I love black and white images. It is what I grew up with. My older brother Wayne taught me the basics of darkroom photography in an evening, after teaching me that getting exposure right was nothing more than getting the needles in the camera to point in the middle. Nothing very technical.
This image of Devon is one of my favorite images from his set. I can’t see his eyes, yet his mouth and repose has so much feeling — a quiet intensity. His body is lean and he is completely unabashed. It was very easy to photograph him, as he is willing to try anything in front of the camera and just let it be, without presenting a kind of ‘me’ attitude.
Nuo came to me via an email request to photograph him. From the initial images he sent me, I wasn’t so sure if he had the qualities I was looking for, so an initial meeting was set up to meet him personally and to do some test shots. Upon first impression, I was quite taken by his relaxed and confident personality — not really caring so much as to whether or not he ‘qualified’ to be one of my models. But even before we did the test shots, I felt he had the right personality and innner exhuberance to being photographed. I decided however to give him a bit of homework and to put on a bit of form to his languid slender body. So a month rolled by and so did his training of swimming and weights in the gym. When he got back, he looked much better. Although still the slender guy, he had some form to his muscles, which also added some more confidence to his character.
When the photographs came back from the lab, I was very much impressed by how the images turned out, moreso than other guys I have photographed. I don’t know why exactly. It is his look. And like so much of my photography, the eyes and body language tell a great deal. Inner emotions that project beyond the surface of the body and face.
Nuo, thank you for entrusting me to photograph you. Some of these images are works of art in my humble opinion.
The Nikon F100 with the 28-70mm F/2.8 Nikon lens was used with Kodak’s TMax400 for the black and white. Fuji Provia 400F along with the Mamiya 645 using the standard 80mm lens was used for the colour images.
Ken is no doubt one of the most muscular men in the 2.AM collection. A fitness instructor and martial artist, I was fortunate to have him pose for me while he was here in Hong Kong. With a personality that could only be described as secretive, it was this set of images taken in black and white that revealed his perfect body and restrained confidence.
Unassuming and rather quiet, I saw some pics of his on a website and thought I’d send him a note to see if he would be interesting in modeling for me. Little did I know that some of my friends knew him as well and had taken photographs of him. At the age of 38, he looks absolutely amazing; I only wish I look like that! So with a few rolls of black and white film and colour film, we set out to do some outdoors shots that were natural as possible, while capturing his stunning body and handsome face. Wilson works in a cool and trendy hair salon called Hair Corner as a hair stylist.
Nikon F100 camera using the Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8 lens. Film was Kodak Tmax 400 with with some colorization effect.
Sean is one of the very few locally born Hong Kong natives that approached me to be photographed. His sinewy muscle-toned body is nearly anorexic and ugly, but transcends to something hauntingly poetic and erotic in these photographs.
This is one of the images that stood out of the contact sheets.