Anime Geisha - A Collection of Artistic, Erotic, and Exotic Fine Art Photography from Lon Casler Bixby
Anime Geisha - A Collection of Artistic, Erotic, and Exotic Fine Art Photography from Lon Casler Bixby - www.AnimeGeisha.com
Biography
Interview
Awards
 
BIO
Photographer Lon Casler Bixby has been on the cutting edge of American art and music for more than a decade.

While studying at the University of Texas, Lon directed short films that won him awards at the Berlin, Hong Kong, Houston and Australian International Film Festivals. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he produced national commercials and industrial videos for many major companies, while at the same time managing some of the area's hottest bands. 

After reaching top of the Dallas indie film and music world, Lon moved to Los Angeles, where he produced, directed, and wrote movies and television shows that have been released worldwide. His most recent productions, Tales from the Dead, and ManBand!, are being distributed in both the United States and Japan. Manband! features Fantasy's Core, one of Japan's most influential new rock groups.

Lon is also a professional photographer who has been published in a wide variety of magazines and whose work includes commercial photography, fashion, fetish and erotica, and has gained him a growing reputation in LA's art scene.

THE ART OF LOVE INTERVIEW
I like to think of the work of Lon Casler Bixby as open, experimental and a bit rough here and there. Most of his work is in black & white and has that typical vintage look, with some very heavy contrasting shadow parts. He is one of the early contributors to the Art of Love, featured many times on our site. Finally the master speaks his mind in our five questions interview.

How would you personally describe the nature of your art?
The majority of my work is in Black and White and I like to think of it as Dark Art. I like the shadows and contrast to say as much about the mood and atmosphere as the model and setting does.

What artists, art periods, are an inspiration for your own work? And in what way?
Olivia. Bresson. Adams . Leibovitz. Also, the independent, unknown artist inspires me with their open and uncultured creativity. Sometimes I believe that the more famous an artist is the more scared they are to create something new or never done before, for fear of making a mistake. Some of my favorite pix were mistakes or came from me having made a mistake and then getting an idea from that mistake and working it into something beautiful.

I get inspiration from all genres and periods of life; especially the 1920’s – The look, feel, and of course, the fashion from that era is a huge influence on my art. Lately, I’ve been getting out of my safety zone of B&W and have been experimenting (and playing) with the use of colors… stay tuned…

Where are your ideas coming from? Does your work reflect your own erotic fantasies & desires?
Yes! And no! Sometimes an idea will come to me when I’m asleep or just day-dreaming and I can’t get it out of my head until I’ve worked it out in a photo session. I love the “dark & erotic” and I try to recreate in photography what I see in my head – sometimes it comes out just like I see it and sometimes it… well, let’s just say that sometimes it’s a “mistake” that gets worked into something beautiful.

What's your biggest artistic frustration or main struggle in your creation process?
I’m not always good with the tech part of the photo biz. I love the creative process but knowing all the “photographic rules”, the proper f/stops vs. the shutter speeds, and having to meter the lights is a pain; especially after a shoot when people ask me all the tech questions on how I accomplished a certain look . I don’t keep track of what f/stop & shutter speed I used so it makes it difficult to answer those questions. And when I can’t answer the tech questions, people look at me like I don’t know what I’m doing and I find that very frustrating.

And don’t get me started on how unprofessional some (not all, but some) of the models are. I am so tired of booking models for interviews and shoots and then they don’t even show. It is so frustrating and definitely hinders my creativity. To me, this is the most annoying part of doing a shoot.

Is it easy to find places to display your work (galleries, museums or shows)? Or is erotic art still somewhat taboo in your country?
I shoot a lot of “erotic art” and seldom shoot any explicit, open leg, genitalia. Yet, I have had quite a few galleries tell me that my work is too erotic for a show. 

In this day and age in the US one would think that art would be worshiped here as a freedom that some countries can not have, but the truth is… people in the “fly over” states, and parents of children who let their children see all kinds of sex & violence on TV, the movies, comic books, and in video games, are afraid of their child seeing a nude body as a work of art. It’s a very sad statement on our society. So yes, finding a place to display my work can be difficult sometimes. 

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS
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INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 10th ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2017
Honorable Mention - Food - "Morning Sugar Rush".
Honorable Mention - Abstract - "Yellow Wall".
Nominee - Nature - "The Hills of Gorman on a Stormy Spring Day".
Nominee - Fine Art - "Even the Path to Paradise has Guardrails".

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 9th ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2016
Honorable Mention - Abstract - "United Wee Crowd".
Nominee - Americana - "Portrait of a Modern American Family".
Nominee - Food - "Grinding the Dark Roast".

