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Pittsburgh's Most Provocative Fashion Photographer

And why you shouldn't be afraid to be weird.

Provocative, tantalizing fashion photography is about more than shock value. It celebrates diversity, pushes boundaries, and isn't afraid to be obscure or strange. And Pittsburgh itself is no stranger to this type of art, honoring Andy Warhol's imagery across bridges and throughout the region. If you've been the the Warhol Museum, you've probably noticed (or taken a selfie on) the red, velvet couch sitting in the lobby - a replication of the backdrop used in many of Warhol's wildly suggestive (and sometimes downright pornographic) films.

Today, Clifton Loosier is making waves with his provocative fashion images, which are shot on film and are undeniably exciting, featuring people in suggestive, empowering poses.

"I always liked more provocative photos, and I gravitated towards it," Loosier says of his photography, which he learned through trial and error and by exploring the resources around him. "Don't be afraid to reach out to people. Talk to as many people as you can about what you want to do. Ask for advice. Try weird things. They might not work, but don't let that discourage you."

And while Warhol had to head to New York to make himself know, Loosier is dedicated to staying in Pittsburgh. Afterall, if we all leave, what will Pittsburgh gain?

Follow Loosier on Instagram , explore his website , and take a yoga class with him at Inhale on Fridays!

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