The importance of references

2 Aug

Hiya.

I’ve been touring Scotland, which is beautiful! I can’t believe I haven’t been since I was about 5 (I was born there). I went to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Next trip, which will be next Spring, I will go further North. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m saving my tourist-y pictures for when I have more shots from my photoshoots there, so today I’m going to talk about references. (Sorry this is a rather model-centred blog.)

Here are my latest, from Scottish photographers:

PUNKuate
Roswell is awesome. I can’t believe how many photos I got from one shoot with her, she’s an amazing model who follows direction well (and then comes up with things that are even better than what you were thinking).
She’s also absolutely lovely, she stayed with me for two days and she’s just the nicest person ever. She’s welcome back any time she wants.
Can’t recommend her highly enough.

Calandra_Images
Roswell is a great and easy person to work with. She came with excellent clothes and accessories, worked really hard, including climbing trees. She is beautiful with an amazing figure and understood exactly what sort of images I was after and how to achieve them. She calmly coped with locals with guns and even a lady checking a badger sett right where we were shooting! I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of booking her on her next visit to Scotland and hoping that will be soon!

Flobelob
Wonderful shoot today with a really lovely person and fantastic model. One of those ‘magic’ sessions driven by Roswell’s beauty and instinctive sense of the image. Lots and lots of great pictures, would be a bit mean to only give 15 out of 10 so has to be 16. Thank you so, so much again.


BREAK FOR PRETTY PICTURES:ย 
Binkography: my friend, fellow model (and now photographer) Madame Bink. She is a multi-talented and super lovely lady. ๐Ÿ˜€

I cannot stress enough how important it is to check references, especially after something nasty happened to me in January, making the encounter the second bad experience I have ever had, in five years of modelling.
Networking sites Purestorm and Net-Model have a system so you can see what other models have to say. Modelmayhem sadly doesn’t, and here is where I fell into a trap:

I was booked by photographer Shaun Colclough and judged him by his (good) portfolio of agency models alone.
Here is what happened:

When I arrived, within minutes he began asking me personal questions:
โ€œDo you have a boyfriend?โ€
โ€œYes.โ€
โ€œAre you faithful?โ€
โ€œYes!โ€
โ€œWhat a shame. I donโ€™t believe in relationships.โ€

โ€œAre you into watersports?โ€ (urinating on each other)

โ€œHave you ever had threesomes?โ€

As he had not physically touched me, I tried to maintain professional and refused to answer them. He repeatedly mentioned how his models are his โ€œfuck buddiesโ€.
He asked why I was not engaged or married (โ€œdo you not agree with โ€˜forsaking all othersโ€™?โ€). When I told him I was not interested in sex, he tried to knock my confidence, telling me that my boyfriend must not love me as we are not engaged. I ignored him. He then remarked that: โ€œIf I was to settle down, it would be with someone like you.โ€

When I continued to ignore his remarks he became menacing, standing too close and informing me โ€œI donโ€™t see any evidence of the strong powerful woman you portray in photos. You look vulnerable to meโ€ฆโ€
I replied that I have a black belt in two martial arts. While he stepped back, he insisted throughout the shoot that I am vulnerable and repeatedly berated me for โ€œhaving boundaries upโ€.

I continued with the shoot as he had not actually touched me. We moved onto lingerie, where he repeatedly pushed my levels before standing above me, with his crotch in my face. I got to my feet and dressed. He didnโ€™t remark on this, but yet again, re-iterated that I am โ€œvulnerableโ€.
As I walked out of the shoot, feeling numb and shaken, he forced me into a hug.

I considered reporting him, but did not feel I had grounds to. I decided that I would put this shoot down to a learning curve, until he e-mailed me with images and asked me not to mention his name, but instead credit a website called http://www.thevixenvamps.com

(EDIT: The website has been removed but you can image search his name. Look into the eyes of the models…)

It is full of the sort of work I DO NOT shoot. He has NO indicator in any of his online presences that he is associated with it. He did not once mention that he owned this site and it is very different to his portfolio work.

Later…
After his name came up in a discussion, two models I was with recounted their experiences (far more serious than mine- including indecent exposure). What I went through seems to be the LEAST of what this man has been known to do. I asked online for references and the story came out- around twenty models contacted me with chilling statements. I was lucky.

Researching further, it turns out that he has been blacklisted from almost all of the agencies he tested for, and he has since been removed from the networking sites.
He is now recruiting via his facebook page, where it is easier to meet inexperienced girls and harder to find references, (EDIT: NOT ANY MORE NOW HE’S IN JAIL AND THE PAGE HAS BEEN REMOVED BY POLICE) which is why I made the decision to speak out publically.

I hope I never have to do this again.

Models:
– Do not accept good pictures as good references.
– If you cannot see references, mail another model directly and ask.
– If you have a bad experience, speak out- you could save another model from the same.

Be safe, girls (and guys.)

ROSWELL x

113 Responses to “The importance of references”

  1. David Long August 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Well done for exposing the monster!

    • roswellivory August 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      Thankyou. I felt as he’s now trying his luck on facebook, someone had to say something.

  2. Anita De Bauch August 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    He contacted me (and two more of our friends, I believe) via MM after you’d shot with him asking for “fashion” lingerie and nude shoots. I agree that you’d never think to look at his MM profile that anything was wrong, so even an experienced model like yourself could easily assume he was legitimate or that you were the only one he’d been unpleasant towards.

    Well done for having the courage to be honest about your experiences and share them with others who need to know- it’s worth it if you can help even one girl to not be sexually harassed or flashed. I will link to this blog from my own.

    Love you xxxxx

    • roswellivory August 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Yep- I’m so glad none of you guys took him up on it- he contacted me citing “fashion” too. I will certainly never equate good pictures with a good reference again. Lesson learned.

      Thanks so much- I am so glad the response has been good (as you know, I wrestled with this decision for a long time). I know others have been helped already, which is great.

      Love you too, lady! xxxx

  3. Vasilisa August 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    You’re absolutely fantastic for speaking out and getting people together to bring this creep down. I completely agree – I saw his images and, well, it just looked like a collection of images taken by an experienced, competent photographer.

