It’s rare for us to feature an artist who is so new to the MetArt Network, but in the case of director J Zakari, I had to make an exception. This talented artist has made a huge impression with just three movies to date – two here on The Life Erotic and one on MetArt. All three star our dream girl Lorena, with whom he seems to have an incredible rapport; his artistic vision has encouraged her to give some of her most erotic and daring performances to date.
In “Jewels,” his astonishing TLE debut, Lorena plays with a kinky clit clamp and butt plug; while in “Washed Away” she showers fully clothed and enjoys a mindblowing climax – check out the erotic story this inspired one of our members to write! Zakari’s movies are notable for their beauty, elegance, pacing, attention to detail, naturally sexy styling, emotion and sense of genuine arousal – he’s definitely one to watch! Here’s a chance to learn a little more about his work…
Where are you from?
JZ: Spaceship Earth.
What’s your background in photography and film?
JZ: Director of music videos, producer and director of commercial ads.
For how long have you been creating erotica, and what inspired you to get into it?
JZ: Not for very long, since I shot my first two videos for MetArt in 2015 and my first two videos for TLE at the beginning of 2016. And why? That’s a good question. The will to do something else, the temptation to follow a path that is hardly ever taken in my country. Women’s beauty deserves to be photographed and filmed every single second. As I am a rather shy person, I had a personal motivation, a personal challenge to overcome.
Does mainstream art, cinema and photography influence you?
JZ: I think so. I am a big fan of American imagery. The road movie is a concept that I will certainly use in my future projects. I also admire the work of the late Marc Lagrange (sadly he passed away at the end of last year). His black and white/sepia work is amazing. David LaChapelle, Mario Testino (fashion is sexy), Jonas Akerlund, Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan… I could fill a book. The question is how to use this inspiration in erotic films. Not easy. One day, I’d like to be able to make erotic music videos. I find a lot of inspiration in music.
Can you tell us about the movies you made with Lorena?
JZ: These films are experiments. I search. I try not to copy. Of course, working with a model as professional, charming and adaptable as Lorena is something very unique. I also try to change the visual style depending on the site: a more fluid style for MetArt, and for TLE I played with the hand-held camera to bring the viewer as close as possible to Lorena. My work needs to evolve, to diversify.
Do you prefer shooting in a studio or on location?
JZ: The studio offers a level of comfort and control – of the light in particular – which you don’t always get with a natural setting. But a natural setting can offer more diversity. So let’s adapt. If I had to choose, I’d like to shoot in the US. There, you find an accepted eccentricity and a boldness, which attracts me visually, in addition to the diversity of the landscapes. The US is like an open-air studio.
Is there a video you are particularly proud of?
JZ: I am just starting… let’s wait a bit before ranking them!
Do you prefer making films or taking photographs?
JZ: Definitely film because photography is a medium I am learning about and I am impressed by the technical knowledge it requires. I think we can be closer and more authentic in films than in photographs. If the model is comfortable with the film camera, you can create a dialogue with her and when it happens, it’s beautiful. It is very beautiful to capture emotion on a still but it’s even better if you can see it coming: evolve, live and disappear. I think film is more complicated for the model. It’s more risky. Editing is also a big part of film, and I know it’s a subject that triggers a lot of passionate debate in the comments.
TLE is moving more towards soft kink. Is it a theme that inspires you?
JZ: I guess so. I think “Jewels” on TLE is a bit kinky. Having said that, you shouldn’t shoot kink just because it is fashionable. Fantasies about domination/submission are very interesting things to explore, to stage. Let’s try to respect the woman’s desires and be a catalyst for those desires rather than play God.
Which model inspires you the most?
JZ: There are many: Tracy Lindsay, Tracy Lindsay, Tracy Lindsay… her ability to act attracts me a lot, besides the fact that she is exceptionally beautiful. Michaela Isizzu, Candice B, Dido A, Melena A are also remarkable. But there are also lots of women who only pose for photo shoots and who I’d be so keen on filming one day. There are too many names to list them all.
Do you plan your shoot in detail or do you prefer to see how things evolve on the day?
JZ: Confidence for confidence. I shot Tenaka (upcoming on MetArt) twice because I was not happy with the first film. Let’s say that there is a certain result I’m trying to get although I know I won’t get it 100 percent because I am too demanding. Let’s face it; to make a high quality film costs a lot of money so you need to keep a realistic approach and plan. Then, you need to let the model express herself. My focus has always been on the model’s participation. Lorena’s experience was an advantage and I used it.
What are your ambitions with TLE and MetArt?
JZ: The MetArt Network sets the benchmark. Erotism/porn is all over the net. Among this abundance of content, which is sometimes hard to digest, it is pleasant to film for an established network, where quality is required, where beauty comes first, where the woman is glorified. I hope to go as far as possible, and one day to shoot for Viv Thomas too – I really like the visual style, which they have been developing for the last twelve months. My biggest challenge is to combine my work as a producer and my new role as a director of erotic films. But I’ve already made my choice for the future.
What would you like the viewers to get from your films?
JZ: We – the directors, the photographers – are only messengers, intermediaries, handing over the gift of the beauty of those stunning models to an audience of experts. Let’s hope that my messages are appreciated. I would like a bit of compassion as well because nobody is perfect. It’s impossible to please everyone. I think we all try to do our best to deliver quality films and photos.
Is there anything else you would you like to add?
JZ : Thank you, Lorena!