Christopher Anderson is at the home of Lindsey, a 19-year-old BU student who occasionally earns money by modeling nude. She is from the Gulf Coast of Florida and doesn't want her last name in Boink or this newspaper, not only to keep this from her parents but because she doesn't want "weirdos" stalking her. That her classmates might recognize the face of that naked girl is also a matter of some concern.
"It's definitely creepy," Lindsey says. "I almost didn't do it."
Alecia Oleyourryk and Christopher Anderson are co-founders of Boink, the new sex magazine featuring Boston University students.
(Photos Laurie Swope For The Washington Post)
But the money Boink pays models -- $100 per nude shoot -- is "more than I have," and she was flattered that Anderson contacted her twice after seeing her picture on a modeling Web site. Both her housemates are out and only a pet ferret is around to observe.
Anderson walks in and out of the room in a plaid lumberjack shirt, holding a light meter. For nine years, he ran a software consulting company. Since he sold the company three years ago, he has photographed fine art nudes, supplementing his income with software consulting work. He calls his attitude toward sex "European." He says he shoots the naked body because it is a thing of beauty.
After Anderson shot some free photos for the first issue of H Bomb in exchange for ad space, he e-mailed Oleyourryk. They'd been friends ever since she modeled nude for him a few years back. He said he thought H Bomb was a cool idea, but they could do better. She was game.
Oleyourryk and other models who've posed for Anderson describe him as polite and professional, but he's well aware that he may come off like those older guys who hang around high schools, chatting up underage girls. He shakes it off.
"My mother's worried about that. I'm not worried about that," he says.
He circles the room taking test shots while Lindsey sits in a beige chair from Wal-Mart, nervously applying lip balm .
"I don't want to do this forever," she says. "This isn't my passion." Her dream is to work for a pharmaceutical company and discover an alternative to antibiotics. In the meantime, she says, she works only with photographers whose work is "tasteful." She won't perform sex acts, or pose with others. She is strawberry blond, dimpled and pretty. She has modeled nude for a photographer friend and not-nude for a tattooist who paid her by needling an abstract design into her back.
Anderson mutters something to Lindsey about "some skin, all skin," his voice soft like they're sharing a secret. Lindsey lifts off her T-shirt and stands awkwardly in a white bra with the shirt in her hands.
He starts shooting.
"I like that, actually," he says in his quiet, soothing voice. "Tilt your head to the side. Bring your chin just a little bit. Yeah, I like the hair falling . . . "
Lindsey's hands bunch the T-shirt, unbunch it, bunch it again.
'It's for Entertainment'
Just how fulfilling Boink will be to its readers remains to be seen. A reader who buys the magazine for the cover photo of Oleyourryk and Blom might not enjoy an inside photo of two men kissing. Boink is supposed to represent everyone; Anderson says they'd include a transgender person if one volunteered. But successful porn plugs into a niche; it is not tied to lofty college-campus notions of diversity and inclusion. And unlike H Bomb, Boink must be compelling enough to make people buy it.