    • roswellivory August 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Thankyou so, so much. When I get responses like this from you and other people I respect, I know I did the right thing.
      See you Sunday, lovely!

      xxx

  4. Ellen Rogers August 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I am really glad you made this post, the thought of a photographer using their position for exploitation makes me so angry.

    It also makes it a lot harder for photographers that are genuinely trying to make a good collaboration with the model.

    Have you considered making your own modeling agency? for people looking for fine art models. I know I would certainly use it and something tells me you would be rather good at running the show.

    Xxx

    • roswellivory August 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

      Hello beautiful stranger!!!

      Memo to me: mail you for a catch-up!

      Thanks- so am I now. I think something people need to remember is how rare this behaviour/situation is. Luckily, most photographers are professional and well-mannered. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It is actually something I’ve been considering for a while now! At the moment, I’m too busy to take a project like that on, but I think I may begin something small like a facebook group or tumblr and expand it later this or next year. There is definitely a gap in the market and I do intend to fill it… ๐Ÿ˜€

      xxxxx

      • Ellen Rogers August 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

        Hello darling.

        I will do, I am about to move again so I would love to have you stay, I will say more in a pm.

        Its absolutely disgusting what this man has done to you and also Adreenna below, it really gets to me.

        Defiantly a gap there and it needs a strong character/conscious to carry it off I think that’s a Roswell shaped gap. If you need help with it I would love to get involved.

        P.s just posted this on my facebook pages…

        X

      • kathtea August 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

        If you ever do have an agency, I wanna be a part of it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Adreena Winters August 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Hey.
    Unfortunately I was one of the models that got a some what worse deal.
    Experienced very similar behaviors to that, that Roswell mentions… the questions about my love life, and sexual preferences. Telling me about his model fuck buddies etc. Then when he wasn’t getting anywhere with that trying to use psychology to make me feel vulnerable, and giving me bull shit about “i’d be the kind of girl he’d settle down with.” Unfortunately I let it escalate more than Roswel did and he ended up exposing himself in front of me. Which is when I tried to leave. This is when he lost his temper at me and told me I had been wasting his time. I burst in to tears and he tried to hug me. I grabbed my things and caught the next bus very upset and shaken. He even had the cheek to text me later that week to ask me to come back and finish the set I walked out on!
    This guy is a talented photographer but so not worth working with!
    I hope no one else has to deal with him ever again!
    Thank you Roswel for working so hard to warn others about him.

    • roswellivory August 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      Thankyou so much for your response and bravery. I really appreciate you coming forward like this and encourage anyone who has suffered at the hands of this man to do the same. Thankyou again and I will hope to see you on Sunday

      xxx

    • keith harrison August 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

      this actually disgusts me – another so called photographer bringing the profession into disrepute and down to gutter level yet again.

      yes i do recommend that models take references but the best way i have found if a model asking if she can bring a chaperone – any dubious condition put on that request and the photographer should be dropped like a brick. I do put a condition on and that is – yes you can bring a chaperone so long as he / she is supportive of what you are doing.

      i have had many successful years in this profession but it hurts to read about jerks like this who’s main aim is to have some form of sexual liaison with a model. I know of a number of models that have been put off by this before.

      I am working closely with a number of photographers and models yo put together a recommended and non recommended list so that models and photographers can see for themselves what is good and what is bad. We are fairly close to putting up a website for this but before we do we are looking at ways of eliminating witch hunts and false accusations

      i will keep you informed. in the meantime i can he found on facebook under keith wetfish harrison and my website is wetfishfotography.com

      • roswellivory August 7, 2011 at 12:15 am #

        Agreed- and thanks for your comment.

        However, while models under eighteen and “hobbyists” may find it beneficial to have a chaperone, as a professional, I do not find it necessary or beneficial. Paying for the chaperone’s travel, them taking a day out of work etc etc does not generally end up being realistic. My attitude is that if I feel worried enough to want a chaperone, I shouldn’t be doing the shoot.

        Regarding false accusations and witch hunts, the only thing I can think of doing, is putting a symbol on a profile or by a name that has had one complaint, but listing them as unsafe if there are a certain number of complaints. It’s a difficult one but that’s all I can think of for now.
        Definitely keep me updated as this is a facility I will certainly use!

        All the best,

        ROSWELL x

      • Jeremy Kruse August 11, 2011 at 7:50 am #

        Firstly, there needs to be no ambiguity. The guy Roswell is talking about IS a photographer, he’s not “so-called”. The distinction is important because models need to understand that there are many photographers out there whose behaviour leaves much to be desired.

        Secondly, the chaperones concept is misleading and when the suggestion is raised that ‘no proper photographer’ would have an issue with chaperones then you betray a lack of awareness about the subject.

        In reality, there are many out there who have had poor experiences with chaperones (I have had a couple myself) and to imply that the only really safe model is a chaperoned one is, to many photographers simply unfair and insulting.

        Finally, good luck with the idea of a comprehensive website that lists good and bad people/photographers. It’s well meaning but, sadly, hopelessly naive, particularly in this day and age of multiple identities and, unless you have considerable resources, the near impossibility of getting sufficient exposure to make your site a valuable resource.

        Cheers,

        Jeremy

  6. Alex Treacher August 3, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Hi Roswell,

    Congratulations on outing this person. I refuse to use the term “photographer” as that’s clearly not his primary intention, plus the association gives real photographers a bad name.

    The scale of this, since you started having your concerns is quite alarming. Twenty plus that you know of. How many girls wanting to be models has he treated similarly that haven’t come to light yet?

    Rather than leave things like this, I think furthering the matter would be best for the protection of other potential victims. I’ll drop you a line later about this.

    Regards,
    Alex

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 8:08 am #

      Thankyou for your comment. I think the reason girls had been so afraid to come forward is that, like me, they felt either they had done something wrong or that as he hadn’t touched them, they couldn’t say anything.
      Don’t worry, the police have already been informed. I cannot take it further as there is not enough proof. With this post, I have now done all I can. The rest is up to the other models he works with in future to speak out.