MONOCHROME AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - 2015
Honorable Mention - Fine Art -  "White Series No. 14".
Honorable Mention - Nature -  "Backyard Beauty".

B&W MAGAZINE - Still Life / Objects - Special Issue - 2016
Single Image Contest Winner - Still Life / Objects - “Serene Sentinel”.
(Published - B&W MAGAZINE - February, 2016 - Special Issue)

8th POLLUX AWARDS (WPGA) - 2015
Finalist - Cell Phone Photography - "United Wee Crowd".
Finalist - Landscapes - "In them old cotton fields back home".
Finalist - Landscapes - "Serene Sentinel".

ND AWARDS - NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 2015
Honorable Mention - Fine Art: Nudes -  "Saturnalia".
Honorable Mention - Nature: Landscapes - Series - "Round Bales - Texas, 2014".

THE LUCIES – 13th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS (IPA) - 2015
***3rd Place – Special - Micro - Pro - Series - “While you were sleeping...”.
Honorable Mention – Special - Panoramic - Pro - Series - “Panoramic View of America as Seen from a Passing Train”.

THE EROS MAGAZINE - Premier Issue #1 - August, 2015
"Saturnalia". (Published - The Eros Magazine Magazine - August, 2015 -  Premier Issue #1)

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 2015
Honorable Mention – Nudes - "Red Series - No. 1, No. 5, No. 6, No. 11".

GALA AWARDS (WPGA) - 2014 BEST PHOTOS COMPETITION - 2014
Honorable Mention - "Serene Sentinel"

7th POLLUX AWARDS (WPGA) - 2015
Finalist - People, Culture and Daily Life - "Scaling a Dangerous Summit".

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 8th ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2015
Honorable Mention - People - "A Slice of Still Life"
Nominee - Nature - "Mojave Aster"
Nominee - Food - "The Bixby Boys Always Were a Bunch of Pranksters"
Nominee - Fine Art - "Death by Dominoes"

THE RATED R SHOW - Nelson Creative Spaces - North Hollywood, CA - March 28, 2015
Selected to Exhibit in the "International Photography Exhibition of Nude, Erotic & Fetish" Group Show - "Venus Butterfly," "Saturnalia," and "Red Series No. 5".

MONOCHROME AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - 2014
3rd Place Winner - Nude -  "Saturnalia".
Honorable Mention - Landscape -  "Remnants of the Dust Bowl".

THE LUCIES – 12th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS (IPA) - 2014
***1st Place – Special - Micro - Pro - Series - “While you were sleeping...”.
3rd Place – People - Other - Pro - “A Slice of Still Life”.
Honorable Mention – Nature - Flowers - Pro - “Mojave Aster”.

EROTIC SIGNATURE - 2014
Competition Winner – “Nacreous”. (Published - THE WORLD'S GREATEST EROTIC ART OF TODAY, VOLUME V - 2014)

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 7th ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2014
Nominee - People - "Waiting for Her Merman"

SHADOW & LIGHT MAGAZINE - November / December - Issue #2 - 2014
“Warrior Angel Women No. 036”. (Published - Shadow & Light Magazine - November / December 2014 - Issue #2)

THE RATED R SHOW - Nelson Creative Spaces - North Hollywood, CA - November 16, 2013
Selected to Exhibit in the "International Photography Exhibition of Nude, Erotic & Fetish" Group Show - "Dark Ballet," "Reflections of Restraint," and "Red Series No. 3". 

THE LUCIES – 11th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2013
Honorable Mention – Special - Micro Pro – Series - "Little Devilish Sextet".
Honorable Mention – Fine Art - Still Life Pro – Series - "Exquisite Transmogrification".

4th POLLUX AWARDS (WPGA) - 2012
***Photographer of the Year - Still Life - Series - "Exquisite Transmogrification"

THE WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS (WPGA) - 3rd BLACK & WHITE AWARDS - BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - 2013
Honorable Mention - Nude and Figure - "White Series No. 14"

Gallery at Calumet - San Francisco, CA - August 9 - September 11, 2013
Selected to Exhibit in the touring "Michael H. Kellicutt International Photo Show - 2013" - Through A Lens: Top Ten - "Contemplation"

Coastal Arts League Museum - Half Moon Bay, CA - June 28 - August 6, 2013
Selected to Exhibit in the touring "Michael H. Kellicutt International Photo Show - 2013" - Through A Lens: Top Ten - "Contemplation"

