Hopkins' photographs are of women who are reaching inside themselves to
reveal, often for the first time, their sensual nature. He prefers not to
think of this as sexual exploitation but rather as an intimate revelation.
He uses amateur models, most of whom would be described as
"average". What he enjoys is bringing out the personality that
resides within each of his subjects. He feels that he's especially good at
both encouragement and inspiration and this is what motivates him -
discovering and cultivating undiscovered beauty.
Creating atmosphere is another talent. Religious symbols play a major role
in much of his work. His intentions are not meant to be disrespectful or
blasphemous. It's just that both subjects are particularly fascinating to
him. And besides, the religious establishment has been mixing them
together for centuries anyway. Lucas thinks of his work as situational and
multi-dimensional and hopes that viewers will pause themselves, slow down,
and really hone in on his work. "Spend the moment and the image will
open for you like a flower." he says.