      R xx

  7. Catherine Day August 3, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    I’m so disgusted by this, and heartbroken that it’s one of many stories I’ve heard. I’m so glad nothing worse happened to you, but undoubtedly you’re shaken, you don’t deserve any of that *hugs*
    Good on you for making this post, hopefully this will be the end of his career.
    xxx

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 8:10 am #

      Thankyou so much for retweeting and helping the word get out. So much appreciated.
      To be honest, I think he’ll wriggle ot of it. I noticed as soon as the agenciees and networking sites banned him, he started with tattooed models (don’t worry, the alt agencies were informed immediately ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and now he’s changed his tack again.
      Hate to be pessimistic but I fear he’d have to do a lot more before he stops getting away with it… and I think he knows it too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Hope you’re ok hun,

      R xxxx

  8. Romantic Dominant August 3, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I despair at members of my sex sometimes. Brave girl.

  9. liz August 3, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Iโ€™m so sorry to hear you had to go through that. Thankyou for sharing.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 8:11 am #

      Any time. And thanks, I’m fine.
      Hope all’s going well for you,

      xxxx

  10. gina August 3, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear what happened! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Perhaps you should report him to the police? And report his facebook page? I’d hate to read another article like this, it’s disgusting what he is doing/has done!

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 8:14 am #

      Done and done. Sadly, facebook don’t provide a box for me to explain exactly why I’m reporting him so his profile stays. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      R xx

  11. ASYLUMseventy7 August 3, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    Well done for speaking out!!! There should be a license to shoot models and a vetting process! Far too few models speak out against this type of thing I’m glad you have!

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      Thankyou- so am I.
      I feel licensing can get a bit out of hand- most photographers/teams are great but certainly I think it should be easier to report the few bad apples there are. And the agencies should stop idolising Terry Richardson. That might help too!

      R xx

  12. Tiffany August 3, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I also worked with this photographer and experienced similar inappropriate behaviour. My boyfriend dropped me off and I wish he’d stayed! I was picked up several times for not maintaining eye contact with the camera and as an incentive was told that I had ten chances, if I broke eye contact more than ten times he’d kiss me and that it made no odds to him that I had a boyfriend. I maintained a steely gaze throughout and objected when asked to ‘bounce’ whilst posing sitting/on knees. He also frequently made comments about being shy, and unleashing my inner fire or something equally stupid. I didn’t take him particularly seriously as he was fairly camp about it, but comments about/encouaging exciting and pleasing myself got my back up and I continued the shoot stony eyed. I am pretty sure he is aware of his ba reputation and when we were discussing model mayhem and individuals on it (i mentioned hearing something about another photographer pinning a girl down) he abruptly cut me off and said he doesn’t do bitching … I am inclined following this to remove him from my credits and the photos from my folio. I for one will always email ahead and check with a photographers previous models in future.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      Wow.
      Yet another account of this man’s behaviour for you readers to have a look at.

      Are you ok Tiffany? Thankyou so much for posting this and exposing him further. I’m so sorry this happened to you. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Instead of removing the evidence you’ve worked with him, what I’d do is post something that hints he is not recommended. Here’s my MM profile :http://www.modelmayhem.com/232489
      I have advised people to contact me for a reference- then it helps spread the word that he is not a good person to approach.

      xxx

  13. cat hepple August 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I’d like to amend my previous comment for legal reason, please moderate this one instead, thank you.

    If what you say is true then you must report him to the police. These allegations are very serious and you need to try to be brave and do something about it. Good luck.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:05 am #

      I have done. As I suspected, they can’t do anything as he didn’t touch me. There is technically no crime committed BUT they are running a background check on him even as I type. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. kathtea August 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    OMG I was just thinking “Wow, those are nice images” but I never thought of checking further. Thank you for such an informative post. This would help me and other inexperienced models ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re a hero for speaking out Roswell to make sure no one else falls for his trap.

    xoxo
    Your fan, Kath

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 8:00 am #

      *hugs*
      I’d really get into the habit of checking. Doesn’t need to be a big deal, just mail a model or two the person has worked with and say you just want to double-check they are ok to work with.

      And thankyou so much- I just never want to have to do this again.

      xxxx

  15. Louise Knight August 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Please tell me this man has been reported to the police? Absolutely disgusting behaviour, I’m so sorry to you and the other girls who have had to deal with this, well done for speaking out.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      Thankyou for your kind words.

      I have reported him but as he didn’t touch me, they can’t do anything. However, they are currently running background checks on him.

      xx

  16. Ruthless Photography August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Could you say where he was shooting? I believe there has been a problem with someone working out of someone else’s studio in Glasgow and claiming to own it.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      Sure!

      80-84, Wallis Road
      Hackney Wick
      London
      E9, 5LW.

      It’s on his website. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      p.s. sorry I missed you on my travels! Would have loved to work together.

  17. Jenni Hampshire August 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Good on you for speaking up. Not a pleasant situation, but you’ve handled it with grace.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      Thankyou. I’ve tried to write it as objectively as possible (not easy to do, lol!)
      I worry for the other girls who won’t see this in time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      xxx

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:13 am #

      p.s. sorry twitter wouldn’t let me DM you! Do you have an e-mail address? Want to ask you something on a nicer subject ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  18. Ian Marks August 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Well Done, Roswell !!
    I read your post after seeing it mentioned in a forum thread on NM – and immediately remembered you mentioning it to me, earlier today.
    It takes guts to ‘out’ someone like that.
    Definitely the right thing to do, there is no doubt.

    IanM

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Thankyou so much, I am now so glad I did this. Not only has it helped spread the message, but a couple of his other girls have come forward too! Yay!

      R x

      p.s. thanks so much for the lovely feedback you left me ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. shinymrmagpie August 4, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    He’s on twitter. I seriously wonder if it’s worth asking him on there (i.e. publicly, ostensibly) how he responds to the allegations; you certainly seem to have enough others with similar experiences to make it compelling.

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 10:16 am #

      Your wish is granted. He has posted a comment on my blog, which I am going to post immediately.