The Edges of Night: Dawn and Dusk - 2013 (Book)
"Driving Rain". (Published - The Edges of Night: Dawn and Dusk - Book - 2013)

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY- Middlebury, VT - June 18 - July 13, 2013
Selected to Exhibit in the "Edges of Night: Dawn and Dusk" Group Show - "Driving Rain"

Mysterious Visions: Dreams, Fantasies and Mirages - 2013 (Book)
"Brundlefly Reunion No. 025". (Published - Mysterious Visions: Dreams, Fantasies and Mirages - Book - 2013)

WORLD CUP OF PHOTOGRAPHY - 2013
2nd Place - Still Life - "A Slice of Still Life"
3rd Place - Wildlife - "Pretty Kitty"

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 6th ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2013
Nominee - Still Life - "A Sip of the Divine"
Nominee - Wildlife - "Butterfly Kisses"

RED DOG NEWS "COLOR IT RED" PHOTO CONTEST - 2013
5th Place - “Anime Geisha No. 19”
Honorable Mention - “Red Series No. 11”
Honorable Mention - “Exquisite Transmogrification 044”

THE WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS (WPGA) - 2012
FINE ART COMPETITION
Honorable Mention - "The Edge of Existence"
Honorable Mention - "Exquisite Transmogrification 059"

WPGA Fine Art - 2012 (Book)
"The Edge of Existence," "Exquisite Transmogrification 059” (Published - WPGA: Fine Art -  Book - 2012)

THE WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS (WPGA) - 2012
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Honorable Mention - "Street Shadows 021"
Honorable Mention - "Street Shadows 033"

WPGA Street Photography - 2012 (Book)
"Street Shadows 021," "Street Shadows 033" (Published - WPGA: Street Photography - Book - 2012)

IPA - INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - ONE SHOT - 2012
Spaces - Inside - Honorable Mention - “Groove of the Urban Gadabout”
Spaces - Outside - Honorable Mention - “Mine!”
Spaces - In Between - Honorable Mention - “Concrete Canyon - Chicago”

THE INTERNATIONAL LOUPE AWARDS - Open Competition - 2012
Bronze Award - Science & Nature -  “Exquisite Transmogrification 059”.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) - Santa Ana, CA - December 1st, 2012 - January 12th, 2013
Selected for the "Give Us Your BEST Shot" Gallery Exhibition - “Red Series No. 1”

Sojourn at Dusk - 2012 (Book Cover)
"Sojurn at Dusk - (Street Shadows 004)". (Published - Sojurn at Dusk by Eve Ottenberg -  Book Cover- 2012)

Birds: Real or Imagined - 2013 (Book)
"Raven Outside My Window". (Published - Birds: Real or Imagined -  Book - 2013)

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY- Middlebury, VT - January 2 - January 26, 2013
Selected to Exhibit in the "Birds: Real or Imagined" Exhibition - "Raven Outside My Window"

B&W MAGAZINE - Animal / Portraiture - Special Issue - 2012
“Pretty Kitty in Black and White”. (Published - B&W MAGAZINE - December 2012 - Special Issue)

THE WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS (WPGA) - 2012
2nd Edition of the Urban and Landscape Competition
Honorable Mention - “Grandma's Barn”.

THE LUCIES – 10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2012
2nd Place – Special - Micro Pro – Series - “Pareidolia”.

ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE (Book) 
“Anime Geisha No. 27”. (Published - ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE - 2012) 

ADORE NOIR MAGAZINE - 2012 PORTFOLIO CONTEST
Winner: Adoration Award of Excellence - "Saturnalia".

ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE - Times Square, NY - June 18, 2012 
Featured: "Anime Geisha" Series 

RED DOG NEWS "COLOR IT RED" PHOTO CONTEST - 2012
Honorable Mention - “Misty in Red No. 1”

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) - Santa Ana, CA - February 4th - March 3rd 2012
Selected for the "Gothic" Exhibition - “In the Name of the Rose”

THE LUCIES – 9th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2011
Honorable Mention – Fine Art - Nudes - “Saturnalia”.
Honorable Mention – Special - Micro – Series - “Ablution Passage”.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 5th ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2010
Nominee - Americana - "Mark it 8, Dude."

