Gallery 17 – Barry
Photographed last year in November, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to reacquaint myself with a former assistant in my studio from years ago (I think it was around 2005 or 2006). Barry was a young student studying architecture, very impressionable and hyperactive. He always needed something to do. Years later, he hasn’t changed, with exception to his to physical attributes. He was now looking like an adult and with a body defined by his diligent dragon boat practices. He’s got amazingly beautiful strong legs! And the smoothest skin to match.
Our time was rather short in the studio, so I worked rather fast. The images reflect my classic approach to shooting him, without him having to go into a more emotional expression of his body. I thought at best to have him be the object of art, the statuesque model, much like what we would see during the era of beekcakes but with an Asian face and body.
You will notice that I have 2 images of his legs. They are simple and abstract. If you like these photographs, I would consider buying both and having them framed side by side. They are different, but one is taken as a slightly different angle from the body and one has more of the legs and torso than the other. Both are excellent though and are toned somewhat darker than the other images in the collection.
The lighting I choose for him was all done with a single light-source, and mostly from the left side. My only diversion from this was in No. 7, 10, 11 and 12, in which case the light was bounced from the ceiling, which creates a mood that is entirely different from my previous shoots. It doesn’t work for everyone. Images 10, 11 and 12 work ideally as a tryptic and could be shown as such in home setting quite easily.