      Here you go…

  20. Shaun August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Just some feedback on your blog post about me
    Iโ€™ve heard stories about photographers who have offered models alcohol, drugs and additional payment for extra activities.
    Is it alright to offer a model alcohol?
    Is it alright to offer a model drugs?
    Is it alright to offer a model payment for additional extra activities?
    Is it alright for a photographer to flirt with a model?
    Is it alright for a photographer to chat up a model?
    Is it alright for a photographer to ask a model questions about their personal life?
    What is right and what is not alright?
    Is it alright for a model to play along with a photographers questions/actions and at a later date wishes they hadnโ€™t?
    Is it alright for a model to say yes when they really mean no?
    Is it alright for a photographer to be blamed if a model doesnโ€™t say no?
    Is it alright for a model to stay in an environment where they feel uncomfortable?
    Where does the responsibility lie between a photographer and a model?
    My conscious is clear about my actions. I do flirt with models (in my opinion a lot of models like this) and yes sometimes I do chat up models (model/photographer relationships are very common) and I do ask models personal questions ( male and female) and I donโ€™t think there is anything wrong with this as long as long as a model is happy with that.
    I photograph in the way I do and I create my images through that, just as other photographers create their images through the way they interact with models. To me the end results say it works. I understand that I canโ€™t please everybody in life and that some models will not like the way I work, but I donโ€™t push a models boundaries further then they are willing to go.
    Ref on your comments
    You made no reservations about feeling uncomfortable about shooting what we shot or what we discussed. If you had felt uncomfortable/vulnerable then why didnโ€™t you leave?
    In my opinion your views and behaviour changed after I sent you your images and asked you if you could use the vixen vamp website as a credit/copyright on the images (Please refer to my email) which you where not happy to do as you thought it was a site more dedicated to glamour modelling, however lots of photographers websites that you have worked with are heavily glamour based.
    Finally for your information, Iโ€™m not using face book to recruit models. If you hadnโ€™t noticed it is a fan page where people can say they like my work.

    Shaun

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      The answer to your first questions is NO. It is NOT ok for a photographer to offer a model drugs etc.

      I am not going to bother addressing the other rhetorical questions you ask because, frankly, they are all arguments frequently used by convicted rapists.

      You do push boundaries, and addressing the comments you have made about our shoot:
      * I told you I was uncomfortable when you asked me to open my legs
      * I told you I was uncomfortable when you asked my to pretend you were my boyfriend and have a pillow fight with you
      * I told you I was uncomfortable when you conatantly told me I was vulnerable

      I did not leave, as I explained in my blog, because out of professionalism I felt it best to continue with the shoot as best I could. And I did eventually leave when you attempted to straddle me.

      I did not wish to be on that site for a number of reasons, one of which was the glamour aspect, another was the fact that appearing there implies that I am comfortable with the shoot and would advocate working with you.

      Lastly, I apologise for getting my facts wrong regarding the statement that you are using facebook to recruit. I simply assumed that having been banned from so many agencies (yes, I called them and they confirmed) and from the major networking sites, that you had turned to the last place available to you.

      Thankyou for posting here. I will be sure to direct new models to your rambling ill thought-out confirmation of your actions.

      ROSWELL

      • kathtea August 4, 2011 at 10:48 am #

        You go girl! Don’t let him and his BS bring you and any other girls down.

    • Adreena Winters August 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      Nice of you to post Shaun.
      I struggle to believe that you genuinely feel that your actions are justified.
      You made me cry after demanding that I told you why I wouldn’t kiss you. Getting more and more aggressive when you felt the answers I gave weren’t justified. I would have thought making the model you are working with cry would have been a big enough signal that she was feeling incredibly uncomfortable? So what on earth made you think getting your pathetic dick out would make the situation better?

      Yeh a bit of chemistry when shooting can be a good thing, but you seem to have no concept of where the boundaries are Shaun.
      Yes some people are more open and frank about their sex life, I would say I am more open than Roswell, but that doesn’t give you any right not to behave professionally.
      Anyway I think the damage is already done. Its just a shame you don’t seem to have learnt your lesson.

    • shinymrmagpie August 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

      Roswell has now identified three high-profile agencies who’ve banned Shaun, along with the numerous other people who’ve experienced his alleged behaviour. Yet, he still hasn’t denied any of the serious allegations against him; this is a public forum and if those allegations were baseless, surely he would have done it outright. His response, above, is condescending, imperious and passive-aggressive, and as such a surprising response from somebody in his situation.

      Floor’s yours Shaun – or is it everybody else who’s wrong, with you the lone, tortured, misunderstood, noble ‘artist’?

    • rootofsilence August 8, 2011 at 12:17 am #

      Hey Shaun,

      You’re a ****! *** off and ***.

      EDIT FROM ROSWELL: Have published the sentiment but not the language. Sorry Russ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      (p.s. Keep it clean, guys!)

    • Jeremy Kruse August 11, 2011 at 8:09 am #

      Any photographer who has to ask so many questions seems to be to be dangerously out-of-touch with normality.

      I haven’t seen your pictures but am happy to accept the general consensus that they are of a decent quality. To claim, though, that the sort of behaviour you use towards models is fundamental to their production is not only nonsensical but bizarre.

      I find it impossible to comprehend how one can feel comfortable photographing people whom you have intimidated and left feeling threatened, fearful and vulnerable. Is there any shot in the world really worth that level of abuse from one individual to another?

      My big sister recently died of cancer, a truly unpleasant way to go. I sincerely hope you contract something very similar.

    • Fantastica August 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

      Wow Shaun. Really? REALLY!?

      Talk yourself into a corner even more, why don’t you?

      Look it’s pretty clear that you have issues. Here are some tips for you:
      No model should EVER have to express feelings of discomfort.
      No model should EVER be asked the questions you ask.
      STOP “flirting” with models.
      Be professional.
      Don’t ask them one damn thing about their sex lives.
      Don’t ask them ANYTHING that does not pertain to the industry on a professional level.

      This posting alone tells me you’re using your profession to get laid. Stop it. It not only makes you look like a creeper but your own posting makes you look like a manipulative predator.

      Take the big neon hint all over this blog and stop the crap you do, Shaun.

      You’re welcome.