9th ANNUAL SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL - Seattle, WA - May 20 - May 22, 2011
Selected to Exhibit in the Festival - “Saturnalia”

The Language of Light - 2011 (Book)
"Noir Venus". (Published - The Language of Light - 2011 Book - April, 2011)

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY- Middlebury, VT - March 29 - April 23, 2011
Selected to Exhibit in the "The Language of Light" Exhibition - "Noir Venus"

YOUR BEST SHOT - 2010 (Book)
“Contemplation”. (Published - YOUR BEST SHOT - 2010 Book - March, 2011)

EROTIC SIGNATURE - 2010
Competition Winner – “After the Drama”. (Published - THE WORLD'S GREATEST EROTIC ART OF TODAY, VOLUME IV - 2010)

THE LUCIES – 8th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2010
Honorable Mention – Special - Micro – Series - “Conversations with a Butterfly”.

COLOR MAGAZINE - Single Image Contest - 2010
Merit Award - Nude/Body - "May's Flowers"
Merit Award - Portraiture - "Amelie"
(Published - COLOR MAGAZINE - May, 2010 - Special Issue #7)

COLOR MAGAZINE - Portfolio Contest - 2009
Merit Award - “Anime Geisha Series – No. 6, No. 7, No. 9, No. 10, No. 15, No. 19”.
(Published – COLOR MAGAZINE – November, 2009 – Special Issue #4)

THE LUCIES – 7th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2009
Honorable Mention – Architecture – Bridges – “Old Joshua Bridge”.
Honorable Mention – Editorial - War/Conflict - “Tabernacle”.
Honorable Mention – Fine Art - Nudes - “Union Gap".
Honorable Mention – Fine Art - Portrait - “Contemplation".
Honorable Mention – Fine Art - Self-Portrait - “Urban Rooftop”.
Honorable Mention – Nature - Flowers - “Sleeping Jenny”.
Honorable Mention – People - Self-Portrait - “Urban Rooftop”.

EROTIC ART EXHIBITION - ARTundressed Tour - Los Angeles - September 10 - 12, 2009
BOXeight Studios – Invited Artist (Competition Winners) - “Saturnalia”, “Venus Butterfly”.

LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART - November 12 - December 5, 2009
Selected to Exhibit in the "Snap to Grid" Exhibition - "Venus Butterfly"

EROTIC SIGNATURE - 2009
Competition Winner – “Venus Butterfly”. (Published - THE WORLD'S GREATEST EROTIC ART OF TODAY, VOLUME III - 2009)

THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY - Fort Collins, CO - January 9 - February 2, 2009
Selected to Exhibit in the "Negative Space" Exhibition - "Liz"

THE LUCIES – 6th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2008
Honorable Mention – Advertising - Beauty - “Anime Geisha No. 20”.
Honorable Mention – Architecture - Buildings - “Grandma's Barn”.
Honorable Mention – Fine Art - Nudes - “White Series - No. 3, No. 10, No. 12, No. 14, No. 15".
Honorable Mention – Nature - Flowers - “Anime Geisha No. 20”.
Honorable Mention – Nature - Wildlife / Pets - “Friends”.
Honorable Mention – People - Lifestyle - “Safe Word”.
Honorable Mention – People - Portrait - “Beanie”.

EROTIC SIGNATURE - 2008
Competition Winner – “Saturnalia”. (Published - THE WORLD'S GREATEST EROTIC ART OF TODAY, VOLUME II - 2008)

THE LUCIES – 5th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - 2007
Honorable Mention – Fashion – “Asian Girl with Balloons”.
Honorable Mention – Nudes – Series B&W – “A Penny for Your Thoughts”, “Mirror of Theda”, “Nacreous”, “Shades of Glamour”, “Shadows Of Discontent”.
Honorable Mention – Wildlife – Series Nature – “Dad’s Cows”, “Divine Waters”, “Pretty Kitty”, “Red Zebra Head”, “Thoughtful Chimp”.
Honorable Mention – Culture – Series – “Anime Geisha 1”, “Anime Geisha 2”, “Anime Geisha 3”, “Anime Geisha Silent Scream 1”, “Anime Geisha Silent Scream 2”.
Honorable Mention – Portrait – “Lament of Grace”.

B&W MAGAZINE - 2007
Merit Award – Portrait - “Contemplation”. (Published - B&W MAGAZINE - February 2007 - Special Issue #48)

EROTIC SIGNATURE - 2007
Competition Winner – “Lament of Grace”. (Published - THE WORLD'S GREATEST EROTIC ART OF TODAY, VOLUME I - 2007)

3rd ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS – 2007
Double Nominee - Nude – “The Dark Side of May”, “White Series No. 1”.
Double Nominee - Fashion – “Lament of Grace”, “The Dark Side of May”.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 2ND ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER'S CUP - 2007
Nominee - Fashion - "Bishoujo". (Published - 2ND ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP - YEARBOOK - 2008)

 
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