photographer or perhaps a muse?
The funny thing is that I had never used a camera in any serious capacity before 2002 except for taking vacation photos. I’ve always been drawn to the work of Steve Diet Goedde, Richard Kern, Christophe Mourthe, and Steven Klein. Early muses were Ashley Renee, Emily Marilyn, and Dita. The identification with bondage and fetish was there early on.
It is the human condition to seek satisfaction. What satisfies Boyd?
I am a bit of a poster-child for self-gratification. What satisfies me? Nothing. I will never think that I’m desirable enough or that I have achieved enough.
What’s the most hysterical model/photographer moment you’ve experienced?
I can think of the most embarrassing, but I don’t know about funny. My entire time as a photographer has been marked by me being a bit spacey during shoots and amusing the models I work with. One of the funnier sets I’ve shot was you with the ring gag and nipple clamps. Now that was hysterical.
You also have a degree in literature. Who’s your favorite author?
Faulkner. He pretty much sums up how I view time and how we are all the accumulation of so much debris.
If I attached tassels to my Bengal’s nipples, would you photograph it or consider it animal cruelty?
Haha! Just for you, Krystal! As long as your Bengal is happy, I’m game.
Animals love bondage! They just can’t communicate their love. What about me flogging a cow that happens to be wearing a ball gag? Would you love to photograph that hot girl on cow action?
The visuals are too frightening. I have bad memories of tipping cows from the time I lived in Florida. The mushroom tea flashbacks are pretty frightening too.
What draws you to bondage?
This is the 64,000-dollar question. I first started my relationship with the Internet back in 1998, and some of the first sites I stumbled upon were Ashley Renee’s site and another site called BedroomBondage.com. Ashley would write in her journal for every site update, and I found myself identifying with ideas like surrendering control and coming to terms with various trust issues. So, while my photography might identify me as a dominant or a switch, I am very much a submissive in person.
If you were invincible for one day, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to be a star running back for The Ohio State University football team.
Do you duct tape your penis to your leg to keep nude photo shoots professional (you totally don’t have to use this! HAHA!)?
I’m thinking that this is the one question that could get me into trouble. Seriously, guys get erections when the wind blows. I’m a guy. It doesn’t happen that often, because I’m zoned into shooting the “Boyd angles” and getting the shot. When it does, though, you’re hoping that the model doesn’t notice or is savvy enough to not care.
Do you think chemistry between model and photographer is important?
The model being comfortable is key. Usually, the first twenty or so stills establish the chemistry and set the comfort level. The model has to buy into my vision for the vision to materialize.
How does being a photographer affect your love life?
They told me when I was a writer that being a writer would get me laid. I have no love life, nor did I have a love life before I was a photographer.
If you were abducted by a dominatrix alien, would you be open to supernatural coitus?
Only if she looked like Isabella Sinclaire or you! HAHA!
Do you dabble in any other mediums of art?
I’ve published poetry before and used to be a bit prolific when it came to writing. I’ve also done a bit of stage acting.
You’ve moved to Los Angeles fairly recently – what are the pros and cons? You mentioned that LA girls could eat you alive. Is that a pro or a con?
The pros are that this is the center of the universe when it comes to a diverse group of artistic mediums. The potential to create, and the resources for this creation, are nearly endless. The two biggest cons are how expensive it is to live out here and how “non-welcoming” so many folks out here can be. I’m an open book and about as friendly as someone can be. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been greeted with “what do you want?” from folks out here. When I said that LA girls could eat me alive, I meant it. Save for the male masters of the universe out here, it’s the ladies who are in charge. Being that I’m submissive and all, this can be a good thing. It’s not good right now, because I’m on the outside looking in at this dynamic. We’ll see how I feel when my very own chain puller finds me.
If we were sailing in my imaginary yacht and I threw your ass overboard, would you sink, swim or walk on water?
Another interesting question. A very old friend of mine once said that no matter what happened, I had a way of landing on my feet. And, frankly, ending up in LA is further proof of this. Still, several broken bones and lots of arthritis later, I don’t think I want to test this theory. I’d say I’ll “swim.”
Do your photos reveal you or the model?
I’d like to think they reveal both. A peer once wrote that photography is my mistress. I can’t help but to project myself onto my models. Still, the very editorial focus of my work insists that the model give me a glimpse of her psyche.
Any future projects we should keep an eye out for?
The Black Tape Sessions 2 is being released simultaneously with Boyd’s Apartment. There’s a big book of nudes I’d like to release this summer as well as a book of shower photos I started when I first moved here. I’m a big fan of the work of photographer Steven Klein and would love to start work on a theme involving fashion and slavery.
You’re the best!
Thank you ma’am.