      • roswellivory August 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

        *cries laughing*

        Rock on! Couldn’t have said it better myself ๐Ÿ˜€

        xx

  21. kathtea August 4, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Just so you know, while I am not against glamour modelling and even pornography, I always believe a model deserves the right to know how she is to be represented in her work. I have considered pin-up modelling and photography myself but I prefer the kind that is more tasteful rather than “spread” shots which even an amateur “model” could take with just a cellphone. Oh and I can’t seem to open that vixenvamps site for some odd reason…

    • roswellivory August 4, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      I’m not either- I don’t shoot porn but I’m more than happy to pose for elegant swimwear or lingerie shots (like Elle MacPherson) but it’s the shots on his vixenvamps site that I have trouble with.
      I can’t open it now either- I think he might be doing something on it. Basically, it’s a lot of unflattering shots of women with dead emotionless (very frightening) eyes and one of which even looks drugged! Not nice.

      xx

      • kathtea August 4, 2011 at 11:09 am #

        Goddess! That sounds terrible! To think what were those models going through… Whether they even consented it… At the moment from what I have Googled it appears Vixen Vamps has been removed from MM as well.
        PS: I have always wondered how one goes about getting an MM account? I might get one once I finish my studies and start working on photography/modelling. Malaysia (and perhaps Asia in general) NEEDS more alt/fetish photos ๐Ÿ˜›

  22. shinymrmagpie August 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Shaun,

    I’m astonished at the flippant nature of your response, which is mostly irrelevant to the content of this blogpost. There are allegations of indecent exposure here, bordering on sexual assault. Do you deny ever exposing yourself, unsolicited, to any of the models who claim you have?

  23. shinymrmagpie August 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Incidentally, Roswell, is it worth asking those agencies who’ve banned Mr Colclough to consent to their details being published? They clearly have reasons for doing so, if true, and it would aid transparency and support your case, imho.

    • roswellivory August 7, 2011 at 12:08 am #

      I can’t publish individual names of models, or staff but the agencies included Lenis, Premier and Models One. There were more.

  24. lara crofts August 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Well done for naming and shaming this quite poor excuse for a human being. It seems to me he is very much into the BDSM side of things with regard to his behaviour. Seeing as he is exhibiting ‘dominant’ male behaviour. Now there is nothing wrong with having a kink, as long as the kink is either privately or at an event where other kink people are. It is not acceptable in a place of work even if its a shoot that is mimicking or using BDSM style props. Of course if both parties are that way inclined and wish to role play then that is fine. Anyhoo its quite clear this wasn’t a kink shoot. This was a ‘normal’ professional shoot. So Shaun, quite clearly you can’t leave your kink at home in the closet can you. You are using your photography as a means to finding a little vulnerable submissive plaything. A photoshoot is not the place to seek one! Keep your work and kink life seperate. Such a weak man, you are.

    • Adreena Winters August 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      Sorry I don’t think his actions have anything to do with BDSM.
      I’m quite offended by your comment. Being kinky, and trying to seduce/take advantage of models have nothing in common what so ever. The guy just pushes his luck because if you “throw enough mud at a wall some of it will stick”.

    • Fantastica August 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      No he is not “exhibiting โ€˜dominantโ€™ male behaviour.”
      He is exhibiting predator behavior.

      His own words are condescending, passive-aggressive and manipulative.

      Dominants, male or female, in the BDSM community do not behave this way if they know what’s good for them. If they don’t they usually end up with a grapevine of people letting others know the person is not safe. They are shunned at the very least

      Don’t associate BDSM with this guy.

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  26. Rob Gillespie August 5, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Roswell,
    I’m not sure if I’m allowed to actually type the words on here that went through my head as I read the descriptions of what this idiot has done to models on shoots.
    The lack of respect and the assumptions he makes are just staggeringly awful.
    I’ll be passing on this blog post to all the models I know in the hope that they don’t go anywhere near him.

    Rob Gillespie

    PS It’s been nice to see your fantastic work developing – we met a couple of years back on a group shoot.

    • roswellivory August 7, 2011 at 12:19 am #

      Hello there,

      I’m sure a lot of the people commenting feel the same! (I’m trying to keep abuse to a minimum on here and conflicts between commenters will be removed, but questions to Shaun are fine. I doubt you’ll get answers though.
      Thankyou so much for spreading the word- there’s only so many places one can be banned from but word of mouth generally works best when warning people.

      Thanks so much- I do remember! That was sooo long ago and probably one of my first ever shoots. I don’t think I even posed nude then! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope all is going well for you,

      ROSWELL x

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  28. David Long August 6, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    There is an element of trust required between a Photographer and Model. A model is placing her self in a vulnerable situation being alone with someone they may never met in a location they may never of been too and potentially not wearing anything. If a “photographer” abuses this it can be emotionally traumatic and damaging for the model and it also hurts all other photographers and models as that trust is diminished.

    I am surprised he is still able to work as I thought that reputation was everything in this industry. In the reverse point of view the photographer has to trust the model – I never book a model alone (always have an MUA or assistant etc) as other photographers have told me stories of togs being falsely accused of foul things to extort money or risk never been able to work again. Now I am thinking how hard it is for models to come forward and speak out it is just as likely these togs did what they were accused of. Scary. I hate when selfish people tarnish such a beautiful thing as the art of photography and take advantage of a trust relationship.

    • roswellivory August 7, 2011 at 12:25 am #

      Sadly, in this industry, there are a lot of assumptions made too. I made the mistake of assuming a photographer with agency models in his portfolio and credits would be a true professional (and probably made snide remarks about my size) and I’ve been in the industry for a while! So it then is left for the people who know better to help dispel these ideas.
      It is nowhere near as common as many believe, but it does happen and the best thing to do is just report it (if not to the police, at least to the networking sites.)

      Generally, having a lot of good references helps. And while I’m here: hi everyone. I gave David Long a great reference as he is a pleasure to work with. ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Oliver prout August 7, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    Does anyone know what happened at Lee Croppers (the mofo) trial? it was for attempted rape I think. He was charged I think but then it went quiet. I’m guessing if your photographer didn’t do anything illegal, then he’s just a bit of a creep. Many photographers have god complexes. It’s sad but true.

    • roswellivory August 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      I don’t know I’m afraid- I’ve been trying to follow the story as he mailed me asking me years ago to have sex with his girlfriend. It’s about time he was caught and put away.
      Shaun Colclough didn’t do anything to *me* that was illegal, but he has committed crimes- all I can do is try and alert girls and hope the message gets through…

      x

  30. cstgpa August 7, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    It makes me sick to read something like this and you are brave to have published it. Unfortunately I hear more horror stories than I want to and the trouble is that so few are willing to come out and say something.

