Portland By Night 1991
A Photographer of Dark Desires
Name: Edmund Blackavar
Chronicle: Portland 1991
Concept: Artiste/ Photographer
Sire: Inez Ramos
Date of Birth: 27th October 1958
RIP: 23ed February 1988
Hair Dark Brown
Edmund Blackavar was born on the 27th October 1960 to a working class family. His mother was Italian and his father of Scandinavian descent. His parents met while his dad was stationed in Genoa as a marine. Edmund inherited his good looks primarily from his mother, but his high cheekbones and blue eyes from his father.
Edmund was quite different from his peers. As early as he could remember, Edmund was always drawing, or coloring, and creating things. He was always very sensitive and artistic. His mother encouraged him by purchasing art supplies which she secretly scrimped and saved to to give him everything he might need. It seemed to her and Edmund’s teachers confirmed that he was a gifted artist. His father thought it foolish and a bit effeminate. Edmund’s father tried to interest him in sports or mechanics, but to no avail. The summer Edmund spent in little league, he was absolutely miserable much to the chagrin of his father. He was benched because of his indifference, and he could care less about mechanics; though he enjoyed sketching the carburetor.
By the time Edmund was in junior high, he discovered painting and color. He painted some portraits which looked mature with a style beyond his years. He began receiving awards and prizes. In fact every medium he touched, he excelled in it-a true prodigy. When he was in high school he discovered photography and fell absolutely in love with the medium. He became obsessive about photography, reading about different developing techniques, and looking at works which had come before .He worked on his high school newspaper as the photographer, and began shooting unique portraits of his fellow students. Edmund had a knack for capturing the essential in portraits. At this time he also began exhibiting his photos, and he was touted as the newest and youngest rising star. Edmund earned a full scholarship to a prestigious art school in Seattle. His father no longer believed that art school was a waste of time.
During art school he discovered sexuality of a darker nature-bondage, discipline, sadomasochism -like any new discovery, Edmund became obsessed. He began photographing his lovers, and figures in the BDSM community. Edmund also began getting contacts in the fashion and modeling world. A Blackavar portrait was sure to garner attention as they possessed a certain edginess over the usual fare in the industry. He became sought after and demanded by supermodels.
For his Masters project/thesis, he exhibited a series of shots he did with a model which went beyond the pale