    Well done and I hope that other models take note and do the same if something bad happens to them.

    • roswellivory August 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      Thankyou. I’m trying currently to set an example in the hope that it will get more models who have suffered to come out and say something.
      Luckily this is a very rare occurence ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Stefano Brunesci August 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    And so – hopefully – another perv bites the dust. It seems that the over-publicised actions of a few ‘celbrity’ photographers like TR have spawned a rash of wannabes who feel that it’s OK to treat models like trash in the hope of getting an occasional weak-willed girl to submit to their demands. Well done Roswell for reporting this guy and for publicly ‘outing’ him – it’s encouraging that he’s now been blacklisted by the agencies and networking sites but a shame that the police don’t seem to be able to do anything – even a formal caution – about it. Hopefully though, your actions here will encourage other models who may be badly treated in the future to speak out too as they see the all positive reaction you’ve had to what might seem a risky course of action.

    • roswellivory August 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      Hey you ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ugh- I know. And I think Terry R’s work sucks anyway! (But I am a size 10 nude and fetish model- I wouldn’t know, LOL!!!)

      Thanks so much for your (and everyone else’s) support. I really appreciate and do feel I have done the right thing, having wavered about it for so long. I am indeed hoping that should another situation like this arise, my actions might inspire someone else to do the same.

      xxx

  32. Marion August 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Cross posted to every site I work with and every social network on the planet.

  33. Isobel August 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    I have to applaud you for standing up to this kind of treatment, it gives photographers a bad name, I don’t think the excuse for a human being even has the right to call himself such. Hopefully this will help show models that they don’t have to put up with stuff like this.

    • roswellivory August 10, 2011 at 12:59 am #

      Thankyou so much. Luckily, the vast majority of photographers I have worked with have been lovely, friendly and easy to work with. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Stuart Harrison-Photography August 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Roswell,

    I can only echo what everyone else has said about being horrified by the actions of this person. Again, I won’t say photographer.

    Well done on being brave enough to out him.

    Best wishes.

    Stuart.

    • roswellivory August 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      Thankyou so much. The amount of support I have received has been overwhelming. All I can do is thank you again.

      ROSWELL x

  35. David August 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    I was brought here by a link on another website. Almost did not read it because usually it’s someone who was as foolish as the offender and it all reads like high school drama. You really impressed me with your articulations and your response to others notions about escorts. I have to agree as a photographer saying “I need a chaperone or escort for my safety” is insulting because they are assuming that I intend to harm them without even having checked my references.

    I shoot many kinds of portraiture, including boudoir and more explicit stuff. I believe that as the photographer, my role is that of a steward – serving my client or model to create the best image I can. They have entrusted me with what is likely to be one of the most intimate moments in their lives and I have to live up to their expectations as a human being and photographer.

    This individual that you interacted with has got it backwards. It’s not about us (photographers), it’s about the image and the person in it. Unfortunately this individual has some skill which makes it more difficult to weed him out. I would urge models to report him on Facebook especially if he messages anything unscrupulous so they can ban him from the site. MY job is difficult enough. He just made it harder.

    • roswellivory August 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi there,

      Thankyou so much for reading it- I’m glad you did. I have to say, I did take a while to decide whether to post it or not as I also have seen too many tantrums online about “pervs” but I am really very glad I did.
      I understand why some models get afraid after a bad experience and feel that they would like a chaperone, but at the end of the day, you’re more likely to meet someone dodgy just walking down the street and generally I don’t take a chaperone when going food shopping or on a walk ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m afraid the individual in question appears to be delusional, and as his response shows, dangerous in that he does not feel that what he is doing is wrong.
      Believe me, I have tried to report him on facebook but sadly while there is a “too much boob” button and a “double profile” button, there is not a “guy abusing people” button. I have done all I can now.
      As long as there are decent photographers out there too (like you, and the many others who have commented and sent me their support), I will still love my job.

      Hope all is going well,

      R x

  36. Kayleigh Lush November 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Hello,
    I was directed to your blog post by a very good photographer friend of mine, who after listening to my experience of shooting with Shaun, informed me that I by no means was the only girl to suffer his advances.
    I must say I am absolutely shocked an appalled at the number of women he has abused in that grotty little studio in Hackney Wick…. And thinking back to that day shooting with him makes me feel sick.
    Unlike you, I very much kept my experience to myself, only discussing with good friends in the industry…. I guess out of fear, and also shame.
    However, I now feel partly responsible for what has happened to others by not speaking out.
    It takes an awful lot of courage to ‘out’ someone who is clearly mentally unstable, but the fact you did will be of huge benefit to others, and you should be really proud of finding that courage.

    Oddly enough, I didnt check Shaun’s references before the shoot, as I knew he had shot with a friend of mine, who is represented, and was sent to test with shaun, by Select Model Management.
    After greeting me and sitting me in front of his camera, Shaun’s opening conversation starter was that he wouldnt be surprised if I fancied him, as probably most of the photographers I had worked with were over 60, and obviously being young(ish) would make him uncontrollably attractive to me…. (HA!!!???). Next on Shaun’s ice breaking conversation starters was to frequently ask me about boys, my sexual experiences, and preferences….
    Sensing the oddness of his behaviour at this early stage I immediately tried to steer the conversation back to modeling, asking him about his shoot with my friend, and the agencies he was working for.
    This was obviously a massive ego boost for him (not what I had intended…) and he started explaining that if he liked the pictures from the shoot, he would be able to get me lots of commercial work, and representation with big agencies. (At the time this was of no appeal to me as I was already working with a large London agency, and I told him this outright.)
    At this stage I started to worry about all the under age agency girls that he had been working with, and could picture him promising all sorts of amazing opportunities to young girls if they ‘pleased’ him on the shoot….
    My guard was already up at this point, but as you say, I was determined to maintain a professional approach to the shoot, and continue posing.
    As the shoot progressed, Shaun also asked me to act turned on, and then when this was not good enough that I should touch myself to excite/pleasure myself.
    He told me that if I looked away from the camera I would be forced to kiss him…. At one point he even said he would make me give him oral sex.
    I have to say I was a wimp, and didnt want to anger him (and possibly make him violent), so I did not confront him on a lot of the things he said or did.
    Shaun also pushed my levels, continually asking me to open my legs, and stealing shots between my legs whilst I was moving position.
    I only ever received one shot from the shoot, which was a full frontal stolen shot, in which my face looks terrified, and I look like I am about to cry.
    For weeks after the shoot I deliberated writing to the moderators of website he had contacted me on to warn them, and calling the agencies he worked with…. But I was afraid of the repercussions on my own reputation and career.

    Again, I applaud your bravery, and honesty. I hope that sharing our experiences can help others avoid this man….

    I would like to ask ALL MODELS who have posted here, or who are reading this…. PLEASE share references!!!!!
    We absolutely must protect ourselves, and look out for each other.

    The very best of luck with your career ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kayleigh x

    • roswellivory November 7, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Oh Kayleigh, I’m so sorry for what happened to you. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Seriously, thankyou so so much for your bravery in sharing your experience. Your account sounds so much like the many others I have heard. (He certainly has a routine, doesn’t he!?) And I’m sorry that you got such a hotrrendous photo back from him. I also got photos- every single one of which shows my face looking blank while I have defensive body language. I don’t know if you managed to to get a look at the “Vixen Vamps” website before he took it down, but looking at the girls shown there was a frightening experience. They all looked so afraid and upset. I promise you that you are not the only person to have experienced this- not by a long way, although sadly I could not track down any of the girls on the site.

      I contacted every agency he had tested for in the last six months- many had already banned him. All the others blacklisted him on the spot- except for IMG, who were dismissive and rude to me.

      I am going to post an update in a minute so everyone can see what has happened since.

      Thankyou again for posting here, and I also wish you all the best with your career- your pictures rock! ๐Ÿ˜€

      ROSWELL xxx

      p.s. I hope you read my next post ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Chris Walter November 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    I did some testing for Oxygen Model Management and found a link to his website (now gone) through one of the models I was sent who had shot with him. She was a bit reluctant to say anything bad about him but I noticed that most of his “pictures” were a bit amateurishly iffy with the models looking “wary” as you say. And most had their kit off but out of context in the situation.
    Sounds like another Terry Richardson – he is a monster but seems to get lots of work – Pirelli Calender??
    See http://jezebel.com/5494634/meet-terry-richardson-the-worlds-most-fked-up-fashion-photographer
    http://www.observer.com/2004/09/terry-richardsons-dark-room/
    Yukky.
    I’m on Mayhem for my sins – 1495447

    • roswellivory November 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      Hiya,

      Thanks for letting me know. Yes, they are one of the agencies who banned him immediately. I do wish I was able to track down those girls- I don’t think I was imagining that they all looked afraid. It was actually a very disturbing website- more disturbing the longer I think about it.

      R x

      p.s. just added your MM. Give me a shout if you’re ever interested in booking me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kayleigh Lush November 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

        Hello ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thanks for your nice reply on my post….
        I just wondered if you could drop me a message on MM (or email) as I have some information with regards to the vixen vamps website…. (nothing scary, just a quick update!)
        Also, thought you should know that the @asianniiger twitter account you mentioned is not related in anyway to Shaun Colclough the photographer…. This twitter account belongs to a different Shaun Colclough (same name but check out the photos, there is a picture of his driver licence, and unless he changed weight and race since I shot with him, its not the same guy!).
        All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚
        Kayleigh xx

        • roswellivory November 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

          Heya,

          Sure- my modelmayhem number is 232489. You’re welcome to mail me. Ugh, he’d better not be starting it up again. (grr)

          And thanks for the twitter update- it just looked like the sort of thing he’d have and I couldn’t find any pictures. I’ve taken the ref down my my other comment.

          xxx

      • Chris Walter November 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

        Anyone who uses the ‘n’ word as a twitter name has to bit suspect!
        Yes, the agency sent me about 30 model cards and I recognised several of them on his site when I checked out the competition, so to speak. When Rebecca came for the shoot I think I mentioned him and she was a bit cold about the experience – now I know why! I have her email so I could ask her if you want? Redhead with green stone necklace on my MM page!! Great girl – in fact I might add another shot of herr now…
        I’m not shooting at present due to a herniated disc but will consider your offer lol, I’ve got Ms Lush on my case too!
        Chris x
        More stuff – http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonomaman/

        • roswellivory November 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

          Ignore the twitter- just been told it isn’t him.
          You’re welcome to direct Rebecca to this blog and my latest post. If she really has had a bad experience, she may feel better knowing that she isn’t alone. ๐Ÿ˜€

          Owch! I hope you feel better soon. That sounds painful :S

          R xx

  38. nakedcarlyart November 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    You are really right about the eyes of the models on his page. I never would have really though much about it, had you not mentioned it. Very dark. I am so sorry you experienced that. I had my own negative experience once too–nothing too bad (nothing physical), but very inappropriate comments, etc. I also learned the hard way to always check references. You have every right to be proud of yourself, what you did took a lot of strength, and I am sure you have also inspired other women. That is amazing of you.

    • roswellivory November 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      I’m glad you’re ok. I think most models have a bad experience once in a while. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      And thankyou so much- that means a lot coming from you, as you rock ๐Ÿ˜€ xxx

  39. Ali H January 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Reading this post was like reliving my past. I had a similar experience with him, but i did not do the brave thing and walk out of the shoot. Needless to say it spiralled out of control but I did not say anything as I thought it was just me that it had happened to, didnt have any proof, and didnt want to say anything as I didn’t want my own reputation called into question. For me he did a whole, are you actually as young as you say you are? And the whole ‘ I don’t believe in relationships’ rant. He then proceeded to tell me that he was going out that night so he needed to drink during the shoot and got quite drunk. I really don’t want to talk about what happened but at the end of the shoot he said he wouldnt have done anything if I had said no, so therefore I assumed it was my own fault. This happened about a year ago and I only managed to tell my boyfriend about it (and not all of it) last night, hence only finding this post today. I have wanted to not think about this or anything to do with it for so long, I can’t believe I got so badly conned, thinking he was a professional photographer so it would be such a benefit to my portfolio if I got the pictures. I haven’t been able to turn up to a shoot since.

    • roswellivory January 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      Oh hun, I’m so sorry. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I’m glad you have found this page though- as you can see from reading the comments above, you are definitely not alone in this and it *definitely* was NOT your fault. If there’s anything I can do, then tell me. My e-mail is booking_roswell@hotmail.co.uk

      Now, as the police are involved, there are some things I’d like to tell you that I cannot say on here. Would it be okay if I e-mailed you? (Justice is in progress- I want to be able to keep you “in the know”, so to speak.)

      I hope you have had some hugs from your boyfriend. Have some more from me- we have a lot of support.

      Love from Roswell xxx

      p.s. you’ve been really brave talking about it now and posting on here. Thankyou.

  40. Liddy February 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    I quite literally stumbled across this post and oh my lord!

    Your account and the stories of the other women sent chills down my spine! It was like reading rape reports! And totally shocked, frightened and disgusted me! =S
    I don’t understand that if modeling is a job, why do people feel it is appropriate to act like this?! Imagine if you worked in any other workplace (like in an office) and one of your co-workers acted towards you like this it would be unprofessional and count as sexual harassment and the co-worker could even be sacked because of their actions. There should be zero tolerance towards this sort of thing in all professions! It’s a shame that it almost seems easier to get away with this sort of behaviour in the modeling world.

    What worried me more is probably not only professional models that are being treated like this but model wannabes. Something that happened to me (which I feel is certainly not as extreme as what I’ve read!) is that I was at a ball in Vienna and an event photographer approached me and told me I am very pretty blah, blah, blah and took quite a lot of photos of me. I felt very flattered!

  41. Liddy February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    …sorry my computer was panicking because of the length of my comment!

    Anyway, he said that if I wanted the photos from the event that I should add him on facebook and he would send them to me (I didn’t realise that the company he was with actually has it’s own website where you can access the photos, I feel like such a moron!). He seemed so intelligent and friendly!

    Sure enough, he sent me the photos but then continued to say that he’d like to have a ‘private shooting’ with me because he found me very attractive and then started trying to arrange when we could meet up and started ‘talking dirty’ to me! I felt sick and deleted him and the photos he took from facebook!

  42. Liddy February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    …sorry, again with my computer being interesting…

    Thank goodness I don’t think myself modeling material but if I’d felt desperate to become a model I might’ve taken up his offer!

    Thank you for being brave enough to do this post and I, like many others who have commented on this, admire what you have done. Sexual harassment is a horrible thing to experience in any form or situation! But unfortunately it’s not an uncommon experiene to have – model or non-model! I am so sorry for those women who suffered at the hands of this predator!

    Thanks again, Roswell!

    xxxx

    • roswellivory March 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

      Hey there,

      Thanks for replying, and I’m sorry for what happened to you. What a prick! Sadly, although most people I have worked with are lovely people, it is the bad ones that damage reputations for all.
      I’m currently in the middle of writing my next blog post- which will be a guide for models (mostly, though the advice is relevant to all) who have had a bad experience.

      Thankyou also for your kind words- if I can inspire just one woman to actually report sexual abuse, then everything I went through with Shaun Colclough will have had a positive outcome.

      R xxx

  43. kathtea June 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Not to shame my own continent or anything but it seems several photographers from Malaysia and Singapore act quite offended when I ask them for references! They don’t even bother to credit the models!

    Here’s a direct quote from a fresh message:
    “Hmm.. Nvm then.. I have no reason to give their contacts to you and I do not know if they willingly to talk to you.”

    Congratulations dude, you’ve earned a spot on my personal private blacklist.

    • roswellivory June 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      That sucks!
      I usually (if I can’t find a link to the model), just tag on the end of the question ” it’s nothing personal- I check references for everyone I have never worked with before”. If they have a problem with that, it certainly would make me think there’s a reason they don’t want me to check. Most people in the industry know it’s common practice.

      xx

  44. Alex October 12, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Wow, it’s such a shame that these idiots use their camera to lure girls. It’s so important to speak out, well done. You look amazing btw.

    • roswellivory October 14, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Thankyou so much for your support. I post updates when I can, under the “Shaun Colclough” tag, but there’s now a limit to how much I can say as the police are involved (turns out I hit the tip of a Titanic-esque iceberg).

      xxx

  45. Jim July 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I am sorry you had to go through all of this. I am sorry any women had to suffer at this ‘person’s’ doings. I loath those that would prey on women, when they are so vulnerable as to be ‘trusting’ someone to be who they claim they are. I have come up with some very serious penalties for such people that are most likely what they deserve, but courts are not allowed to inflict upon them. All my life I have been an admirer of the efforts women go through to present themselves so very beautifully. For someone to be so low as to take advantage and abusive just disgusts me. I feel particularly bad for those women that were victims and are so traumatized that they could not even confront the ‘person’ in court to more pressingly express how depraved this ‘person’ really is. Again .. I am very sorry that this has happened to you. I only wish all the other women were as strong as you, and were able to confront the ‘person’. *I am trying to be very polite by saying the abuser is a ‘person’.

    • roswellivory July 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      Thankyou for your kind words of support. I am attending the sentencing tomorrow and will update as soon as I have any more news or you.

      R x

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    […] Shaun operated from a studio on Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London. My account (and the reports of other models) can be found here: https://roswellivory.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/the-importance-of-references/ […]

  4. Justice | Roswell Ivory - July 12, 2014

    […] Last month, I testified in court against sex-offender-posing-as-photographer ‘Shaun Colclough’.ย  I was asked to remove my blog for the duration of the trial but am now back for good. Three other exceptionally brave women also testified (out of the fourteen or so who suffered at his hands). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the original post is here, and I strongly recommend you read the comments. https://roswellivory.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/the-importance-of-references/ […]

  5. Peacock’s Swansong | Roswell Ivory - July 29, 2014

    […] in August 2011 on this blog and a worrying number of other models came in to tell their stories. (Here’s the post- go through the comments). Eventually, Shaun himself came online to attempt to justify his actions. Notice that in my […]

  6. Rebel Girl: KathTea Katastrophy | - December 13, 2014

    […] Also, always ALWAYS check for references! Roswell has a good blog post about that topic [here]. […]

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